Which movie did you like better?
Which song do you like better?
“If you leave, don’t leave now
Please don’t take my heart away
Promise me, just one more night
Then we’ll go our separate ways”*
“If you Leave” by OMD (Orchestral Movers in the Dark) is still in constant rotation on some radio stations alone with “Don’t You Forget about Me” by Simple Minds. Both were on soundtracks to John Hughes movies: “If You Leave” from Pretty in Pink and “Don’t You Forget about Me” from The Breakfast Club. It makes sense that they’re still played. Not only did they define a generation, but the lyrics work well for people my age, and the nostalgia we feel looking back to that time.
While I like both of those songs equally (but if you force me to choose a song, I'll choose the Simple Minds one), I thought The Breakfast Club was a better movie. I was so annoyed when Molly Ringwald didn’t end up with Duckie. All Andrew McCarthy did was squeeze his eyes to make himself cry because it was hard to be torn between his rich parents and his poor girlfriend. Puh-lease.
OMD had a few other good songs. This one is a tribute to and has beautiful shots of Louise Brooks, the 1920s film star:
And if you want some extra nostalgia, here’s Simple Minds with clips from The Breakfast Club:
“We’ve always had time on our sides
Now it’s fading fast
Every second, every moment
We’ve got to, We’ve got to make it last”
- “If You Leave” OMD