The song was first released in 1981 and included on the group's second album, Talk Talk Talk
. It was revived in 1986 when the director John Hughes named his 1986 movie after this song. Starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Jon Cryer, Hughes wrote the plot around the song's lyrics, but according to The Psychedelic Furs, he muffed the meaning.
Richard Butler recalled to Mojo
how this song got co-opted onto the Pretty In Pink
movie: "We did the song and were very pleased with it. It wasn't that we were disappointed it wasn't a hit to begin with - at that point, we didn't know what was going on, or whether any of them were singles or whether we were that kind of band. A few years later, Molly Ringwald took it to John Hughes and said, 'I love this song, we should use it for a movie.' He took it away, listened to it, and wrote Pretty In Pink
, which totally got the whole thing wrong. It was nothing like the spirit of the song at all. It's really hard to say whether it was damaging for us. I suppose we got tied in with the story of the film, and if that's what people thought the story was about, and didn't look much further than that, they were getting a very false impression."
It's possible John Hughes heard this song from Molly Ringwald, but a more likely connection is Keith Forsey, who co-wrote the song "Don't You (Forget About Me)
" for Hughes' 1985 movie The Breakfast Club
. Forsey produced the 1984 Psychedelic Furs album Mirror Moves