Monday, May 4, 2009

Soundtrack: Pretty In Pink (1986)

Pretty In Pink 1986Pretty in Pink is an 1986 film about teenage love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of a group of John Hughes movies starring Molly Ringwald, and is commonly identified as a "Brat Pack" movie. The title of the film comes from the song of the same name by British music group The Psychedelic Furs. The film was directed by Howard Deutch, produced by Lauren Shuler and written by John Hughes.

The Pretty in Pink soundtrack album was released in 1986 for the John Hughes movie Pretty in Pink, a film about teenage love and social cliques in a 1980s American high school. The title song by the Psychedelic Furs was the actual inspiration for the movie and was re-recorded for this soundtrack. It had been released in 1981 for the album Talk Talk Talk. "Left of Center" was also re-recorded. The first track, "If You Leave", was written in 1985 in advance specifically for the movie. In addition to their song "Shell Shock", New Order also had Thieves Like Us Instrumental and "Elegia" appear in the movie but not on the soundtrack. The Rave-Ups, who do appear in the movie, do not have any songs on the soundtrack. Nik Kershaw's Wouldn't It Be Good was re-recorded by former Three Dog Night vocalist Danny Hutton's band, Danny Hutton Hitters.

The movie also includes an Otis Redding song that Duckie lipsyncs to, which is not on the official soundtrack.

Pretty In Pink Soundtrack


  1. "If You Leave" - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, 4:25
  2. "Left of Center" - Suzanne Vega / Joe Jackson, 3:33
  3. "Get to Know Ya" - Jesse Johnson, 3:34
  4. "Do Wot You Do" - INXS, 3:16
  5. "Pretty in Pink" - The Psychedelic Furs, 4:40
  6. "Shellshock" - New Order, 6:04
  7. "Round, Round" - Belouis Some, 4:07
  8. "Wouldn't It Be Good" - Danny Hutton Hitters, 3:44
  9. "Bring On the Dancing Horses" - Echo & the Bunnymen, 3:59
  10. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" - The Smiths, 1:51
  11. "If You Leave (12 Inch)" - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  12. "Please, Please, Please Let Me get What I Want (Live)" - Morrissey
  13. "If You Leave" - Nada Surf


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