Friday, June 27, 2008


1980s Pop Stars Write Historic Hit In 24 Hours

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Believe it or not, one of the biggest songs in movie history was written in just 24 hours.

Synth-pop duo OMD helped make the 80s teen flick Pretty in Pink a classic with their hit tune “If You Leave,” but the song almost didn’t make the soundtrack.

According to founding member Paul Humphries, director John Hughes approached the band to write a song that would melt audiences hearts, but their first draft of the tune wasn’t up to par.

He explains, “We sent John a song, but test audiences didn’t like it. He asked us to fly out to Hollywood to write a new one.”

So the pop twosome played hooky from their tour, headed to Tinseltown, and after a hectic all-nighter, one of the biggest hits of the 80s was born.

Humphries says, “We didn’t labor over it. There wasn’t any time to. We only had 24 hours, so we were like, ‘That will have to do.’ It ended up working great in the film though.”

The re-release of OMD’s album Architecture & Morality & More is now available in stores.

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