Song of the Day #3,497: ‘Don’t You Forget About Me (Live)’ – Simple Minds

[Guest blogger Madison continues her look at the best use of music in 2017 television shows]

What does a show about female wrestlers and a show about intense female oppression have in common? Stellar jams!

Hulu’s original show, The Handmaid’s Tale was adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred in an astounding performance which has been duly showered with accolades and awards. Her sardonic voice-overs bring an odd levity to a truly grim dystopian future where women have been stripped of their humanity after fertility becomes the most sought after commodity in America.

The Handmaid’s Tale takes bold chances with music. The soundtrack bolsters already powerful, intense scenes to new heights.

Simple Minds croons over the final scene of the second episode in the series as Offred steps out of Fred Waterford’s (Joseph Fiennes) home with determination and, for the first time in quite a while, hope. After a night of illegal scrabble matches with Fred, Offred wonders if she may be in a prime position to help the resistance by supplying information about the government official.

Unfortunately, the spring in her step is abruptly halted with the discovery that her Handmaid companion and fellow resistance member, Ofglen (Alexis Bledel), has been replaced by a complete stranger. ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ stops as suddenly as Offred’s tentative excitement.

This is quite the bummer for Offred. I mean it’s just totally inconvenient. But for Elisabeth Moss this means that the show will continue for eight more episodes in order to properly showcase her Emmy-quality performance. Get em’ girl.

Hey, hey, hey ,hey
Won’t you come see about me?
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby

Tell me your troubles and doubts
Giving me everything inside and out and
Love’s strange so real in the dark
Think of the tender things that we were working on

Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, baby

Don’t You Forget About Me
Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t
Don’t You Forget About Me

Will you stand above me?
Look my way, never love me
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down

Will you recognise me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Don’t you try to pretend
It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end
I won’t harm you or touch your defenses
Vanity and security

Don’t you forget about me
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby
Going to take you apart
I’ll put us back together at heart, baby

Don’t You Forget About Me
Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t
Don’t You Forget About Me

As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
When you walk away

Or will you walk away?
Will you walk on by?
Come on – call my name
Will you call my name?

I say:
La la la…

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,497: ‘Don’t You Forget About Me (Live)’ – Simple Minds

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I have no idea when I’ll have the opportunity to do so, but I really would like to watch The Handmaid’s Tale. You’re post just makes me want to see it all the more.

  2. Clay says:

    I love this show! As chilling dystopian visions go, it is decidedly hip and witty, and the use of music is one of the main reasons. By the way, how on earth did Elisabeth Moss lose the SAG award to Claire Foy??

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Such a great moment in a wonderful series. Love your description of the show and this scene!

  4. Amy says:

    Just had to watch it again. Such a freaking chilling moment. “Blessed be the fruit” could not possibly sound any more menacing. I just adore this show, and, as Clay and Madison point out, the music and the wry directing choices are what makes it work so well.

  5. Alex says:

    Loved the book, and even though it took us a while to get to it, it’s the best show I watched all year. Granted, it’s probably one of only a few I watched, but I can’t imagine anything as good on TV. This song is so ingrained in my high school psyche, associated with the hope and promise of youth. So it’s jarring to have it appear at her hopeful moment then stop so abruptly.

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