Pretty In Pink CD (1987)

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Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60078812
UPC 075021329324
UPC 14 00075021329324
Format CD
Release Date 11/30/1987
Author Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Producer J. Johnson; Chris Thomas; Charles Harrowell; Jesse Johnson; John Porter; John Robie; Laurie Latham; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Richard Polodor; Arthur Baker; Steve Addabbo; The Psychedelic Furs; Tom Lord-Alge; Bernard Edwards
CatalogID 75021-3293-2
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 10/25/1990
Original Release 1986
Number of Discs 1
Length 39m : 13s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075021329324
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Joe Jackson (piano).
Audio Remixer: Mark Opitz.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Danny Hutton; David Anderle; Echo & the Bunnymen; INXS; Jesse Johnson ; New Order ; Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ; Suzanne Vega; The Psychedelic Furs; The Smiths; Belouis Some.
As the auteur of post-punk suburban adolescence, director John Hughes appropriately enhanced his '80s movies with relatively harmless new wave soundtracks. Where earlier films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles included the occasional Wang Chung or Simple Minds track, though, 1986's Pretty in Pink boasted a full lineup of "rock of the '80s" highlights. Foremost, of course, is the Psychedelic Furs' breakout remake of their 1981 college radio favorite "Pretty in Pink"; while it pales in relation to the raw and electric original, this new version still holds up even with some added horns and a general glossing over of the once hard-driving guitar and drum parts. Even better are tracks by OMD ("If You Leave"), Echo & the Bunnymen ("Bring on the Dancing Horses"), and the Smiths ("Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want"). These era-defining sides certainly help make lukewarm additions like New Order's "Shell-Shock," INXS' "Do Wot You Do," and Belouis Some's "Round, Round" easy to get through. And for more marginal new wave fare, there's Jesse Johnson's Prince-inspired "Get to Know Ya" and Danny Hutton's pop/rocker "Wouldn't It Be Good." Topped off by Suzanne Vega's respectable reworking of her hit "Left of Center," Pretty in Pink qualifies as one of the more relevant youth culture soundtracks. ~ Stephen Cook
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.38) - Ranked #62 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Uses gems from New Order and the Smiths to capture mid-80s suburban teen angst..."
Disc 1
1 If You Leave - OMD
2 Left Of Center - Suzanne Vega/Joe Jackson
3 Get To Know Ya - Jesse Johnson
4 Do Wot You Do - INXS
5 Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs
6 Shell Shock - New Order
7 Round Round - Belouis Some
8 Wouldn't It Be Good - Danny Hutton Hitters
9 Bring On Dancing Horses - Echo & The Bunnymen
10 Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths

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