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Don’t You Forget About Me Song

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Don T You Forget About Me

Don T You Forget About Me

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is a song known for its being in the soundtrack to the film The Breakfast Club and performed by the band Simple Minds in 1985.

Don’t You Forget About Me Song

Forsey asked Cy Curnin from The Fixx, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol to record the song, but all three declined; Idol would later perform a cover of it on his 2001 greatest hits compilation. Schiff then suggested Forsey ask the Scottish New Wave band Simple Minds, who initially refused as well, but then agreed under the encouragement of their label, A&M. According to one account, the band “rearranged and recorded ‘Dont You (Forget About Me)’ in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about it.” 1

The track would become their most famous song and is considered a defining song of the 1980s. Continuing the rock direction recently taken on Sparkle in the Rain but also glancing back at their melodic synthpop past, it caught the band at their commercial peak and, propelled by the success of The Breakfast Club, became a number-one hit in the U.S. and around the world. It is the band’s only number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, staying atop for three weeks. While only reaching number seven in the UK, it stayed on the charts from 19851987, one of the longest time spans for any single in the history of the chart.

Despite its success, the band continued to dismiss the song, the most obvious slight being its absence from their subsequent album Once Upon a Time. It finally appeared on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92.

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