Molly Ringwald, erstwhile 1980s teen queen, has returned with a new jazz album called "Except Sometimes." Included among the many standards covered on the new record: Ringwald's smokey take on Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," the theme song from her breakout 1985 movie "The Breakfast Club."
"I really think the reason why we did it was because when we recorded the album, it really wasn't that long after John Hughes had passed away and he was on my mind a lot," Ringwald said in an interview with HuffPost blogger Mike Ragogna. Hughes directed Ringwald in "The Breakfast Club," as well as "Sixteen Candles." (He also wrote "Pretty in Pink.")
"I thought it would be interesting to just hear that song in such a different way," she said. "The song was meaningful to me. I remember the first time I heard it, when I first heard the demo when they brought it when we were filming in Chicago and when Simple Minds agreed to record it. It was really exciting. So that's pretty much why I did that. It was the only song on the album really that's modern at all."
Ringwald's foray into jazz is hardly a lark. According to her bio, the actress started "performing with her pianist father’s jazz band when she was 3."
Listen to a preview of Ringwald's take on "Don't You (Forget About Me)" above; raising your fist in the air while doing so is optional.