By Hillary Busis
Updated April 10, 2013 at 07:05 PM EDT

I Love the '80s

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Congratulations, Molly Ringwald — you may yet out-Franco James Franco. Over the past 12 months, the beloved Brat Pack actress has released her first novel, completed filming the final season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and won the Internet over with a classic Reddit AMA. Now she’s celebrating the release of her first album, a collection of jazz standards called Except Sometimes that dropped yesterday. (Yes, Ringwald sings — don’t you forget that The New Mickey Mouse Club launched her career.)

Though most of the album’s tracks wouldn’t seem out of place on a record by Ella Fitzgerald or Susannah McCorkle, there’s one outlier on there: a cover of “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” a.k.a. The Breakfast Club‘s iconic theme song. Here’s a preview of Ringwald’s version that’s been floating around for a few weeks:

And for comparison’s sake, here’s the original version:

Obviously, nothing can beat Simple Minds’ definitive take on the song (unless you’re a Pitch Perfectpartisan) — but do you think Ringwald’s is, well, memorable enough to make an impression?

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