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 didnt 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 wasnt up to par.
He explains, We sent John a song, but test audiences didnt 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 didnt labor over it. There wasnt 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 OMDs album Architecture & Morality & More is now available in stores.
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