The most famous movie ever made about high school detention is now three decades old. Rolling Stone has a big story on the film. Meanwhile, here’s the song that Simple Minds made into a hit after it was rejected by both Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry. No, they didn’t write it. It was a product of Keith Forsey, who also wrote music for Flashdance, Ghostbusters and Beverly Hills Cop.
Simple Minds didn’t want to do it, either, but were pressured into it by their record company. They went into the studio, dashed it off in less than half a day and forgot about it. Then it became the biggest song of their career. And it’s one of my favourite air-drumming songs.
Spin has the oral history of the song here.