Pretty in Pink (song)

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"Pretty in Pink"
The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink (1981).jpg
Single by The Psychedelic Furs
from the album Talk Talk Talk
Released1981 (original version)
1986 (re-recorded version)
Recorded1981 (original version)
1986 (re-recorded version)
GenrePost-punk, new wave
Length3:57 (1981 version)
3:53 (1986 single version)
4:40 (1986 album soundtrack version)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)John Ashton, Tim Butler, Richard Butler, Vince Ely, Duncan Kilburn, Roger Morris
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite (1981 version)
Charles Harrowell (1986 version)
The Psychedelic Furs singles chronology
"Dumb Waiters"
(1981)
"Pretty in Pink"
(1981)
"Love My Way"
(1982)
The Psychedelic Furs singles chronology
"Here Come Cowboys"
(1984)
"Pretty in Pink"
(1986)
"Heartbreak Beat"
(1987)

"Pretty in Pink" is a song by the English rock band the Psychedelic Furs, originally released in 1981 as a single from the band's second album, Talk Talk Talk. The 1986 film was named after the song and a re-recorded version of the song was included on its soundtrack.

Release and reception[edit]

The original version of "Pretty in Pink" peaked at No. 43 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1981.[1] AllMusic writer Bill Janovitz credited producer Steve Lillywhite for finding "the ideal sound for the band, with a perfect blend of classic pop, punk, and art rock elements".[2] Janovitz called it "the definitive take" of the song.[2]

The 1986 version reached No. 18 in the UK[3] and narrowly missed the Top 40 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 41.[4] Janovitz described this version as "ho-hum, streamlined, (and) radio-ready".[2]

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl (1981)
  1. "Pretty in Pink" - 3:57
  2. "Mack the Knife" - 4:18
12" vinyl (1981)
  1. "Pretty in Pink" - 3:57
  2. "Mack the Knife" - 4:18
  3. "Soap Commercial" - 2:55
7" vinyl (1986) [UK, Japan]
  1. "Pretty in Pink" - 3:53
  2. "Love My Way" (US remix) - 3:38
7" vinyl (1986) [U.S., Europe]
  1. "Pretty in Pink" - 4:01
  2. "Pretty in Pink" (dub) - 3:21
12" vinyl (1986)
  1. "Pretty in Pink" - 4:01
  2. "Pretty in Pink" - 3:21
  3. "Love My Way" (US remix) - 3:38

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 43
Chart (1986) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Psychedelic Furs - 'Pretty in Pink'". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  2. ^ a b c Janovitz, Bill. ""Pretty in Pink" - Review". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  3. ^ a b "The Psychedelic Furs - 'Pretty in Pink' (1986)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  4. ^ a b "The Psychedelic Furs - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-26.