Friday, 23 March 2012

Pretty In Pink Soundtrack

I recently read an article by Ready Player One Author about his favourite John Hughes movie tracks which reminded me of of this which I scribbled about Pretty In Pink:




Usually films named after songs will choose a well know song (My Girl, Stand By Me, Blue Velvet etc) but Pretty in Pink by UK new wave band The Psychedelic Furs barely troubled the charts on its first release.  Molly Ringwald however was a fan, and played it to John Hughes, who promptly went off and wrote the movie based loosely on his (wrong) interpretation of the song. The song was re-recorded for the movie and re-released to a little more commercial success in 1986 along with the movie.


The soundtrack CD features a host of UK acts, who were popular amongst a the young American audience of the movie: The Smiths, New Order, OMD and Echo & The Bunnymen.

It notably does not include Try A Little Tenderness, by Otis Redding, lip-synched to by Duckie Dale (Jon Cryer) in one classic scene.



New Order’s Shellshock made the CD.  Other New Order tracks Elegia and Thieves Like Us (instrumental version) feature prominently in the film too, but Shellshock is the most commercial of these three, so fits well amongst the other tracks on this CD.


OMD wrote the track If You Leave specifically for the film.  Originally their track Goddess of Love was to be used in the film, but plot changes made this unsuitable.  Goddess of Love re-surfaced on OMD album The Pacific Age. Originally Duckie and Andie end up together at the prom, but this was changed, as was the OMD track used at the end of the movie.  OMD still perform Pretty In Pink live, using clips from the film as a backdrop.  (John Hughes got to write his underdog does get the girl story the following year in Some Kind of Wonderful)


Echo and The Bunnymen recorded Bring On The Dancing Horses for the movie too, and the following year recorded another classic soundtrack song -their cover of People Are Strange for The Lost Boys.


Rounding off the CD - Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths, was originally issued as the b-side to their single William It Was Really Nothing. The song also appeared on The Smiths’ album Hatful of Hollow. A cover version by Dream Academy was also used in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.


Strangely it’s a cover of Wouldn’t It Be Good, that strays little from the original by Nik Kershaw that appears on the CD.  

(Incidentally I’ve shouted for Nik Heyward songs at a Nik Kershaw concert, and he didn’t think this was funny. Nik Heyward however, at least smirked, when I shouted for Wouldn’t It Be Good.)

A classic 80s soundtrack CD and a must have!

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