Music We Love: The "Pretty In Pink" Soundtrack
If I had to pick one movie that has influenced my personal style, taste in music and general 'tude the most, it would be, hands down, Pretty In Pink. The John Hughes-directed classic starring teen screen queen Molly Ringwald is an '80s classic. It's also like the quintessential film for weirdo teenage girls who thrift all their clothes in high school and want to work at indie record stores (oh, hello, ME). In addition to the killer outfits and drama-filled plotline (OMG, rich boy meets poor girl?!) the soundtrack is perfect. Not a lot of people recognize that Pretty In Pink has one of the best soundtracks of all time. It's probably because they hate the '80s and in that case I hate them. I'm pretty sure I'm like the only person who thinks '80s New Wave was the best time period in the history of music but, hey, what can I say? I'm into synthesizers and weird hair cuts. ANYWAY, let's get to the music:
I dare you to listen to the movie's namesake song, "Pretty In Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs, and not be completely hooked on Richard Butler's scratchy English vocals and the song's adorably romantic lyrics. I always love when he sings "she turns herself round and she smiles and says / this is it, that's the end of the joke." I do a mean Richard Butler impression (which only I think is good, apparently) but we can talk about that another time. This was actually the soundtrack that launched these dudes to worldwide fame and rightfully so! Next time you get dressed into your pink floral leggings and over-sized dusty pink cardigan and put on your pink bowler hat, have this playing for maximum Andie Walsh vibes.
Another fave on this album is OMD's "If You Leave" which, if you haven't seen the movie (shame on you!), plays at the end of the film during the prom climax scene. Question: what if your entire life was just prom climax scenes? The vibes would be tense, but there'd also be a lot of dramatic make-outs? Anyway, because of this movie I forever associate "If You Leave" with my own prom, even though my prom was in 2012. They did not play this song. "If You Leave" is so deliciously creepy in a very specific '80s way (I feel like there are so many stalker anthems of the '80s) with the lyrics "I'll touch you once / I'll touch you twice / I won't let go at any price." Mhm, yeah, okay dude!
Another classic song from this movie: The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," a total moan-y Duckie-esque track and Echo & The Bunnymen's "Bring On The Dancing Horses." Because what is an '80s rom com soundtrack without a few brooding dudes thrown in? Post-punkers Echo & The Bunnymen are one of my favorite bands and this song is so magical. "Bring On The Dancing Horses" is actually one of their more famous songs and it was recorded specifically for the movie. It's an oddly psychedelic tune for the band, whose typical steez is super goth. But, I mean, this song is about "breaking brittle hearts" and roaming "headless horses" so it's safe to say this track is pretty dark.
And, of course, my favorite band of ALL TIME, New Order, is on here. Yes, I love New Order more than Joy Division, sorry to disappoint the universe, though I doubt you even can compare the two bands (though everybody always does). And I also love every era of New Order, from Movement to their most recent Lost Sirens. "Shell Shock" is on the official LP but FYI: New Order's spine-tingling "Elegia" is also in the movie and it plays during the MAJORLY INTENSE SCENE (spoiler!) when Andie is cornering Blaine at the lockers and is all, "SAY IT! Say that you don't want to go to prom with me!" and Andrew McCarthy is doing the only acting he knows how to do: make his eyes look crazy.
The movie is rad, but Pretty In Pink would not be the awesome movie that it is without the soundtrack. It also serves as a neat little time capsule of a specific era of '80s New Wave music, so basically you need it in your life. —Hazel