"Pretty in Pink" '81 Version vs. '86 Version

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  1. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Was that the year New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen toured as co-headliners with Gene Loves Jezebel?
     
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    Always nice to see my all time favorite band mentioned, and appreciated, on TGP by someone other than myself. :beer
     
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    Yeah it was. The Bunnymen played some in between shows as the headliner sans New Order and GLJ and happened to be in town that night (they played here the next night by themselves then played with the full tour lineup a few nights later in D.C. I asked Ian Mculloch why Gene Loves Jezebel at least wasn't playing the one off dates with them. His answer - "They ran out of hair dye".
     
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    Haha!
     
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    I have to admit, I never realized that there were two vastly different versions of the song. I only knew the original 81 version and never listened to the soundtrack and honestly never cared much for the film. More of a Breakfast Club fan.
     
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    They were credited under a different name but it was 3 of the 4 of them. They sang "Computer Madness" lol - it was terrible. It was only years later that I realize who it was!
     
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    Cheers to Tommy Keene for not even missing a beat of his solo as Anthony Micheal Hall and his girlfriend are chased by a gun wielding maniac right in front of him on stage.
     
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    Ha! Talk about a pro right!?
     
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    81 all the way
    Richard Butler is a great vocalist, totally unique sound.
     
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    Not sure about the other band, but she pushed hard to have the Rave Ups included as she was a huge fan.
     
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    Plus the Clash drank iced tea out of Jack Daniels bottles on stage.
     
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    Ha!

    I saw the Furs around '83 at the Capital Theater in Passaic, NJ and Butler had a beer in his hand the entire show. And believe me, it wasn't the same one.
     
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    Disagree with this one. I think the remastered version is a bit more melodic, you can hear the instruments better AND the vocals. I feel it's more cohesive and gelled than the original - which seemed like a hodgepodge of ideas thrown together and not mixed as well.

    Cheesier....yes. But to me, better. Pretty In Pink?....... original, no question.
     
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    Just found this thread. This is the way that I feel. I've always been aware of both recordings, and always liked both, because the song is just a really good song. But the original recording is head and shoulders above the re-recording. The re-recording is too slick to be a classic like the original was.
     
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    The band that I played in during the eighties covered PIP, I always enjoyed playing it.
     
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    That's not the issue. The issue is that the movie version was a badly done cover by another band. Nik Kershaw wrote and recorded the original, which is IMO vastly superior.
     
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    Don't know if I'm the only one, but the 86 version sounds like such a different song, plus the compression and crappy sound is inherent to YouTube so....

    The 86 version sounds like it could have come off of The Replacements Don't Tell a Soul. It has a completely different vibe. I do not dislike it.
     
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    The "triple Lindy" is part of my kids' vocabulary because I always use it to describe an extreme version of something.

    Also, "lets go out sometime when you . . . have no class."
     
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    My favorite Furs song- this brings back post-football game Friday night dances my Freshman year of High School.
     
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  20. Fatherflot

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    Update.

    Found a pretty complete article on the song here:

    http://popdose.com/whats-that-supposed-to-mean-the-psychedelic-furs-pretty-in-pink/

    It includes Butler's own thoughts about the lyric, John Hughes' total failure to understand what the song was saying, etc. It also has a fascinating quote from Tim Butler to the effect that when they were asked to re-record the song, the stated rationale was that there was an out of tune guitar on the original track:bkw
     
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