Music In The Movies

And, ironically, Simple Minds didn’t even write the title track — ubiquitous 1980s producer Keith Forsey, who also worked with Psychedelic Furs, among others, did.

The Stranded

The other day, I heard a couple of notes of Simple Minds‘ Don’t You (Forget About Me).  Of course, I immediately remembered the final scene in The Breakfast Club, when Judd Nelson walks away from the school.  It was such a perfect match of film and song.   It got me thinking, what are some of the best and worst uses of popular music in the movies?  I say popular music to distinguish it from a musical score commissioned for a specific film (e.g., John Williams’ Star Wars or Superman themes, or  Lionel Bart‘s songs for Oliver!).

In addition to the song above, I must add Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule The World played in the final popcorn scene in Real Genius.

There is more (hint: Kubrick) after the jump.

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I'm an award-winning journalist in Harrisburg, Pa. I also run and cook all the things.
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