Their big shot came when the filmmaker John Hughes asked the band to write a song for the final scene of “Pretty in Pink.” They had a track called “Goddess of Love” all ready to go, but when a new ending had to be shot for the movie — test audiences had flatly rejected Hughes’s original scene, which had Molly Ringwald picking Jon Cryer over Andrew McCarthy — O.M.D. was left with 24 hours to compose the song everyone in America ended up knowing them for.
It was called “If You Leave.” Hughes loved it, and so did American radio. It went to No. 4 on the U.S. charts and established O.M.D. as stars.