I'm not one of those people that are vehemently opposed to jazz music — the kind of person that simply hears the words and their entire body coils in horror. Would jazz be more palatable to the haters if someone like Molly Ringwald were crooning a version of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)?" The actress covered the song for her new album Except Sometimes. The track was featured in John Hughes' The Breakfast Club — a movie that helped make Molly a 1980s teen idol.
"When I recorded the album… it was really soon after John Hughes passed away. And he was in my mind a lot," the star told Vulture. "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."
We didn't know Ringwald was a singer, so that was a pleasant surprise. The standard is performed with the kind of tenderness you can't help but be somewhat charmed by. I've heard others say it's a bit depressing — an actress clinging to her once great past. However, Ringwald was born from jazz. Her father is the blind jazz pianist Bob Ringwald, and she recorded an album with him when she was only six years old. Ringwald has also been active on television, in The Secret Life of the American Teenager most recently. Let us know what you make of her "who I was/who I am" cover, below.
If you'd like to learn more about jazz, check out musician and writer Ted Gioia's website. He offers some great recommendations in the genre.