But the song had to work hard to be recorded at all. No one particularly wanted to sing it, and it was turned down by the Fixx, Bryan Ferry, and Billy Idol before landing back in the lap of the band Simple Minds, who had initially rejected the idea of recording it, because they wanted to do only their own material. It had been written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff with a film in mind: The Breakfast Club, a movie about five teenagers coming to terms with each other during a stint in Saturday school detention. The song would be pivotal in framing the film, playing once at the opening, and then more prominently at the closing. But they were virtually unknown in the US, despite being six albums into their career by the time the year started.
Charlie Burchill, guitarist
Jim Kerr, singer
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It was written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff, a guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band. Both were Simple Minds fans and wrote the song with the band in mind. According to Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr , the band was reluctant to record the song, as they felt they should only record their own material. We are Simple Minds. We do our own songs," he recalled to the BBC in
It was the mids and we were on the verge of making it big all over the world, having just released Sparkle in the Rain. However, as with many UK bands, the US was proving tough to crack. Then our record company came to us with an idea. The director John Hughes was making a movie called The Breakfast Club , and they thought it would be a great vehicle for their bands. Nah, we write our own songs. But my wife at the time, Chrissie [Hynde], who was older and wiser, kept badgering me. How about I just spend a couple of days with you? We clicked right away, though we did spend rather a lot of time in the pub. Eventually, I started to feel sorry for him.