"Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a 1985 song performed by the band Simple Minds. The song is best known for being played during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes filmThe Breakfast Club. It was written by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band).


 [hide*1 Recording history

Recording history[edit]Edit

Forsey asked Cy Curnin from The FixxBryan 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 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 'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about it."[1]

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.[2] 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 1985 to 1987, 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 eventually appeared on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92.

Two versions were created for release. A short version of 4:23 appeared on the single and the original motion picture soundtrack album of The Breakfast Club. A longer version of 6:32 was released on 12" single. This version contains longer breakdowns and drum fills, a second appearance of the bridge and a longer ending.

John Leland from Spin wrote that "'Don't You Forget About Me,' a romantic and melancholy dance track, therefore cuts ice both in the living room and on the dance floor."[3]

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Country (1985-1986) Peak


Dutch Singles Chart 1[4]
UK Singles Chart 7
Canadian Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US BillboardTop Rock Tracks 1
Italian Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart 4
Australian Singles Chart 6
Belgium Singles Chart 2
European Hot 100 Singles 2

Music video[edit]Edit

The music video, directed by Daniel Kleinman, takes place on a dancing floor in a dark room with a chandelier, a rocking horse and television sets, displaying scenes from The Breakfast ClubJim Kerr, the band's lead singer, dances in many scenes.

Cover version[edit]Edit

Covered by the band Life of Agony on their 1995 album Ugly.

A cover of the song appears on New Found Glory's cover album, From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II.

This song was covered by Victoria Justice for the hit show Victorious in 2012. The episode it was used in, "The Breakfast Bunch" was a parody of The Breakfast Club.

The song was also covered by Anna Kendrick in the film Pitch Perfect in 2012, after her character watches The Breakfast Club.

In 2006, a cover of the song, performed by David Schommer featuring Lucy Woodward, was used in the nightclub scene in the movie Accepted.

In 2013, Molly Ringwald, one of the stars of The Breakfast Club, released a jazz version dedicated to the memory of the film's director, John Hughes, on her album, Except Sometimes.

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