Vancouver Canucks New Goal Song 2023-24
Vancouver Canucks New Goal Song for the 2023-24 season is the 80s classic Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds. The song was released as a single in 1985.
The song was first heard as part of their theme nights called "80s night" in the 2020/21 season.
They were playing the Winnipeg Jets, and the song was played only once at the time, which would be later revealed as the Nucks were using the night to test out their future goal song.
The team made it official in December 2021 to signal a new era for the Canucks after making recognizable changes to their management and coaching staff.
The decision to use the Simple Minds 80s classic recorded for the Soundtrack of another 80's classic, "The Breakfast Club," was the result of the Canucks in-Arena Entertainment Crew's desire to play an 80's hit for their 80's night.
The parts of the song used after they score are the lead singer Jim Kerr shouting, "Hey hey hey hey!", the one where he goes, "Oooooooh-whoa!" and the part where they sings the "La la la la" in the outro. The song much like how it was a big hit at the time of its original release in 1985, was a big hit with the Canucks Fans.
There have been talks among the Nucks fanbase about changing the goal song into something more inspiring as the song is older than some of the players on the Nucks bench.
One common criticism among the fans about the sing is that the lyrics go "Don't you, forget about me | Don't, don't, don't, don't | Don't you, forget about me" which begs the question if the management is asking them to remember the oldest NHL team to have never won the Stanley Cup.
The song was written by producer Keith Forsey and guitarist Steve Schiff while they were scoring the 1985 John Hughes film "The Breakfast Club."
They were inspired by the movie's dialogue, "Don't forget, when we're back in the classroom, you're not just a bad guy and we've got other things in common."
Forsey and Schiff had offered the song to several acts to record before the Scottish rock band Simple Minds agreed to do it. The band's biggest American hit was the 1985 No.1 song on Canadian and American charts.