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
Released 1981 (original version)
1986 (re-recorded version)
Recorded 1981 (original version)
1986 (re-recorded version)
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 3:57 (1981 version)
3:53 (1986 version)
Label Columbia
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)
"Dumb Waiters"
(1981)
"Pretty in Pink"
(1981)
"Love My Way"
(1982)
"Pretty in Pink" (1986 version)
The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink (1986).jpg
The Psychedelic Furs singles chronology
"Here Come Cowboys"
(1984) Here Come Cowboys1984
"Pretty in Pink"
(1986) Pretty in Pink1986
"Heartbreak Beat"
(1987) Heartbreak Beat1987

"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 number 43 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1981.[1] Allmusic writer Bill Janovitz credits 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 number 18 in the UK[3] and number 41 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart.[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" (U.S. remix) - 3:38
7" Vinyl (1986) [U.S., Europe]
  1. "Pretty in Pink" - 4:01
  2. "Pretty in Pink" (dub version) - 3:21
12" Vinyl (1986)
  1. "Pretty in Pink" - 4:01
  2. "Pretty in Pink" - 3:21
  3. "Love My Way" (U.S. remix) - 3:38

Chart performance[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Psychedelic Furs - 'Pretty in Pink'". Chart Stats. 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)". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  4. ^ a b "The Psychedelic Furs - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-26.