WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 2, Song 1

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

“You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms. The most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question?”

“The Breakfast Club” was one of the iconic movies of my college years. I saw it when first released and probably a time or two since; it’s a pretty good flick. Today’s song appears at the end of the movie, as the Club’s essay, quoted above, is read in their voices. My understanding is that Billy Idol was given first crack at it, but it wound up with Simple Minds. Keith Forsey, Billy’s producer, stayed at the helm and it sounds like he tried to make Jim Kerr’s voice a little Idol-esque. It was #1 the third weekend of May 1985.

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