[Don't You Forget Breakfast] -- The Breakfast Club, the second of John Hughes' teen coming-of-age films, hit theaters on February 7, 1985. Later that same month, on February 19, 1985 -- 36 years ago this very week -- The Breakfast Club (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) hit stores and charts. British pop musician Keith Forsey produced the album, in addition to writing and performing on several tracks. This soundtrack album peaked at #17 on the US Billboard 200 chart, probably propelled by Simple Minds' recording of the song "Don't You (Forget About Me)." I mean, that one track practically leapt from the soundtrack and became the anthem of the film itself. The tune is an aural bookend, with Keith Forsey's demo playing as the film opens and the Simple Minds version playing over the close and end credits.
But I have to ask: Do you recall anything else from this record? The only other artist on the album with name recognition for me is Wang Chung, but their contribution didn't leave much of an impression on me. Other tracks might have me recall specific moments of the film, but I don't think I'll be humming them later. Still, in re-exploring the album, I do find the entire effort to be worthy of, at least, background music while doing other reading or work. Let me know what you think.
Flashback: The Breakfast Club (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
For this week's post, I've embedded the soundtrack's full playlist via YouTube. There are 10 tracks:
- "Don't You (Forget About Me)" — Simple Minds
- "Waiting" — Elizabeth Daily
- "Fire in the Twilight" — Wang Chung
- "I'm the Dude" — Keith Forsey
- "Heart Too Hot to Hold" — Jesse Johnson & Stephanie Spruill
- "Dream Montage" — Gary Chang
- "We Are Not Alone" — Karla DeVito
- "The Reggae" — Keith Forsey
- "Didn't I Tell You" — Joyce Kennedy
- "Love Theme" — Keith Forsey
That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!