Simple Minds versionEdit
Forsey asked Cy Curnin from The Fixx, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol to record the song, but all three declined; Idol would later perform a cover of it on his 2001 greatest hits compilation. Schiff then suggested Forsey ask the Scottish New Wave band Simple Minds, who initially refused as well, but then agreed under the encouragement of their label, A&M. According to one account, the band "rearranged and recorded 'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about it."
The track would become their most famous song and is considered a defining song of the 1980s. Continuing the rock direction recently taken on Sparkle in the Rain but also glancing back at their melodic synthpop past, it caught the band at their commercial peak and, propelled by the success of The Breakfast Club, became a number-one hit in the U.S. and around the world. It is the band's only number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, staying atop for three weeks. While only reaching number seven in the UK, it stayed on the charts from 1985–1987, one of the longest time spans for any single in the history of the chart.
Despite its success, the band continued to dismiss the song, the most obvious slight being its absence from their subsequent album Once Upon a Time. It finally appeared on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92.
David Cook versionEditIn February 2011, David Cook, the season 7 Idol winner, mentioned on Twitter that he had "an extra special treat" that would be coming out soon, which got his fans, who have been waiting for anything new from him for a long while, excited. Then on March 3, 2011, Cook revealed his rendition of the song on both his official website, where the song can downloaded for free upon pre-ordering his next album, & his official Youtube channel. The song was then released on iTunes & other digital retailers on March 8, 2011. Part of the song debuted on American Idol after contestant Ashthon Jones was eliminated on March 10, 2011.
Cook's version of Don't You (Forget About Me) stays true to the original by Simple Minds but has more of a rock edge to it. This version has earned Cook praise from critics & fans despite some grumblings from detractors who have said that having him do an original song would've been a better idea then have Cook do a cover despite the fact that one of the things that helped him win his season of Idol was his ability to arrange a song & make it his own.