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Don’t You (Forget About Me) Week 87

Let’s all go back to the 80s, a time when people thought that the future would be awesome and nobody was practicing social distance, or wearing masks, or worrying about getting sick or dying from the 2020 pandemic.  In 1985, the Simple Minds cut ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ ran during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.  The global success of the chart-topping breakout #1 hit drove sales of the film’s soundtrack, which reached #17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in America.  The film itself went on to make more than $50 million worldwide despite having a budget of about $1 million.  The Scottish group didn’t write ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ and they had to be convinced to record it, as it was turned down by the Fixx, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol.  English song writer, pop musician and record producer Keith Forsey cowrote this with Steve Schiff specifically for the film.   

Forsey was a disco pioneer and he worked as Giorgio Moroder’s drummer playing on Donna Summer’s records.  He produced several Billy Idol albums and he co-wrote ‘Flashdance What a Feeling’ with Moroder and Irene Cara, which won an Academy Award in 1984.  His co-written songs were also featured on the soundtracks of GhostbustersBeverly Hills Cop, and The NeverEnding Story.   Keith Forsey also worked as the drummer for The Psychedelic Furs.  Steve Schiff is best known for co-writing this song and for playing in Nina Hagen’s band who has been referred to as the Godmother of punk.  Schiff was also the guitarist in Radiomusic and Nadia Kapich a group that was named after the gymnast Nadia Comaneci.

Simple Minds had been around for five years, but they were virtually unknown in the US because their US record company, A&M, didn’t promote them, despite having recorded six albums before they decided to do this song.  They decided to go with a reject, a song that no one else wanted, not even they wanted to take on this song, as they enjoyed playing their own originals.  Their manager, Bruce Findlay thought this song would be good for them and the lead singer’s wife, advised her husband to reconsider recording this song.  With this song Simple Minds experienced massive success around the world.  However, once the song got big, Simple Minds started to fall apart.  

They were a band known for their camaraderie, as this group had grown up together with Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill being lifelong friends knowing each other since they were eight, but success led the band to fracture.  The newfound fame didn’t suit each of the members equally, and the lineup began to undergo shifts causing their friendship to become strained.  Jim Kerr, the group’s lead singer, was married to Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders when this song came out and later, he was married to the actress Patsy Kensit and that also ended in divorce.  Simple Minds also featured Brian McGee on drums and Tony Donald playing bass and they named themselves after a David Bowie lyric from his song ‘Jean Genie’, “He’s so simple-minded, he can’t drive his module”.

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh woh

Won’t you come see about me?
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby

Tell me your troubles and doubts
Giving me everything inside and out and
Love’s strange so real in the dark
Think of the tender things that we were working on

Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, baby

Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me

Will you stand above me?
Look my way, never love me
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down

Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh woh

Don’t you try and pretend
It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end
I won’t harm you or touch your defenses
Vanity and security

Don’t you forget about me
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby
Going to take you apart
I’ll put us back together at heart, baby

Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me

As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
When you walk away

Or will you walk away?
Will you walk on by?
Come on, call my name
Will you call my name?

I say
(Lala la la lala la la)
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as if you like to write about another Simple Minds song, or a song by Keith Forsey, Giorgio Moroder or Steve Schiff, then go with that.  You might also go with a song that mentions forgetting, or a song that mentions the word don’t in it.  Or you could write a post about a song that deals with turning your life around.  If you would like to write about having to serve detention while you were in High School, that would also work.

The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about a song sung by Billy Idol, Donna Summer, The Psychedelic Furs, Nina Hagen, the Fixx, Bryan Ferry, Chrissie Hynde or even David Bowie.   Maybe you would like to write about the movie The Breakfast Club or Flashdance and either of them would work out great.  It would be great if you wanted to write about gymnast Nadia Comaneci, or anything that deals with gymnastics.

Dylan Hughes will be here next Friday on September 11 with her First Line Friday and she will provide the first line for your post and then you get to write whatever comes afterward, with the length, genre, and structure being completely left up to you.  I will be back on Friday, September 18 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘She’s My Baby’.  When you are finished writing your post, create a ping back to this post, but you can also place your link in the comments section below if you desire.  This Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge has a special feature called Mr. Linky, which will allow you to instantly link your post after you click the Mr. Linky Button, and permit everyone to read your post sooner that way, and then follow the directions that are given.

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16 comments on “Don’t You (Forget About Me) Week 87

  1. pensitivity101
    September 4, 2020

    I remember this and the movie with Mollie Ringwald as she had had success with 16 Candles which was a popular film for one of my foster girls.

    • newepicauthor
      September 4, 2020

      It is a realistic High School movie from back in the day.

      • pensitivity101
        September 4, 2020

        It was.

      • newepicauthor
        September 4, 2020

        Although I had a lot more detention than any of these students.

      • pensitivity101
        September 4, 2020

        I never had detention which reminds me of one of my favourite films around the same time: Some Kind of Wonderful

      • newepicauthor
        September 4, 2020

        I should probably try to watch that again.

  2. newepicauthor
    September 4, 2020

    Reblogged this on A Unique Title For Me and commented:

    When I went to High School, I became friends with the smart kids, the ones who took advanced classes. My High school experience changed one day in the cafeteria at lunch, when I was caught shooting spit balls made from the paper wrappers on the plastic straws. This teacher picked me up by the back of my shirt out of my chair and threw me on the floor and said. “Don’t ever come back to my cafeteria anymore.” I had to eat lunch outside after that and find new friends. The kids that ate lunch outside were a tougher crowd and after being exposed to them and their ways, I started getting a lot of detention and by the time I became a senior, I had more detention than anyone else in the school. I certainly had more than rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock, who were all members of the Breakfast Club.

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