Wednesday, February 1, 2023

VA - Life Moves Pretty Fast, The John Hughes Mixtapes [2022] (4 x CDs)


VA - Life Moves Pretty Fast, The John Hughes Mixtapes [2022] (4 x CDs)

Compilation of music from the movies of legendary filmmaker John Hughes, covering the classic eighties period. 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, 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'. Curated by John Hughes' music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, this Limited Deluxe Edition 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'.  (Amazon)






Track lists


01 Kajagoogoo Kajagoogoo (Instrumental) 3:12

02 Simple Minds Don't You (Forget About Me) 4:20

03 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark If You Leave 4:30

04 Oingo Boingo Weird Science 3:47

05 Furniture Brilliant Mind 4:13

06 Dave Wakeling She's Having A Baby 3:47

07 Flowerpot Men Beat City 3:36

08 Psychedelic Furs Pretty In Pink 4:37

09 Flesh For Lulu I Go Crazy 3:51

10 Dr. Calculus Full Of Love 4:24

11 Lick The Tins Can't Help Falling In Love 3:09

12 Steve Earle & The Dukes Six Days On The Road (Album Version) 3:09

13 Kirsty Maccoll You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby (Soundtrack Version) 3:47

14 Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson Left Of Center 3:32

15 Pete Shelley Be Anything (Soundtrack Version) 3:42

16 Carmel It's All In The Game 3:53

17 Dream Academy Power To Believe (Instrumental) 4:42

18 Kate Bush This Woman's Work 3:36

19 New Order Elegia (2015 Remaster) 4:56


01 Beat March Of The Swivelheads (Rotating Heads - Dub Version) 5:15

02 Nick Heyward When It Started To Begin 3:49

03 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Tesla Girls 3:33

04 Big Audio Dynamite Bad 5:46

05 Killing Joke Eighties 3:51

06 Specials Little Bitch 2:31

07 Gene Loves Jezebel Desire (Come And Get It) [Us Club Mix] 6:18

08 Flesh For Lulu Slide 3:45

09 Love And Rockets Haunted When The Minutes Drag 4:32

10 Sigue Sigue Sputnik Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix) 6:56

11 Lords Of The New Church Method To My Madness 3:16

12 Jesus And Mary Chain The Hardest Walk (Single Version) 3:13

13 Echo & The Bunnymen Bring On The Dancing Horses 3:56

14 General Public Tenderness 3:39

15 Blue Room I'm Afraid 4:51

16 Belouis Some Round, Round 3:59

17 Thompson Twins If You Were Here 2:56

18 Dream Academy Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental) 3:07


01 Yello Oh Yeah 3:05

02 Book Of Love Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) 4:02

03 Otis Redding Try A Little Tenderness 3:47

04 Patti Smith Gloria: In Excelsis Deo 5:57

05 Westworld Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo 3:00

06 Divinyls Ring Me Up 3:11

07 Topper Headon Drummin' Man 2:56

08 Billy Idol Catch My Fall 3:42

09 Association Cherish 3:26

10 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music For A Found Harmonium 2:58

11 Zapp Radio People 5:55

12 Blue Room Cry Like This 4:09

13 Ray Charles Mess Around 2:39

14 Joe Turner Lipstick, Powder And Paint 2:30

15 Darlene Love (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry 2:48

16 Marvin Gaye How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 2:55

17 Perry Como, Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra & The Ray Charles Singers Juke Box Baby 2:13

18 Chordettes Mr. Sandman 2:25

19 Ray Anthony And His Orchestra The Peter Gunn Theme 1:49


01 Lindsey Buckingham Holiday Road 2:11

02 Emmylou Harris Back In Baby's Arms 2:02

03 Hugh Harris Rhythm Of Life 4:08

04 Spandau Ballet True 5:40

05 Propaganda Abuse-Here 3:30

06 Dream Academy The Edge Of Forever 4:22

07 Yello Lost Again (Album Version) 4:19

08 Bryan Ferry Crazy Love 4:33

09 Rave-ups Positively Lost Me 5:17

10 Los Lobos Don't Worry Baby 2:46

11 Steve Earle Continental Trailways Blues (Album Version) 3:10

12 Revillos Rev Up! 2:23

13 Boston More Than A Feeling 4:46

14 Balaam And The Angel I'll Show You Something Special 3:31

15 Rave-ups Rave Up/Shut Up 1:56

16 Pop Will Eat Itself Beaver Patrol 3:11

17 Vapors Turning Japanese 3:46

18 Silicon Teens Red River Rock 3:29




  1. Every period has its own magic. But the 80s were surely a great time to be a teenager.

    1. Hi StoneRose.
      Often, I hear people reject the 80's but some great music and times from that decade.

    2. I need to have a word with those that reject the 80's. In private.

  2. ...."Life Moves VERY Fast"!


    1. Hi Stephen.
      And it seems to be faster as the years roll on...

  3. Thanks BB Some tracks I want and the rest will improve my knowledge.
    "The days are long and the years are short" a phrase that makes more sense the older you get.

    1. Enjoy this set, Lemonflag.
      Don't rush though this one. Lots of great moments.
      I thought that whooshing sound was only my tinnitus...

  4. Hi Butterboy,,
    This comp brings me a lot of memories!!! Thanks a lot!

  5. Not sure if it is my connection, but Pt. 2 isn't loading for me at this time. I've been trying over the past three hours.

    1. Hi Bud_e_luv_bomb,
      I might be a Krakenfiles issue. I am also having issues.
      Please try again later.

  6. Thanks for all the great music you have made available! As this comp is no longer available on Krakenfiles, could you consider re-uploading it at some point? Thanks.