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"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
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Single by Simple Minds
from the album The Breakfast Club (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
B-side "A Brass Band in African Chimes"
Released 20 February 1985 (US)
8 April 1985 (UK)
Recorded November 1984
Length 4:20
6:32 (extended version)
Label Virgin
A&M (US)
  • Keith Forsey
  • Steve Schiff
Producer(s) Keith Forsey
Simple Minds singles chronology
"Up on the Catwalk"
"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
"Alive and Kicking"

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a song performed by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. It was written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff, a guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band. The song plays during the opening (Schiff and Forsey's demo) and closing (Simple Minds' recording) credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.

Music video

The music video, filmed inside Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, was directed by Daniel Kleinman. It takes place in a darkened room with a chandelier, a rocking horse, a jukebox, and television sets displaying scenes from The Breakfast Club. The room gets increasingly cluttered with random objects as the video progresses until the last minute. The video was published on YouTube on 3 December 2010; as of August 2020, it had been viewed more than 176 million times.

Track listing

7": Virgin / VS749 (UK), 7": A&M Records / AM-2703 (US)

  1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" – 4:20
  2. "A Brass Band in Africa" – 5:10

12": Virgin / VS749-12 (UK), 12": A&M Records / SP-12125 (US)

  1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" – 6:32
  2. "A Brass Band in African Chimes" – 9:22

12": Virgin / VSX 1250 (Canada)

  1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (extended version) – 6:32
  2. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" – 4:20
  3. "A Brass Band in Africa" – 5:10

1988 3" CD: Virgin / CDT2 (UK)

  1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" – 4:20
  2. "A Brass Band in African Chimes" – 9:22

1988 CD: A&M Records / 75021 2375 2 (US)

  1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (live) – 9:02
  2. "Bass Line" – 4:37
  3. "The American" – 3:33

1990 CD: Virgin / THEME10 (UK)

  1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" – 6:35
  2. "Up on the Catwalk" (extended version) – 7:36
  3. "A Brass Band in African Chimes" – 9:24


  • Jim Kerr – lead vocals
  • Charlie Burchill – guitar, keyboards
  • Mick MacNeil – composer, keyboards
  • Derek Forbes – bass guitar
  • Kenny Hyslop – drums
  • Mike Ogletree – drums
  • John Giblin – bass guitar
  • Mel Gaynor – drums, percussion

Charts and certifications


Region Certification Sales
Canada (Music Canada) Gold 50,000^
Canada (Music Canada) Platinum 100,000^
Italy (FIMI) Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 600,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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