Never let it be said that Simple Minds were not big hitters in the eighties. They were huge. I loved this song immediately – in fact it was probably this which first alerted me to Simple Minds. I loved it so much that I had bought it within a week of its UK release (26th April 1985 vs 20th April 1985). It rose very quickly to the band’s then highest UK singles chart position of number 7 in only its 3rd week in the chart.
It’s probably well known that the single was written for the film The Breakfast Club – the 1985 film starring Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez, indeed their US releases coincided with each other. Despite its huge success (number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100) and a total of 24 weeks in the UK chart, the band are, allegedly, not overly keen on being reminded of it. Maybe this is because it was so big, that they felt it may detract from their other work. It truly is one of the songs of the decade – perhaps even with iconic status.
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