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2019 The composer André Previn dies at 89.

2014 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have their third child: Apollo Bowie Flynn.

2012 The Malaysian Government cancels a concert by Erykah Badu scheduled for the following day due to her tattoos, including one with the word "Allah" in Arabic.

2008 Mike Smith (lead vocalist, keyboardist for The Dave Clark Five) dies of pneumonia at age 64.

2006 Bruce Springsteen releases Hammersmith Odeon London 1975.

2006 Ne-Yo's first album, In My Own Words, debuts at #1 in America.

2004 Gigli sweeps the 24th Golden Raspberry Awards with nine nominations and six wins, including Worst Actress for star Jennifer Lopez and Worst Actor for Ben Affleck (whose award also includes his roles in Daredevil and Paycheck). Despite having a highly publicized off-screen romance, the pair also lands Worst Screen Couple.

1999 Hole and Marilyn Manson kick off their joint Beautiful Monsters tour with a show in Spokane, Washington, but cancel it after nine dates when Hole pulls out and Manson injures his ankle on stage.

1998 Columbia Records releases Train's self-titled debut album, which the band issued independently in 1996 after the label passed on it. It includes their first hit, "Meet Virginia."

1998 Garth Brooks hosts Saturday Night Live. As the musical guest, he performs his hit "Two Piña Coladas."

1996 Alison Krauss and Shenandoah's "Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart" wins the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals. The single, a #7 hit, was Krauss's first Top 10 entry on the country chart.

1996 22-year-old Alanis Morissette becomes the youngest artist to win the Grammy for Album of the Year when Jagged Little Pill takes the prize. She holds the record until 2010, when 20-year-old Taylor Swift nabs the title with Fearless.

1995 Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day) and wife Adrienne welcome their first child, son Joseph "Joey" Marciano Armstrong, named for Ramones singer Joey Ramone.

1989 The sitcom Coach debuts on ABC, starring Craig T. Nelson as a college football coach and Shelley Fabares as his longtime girlfriend. Fabares became famous in the '50s and '60s, starring in The Donna Reed Show - on which she debuted the hit "Johnny Angel" - and appearing in three films with Elvis Presley.

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Pretty In Pink Movie Reboots Psychedelic Furs Song

1986

The movie Pretty In Pink, based on the Psychedelic Furs song but with a very distorted interpretation of the lyric, is released in theaters.

The song first appeared in 1981 on the Psychedelic Furs' second album, Talk Talk Talk. It did well in their native UK, but was little known to all but the most musically adventurous Americans, the kind Molly Ringwald plays in Pretty In Pink, where her character works at a record store. Ringwald was also the teen star of the John Hughes movies Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. When Hughes heard the song "Pretty In Pink," he used it as the title and basis for his next movie, staring Ringwald as Andie, a poor but feisty high school girl who ends up in a homemade pink prom dress, looking pretty. The song though, bears no resemblance to the plot. The lyric describes a girl named Caroline who sleeps around. She thinks she's hot stuff, but the guys make fun of her when she's not around. The movie, which deals with teenage romance and class divides, distills the song to a literal meaning, which isn't what the group had in mind. It does, however, boost their profile in America, a nut they'd been trying to crack since 1983 when lead singer Richard Butler and his bass player brother Tim moved there from England. The Psychedelic Furs recorded a new version for the movie that sanded off the rough edges and brought the song up to date musically with others on the soundtrack, including "If You Leave" by OMD. They also made a new video incorporating clips from the film. Released as a single, this new version of "Pretty In Pink" becomes their most famous song in the States. Lead singer Richard Butler is grateful for the exposure but troubled by the interpretation. "It was nothing like the spirit of the song at all," he says. The film isn't a blockbuster but becomes a cultural touchstone, with many who see it in their teens remembering it as vividly as their first crush. The Psychedelic Furs' record company pushes the band in a pop direction for their 1987 album Midnight To Midnight, which contains the memorable "Heartbreak Beat." This proves bad for their health: Richard Butler feels overworked and compromised, and develops a heart condition from the stress. The group puts out two more albums before calling it quits in 1991. When they return to action in 2000, it's with a new appreciation for their old songs. "Pretty In Pink" remains a crowd favorite.

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