Billboard #1s for the Week Ending April 20, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 We Are the World USA for Africa 2
R & B Back In Stride Maze featuring Frankie Beverly 2
Country I Need More of You Bellamy Brothers 1
Adult Contemporary We Are the World USA for Africa 1
Rock Don’t You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds 1
Album No Jacket Required Phil Collins 4

SimpleMindsDontYouThis week sees another movie soundtrack help a band get their biggest hit. Simple Minds formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in the late 70s. The lineup crystalized by 1979 and the band released a series of albums that met with reasonable success in the U.K. Their fifth and sixth albums went to #3 and #1 respectively and launched a number of Top 20 singles. Despite their European success and critical praise, the band remained cult figures in the U.S.

Filmmaker John Hughes commissioned Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff to write the closing song for his second teen drama, The Breakfast Club. The pair offered the song Don’t You (Forget About Me) to Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry, but both passed on it. Simple Minds decided to give it a go, even though they generally wrote all their own material. The track became their first U.S. hit, entering the Hot 100 in February 1985. This week it moved from #11 to #8 on the pop chart and began a three-week run atop the Rock chart. It made it to the top of the Hot 100 the week of May 18, dislodging Madonna’s soundtrack single Crazy For You from VisionQuest.

The slick pop single worked well for the band’s chart success but was a bit removed from their heavier, somewhat anthemic rock sound. They managed to leverage their success and ran three Top 20 singles from their next album before slowly fading from the U.S. charts. With a fluctuating lineup centered on vocalist Jim Kerr, the band continue to release albums today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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