Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

First Hit #1: May 18, 1985

It’s always odd when a song everyone is convinced is bad becomes a hit. It pops up frequently, but Don’t You (Forget About Me) is yet another example. The list of people who didn’t want to record it is lengthy, and Simple Minds themselves just says that it was banged together and forgotten. They didn’t even include it on their next album.

The odd thing is, I can’t understand why nobody wanted to be associated with the song. It’s actually good, a bit of synth pop with a sexy main vocal. While I’m not sure how it plays in The Breakfast Club itself – as has probably become apparent by now, I’m really not that well acquainted by the big hit films of the ’80s – the song is just vague enough and has the right ambiance to work for an emotional resonance wherever it might appear – it went really well at the end of an episode of Futurama, for example. It’s got a bit of a subtle propulsive sound lurking in the background, and when it breaks into the “hey, hey, hey, hey” moments, it has a sound that immediately catches one’s attention.

In short, it’s a good song, so why didn’t anyone want it?

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One Response to Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

  1. RBerman says:

    Musicians who have been around the block have discovered that ongoing royalty checks come mainly from publishing rights, not recordings, which is why Madonna was sniffy with the writers of “Like a Virgin” since it was a hit on which she didn’t have a co-author credit The movie is one of those “disparate teens become friends” stories, so “Don’t You Forget About Me” simultaneously celebrates their new bond while raising the fear that it won’t last. It’s another example of the “When you love someone, you’re always insecure” adage from Billy Joel, whose flip side was expressed by Kris Kristofferson via Janis Joplin: “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”

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