Three Awesome, Wildly Different 'Pretty in Pink' Covers

The Psychedelic Furs, in concert Saturday at the House of Blues in Anaheim, have been together for more than 30 years (albeit with a nine year hiatus between 1991 and 2000), and produced seven studio albums. But let's face it, what they're still most known for is their 1981 song “Pretty in Pink,” which inspired the title of the iconic 1986 John Hughes-penned, Molly Ringwald-starred movie of the same name (and featured a re-recorded version of the song on the soundtrack).

And as it often goes with beloved tunes, “Pretty in Pink” has inspired a variety of cover versions, from some very different acts. Luckily enough, some of the covers are actually even good!

The Dresden Dolls don't seem to exist any more, with singer Amanda Palmer focusing on her solo career, but the last thing they released as a duo was compilation album No, Virginia…, which featured this “Pretty in Pink” cover. It's a rather faithful take, which means that it stands in pretty stark contrast to the band's quirkier output like “Coin-Operated Boy.”


Daytrotter has gained a stellar reputation among indie circles for snagging up-and-coming bands for unique mid-fi sessions. In the summer of 2007, as Brooklyn-based the National were riding the high of their critically acclaimed Boxer, they stopped by Futureappletree Studio 1, with singer Matt Berninger's distinctly deep voice adding its own spin to the song.

Pretty in Pink – The National


LA band Automatic 7 sound a lot like Social Distortion. Like, “Mike Ness might want to consider legal action” a lot. So much so, that a lot of people online (like whoever uploaded this song onto Imeem) have been fooled into thinking this cover of “Pretty in Pink,” from the first volume of compilation Before You Were Punk, was by Social D, but nope. Automatic 7. But feel free to pretend.

Pretty In Pink – Social Distortion

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