Billboard #1s for the Week Ending April 12, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Rock Me Amadeus Falco 3
R & B Kiss Prince and the Revolution 2
Country She and I Alabama 1
Adult Contemporary Overjoyed Stevie Wonder 1
Rock Why Can’t This Be Love? Van Halen 2
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 6

FursPrettyThis week sees the 80s movie soundtrack boom nudge a British band closer to the Top 40. The Psychedelic Furs first recorded Pretty In Pink for their brilliant second album, Talk Talk Talk. It was a minor hit in the UK, but American radio wasn’t ready for the dark post-punk sound of the Furs. Fast forward half a decade, when Brat Pack writer John Hugues found inspiration in the song for his film of the same name. The Furs had flirted with the American charts with a more dance oriented sound, so a slicker version of Pretty In Pink was commissioned for the soundtrack.

This week the radio-friendly version edged into the Hot 100 at #90. In a three-month run, it peaked at #41, becoming the Furs biggest hit to date and beating the original UK peak by a notch. This recording was even more successful there, making it to #18 and becoming the band’s biggest hit at home.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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