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The Psychedelic Furs’ singer says John Hughes misunderstood Pretty In Pink’s lyrics
August 17th, 2020 under 80s, Brat Pack. [ Comments: none ]


Back when I was in high school, our English teacher gave us a poem to read. We all thought it was about a man’s final moments on his death bed. Turns out, it was actually about him losing his virginity. Art’s interpretation is in the eye of the beholder.

Why am I telling you this? Back in 1986, a movie called Pretty In Pink came out. The film was inspired by the 1981 song of the same name. However, Richard Butler, the lead singer of The Psychedelic Furs, says that John Hughes mistook the meaning of the song.

In the coming of age of flick, it about Molly Ringwald being pretty in a pink dress. Butler told Sky News that it is not the pink he was talking about in the song.

“John Hughes – God rest his soul – kind of got the wrong end of the stick with that song.

“He made it to be literally about a girl that was wearing a pink dress and it wasn’t about that at all. It was about a rather unfortunate girl. Me saying pretty in pink meant somebody who is naked. It was a metaphor.”

Is Butler seeing red because the iconic filmmaker got it wrong? He told the interviewer, “…given that, the movie did us a lot of good. It was a double-edged sword because it increased our audience but a lot of people that were the darker set of our fans thought: ‘It’s a brat pack movie scene now and we are not really into that.'”

You can’t win them all.

If you think about it, Hughes’ mistake turned out to be a good thing for them. Who knows if they would still be touring (when bands can tour) today if it was not that misunderstanding of a birthday suit for a pink dress? Their original fans would have left them anyways, but that movie will be a coming of age movie for many decades to come. Therefore, that tune is giving them new fans all the time.

Now that you know the real meaning behind the song, listen to it again. You will hear how different it is than you remembered. It is like the red light in your head went on. Mind blown.

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BTWF: Ally Sheedy for Pizza Hut
January 23rd, 2020 under Before They Were Famous, Brat Pack. [ Comments: none ]


Before Ally Sheedy was cleaning houses in Maid to Order, she was serving pizzas for Pizza Hut. She looks the same now as she did when she was 18 in that 1981 commercial.

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An ’80s teen girl’s wet dream: Rob Lowe and Robert Downey Jr.!
October 1st, 2018 under Brat Pack, Rob Lowe, Robert Downey Jr., Wet dream. [ Comments: none ]


Back in the ’80s, Rob Lowe and Robert Downey Jr. were part of the infamous Brat Pack, but yet the two of them never did a movie together. Can you like totally believe that? Finally, after 30 years, the two of them did something together. They took this photo at Gwyneth Paltrow’s wedding this weekend.

I know that John Hughes is no longer with us, but there has to be a way to do a movie with all the Brat Packers. Fifty Candles at the Brunch Club?

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BTWF: Molly Ringwald in Temptest
August 15th, 2018 under Before They Were Famous, Brat Pack. [ Comments: none ]


via Old School ’80s
Before Molly Ringwald was misbehaving in The Breakfast Club, she was singing Ain’t Misbehaving in Tempest. How cute was the 13-year-old in that 1982 movie?

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Imagine John Laroquette as The Outsiders’ Ponyboy
January 25th, 2018 under Brat Pack. [ Comments: none ]


Back in 1983, 8 virtual unknowns starred in a little movie called The Outsiders and all of their acting careers and lives changed forever. Today if you say Ponyboy to someone, they will immediately picture C Thomas Howell in their heads. But there was someone else who screened for the role.

Yesterday on The Librarians, John Laroquette wore a jean vest and his co-star Rebecca Romijn revealed that this was not the first time he wore it on camera. He wore it 35 years ago to audition for the cult classic, and as we know he did not get the role.

Which makes you wonder what would have happened to the two actors had the role gone to the Laroquette. Does that mean Dan Fielding would have played the Soul Man and the Soul Man would have gone to play Dan Fielding in Night Court. Imagine how different their careers would have been? I am glad it turned out the way it did because their roles are perfect just the way they are.

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