Skip to content

Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes

    The John Hughes Mixtapes

    If you grew up in the 80s, Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes is the soundtrack of your life. Experience some memories long lodged in the recesses of your mind.

    Demon Music group in conjunction with the Hughes family are proud to present the first official compilation of music from the movies of legendary filmmaker John Hughes, covering the classic eighties period  1983 – 1989.

    For anyone growing up in the 1980s, the films of John Hughes are some of the most iconic of the decade and have created a lasting cultural impact still felt and referenced across TV, film and music. As well as the characters and stories created in these iconic movies, what made John Hughes’ movies different from the rest was the symbiotic relationship between scene and music. Whether Cameron Frye staring at the painting in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off set to The Dream Academy’s “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental)”, Duckie and Andie from Pretty In Pink at prom set to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s “If You Leave”, or even Neal and Del’s classic “Those aren’t pillows” scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles set to Emmylou Harris’ “Back In Baby’s Arms”.

    “Music was a huge part of filmmaking for him, it was a thing he seemed to like the most.” Matthew Broderick

    Curated by John Hughes’ music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, this 4CD boxset includes 74 tracks from the movies National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Planes, Trains And Automobiles, She’s Having A Baby, The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck.

    “Back when we were working on these movie soundtracks, the best way to send music around the world was the cassette, by FedEx.  We sent John cassettes of newly released music, of demos, of just finished mixes (and in return, he would send VHS videos of the scenes that needed music).” Tarquin Gotch

    The films of John Hughes spawned many classic tracks, some licensed for the films, some commissioned specifically, and many going on to become huge international hits from acts such as Simple Minds, Kate Bush, Furniture, Yello,  and The Psychedelic Furs.

    “It serves as a reminder not just to the musicians he championed in the 1980s, but to how intensely his search for music expanded beyond this era. Until his final days, he was still collecting outrageous amounts of music from around the world, galaxies removed from the New Romantic and new wave sounds that, to many, still define him.” James Hughes

    The 4CD booklet includes memories from Matthew Broderick, James Hughes, Tarquin Gotch, and Ron Payne, plus track-by-track sleeve notes.

    “John said he only made movies so he could choose what music to put in them, so as his success at the Box Office grew, and thus his power with the studios, the number of tracks in his films, by up and coming UK bands, steadily grew.” Tarquin Gotch.


    1. Kajagoogoo – Kajagoogoo (Instrumental)
    2. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
    3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave
    4. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
    5. Furniture – Brilliant Mind
    6. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby
    7. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City
    8. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
    9. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy
    10. Dr. Calculus – Full of Love
    11. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love
    12. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version)
    13. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (Soundtrack Version)
    14. Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson – Left of Center
    15. Pete Shelley – Do Anything (Soundtrack Version)
    16. Carmel – It’s All In The Game
    17. The Dream Academy – Power To Believe (Instrumental)
    18. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
    19. New Order – Elegia


    1. The Beat – March of The Swivelheads (Rotating Heads – Dub Version)
    2. Nick Heyward – When It Started To Begin
    3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Tesla Girls
    4. Big Audio Dynamite – BAD
    5. Killing Joke – Eighties
    6. The Specials – Little Bitch
    7. Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come and Get It) (US Club Mix)
    8. Flesh For Lulu – Slide
    9. Love And Rockets – Haunted When The Minutes Drag
    10. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix)
    11. Lords of The New Church – Method To My Madness
    12. The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk (Single Version)
    13. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
    14. General Public – Tenderness
    15. The Blue Room – I’m Afraid
    16. Belouis Some – Round, Round
    17. Thompson Twins – If You Were Here
    18. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental) 3.07


    1. Yello – Oh Yeah
    2. Book Of Love – Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)
    3. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness
    4. Patti Smith – Gloria: In Excelsis Deo
    5. Westworld – Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo
    6. Divinyls – Ring Me Up
    7. Topper Headon – Drummin’ Man
    8. Billy Idol – Catch My Fall
    9. The Association – Cherish
    10. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium
    11. Zapp – Radio People
    12. The Blue Room – Cry Like This
    13. Ray Charles – Mess Around
    14. Joe Turner – Lipstick, Powder and Paint
    15. Darlene Love – (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
    16. Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
    17. Perry Como With Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra And The Ray Charles Singers – Juke Box Baby
    18. The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
    19. Ray Anthony And His Orchestra – The Peter Gunn Theme


    1. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday Road
    2. Emmylou Harris – Back in Baby’s Arms
    3. Hugh Harris – Rhythm of Life
    4. Spandau Ballet – True
    5. Propaganda – Abuse – Here
    6. The Dream Academy – The Edge of Forever
    7. Yello – Lost Again (Album Version)
    8. Bryan Ferry – Crazy Love
    9. The Rave-Ups – Positively Lost Me
    10. Los Lobos – Don’t Worry Baby
    11. Steve Earle – Continental Trailways Blues (Album Version)
    12. The Revillos – Rev Up!
    13. Boston – More Than A Feeling
    14. Balaam And The Angel – I’ll Show You Something Special
    15. The Rave-Ups – Rave Up/Shut Up
    16. Pop Will Eat Itself – Beaver Patrol
    17. The Vapors – Turning Japanese
    18. Silicon Teens – Red River Rock

    Tony M.