Bueller..? Bueller..? That’s right: although no official soundtrack was released for this classic, coming-of-age comedy from the king of Brat Pack, John Hughes, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off sports some of finest collaborations of music, nostalgia, liberty and eighties teendom. From Sigue Sigue Sputnik to The Smiths, to Yello and General Public (with their oh-so-fitting ‘Taking the Day Off’), Hughes has the decade of New Romanticism and electro covered, and it is so choice.
The film’s most iconic moment, of course, is when Ferris hijacks a Von Steuben Day parade. If ‘Danke Schoen’ doesn’t make you want to shake it up, then ‘Twist and Shout’ will inevitably get you goin’ now, just like you knew it would. ‘You can never go too far’, Ferris asserts with the unmistakeable conviction of adolescence. Only someone who is self-assured enough to compare himself to John Lennon could attempt such an audacious feat, and have audiences on their own feet. ‘I don’t believe in Beatles’, Ferris emulates, ‘I just believe in me’. A good point indeed.
Although best remembered for their hit single ‘Life in a Northern Town’, it is The Dream Academy’s achingly bittersweet ‘The Edge of Forever’, a gorgeous slice of dream pop, which elevates this film from simply moving to eighties epic. Soundtrack nirvana. How can Ferris possibly be expected to handle school when there’s music like this?
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and listen once in a while, you could miss it.