Gary Applegate & The Notorius Grit Bros. | Pretty in Pink

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Pretty in Pink

by Gary Applegate & The Notorius Grit Bros.

One of the best songs of the 1980s, good enough to make into a movie.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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I actually met Richard Butler (of the furs) at CBGB maybe fifteen, twenty, years ago. Hilly introduced us; I think he thought our similar disillusionment with the recording industry might kindle an interesting conversation. Ii may have been the "Love Spit Love" era, but for whatever reason the band had re-located to NYC. Hilly didn’t know what a fan of “TALK TALK TALK” I was or that I was such a Steve Lillywhite fan. I had lobbied for Lillywhite to produce the CBS recording… but that wasn’t happening because Hilly wanted to produce it himself. I loved what Lillywhite had done on The Brains’ first album. So much so that when we redid the CBS recording thirty years later, Dave and I did a little Lillywhite on the first track. I think Hilly did use him on one of his later bands’ records (Crossfire Choir) but it’s not a signature Lillywhite sound.
Anyway, you couldn’t have a conversation at CBs when the bands were playing; it was way too loud. But Butler seemed like a nice enough guy, all rock star hair and trench coat, he looked the part. I’m not sure he’d ever heard of the Pet Clams, maybe, it was very loud like I said.
I thought “TALK TALK TALK“ was their first recording (it’s their second) but it’s the first one I heard, coming out a few months after our first. And it was a revelation to me, “Into You Like A Train” and of course, “Pretty In Pink”. It was good enough to write a movie around. And the Furs’ later remake (after the movie) of it was not as good as the original, too smooth and not enough Lillywhite.
I’ve since heard that the band didn’t like the movie, because Carolyn (of the song) is supposed to be a kind of victim… a little desperate; you get it. But that’s not how I see her. To me she’s the aggressor, the men wander through her dreams; lost, and wearing the clothes she tosses aside. I view her as much stronger than the Furs describe, and the men as the ones being left behind. Now maybe she’s based on a real girl and I’m all wrong. But I didn’t know that girl; I only know what I hear in the lyric.
And so, this is one of the very best songs from the post punk era, done by me and my guys (Joe Schulman and Jan Taler).

You know... It was a long time ago now, maybe it was Tim Butler and Hilly thought two bass players might have something to say to each other...

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