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Pretty in Pink [Soundtrack]

Michael Gore Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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2. Left of Center - Suzanne Vega w/ Joe Jackson
3. Get To Know Ya - Jesse Johnson
4. Do Wot You Do - INXS
5. Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs
6. Shell-Shock - New Order
7. Round, Round - Belouis Some
8. Wouldn't It Be Good - Danny Hutton Hitters
9. Bring On The Dancing Horses - Echo & The Bunnymen
10. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths

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Few filmmakers managed to capture the awkward coming-of-age catastrophes of '80s teens the way John Hughes did, just as few soundtracks encapsulate the sound of an era better than this one does. It's not the best 1986 had to offer, but it's a cohesive whole, transporting the listener to that other time, imagined or otherwise. There's enough variety to ensure that it doesn't become wallpaper, and very little filler. "Left of Center" by Suzanne Vega, with Joe Jackson on piano, is tremendous and transcends generations. Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler has long been bemused about Hughes not taking Molly Ringwald's character's name from the title song, which inspired the film, but everyone was paying too much attention to what Ducky was wearing to notice anyway. --Scott Wilson

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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate 80s soundtrack June 1 2002
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a huge fan of movie soundtracks, but you couldn't take this CD away from me without a fight. Pretty In Pink's music did much to make it the great film it was. Although some of the artists featured on the soundtrack weren't really mainstream or famous, the music epitomizes the late great 1980s. "If You Leave" by OMD was one of the biggest hits of the entire decade, and it sounds as good today as it did back then. The title track by The Psychedelic Furs remains immediately recognizable by its opening notes. Both of these two songs still spark a nostalgic memory of my angst-ridden teen years. I must thank the compilers of this soundtrack for including the short but emotion-laden track "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths. Were it not for this CD, I probably would never have discovered the weird yet cathartic music of Morrissey and The Smiths. "Left of Center" is one of Suzanne Vega's best songs, just as "Do Wot You Do" represents INXS at that band's peak. These songs are a pretty eclectic mix, but all of them are fun to listen to even today and could probably fill a dancefloor with young people as well as not so young people who watched Pretty In Pink and listened to the soundtrack over and over again in our young, carefree days. For me, each song sparks a memory and keeps alive a small piece of a time in my life I will be trying to remember and relive until the day I die.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This album will bring you back... Aug. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
My husband and I attended both high school and college in the 80s, resulting in us being huge fans of the decade's music for life--we even had all 80s music at our recent wedding! This album is part of our vast 80s music collection; it's such a must-have that we bought a replacement when our old CD player destroyed our original copy. The songs wil take you back both to the movie and to the decade, starting with the title track, "Pretty in Pink," a huge mainstream hit by a non-mainstream group, the Psycedelic Furs. Other hits from the album include OMD's "If You Leave" and "Left of Center" by Suzanne Vega. My favorite, however, is "Wouldn't it Be Good," a Nik Kershaw tune nicely covered here by the Danny Hutton Hitters. Finally, fans of more obscure 80s groups such as New Order are likely to enjoy the remaining songs on this tape. For the sake of both nostalgia and the music itself, this album is a must-have addition to any 80s collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Soundtracks of the 1980s. May 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
There's not one second of filler in this excellent soundtrack to the landmark 1980s movie with Molly Ringwald. Typically, soundtracks contain second-rate material that would otherwise end up as b-sides. Not here. OMD gets the mood right with, "If You Leave," one of their very best singles. Not many folks liked the Psychedelic Furs' re-recording of the title song, but I happen to dig it personally. Then there's New Order's disco-flavored "Shellshock," while Belouis Some delivers the infectious "Round and Round." The least likely appearance is the Smiths, who introduced a generation to their mope rock with "Please Please..." Morrissey made no secret of his contempt for the music industry, so it's pleasantly surpirsing that his song appears here. Of course, there are other soundtracks that have more mainstream hits, but next to "Purple Rain," this soundtrack is one of the very best of the 1980s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie! Excellent Soundtrack! May 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you love good 80's pop, and non-pop like The Smiths or New Order, then you will cherish this CD. I'm a big fan of the movie "Pretty in Pink", and this has all my favorite songs from the movie.
However, if you are looking for Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (Duckie sings this to Molly in Trax), or if you are looking for songs performed in the club by that group with the big hair (heheh), DON'T LOOK HERE!! The group in the night club is The Rave-Ups and Amazon has their CD to purchase (it's an import), and you will just have to buy an Otis Redding CD to get that song.
My favorite song is of course, "If You Leave", but "Wouldn't it Be Good" and "Get to Know Ya" (this guy sounds frightingly like Prince!) are some of my other favorites. What are you waiting for?! Buy this album!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.... Dec 9 2000
Format:Audio CD
Before I begin, let me tell you this. I am not an 80s person. The only reason I bought this album is because of OMD's "If You Leave". I really like that song. Turns out the album was nothing like that song to me. The only other song I liked was "Shell Shock" by New Order. All the other songs were just weird. Many had good music but were destroyed when the singers opened their mouths to sing. Two stars is generous for this CD because I only gave it that because of 2 songs. I am looking to sell my copy. I did not like this album. I don't recommend it unless you are a real 80s music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect! Jan. 19 2001
By amest
Format:Audio CD
All I can say is, the person who gave this two starts must not have spent their teens/20s in the 80s. The movie is one of the all time great 80s movies (entirely due to the performances by Cryer and Potts), so it is only fitting that the soundtrack is equally noteworthy. This is one of my favorite collections of 80s music -- there's not a bad song on it. It'll take you back to your club days. Definitely worth getting. And I agree that "Try a Little Tenderness" should have been included -- it IS the most memorable scene in the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Beautiful Sweet Memories
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Pretty In Pink and I am now enjoying listening to the soundtrack. Two of my favorites are, If You Leave and Wouldn't It Be Good. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Catherine Ann McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy, but don't give it away
I had the tape once and gave it to a friend..stupid mistake!
The songs are great on here. My favorites are if you leave (omd), shellshock (new order), wouldn't it be good (a... Read more
Published on June 11 2003 by Mary Goldsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good 'Mix Tape'
A pretty good sampler of New Wave pop, if that's your thing. Plenty of nostalgia here for anyone who was a youth in the eighties. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by The Orange Duke
3.0 out of 5 stars love the 80's
i enjoyed the album but it was missing 2 good songs the first one was "rudy"by talk back, and the other one was rave up/shut up, by the rave ups. Read more
Published on June 2 2002 by kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Soundtracks for a Movie!
This is truly an awesome album! If you haven't seen the movie... you need to. It not only was a great movie because of Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer... Read more
Published on March 6 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars somthings missing
The tracks are fine but the one song that was mimed in the film by ducky[the great actor,jon cryer].And sung by the great OTIS,isnt here.SILLY
Published on Jan. 17 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic of the 80's
As a teenager of the 80's, Pretty In Pink (along with all the John Hughes oeuvre)has great sentimental value to me. The soundtrack to the movie is just right. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2001 by "mban25"
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