ATD17: The John Hughes Mixtape

Akira The Don

  • Uploaded on
    August 9, 2009
  • Recorded at
    Don Studios IV
  • Produced by
    Akira The Don
  • Mixed by
    Akira The Don

Can you believe it took John Hughes dying to get me to make another ATD mixtape?

Well you shouldn’t. I was working on one when I heard the sad news. It was around midnight. My head was filled with all that brilliant John Hughes music, and I was inspired to make a bootleg. Then I did another. By 6 in the morning I realised I was making a mixtape. And here it is.

All of the music in this tape started life riding the back of something from a John Hughes movie. Apart from one beautiful, glaring mistake. A fabulous no-prize goes to the genius who can work out which one that is.

So, yeah. I hope you enjoy this. It’s the first genuine OG ATD tape I’ve done in years. I missed this process – its lunatic, maddening, and exciting. Late nights melt into early mornings hunched over the keyboard, banging out rhythms over crudely chopped samples. My neck aches, and my  eyeballs bulge, and I am glad I don’t smoke these days.

That’s right. So I’d like to thank Zef for taking my sleeve and making it look dirty, my girl for giving me the room to do it, and of course, John Hughes, for the inspiration.




Akira The Don – The Oh yeah Skank ft Littles and Yello
Akira The Don – John Shoot It Up ft Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Method Man
Wang Chung – Fire In The Twilight
Karla Devito – We Are Not Alone
The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
Dresden Dolls – Pretty In Pink
Akira The Don – 100 Million City ft Rick Ross, Birdman, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne & The Flowerpot Men
The Vapors – Turning Japanese
Akira The Don – Impressions ft Judd Nelson & Simple Minds
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
Danny Hutton Hitters – Wouldn’t It Be Good
Akira The Don – Ask Amanda Palmer
The Dream Academy – The Edge Of Forever
Stray Cats – Sixteen candles
Wayne Newton – Danke Shoen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- If You Leave
The Beatles – Twist And Shout (Akira The Don Shitmix)
Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Van Halen – Oh Pretty Woman
Akira The Don – Churchyard Killing ft Method Man & Billy Idol
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
The Dream Academy – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want


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  1. bloodred
    August 9, 2009
    3:59 am

    now THIS is the ATD i miss =) Best 80’s mesh evah =) 80s movies kicked ass thanks to hughes

  2. spaceman spiff
    August 9, 2009
    6:15 pm

    Thats amazing Ad, well done to you, he deserves it……… 😀

  3. silentbob69
    August 10, 2009
    7:37 pm

    Thanks man…That cover is hilarious!

    You look like the smuggest Mofo on earth….it looks like if we had the full picture there would be someone blowing you.

  4. Ben Thompson
    August 11, 2009
    1:45 am

    This mixtape restored my pluck…

  5. Akira The Don
    August 11, 2009
    2:06 am

    Aw crap, meant to use that bit…

  6. ny85
    August 11, 2009
    11:30 am

    Good Work ! "amanda palmer" is an idea worth pursuing ….great little track.

  7. juzza
    August 13, 2009
    3:24 pm

    Tops geez…

  8. Cormac
    August 14, 2009
    3:12 pm

    This is the shit

  9. tim from Radio Clash
    August 29, 2009
    5:33 pm

    Great mix! 😀

    Glaring mistook: St. Elmo’s Fire wasn’t a John Hughes film 😉

    I thought something was wrong there when I saw it in your 21010 film and thought ‘oh that’s probably from the JH mix’.

    It was the best film JH film he didn’t direct/write, though.

  10. tim from Radio Clash
    August 29, 2009
    6:59 pm

    Oops hadn't see your earlier post (?) where LegionAOD had already pointed it out…strange it's not mentioned here, obviously to trap the unobservant…

  11. Akira The Don
    August 31, 2009
    3:09 pm

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Well done still.

  12. VoxyBrown
    July 5, 2011
    8:41 pm

    Thanks for giving The Edge of Forever the room is needs to unfold. To my ear that’s the 80s-est track that ever 80s-ed.

  13. Anonymous
    July 6, 2011
    3:04 pm

    Its in the pantheon, most certainly. Props to your ears.

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