1981, from the album Talk, Talk, Talk: 1986, from the Pretty in Pink Soundtrack: Interested in hearing your comments about the two versions and why they might have been asked to rerecord it for the film. The first version, which I loved the first time I heard it in '81, seemed like an instant classic. "Sweet Jane" chords, great guitar sounds, cool vocals (Butler was my favorite singer of the immediate post-punk period), classic rock production. Just a perfect rock single in my world. Second one sounds so dry and compressed. Who on earth thought it was better? I guess it has to do with mid 80's production styles. Yuck. It sounds like a demo for the '81 track.