June 24, 2009

Seven years went under the bridge like time was standing still

A year after The Breakfast Club, John Hughes made Pretty in Pink: another movie about high-school cliques, again starring Molly Ringwold.

While OK, Pretty in Pink isn't as memorable as The Breakfast Club, and the same is true of its soundtrack, which features primarily 80s alternative acts such as Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order, and the Psychedelic Furs (whose song "Pretty in Pink" was the inspiration for the movie). The Danny Hutton Hitters' cover of "Wouldn't It Be Good", originally by Nik Kershaw, is pretty good. But the best song from the movie is Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark's "If You Leave," which became their biggest hit:

While I'm ambivalent about the movie and most of the soundtrack, I've loved this song from the first time I heard it played.

(By request, I'm going to start adding links to the lyrics from now on, as well.)