Simple Minds

Don't You (Forget About Me)

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The revolution was indeed televised and, as the fifth column forces at MTV opened a breech in American defences, a (new) wave of British bands swarmed ashore, to quickly conquer their washed-up US competition. Videos were their weapons of mass distraction and, with them, the UK troops swiftly occupied the American charts, from where they ruled on high for much of the Eighties.

So why was it that Simple Minds refused to enter the fray, standing on the sidelines as a new generation of bands sailed off to a new world of fame and fortune? Of course the band shot videos, but they were fairly stolid affairs, with none of the flash and visual panache of their compatriots, as the group's fascination with film steadfastly refused to translate into an equal preoccupation with its smaller relative.

But the media is the message, as the success of "Don't You (Forget About Me)" would prove. It's a solid single, if lacking the aggression of its predecessor "Up on the Catwalk", the exuberance of "Speed Your Love", and the waves of power that washed across "Waterfront". Keith Forsey's production gives the song some kick but, at its heart it's an almost introspective piece, far from instantly infectious for all its ringing keyboard chords, and pointedly lacking a hook, a fact that even Jim Kerr's most impassioned "hey, hey"s can't quite cover. And then one discovers that the song was originally offered to the Psychedelic Furs, in the aftermath of ”Pretty In Pink”, and all of that makes sense.

Not that it mattered, regardless. The song’s prominent and perfect placement within The Breakfast Club movie did wonders and, for the first time, Simple Minds not only entered the top half of the American pop chart, but amazingly shot to its very top. Back home, the single also took the band to new heights, providing another first for the group when the 45 entered the UK Top 10.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Don't You (Forget About Me) 1985 Virgin 4:22
Once Upon a Time 1985 Virgin 0:00
The Breakfast Club [Original Soundtrack] 1985
Original Soundtrack
A&M 4:20
Themes, Vol. 3: September 85-June 87 1990 Virgin 9:05
Glittering Prize 1981-1992 1992 A&M 4:20
Hard Rock Cafe: New Wave 1997
Various Artists
Rhino
Gold and Platinum, Vol. 5: 1985-1988 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:21
VH1: The Big 80's The Big Movies 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 4:21
First Generation: Virgin 25 Years 1998
Various Artists
Virgin 4:21
Glitterball 1998 Chrysalis Records 7:56
Pure 80's Hits 2001
Various Artists
Uptown / Universal 6:33
The Brat Pack Years 2001
Various Artists
Mars Entertainment / Mars 4:22
Simply the Best Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:18
Everything 80's 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:20
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 4:20
Platinum 80s 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:21
The Original 80's Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Chick Flix 2003
Various Artists
UTV 4:18
Seen the Lights: A Visual History 2003 Virgin
Ultimate 80s [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:19
1S - 38 of the Greatest Number 1 Singles of All Time 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:20
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:22
Pure '80s: #1s 2006
Various Artists
UTV 4:22
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 0:01
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 4:19
Number 1's: Soundtrack Smashes 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:23
Pure: Pop 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:21
Pure: 80s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:20
Playlist: 80's Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:21
No Image 2008
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 0:00
EMI Presents the Great Big Scottish Songbook 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 4:20
Best Movie Album in the World Ever 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:20
Pure Hits [Emd] [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:22
100% 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:20
Sounds of the 80's Generation 2008
Various Artists
Destra 4:19
Essential 80's, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Jorge Reyes Zamorano / Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 4:23
Lo Esencial De Antrologia 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:21
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 4:19
Ultimate 80's Movie Hits 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:20
Now! 1980's 2010
Various Artists
EMI / Emi Music Canada Distribution 4:20
Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:20
Lo Esencial De Los Grandes Temas De Películas 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:24
Pure Love Songs, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
4:18
Me to You with Love 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Joint Venture 4:19
No Image 2011 EMI / Soundcolours 6:29
100 Hits: New Years Eve Party 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:20
Mix 80's, 90's y Más 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:25
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 4:22
Celebrate: Greatest Hits 2013 EMI / Virgin 4:20
12" Dance: 80s Pop 2016
Various Artists
Rhino
Acoustic 2016 Caroline / Caroline International 5:15
Amazing 80s 2017
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 4:19
80's Super Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 4:23
No Image
Various Artists
Virgin
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:21
Essential Eighties [Mixed Repertoire]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 4:20
Just Can't Get Enough: Movie Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:20
Massive Hits!: Driving Rock
Various Artists
EMI 4:22
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:20
New Wave Hits of the 80s
Various Artists
Universal 4:20
New Year's Eve Countdown
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:21
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
The Best of School Disco.com: 10th Anniversary
Various Artists
EMI 4:19