I'm going to say a celebrity's name, and you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? MOLLY RINGWALD. Sorry, everyone who said Sixteen Candles or Pretty in Pink, but The Breakfast Club was the correct answer. Because when we watched that movie we found out is that each one of us is a brain. And an athlete. And a basket case. And a princess. And a criminal. *triumphantly thrusts fist into air*
Of course, maybe you're too young to have been influenced by the magic of The Breakfast Club. In which case I invite you to get off my lawn. For the rest of us 80's kids, though, that was THE coming-of-age movie that rocketed Ringwald and the rest of the Brat Pack to fame.
So get this: Molly Ringwald has released a cover of that unforgettable song that played at the end of the film. Yes. 80's icon Molly Ringwald has covered the iconic 80's song, Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)." And it's … well … you'll probably need to take a listen and decide for yourself.
First, a little music background on Ringwald: her father was a jazz pianist, and when she was just six years old she recorded the Dixieland album I Wanna Be Loved by You with her father and his group, the Fulton Street Jazz Band. Her first solo album, Except Sometimes, will be released on April 5, 2013 through Concord Records.
The closing track of the album is her cover version of Simple Minds "Don't You (Forget About Me)." Here's a preview clip of the slowed-down, jazzed-up tune:
I'm not gonna lie: I hate this. I mean, I really hate it. I love the original song beyond all reason, and this is just … it just sounds really, really awful to me. Not because she has a terrible voice or anything, but because 1) I truly can't stand jazz, and 2) dude, the original is SO GOOD why would you MESS WITH IT LIKE THIS GAH.
But that's just my opinion! And you know what they say about opinions and assholes: everybody has one and most of them stink.
Anyway, as for the why on why she chose to cover this particular song, Ringwald told Vulture that she'd recorded it a few years ago, right after Breakfast Club director John Hughes died:
I recorded it a couple of years ago and then I got focused on the books and I didn't do anything with it — it was really soon after John Hughes passed away. And he was in my mind a lot. And, I don’t know, I felt like I wanted to sing a tribute to him. And also, I wanted to incorporate who I was into who I am. You know what I mean? Not that I’ve changed, but I feel like I’ve evolved. And I think the song represents that in a way. It’s the same song but imagined in a different way, and more along the lines of stuff that I’m doing now. And I thought it would only be interesting if it was really, really different. And I think it’s pretty different.
It is definitely different, I'll give her that much.
Ringwald went on to say that while the song has lots of fond memories for her, singing the lyrics gave her a new appreciation for it:
I can’t really say that I ever really listened to the lyrics that much. I just remember the sound of it and liking it and associating it with the movie and the experience. So it was really interesting to actually sing the lyrics. A lot of people that have heard it say the same thing: They never knew what the lyrics were until they heard my version of it.
Well, props to her for being brave enough to take on this particular tune, and best of luck for her jazz album sales and all that. She seems like a perfectly nice person who continues to have a very interesting career. But man, I hate hate HATE hate this song.
In fact, let me leave you with this, just to get the last insipid piano-tinkle out of my mind:
So, what's your take on Molly Ringwald's cover of "Don't You (Forget About Me)"? Love it? Hate it? Neutral?
Image via I Am Molly Ringwald