If You Leave

“If you leave, don’t leave now. Please don’t take my heart away…”

Contrary to popular belief (or at least the belief, at the time, of one of our Best of the 80s staffers) OMD’s 1986 hit “If You Leave” is not a love song.

Sure, he and his girlfriend may have called it ‘their song’ during their formative, lovey-dovey years, but the rest of us have to just look back and chuckle at that whiz-bang idea. (No, it’s not as bad as if he had chosen “Every Breath You Take”, but still…)

The standout single from the always-awesome Pretty In Pink soundtrack, “If You Leave” was a zippy little bit of synth-pop goodness. And even though, yes, it wasn’t as romantic as some people (ahem!) may have thought, it was still good enough to be the biggest hit to date of the head-scratchingly named Orchestral Manoeuvers in The Dark (or OMD, for the hip among us).

Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and it turns out that “If You Leave” wasn’t the original song OMD gave to John Hughes for the soundtrack. Their first attempt was a ditty called “Goddess of Love”, but when Hughes changed the ending of the flick to better suit audiences’ tastes (sorry, Duckie), they had two days to come up with a whole new song, and thus, “If You Leave” was born.

…and a good thing, too. The song went on to spend 20 weeks on the Billboard charts, peaking at #4 in May 1986.

It may not have been a sweet, happy song (“If you leave, don’t look back. I’ll be running the other way…), but it’s still pretty awesome in our books.

We ♥ If You Leave.


~ by weheart80s on November 9, 2011.

One Response to “If You Leave”

  1. Love this song!
    Did you catch my interview with Andy McCluskey from OMD?

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