"Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a song written for the soundtrack to the film The Breakfast Club and performed by Simple Minds in 1984. The songwriters were disco producer Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for Flashdance... What a Feeling, Beverly Hills Cop II and The Breakfast Club) and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band).
Keith Forsey is an British soundtrack composer, drummer, songwriter and record producer.
As drummer and long-time associate of producer Giorgio Moroder, Forsey can be heard on several Donna Summer albums until 1981. He co-wrote several songs on the albums Bad Girls, The Wanderer and I'm a Rainbow. Forsey also formed a dance band called TRAX with Moroder's co-producer Pete Bellotte and produced two dance albums.
Forsey's powerful drum sound was the mainstay of many Moroder productions during the 1970s including Sparks seminal electronic album "Number One In Heaven", "Get On The Funk Train" by Munich Machine (Moroder/Bellotte's in-house band), as well as various other studio/disco acts based in Munich at this time such as Boney M. He also played on Moroder's early 70s international breakthrough novelty Moog synthesizer hit "Son Of My Father", along with an as yet undiscovered Donna Summer.
Forsey was also well-known as the producer for Billy Idol. Forsey began working with Idol in the '70s when he was lead singer for UK Punk band Generation X and stayed with him into his solo career, producing the albums Billy Idol, Rebel Yell, Whiplash Smile, Charmed Life and Devil's Playground.
The lyrics recall the theme of the movie of people who were strangers before an encounter, revealing their inner selves to each other and becoming intimates.
Forsey asked both Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol to record the song, but both declined; Idol would later perform a cover of it on his 2001 greatest hits compilation. Schiff then suggested Forsey ask the Scottish New Wave band Simple Minds, who initially refused as well, but then agreed under the encouragement of their label, A&M. According to one account, the band "rearranged and recorded 'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about it."
The track would become their most famous song and is considered a defining song of the 1980s. Continuing the rock direction recently taken on Sparkle in the Rain but also glancing back at their melodic synthpop past, it caught the band at their commercial peak and, propelled by the success of The Breakfast Club, became a number-one hit in the U.S. and around the world. It is the band's only number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, staying atop for three weeks. While only reaching number seven in the UK, it stayed on the charts from 1985-1987, one of the longest time spans for any single in the history of the chart.
Despite its success, the band continued to dismiss the song; the most obvious slight being its absence from their subsequent album Once Upon a Time. It finally appeared on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92. The music video, directed by Daniel Kleinman, takes place on a dancing floor in a dark room with a chandelier, a rocking horse and Sony televisions, whose screens are displaying scenes from The Breakfast Club. Jim Kerr, the band's lead singer, dances in many scenes.