The iconic song of the mid 1980s may be attributed to Simple Minds, but its also the opening and closing song of the popular film The Breakfast Club: Don’t You (Forget About Me).
Written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff, the song was first offered to The Fixx, then Brian Ferry and Billy Idol, who all declined to record it for the film soundtrack.
Forsey approached Simple Minds, who said no, but after speaking to their record label A&M, reworked and recorded the song in less than three hours.
The film and album was released in February 1985, and with the success of the John Hughes film, a video by Daniel Kleinman was made to support the soundtrack’s first single, Don’t You (Forget About Me).
The song became the only one of the soundtrack to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the band’s first number one single in the US. The song hit top 10 status in over 10 countries including, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Australia, and stayed on the UK charts from 1985 until 1987.
Although it wasn’t a song written by or even in the same style as most of the band’s previous and consequent songs, Don’t You (Forget About Me), is the one that is the most memorable for many fans of Simple Minds.