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Pop Rewind: Simple Minds “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

Simply put, the success of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds is a lesson in irony. Arguably their most memorable hit in a career spanning over 30 years, the song wasn’t even on one of their studio albums, but was made famous as part of the soundtrack for John Hughes’ 1985 teen angst film The Breakfast Club. It went on to spend a whopping two years on the U.S. charts, outshining any of their previous hits before or since. Today, it is remembered as a prime example of 80’s New Wave, as well as a universal symbol of the teenage struggle.

Despite the band’s persistent efforts to downplay the song and distance themselves from it (and granted, they’ve done a lot of good songs over the years), the fact remains that had Simple Minds not recorded this particular tune for this particular movie soundtrack, they probably would not have received nearly the worldwide recognition they have attained. Plagued over the years by a slew of lineup changes and internal fractures that would have spelled the end of most bands, Simple Minds continues to exist, record and perform today, still effectively riding the wave of popularity they attained in the mid-80’s, largely due to this song. Enjoy.


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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