“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is a song by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds. It was released on February 1985 with “A Brass Band in Africa” on the B-side as a single and is perhaps the band’s most recognizable and iconic hit. The song was written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff and was originally intended for another artist. However, Simple Minds’ recording of it for the soundtrack of the film “The Breakfast Club” catapulted the song to international fame.
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” became a commercial success, reaching high positions on music charts in multiple countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Its anthemic quality, memorable chorus, and connection to a beloved film made it a hit with both fans of Simple Minds and moviegoers who appreciated its role in “The Breakfast Club.” “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is characterized by its memorable and anthemic sound, featuring a driving beat, catchy melody, and the distinctive vocals of lead singer Jim Kerr. The song’s production captures a sense of youthful rebellion and a yearning for connection.
The music video for “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” The music video was directed by Daniel Kleinman. It was filmed inside Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. The video’s inclusion of clips from the film further emphasized the song’s association with the movie.
The song remains a classic of 1980s rock music and is often celebrated for its nostalgic and timeless appeal. It’s considered one of Simple Minds’ signature tracks and a beloved hit in their extensive discography.
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Lyrics