Don't You Forget About Me

Various Artists

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Don't You Forget About Me Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Medalist's double-disc 2001 set Don't You Forget About Me takes its cue from its title song and attempts to give a soundtrack for a class reunion of '80s high school students - anyone from new wave kids to those who were merely kids when new wave happened, those who were barely in their pre-teens when MTV debuted. Plus, it doesn't forget that Simple Minds' classic was the theme song for a classic MTV-era movie (The Breakfast Club, in case you weren't there), so it culls the majority of these selections from soundtracks, all from the era. This does result in a couple of obscure selections, but these tunes are balanced by more popular songs that weren't on soundtracks. Overall, the end result is a fairly typical '80s collection, but nearly every song is quite good, and it's a fun listen.

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