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Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 18th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

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#1(US) 30 years ago today!

“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 film The Breakfast Club. It was written by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band).

Forsey asked Cy Curnin from The Fixx, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol to record the song, but all three declined; Idol later performed a cover of it on his 2001 compilation album Greatest Hits. Schiff then suggested Forsey ask Simple Minds who, after refusing as well, 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.”

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 1985 to 1987, one of the longest time spans for any single in the history of the chart.

The song did not appear on the band’s subsequent album Once Upon a Time but appeared on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92. It has since been a fixture of the band’s live sets – with an extended audience participation section during its inclusion on the 2015 tour to promote the band’s Big Music album.

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.”

Molly Ringwald who starred in The Breakfast Club recorded her own version of the song on her 2013 album Except Sometimes.

SIDE A:
Don’t You (Forget About Me) (Long Version) 6:32
Lyrics By [Words], Music By – Keith Forsey, Steve Schiff
Producer – Keith Forsey

SIDE B:
A Brass Band In African Chimes 9:25
Producer – Steve Lillywhite
Written-By – Simple Minds

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Don’t You (Forget About Me) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1985 Don’t You (Forget About Me) U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: A&M Records ‎– SP-12125
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: New wave, Synth-pop

NOTES:
track A: Original version appears on the original motion picture soundtrack “THE BREAKFAST CLUB”

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EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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27 Responses to “Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Has it been thirty years? Wow, time does fly. Excellent post Paul. I really appreciate your nostalgia and sentiment for classic classics! You rock my friend!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff 🙂

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  2. mothlooop Says:

    The world never did seem to care that Jim Kerr & Co. disavowed this one. My tween daughter and son both love it due to repeated viewings of The Breakfast Club. The themes presented in the film and in the soundtrack still resonate with all young people coming of age. Nice!

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    mothlooop Reply:

    That’s a lotta Os! Heh heh…

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  3. Omar Says:

    An 80s classic! Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar :0

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  4. Kent Says:

    Thanks Paul. I only had the Jam & Spoon Remix.
    🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kent 🙂

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  5. Wayne Says:

    One of THE defining tracks of the 80s, and it almost didn’t happen! As usual, your transfer gives a warmth and depth we don’t get from the CD versions. Thank you for this classic Paul!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Wayne appreciate the comment 🙂

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  6. NKelly Says:

    A classic in every sense of the word! Thanks

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil 🙂

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  7. partytimeboy Says:

    Just watched the simple minds perfomance yesterday on the Billboard Awards and realize the 30th anniversary of the song and the movie. Definetely an 80’s anthem. Thank you DjPaulT for sharing this HQ rip with us.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I watched it too loved seeing Molly Ringwald great performance by the band.

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  8. CL Says:

    Thanks again Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂

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  9. Jermajesty Says:

    Hey, hey, hey, hey!

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  10. Davos Via 45 Says:

    ”One of THE defining tracks of the 80s”
    ”A classic in every sense of the word!”
    ”Definitely an 80’s anthem”

    You said it all dudes, very high in my all-time favourite list. After hearing the long version for the 1st time, I’ve never gone back to the short version, something’s missing.
    Got the German 12″, it has a different cover art.
    I’m more into the electronic-synth stuff Simple Minds did before their huge impact on the charts with Don’t You and Alive and Kickin’, @ 1st didn’t like they went into mainstream pop waters, but they made some great follow up albums and songs. The usual HQ rip from Paul. We don’t expect nothing less 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Davos 🙂

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  11. Richard Says:

    Surely a song for the generation coming of age in the 80s. Love this, thanks a lot!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Richard 🙂

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  12. Dean Says:

    Thank you, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dean 🙂

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  13. Stephen Says:

    Great song – there’s a terrific article on Spin where they interview the team who wrote, produced, performed – heck even directed the video for it. They even have Molly Ringwald!

    Two great quotes …

    – Steve Schiff:”the song is basically what you wished you’d said, what you wished you could have said.”

    – Keith Forsey: “Because underneath all of that bravado from the bully and them [in the movie], there’s this one underlying theme: We’re all kids, and all trying to find our space in the world and trying to work out our strengths and our weaknesses. It’s a weird period of life, isn’t it?”

    They discuss how they had such an incredibly hard time getting someone to perform the song, wandering London for almost three weeks, approaching every major English group, and everyone said no!

    Their list of people approached (they say their memories are a bit fuzzy, so some mightn’t be true) are:
    Bryan Ferry
    Simple Minds (who they wrote the song for … luckily they eventually changed their simple minds {ha – see what I did there?})
    Billy Idol (Keith Forsey said he didn’t offer it to Billy Idol, but Michelle Manning said she did.)
    Corey Hart (suggested by A&M)
    Chrissie Hynde (of the Pretenders) actually said yes, but because she was pregnant didn’t want to do a video with a baby bump so said no … BUT she told her husband Jim that his band should do it. Jim is the lead singer of Simple Minds.
    But they said no. Again.
    And then they said yes.

    The rest is history. Insane that so much work is involved in one song for a movie, no?

    To quote Jim Kerr, the singer and spokesperson for Simple Minds: “It was actually more that we did not write the song and were averse to doing material written outside of our group. That said, the demo of the song presented to us blew no one away, to put it mildly. Not bad, but nothing great, sounded much more suited to Psychedelic Furs than Minds. It took us a while to bond with the idea of doing the song and making it our own.”

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  14. musicdivaSF Says:

    Watching this on the Billboard Awards the other night was surprisingly a nostalgic moment for me. To see Molly Ringwald there and the film posters background was quite throwback moment and a reaffirmation that we sure had great songs and great bands back then. Thank you for this post. 🙂

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  15. gonzalo76 Says:

    This song should be included in every 80s compilation.
    It sounds AWESOME!!!
    Thank you very much Paul!!!

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  16. J Says:

    One of my favorites too…and now only recently one local radio station plays this version of the song when they play it.

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