The song was written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff while scoring The Breakfast Club . Both were Simple Minds fans and wrote the song with the band in mind.
Accounts differ as to who was offered the song after Simple Minds. Michelle Manning, who co-produced The Breakfast Club, has said it was sent to Billy Idol , who turned it down , though Forsey, who had worked with Idol on his Rebel Yell album, says it never happened.
In 1985, the Simple Minds cut ” Don’t You ( Forget About Me )” ran during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. The global success of the chart-topping breakout No. Writer Keith Forsey wrote it specifically for the film and artists like Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol both passed on it.
The Breakfast Club
Simple Minds’s international hit ” Don’t You (Forget About Me )” is played in the opening and closing credits.
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The nucleus of Simple Minds consists of the two remaining original members, Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (electric & acoustic guitars, occasional keyboards after 1990, saxophone and violin).
61 years (July 9, 1959)
The film’s title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff, for detention, at New Trier High School, the school attended by the son of one of John Hughes’ friends. Thus, those who were sent to detention were designated members of “The Breakfast Club “.
The song is effective here because of the plea that rests in the chorus, the title sung with an aching and longing confidence by lead singer Jim Kerr. It urges an eternal remembering that is distinctly high-school.
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