A host of classic John Hughes soundtracks will be brought together on a new boxset.
The director defined the teen movie for a new generation, developing an ability to speak to young audiences in a language that felt relatable, witty, and unpretentious. Later broadening as a director, John Hughes constructed an imposing canon, moving from The Breakfast Club, say, through to holiday evergreen Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.
Though aspects of his work are now disputed, John Hughes remains an influential figure, even after his death. With a huge fanbase, this new boxset collating some of his best-known soundtracks is sure to be in demand.
‘Life Moves Pretty Fast – The John Hughes Mixtape’ is due to be released on November 11th, and it moves from a 2LP compilation to an authoritative box set. The project includes songs from films he directed, produced, and wrote, and it matches iconic tracks – Simple Minds’ 80s tub-thumper ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ for example – to songs that made it into the movies, but weren’t included in the original official soundtrack LPs.
The project is being curated by Hughes Music music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, who says…
“Back when we were working on these movie soundtracks, the best way to send music around the world was cassettes 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. 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.”
As a neat bonus, the artwork for ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast’ features actual mixtapes that John Hughes made.
‘Life Moves Pretty Fast – The John Hughes Mixtape’ will be released on November 11th.