Today in The Music of New Coke, Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from THE BREAKFAST CLUB, which co-written by ’80s soundtrack guru, Keith Forsey who had previously won an Oscar for “Flashdance… What a Feeling.”

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” may have topped the charts in May of Our New Coke Reign, but its connection with white suburban youths’ isolation remains as strong today as it was twenty-five years ago.  (Re-enforced by the single’s continued use in pop culture as the go-to sound when anyone wants to invoke the ’80s.)

I never liked the song, and I barely remember it being out despite its heavy rotation on the New Coke airwaves.  It did end up being the class song for the class a head of mine, or maybe it was my sister’s class song a couple of years after my graduation.  (One class had “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” as their song, the other had 10,000 Maniacs’ “These Are The Days” for their graduation.  You can understand why my memory lumps them together.)

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