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 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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