THE COLOR PINK: Remember the Psychedelic Furs song, "Pretty in Pink," which somehow escaped being a hit several years ago? It may have a second chance, thanks to "Pretty in Pink," a new movie written and executive-produced by John Hughes that takes its name from the song. The movie will be released on Valentine's Day.
The film's sound track, due out in early February on A&M Records, offers a veritable Who's Who of young English artists, including new songs from the Smiths, OMD, New Order and Belouis Some, as well as "Bring on the Dancing Horses," an Echo & the Bunnymen track only available on the group's hits collection and a re-recorded version of the Furs tune. (The record also offers a new Suzanne Vega song, "Left of Center," an INXS track, "Do Whot You Do" and a Jesse Johnson tune, "Get To Know Ya.")
In a classic example of the headaches that accompany the release of an ambitious sound-track project, the label's biggest dilemma is deciding which song to release as the debut single. According to David Anderle, A&M's director of film music, the label is particularly enthusiastic about the OMD track, "If You Leave." Unfortunately, the group already has a new single on the charts ("Secret") and the label is concerned about having the two songs compete with each other for radio attention.