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The Psychedelic Furs – Talk, Talk, Talk (1981) & Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) (1982)

November 10, 2017

[Albums 581 & 582 / 1001]

To be or not to be…affiliated with a John Hughes mid-80s hit movie?

That is the question.

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Advantages, Disadvantages

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In the case of the Psychedelic Furs, Pretty in Pink was the opening track on their 1981 sophomore album, Talk Talk Talk.

There are moments on the record that remind me of mid-90s Social Distortion.Talk_Talk_Talk_(The_Psychedelic_Furs_album_-_cover_art)

Richard Butler’s gravel-ly vocals paired with melodic yet sufficiently edgy tunes? I’m in.

In 1986, when Pretty in Pink (the song) was re-recorded for the John-Hughes-penned-film, some fans might have balked at the extra layer of gloss and slightly slower tempo.

But as I wasn’t emotionally invested in the band prior to the film, and I quite like the film’s soundtrack, I did no such balking.

And it was nice to see they’re more than just that band who did that song.

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With Simple Minds, their fifth album, New Gold Dream, also arrived a few years before the band’s John Hughes moment.

However in their case, the film wasn’t named after one of the band’s previous tracks.

In fact, they didn’t even write what would become their biggest North American hit.220px-Newgolddreamsimpleminds

Instead, they were the fourth choice to record Don’t You (Forget About Me).

And ironically, the band name, and even the song name, may end up being forgotten by many over time, with the lasting memory instead being, ‘that song that’s playing when Judd Nelson raises his fist at the end of The Breakfast Club.’

Which would be a shame, as based on the accessibility of the music on New Gold Dream, the band likely deserves a better fate.

I plan on remembering spending $5 on this LP and being quite pleased with my return on investment.

That much I won’t forget.

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So, overall, is it advantageous or disadvantageous to be affiliated with a John Hughes, mid-80s film?

I’d imagine that, paradoxically, both of the above are true.

But I’d also imagine that there are much worse affiliations to have.

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Verbalize the Positive

I love watching older movies/shows and seeing the band posters on the walls, like at the record store in Pretty in Pink!

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35 Comments
  1. Wow…talk about Flashback Friday!
    Lots of dudes had a thing for Molly back in the day thats for sure!
    Myself I had a thang for Lee Aaron brandishing that sword on the cover of Metal Queen!
    Thanks for asking hahaha

  2. With you on the fun in spotting music images in films/TV shows. I remember being ridiculously excited to spot a Robert Pollard poster (Hi Aaron!) in the UK comedy series The IT Crowd.

    • GBV! GBV! GBV! Haha I spotted that too. They even talked about them…

      • I’d forgotten that scene – that’s terrific, I shouldn’t have even heard of them!

      • That show’s really really funny. As for GBV, man, I’ll probably gibber about them effusively soon enough!

    • Nice to hear I’m in good company Bruce –
      needless to say, I was overjoyed to see the smiths posters making appearances in pretty in pink!

  3. I like the Psychedelic Furs’ guy’s voice a lot – gravelly is a good description.

  4. jprobichaud permalink

    I think if I was an eighties new wave band, I might have been a bit standoffish at the idea of contributing to a John Hughes film at the time but then, after the fact, would’ve been proud of being a part of something so culture shaping as his films were. He had an ear for music and seemed to understand teen angst like no other adult did in those days. Great post for two great songs and the bands that performed them.

    • Cheers JP – and 30 years later, the films still resonate with high school kids, which is a credit to Hughes for sure.
      The soundtracks definitely still work for me too!

  5. I can’t even remember Simple Minds playing during The Breakfast Club! Can you believe that!?

    • I think they’d be delighted to hear that J – someone who forgets the movie affiliation but remembers the rest of the career!

      • … well, I don’t know about that. I associate that song with milk! It was used in a TV ad for the white stuff in the early 90s (I think). I don’t know what they’d prefer! Ha!

      • Haha – I think they’d prefer the film association after all!

      • I think so!

    • Have you never seen the film Pitch Perfect?! Jeez.

      • I haven’t! Is this a film about soccerball?

      • No a girlie comedy about acapella singing.

      • … With soccerball?

      • None at all. But the songs’ place in The Breakfast Club is a big plot device.

      • You trying to sell me this?

      • I’m all about planting seeds, rather than actually selling …

  6. Zack permalink

    Social D had a song called Pretty in Pink. It’s not the same one is it? I’ve never listened to the Psychedelic Furs, but I might have to now.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if they did a version too – if you hear the original Psychedelic Furs version of pretty in pink (the 81 rather than 86 movie version), it would fit right in with Social D”s I was wrong/when the angels sing!

  7. The 80’s movies I feel always had great soundtracks. It helped me discover some bands and these two were so much better than that one song. I hadn’t listened to the Furs in a long while and now I am ready to cue them up. I love the song “Love My Way”.

    • And I’m not familiar with that one – I believe I have some more psychedelic furs to cue up too!

  8. It is quite the dilemma, but I say a band has to go for it. You either get option A, or you get option B but even with B you’ll still have your fans that like other things you did. The rest are all just One Hit Wonder Fans. Happy to take their money, but you wn’t need to worry about them in the long run!

    Of these two I’d definitely take Simple Minds, and that comp is a great one. So many good tunes!

  9. Always a good thing to be featured in a John Hughes film! They’re lying if they complain about it. It’s not even a debatable question in my mind because John Hughes had impeccable taste in soundtrack music, if he did the selecting that is. People rarely talk about Some Kind of Wonderful, but at the time it was described as a soundtrack for the future! His soundtracks have passed into pop culture. Case in point – Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work was written for She’s Having A Baby, and is now featured in so many climactic scenes in films and television.

    • I foolishly haven’t seen (or heard the soundtrack to) some kind of wonderful – but I just had hounds of love on in the car this morning, so hopefully that evens things out!

      • It’s been called a Pretty in Pink reversed film (as in same plot, different gender) but it’s more realistic. I don’t know if you’ve heard about the Amazon show Red Oaks, but that’s based around this time with music of this period and is actually pretty good.

  10. Simple Minds were pretty huge in the UK before “Don’t You Forget About Me”, Indeed, they had 2 number one albums before John Hughes got a hold of them, and this album reached number 3 back in 1982.
    It’s interesting that given a moment to reflect, I could reel off dozens of great Simple Minds songs, and about one half decent Psychedelic Furs song.

    • I’ve heard good things about the rest of the simple minds catalogue – alas, so far I’ve heard very little of the catalogue!

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