Burning The Ground: DjPaulT's 80's and 90's Remixes

80's and 90's 12 Inch Mixes

Archive for the 'Simple Minds' Category

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

Posted by DjPaulT on 18th May 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

#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”

Find the 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

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

Username: btg
Password: burningtheground

You can help show your support for this blog by making a donation using PayPal. Thank you for your help.

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Simple Minds | 27 Comments »

Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 24th January 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

I have now adopted this track as the new anthem for Burning The Ground. We are “Alive And Kicking”

“Alive and Kicking” is a song by the rock band Simple Minds, released as the first single from the band’s 1985 album, Once Upon a Time.

Following on from the success of previous non-album single, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, “Alive and Kicking” was released as a single, reaching #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (Four weeks at Top Five Billboard) and #7 on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video for “Alive and Kicking” was directed by Zbigniew Rybczynski, who directed the video for “All the Things She Said”, the third single from the same album.

It was re-released in 1992 as a double A-side with “Love Song” to promote the band’s Glittering Prize 81/92 collection. Around the same time, it was used on trailers for BSkyB’s recently acquired coverage of FA Premier League matches. The double A-side reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Spin magazine’s review of the album Once Upon a Time had mixed messages about the song saying that the song was an “ornate epic”, but that the lyrics are so vague that the band “only describes nirvana without attaining it”.

SIDE A:
Alive & Kicking 5:27

SIDE B:
Alive & Kicking (Instrumental) 6:05

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Alive And Kicking U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1985 Alive And Kicking U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #2
1985 Alive And Kicking U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #25

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Virgin – VS 817-12
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Artwork [Art] – Mick Haggerty
Composed By – Simple Minds
Mastered By [Runout] – Barry Woodward
Photography By – Anton Corbijn
Producer – Bob ClearmountainJimmy Iovine

NOTES:
From the LP “Once Upon A Time”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

You can help show your support for this blog by making a donation using PayPal. Thank you for your help.

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Simple Minds | 32 Comments »

Simple Minds – Sanctify Yourself (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 9th January 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

Released on January 20, 1986 “Sanctify Yourself” was the second single from Scottish band Simple Minds seventh studio album Once Upon A Time. Released in the wake of their biggest hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” (1985), the band were able to ride the wave of success for some time. “Sanctify Yourself” reached #10 in the UK singles chart and #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

SIDE A:
Sanctify Yourself (Extended Mix) 7:10

SIDE B:
Sanctify Yourself (Dub) 6:10

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Sanctify Yourself U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #3
1986 Sanctify Yourself U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #14
1986 Sanctify Yourself U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #24
1986 Sanctify Yourself U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #21

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Virgin – SM 1-12
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 20 Jan 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Mixed By – Bob Clearmountain, Jay Burnett
Mixed By [Assisted By] – Moira Marquis
Producer – Bob Clearmountain, Jimmy Iovine
Written-By – Simple Minds
Photography – Anton Corbijn

NOTES:
Original version appears on the album “Once Upon A Time”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

You can help show your support for this blog by making a donation using PayPal. Thank you for your help.

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Simple Minds | 18 Comments »