Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 6-5-23

“Pretty In Pink,” The Psychedelic Furs’ 1981 song about a woman named Caroline who sleeps with different men who mock her for being so “loose,” became the title song to a 1986 movie scripted by John Hughes about a teenager named Andie who “must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.” I pulled that from IMDB, as I’ve never seen the movie. At the time of this movie’s release I had already seen two other movies based on Hughes scripts, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, both of which he also directed, and didn’t care much for either, the performances of Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall notwithstanding. (Make that three previous Hughes scripts. Looking at IMDB, I notice that he wrote Class Reunion, a movie I saw only because my dad was an investor in it. It wasn’t good.) I’ll give Hughes this – the music used in his films was, for the most part, winning. So while the song “Pretty In Pink” resembles the storyline of the movie Pretty In Pink as much as I resemble Janelle Monae, it is a good one.

The Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler turns 67 today. A couple of his bands songs are included on today’s playlist, including the original mix of “Pretty In Pink.”

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 9-15-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the September 15 birthdays of Cannonball Adderley, Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy, and Jimmy Gilmer; the September 16 birthdays of Wire’s Colin Newman, B.B. King, Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch, Elastica’s Justine Frischmann, T La Rock, The Long Blondes’ Kate Jackson, Babybird’s Stephen Jones, The Bellamy Brothers’ David Bellamy, Marc Anthony, Hinds’ Ana Perrote, The Mock Turtles’ Martin Coognan, The Prisoners’ Graham Day, and Little Willie Littlefield; and the September 17 birthdays of Naughty By Nature’s Vin Rock, Hank Williams, The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, Doug E. Fresh, Five Man Electrical Band’s Les Emmerson, Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar, The Mystics’ Phil Cracolici, The Tubes’ Fee Waybill, Flo Rida, Anastacia, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin’s Jonn Penney, Bill Black, and Dorothy Loudon.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist (7-16-20)

Inspired by the July 16 birthdays of The Police’s Stewart Copeland, BROCKHAMPTON’s Kevin Abstract, William Bell, Desmond Dekker, The Searchers’ Tony Jackson, and Live’s Ed Kowalczyk; the July 15 birthdays of Linda Ronstadt, Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, The Buggles/The Art of Noise’s Trevor Horn, Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, Gregory Isaacs, The Heartbreakers’ Johnny Thunders, Alicia Bridges, and Pamela Myers; and the July 14 birthdays of Belly/Throwing Muses’ Tanya Donelly, Woody Guthrie, Jamey Johnson, and Cliff & Claude Trenier.