Friday, February 24, 2012

Pretty In Pink

This week's edition of Retro Friday features the Psychedelic Furs song "Pretty In Pink."

The Psychedelic Furs are an English post-punk/New Wave band which was formed in 1977. The band is led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim on bass guitar, and they are one of the many acts that spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock.

They scored several hits early in their career, but were launched to international attention in 1986 when the film director John Hughes borrowed their song title "Pretty in Pink" for his movie of the same name. A newly recorded version of the song became the Psychedelic Furs' biggest hit to that time. "Heartbreak Beat", from their 1987 album Midnight to Midnight, was to be the Furs' biggest Top 40 entry in the US.

The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in 1991, and the Butler brothers formed a new band called Love Spit Love. The Psychedelic Furs later regrouped in 2001 and continue to perform around the world.

The song "Pretty in Pink" ... and it's similarly named movie ... are definitive cultural features from the 1980's. And whenever I hear the song, I automatically think of the movie! If you haven't seen Pretty In Pink ... track it down and watch it for sure ... it's a classic!

And did I mention that Molly Ringwald, star of said movie, is going to be in town this weekend? I think we may just have to go attend her meet & greet and relive a little 80s lore!

Okay ... and here it is ... for your listening pleasure! "Pretty In Pink!"

There is one other Psychedelic Furs song that I do also particularly like ... "Love My Way." It is another one of those quintessential 80's retro songs. Allmusic writer Ned Raggett called it "one of the slyest and best singles from the early '80s, a deserved cult hit in the States well-remembered in modern rock circles."

"Love My Way" was released in 1982 from their third studio album, Forever Now. It was written by the four members of the group and produced by Todd Rundgren, the song reached the top 10 of the charts in New Zealand and the top 50 in the United Kingdom and United States.

And here's a bonus song for you ... a little "Love My Way" for your listening pleasure!


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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting as always! And it's always a pleasure to cast another vote your way :) Good luck!!