Great music choices in film #4



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You can’t do a series of great music choices in film without including an example from a John Hughes movie. If you still haven’t seen the film, the final scene is spoilery. The Breakfast Club (1985) is a quintessential 80s classic, which ends with one of the most uplifting and iconic songs of the decade, giving you a sense of hope, where you want to punch the air in the same way the character does. They just don’t make music like this anymore. Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds is the group’s best known hit. Not everyone is a fan mind you. Here’s the clip:







What do you think? As always, comments are welcome

10 thoughts on “Great music choices in film #4

  1. A great choice. I got into a lot of 80’s music via movies like this one. I knew this tune before I saw Breakfast Club, as it was used in a milk ad over here in the early 90’s (I think)… but you’re right, they just don’t make them like that anymore.

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  2. That’s a song I’ve gotten tired of hearing. I’ve been hearing that song since I was 4 years old and remember watching the video as a kid. If it’s playing on the radio, I change it. It’s a song that I’ve overdosed on. I could see why Billy Idol passed on it the first time around. It just didn’t fit with his vocal style as he would record it many years later with longtime collaborator Steve Stevens into something that was different.

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    1. @ninvoid99: I still love Don’t You (Forget About Me. Can happen that songs get overplayed and lose their appeal. I listened to the Billy Idol version you shared and I like the subtle differences


  3. As you say you had to include something from John Hughes in this series and I thoroughly approve. Perhaps the song is a bit overfamiliar now but perfect for the film, which I love – Going to look it out for tonight’s viewing I think!

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    1. @Alyson: Glad you approve. A familiar song and not a great surprise. I think it needed to be included for the series just because of its place in film/music history.(and because it still holds up all these years later)


  4. I never got Simple Minds. They were the Scottish U2 to me, and while I didn’t hate them as much as I did Bonio and the boys, I never really saw the appeal.

    The Breakfast Club is a fine movie though and the track works well in it. My favourite John Hughes film will always be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the soundtrack to that is unbeatable – particularly Oh Yeah! and Twist & Shout.

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  5. @Rol: Fair enough, we like what we like. Agree Twist & Shout scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a top music moment in the John Hughes canon, and suitable for this series.


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