Billboard #1s for the Week Ending April 12, 1986
April 9, 2016 Leave a comment
This week’s Time Capsule!
|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|
This 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.