On this date in 1985: Simple Minds had the #1 single in the U.S., “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” The runaway hit song appeared on the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club but not on any of Simple Minds’ albums. I remember reading an interview with Simple Minds’ vocalist Jim Kerr where he talked about how he didn’t really dig the song that much, even though he was asked to write it specifically for the film, as he could not get behind or quite fathom the sentiment of asking to not be forgotten by people who didn’t meant that much to you in the first place. Or something like that. At any rate, he probably isn’t complaining anymore, as I’m sure that royalties from the tune have at this juncture put Kerr’s kids through college and paid for a mansion, a yacht and a few divorce settlements, at the very least.
(Thanks to The P5 Blogspot: This Day in 80s Music for the Tip!)
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I love that song, even if Kerr doesn’t. The Breakfast Club is the shit, and yeah, he can hate it all the way to the BANKKKKKKK haha
I never liked that song, or Simple Minds, very much, until I heard that “Sunrise” song, the one that samples “I can’t go for that” from Hall and Oates. And Kerr is not a good looking dude, but that is a sexy video…
Good song. It served them well, I’d say.
I had that 45! Linkwithin brought up this story…
Too funny… Linkwithin brought up the story and I was like “I totally had that 45″…and BAM…I already commented the same exact thing! LOL