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Simple Minds

Background information
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genre(s) Rock, New Wave
Years active 1978 to present
Label(s) Sanctuary
Virgin
Arista
A&M
Chrysalis
Website Simple Minds Official site
Members
Jim Kerr
Charlie Burchill
Mel Gaynor
Eddie Duffy

Simple Minds is a rock band from Scotland, which had its greatest worldwide popularity from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s. The band, from the south side of Glasgow, produced a handful of critically acclaimed albums in the early 1980s, and later went on to produce some politically inspired and critically praised work. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... New Wave was a pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... James Jim Kerr (born in Jedburgh, Scotland, on 9 July 1959) is the frontman, lead singer and lyricist of Scottish band Simple Minds. ... Charlie Burchill (born November 27, 1959) is a Scottish musician. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ...


Simple Minds have secured a string of successful hit singles, the best known being its number one worldwide hit single "Don't You (Forget About Me)", from the soundtrack of the John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club. Dont You (Forget About Me) is a song written for the soundtrack of the 1985 John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... For other people with this name, see John Hughes. ... This article is about the 1985 film. ...


Founding members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar), along with drummer Mel Gaynor, are the core of the band, which currently features Mark Taylor on keyboards and Eddie Duffy on bass guitar. James Jim Kerr (born in Jedburgh, Scotland, on 9 July 1959) is the frontman, lead singer and lyricist of Scottish band Simple Minds. ... Vocal music is music performed by one or more singers, with or without non-vocal instrumental accompaniment, in which singing provides the main focus of the piece. ... Charlie Burchill (born November 27, 1959) is a Scottish musician. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Category: ...

Contents

History

Life in a Day

Charlie Burchill and Jim Kerr formed a punk band in 1977. They were heavily influenced by Lou Reed, and after one unsuccessful single as Johnny & the Self Abusers, they shuffled the line-up to include former Abusers Brian McGee on drums and Tony Donald on bass guitar, the latter of whom was quickly replaced by Derek Forbes. In addition, keyboard and synthesizer player Mick MacNeil was also recruited. The band's name was changed to Simple Minds, which was taken from a line in the David Bowie song "Jean Genie": "...so simple-minded, he can't drive his module." Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Lou Reed, born Lewis Allen Reed[1] March 2, 1942, is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Derek Forbes was the bassist for Simple Minds from the album Life in a Day through to their megahit, Dont You Forget About Me. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... The Jean Genie (or simply Jean Genie) is a song by David Bowie inspired by the lives of Jean Genet and Iggy Pop. ...


Simple Minds commercial first album, Life in a Day, took a cue from fellow Post-punk forebears Magazine, and was somewhat self-consciously derivative of the late-70s punk boom, with AOR crossover potential not unlike that of The Cars. Life in a Day was exactly the kind of music the band's label, Arista, wanted to promote. Life in a Day is the first album by Simple Minds, released in 1979. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Magazine were an English rock group active from 1977 to 1981. ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as Adult-oriented rock or as West Coast Rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ... The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... Arista redirects here. ...


New Wave experimentation

While still categorisable as 'rock', Simple Minds' second release, Real to Real Cacophony, had a darker edge, and announced some of the New Wave experimentation that would become the band’s trademark sound over the next two albums. These innovations included the occasional use of unconventional time signatures, and minimal structures based around the rhythm section of Forbes and McGee. Real to Real Cacophony is the second album by Simple Minds, released in 1979. ... The New Wave was a movement in American, Australian and British popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, growing out of the New York City musical scene centered around the club CBGB. The term itself is a source of much confusion. ... For other uses, see Minimalism (disambiguation). ...


The next album, Empires and Dance, was a far more radical departure, and signalled the influence of Kraftwerk, Neu! and similar European artists. Indeed, during this period Simple Minds promoted themselves as a European band, not a Scottish or UK band. Many of the tracks on Empires and Dance are extremely minimal, and feature sequenced keyboards. McNeil's keyboards and Forbes' bass became the main melodic elements, and Burchill's guitar was heavily processed. With this album, Kerr began to experiment with non-narrative lyrics. While not consciously so, Empires and Dance was essentially Industrial in its aesthetic, and preceded by a couple of years the industrial-pop crossover of Cabaret Voltaire's album The Crackdown. The band's label, however, demonstrated little enthusiasm for such experimentation, and in 1981 Simple Minds switched from Arista to Virgin. Empires and Dance is the third album by Simple Minds, released in 1980. ... Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group from Düsseldorf that has made immense contributions to the development of improvisational rock and electronic music, most notably within the latter categorys sub-genres which later became known as synthpop, electro, techno, house and IDM. Early musical... Neu! (the German word for new, pronounced noy) were a German band, probably the archetypal example of what the UK music press at the time dubbed Krautrock. ... Cabaret Voltaire was a British music group from Sheffield, England. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


Simple Minds first release on Virgin was actually comprised of two albums--the Steve Hillage-produced Sons and Fascination and Sister Feelings Call. The latter album was initially included as a bonus disc with the first 10,000 vinyl copies of Sons And Fascination, but it was later re-issued as an album in its own right. (For the CD release, it was paired on a single disc with Sons and Fascination--at first with two tracks deleted, but on later issues, in full.) Sons and Fascination perfected the formula that began with Empires and Dance, and showcases the band’s musicianship during their most prolific period. Indeed, the band’s musical virtuosity set their orientation somewhat toward the realm of progressive rock, and distanced them from the flippancy of many other New Wave musicians. The album impressed Peter Gabriel enough that he selected Simple Minds as the opening act on several European dates, which increased the band's visibility. "Love Song" was an international hit (reaching the Top 20 in Australia) and the instrumental "Theme For Great Cities" proved so enduring a composition that it was later re-recorded in 1991 as a B-side to the single "See the Lights". These minimalist, dance-oriented compositions, like those of Neu! before them were examples of man-made trance well before trance itself. Steve Hillage is a English musician, associated with the Canterbury scene, who has worked in experimental domains since the late 1960s. ... Sons and Fascination is the fourth album by Simple Minds, released in 1981. ... Sister Feelings Call is the fifth album by Simple Minds, released in 1981. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Chobham,[1] Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ...


The "New Romantics"

Simple Minds' sixth studio album, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), released in 1982, was a significant turning point for the band. With a slick, sophisticated sound thanks to producer Peter Walsh, Simple Minds were soon categorised as part of the New Romantic outgrowth of New Wave (along with Duran Duran and others), and the record generated a handful of charting singles including "Promised You a Miracle" and "Glittering Prize", which both hit the UK Top 20 and Australian Top 10, continuing the band's early success in that region. In addition, jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock performed a synth solo on the track "Hunter and the Hunted." New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) is a 1982 album by Simple Minds. ... Peter (Valesius) Walsh (c. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ...


Despite the success of the album, some early Simple Minds fans criticized the band's more commercial orientation. While some tracks ("Promised You a Miracle", "Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel") continued the formula perfected on Sons and Fascination, other tracks ("Someone Somewhere in Summertime", "Glittering Prize") were undisguised pop. The album's direction no doubt was influenced by the departure of drummer Brian McGee, who had tired of touring. The album features three different drummers, Kenny Hyslop, Mike Ogletree, and Mel Gaynor, who would thereafter become the permanent drummer. Kenny Hyslop was born February 14, 1951 in Helensburgh, Scotland. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Simple Minds. ... Category: ...


The formula that had defined Simple Minds' New Wave period had run its course, and the next record, Sparkle in the Rain, was a complete departure. Sparkle in the Rain, the sixth album by Simple Minds was produced by Steve Lillywhite, who also produced U2s first three records. ...


Produced by Steve Lillywhite, who also produced U2's first three records, Sparkle in the Rain is an aggressive, rock-oriented album in much the same vein as U2's War. U2 frontman Bono was quoted in the official Simple Minds biography The Race is the Prize as saying the "glorious noise" sound and feeling achieved on the Simple Minds album was one to which his band aspired. The eventual result of this shift in musical direction gave rise to hugely successful singles like "Waterfront", which hit number one in a few European countries and remains one of the band's signature songs to this day, as well as "Speed Your Love to Me" and "Up on the Catwalk." Steve Lillywhite (born in 1955) is a well-known Grammy Award winning English music producer. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Sparkle in the Rain, the sixth album by Simple Minds was produced by Steve Lillywhite, who also produced U2s first three records. ... War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2, released in 1983. ... For other uses, see Bono (disambiguation). ...


1985-1986: The Breakfast Club and worldwide success

Despite the band's new-found popularity in the UK and Europe, Simple Minds remained essentially unknown in the U.S. The movie The Breakfast Club changed all that. Released in early 1985, this Brat Pack drama from writer/director John Hughes was a box-office smash and made household names of many of its young stars, including Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez. It also broke Simple Minds into the US market almost overnight, when the band achieved their only number-one U.S. pop hit with the film's opening track, "Don't You (Forget About Me)". Ironically, the song wasn't even written by the band, but by Keith Forsey, who offered the song to Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry before Simple Minds agreed to record it. The song soon became a chart-topper in many other countries around the world. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article is about the 1985 film. ... The Brat Pack was a group of young actors and actresses that became famous in the 1980s and frequently appeared in films together. ... For other people with this name, see John Hughes. ... Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor and writer. ... Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... Alexandra Elizabeth Ally Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the Brat Pack films The Breakfast Club and St. ... Emilio Estévez (born May 12, 1962) is an American actor, director and writer. ... Dont You (Forget About Me) is a song written for the soundtrack of the 1985 John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club. ... Keith Forsey (born on January 22, 1948 in London, England, UK) // In 1988 Keith Forsey won the ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Shared with: Harold Faltermeyer Bob Seger In 1984, Keith Forsey won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song... Billy Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad. ... Bryan Ferry (born 26 September 1945 in Washington) is an English singer, musician, songwriter and occasional actor famed for his suave visual and vocal style, who came to public prominence in the 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with Roxy Music. ...


Taking advantage of their new-found popularity, Simple Minds released their most unashamedly commercial album, Once Upon a Time, which was tailored specifically to appeal to the stadium-rock sensibilities of American audiences. Reviled by some long-time fans yet embraced by millions of new listeners and critically well-received, the record reached number one in the UK and number ten in the US, even though "Don't You (Forget About Me)" was not included. The band made it clear in interviews prior to the album's release that they would not include the song, believing that it would devalue the rest of the album, which they felt could stand on its own merits. Once Upon a Time is the eighth album by Simple Minds, released in 1985. ...


Once Upon a Time would go on to generate four worldwide hit singles: "Alive & Kicking", "Sanctify Yourself", "Ghostdancing" and "All The Things She Said", the latter of which featured a cutting-edge music video directed by Zbigniew Rybczyński that used techniques later employed in music videos for Pet Shop Boys and Art of Noise. Because of Simple Minds powerful stage presence and lyrics that trafficked in Christian symbolism, the band was criticized by some in the music press as a lesser version of U2, despite the fact that both bands were now heading in different musical directions. However, the two groups were well-acquainted with one another, and Bono joined Simple Minds onstage at the Barrowlands in Glasgow in 1985 for a live version of "New Gold Dream." For Once Upon A Time and its subsequent world tour, the band also featured Robin Clarke as an additional lead singer, and she was heavily featured in Simple Minds music videos at this time. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Zbigniew RybczyÅ„ski is a filmmaker who has won numerous prestigious industry awards internationally. ... Pet Shop Boys are an English synthpop/pop music grammy-nominated duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and very occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ... Art of Noise Edited twelve inch single featured the iconic Art of Noise mask Art of Noise was an avant-garde synthpop group formed in 1983 by producer Trevor Horn, music journalist Paul Morley, and session musicians/studio hands Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeczalik, and Gary Langan. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christian symbolism... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... The Barrowlands (more properly The Barrowland Ballroom) is a major dance hall and concert venue in Glasgow, Scotland. ...


The late 1980s: political activism

To document their successful worldwide Once Upon a Time Tour, Simple Minds released the double-live set Live In The City of Light in 1987, which was recorded primarily over two nights in Paris in 1986. Following the lead of other socially conscious bands, the Simple Minds tour promoted the work of Amnesty International. To document their successful worldwide Once Upon a Time tour, Simple Minds released the double-live set Live In The City of Light in 1987, which was recorded primarily over two nights in Paris in 1986. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Amnesty international Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization which defines its mission as to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience...


Inspired by Peter Gabriel, with whom they toured in the early 1980s, Simple Minds headlined a series of concerts throughout the US and Europe in 1988 with numerous other politically minded artists (including Gabriel) known as Freedomfest, designed to highlight the evils of apartheid in South Africa. The band wrote the song, "Mandela Day", specifically for this series of concerts, and the song would appear on their next album. Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Chobham,[1] Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...


After this lengthy period of touring, Simple Minds went back into the studio and recorded the politically charged album Street Fighting Years, which was released in 1989. The first single from the album, the six-minute opus "Belfast Child" based on the traditional Celtic folk song, "She Moved Through the Fair" was the band's first and only number-one hit single in the UK (The single was also an expression by Simple Minds of their support for the campaign for the release of Beirut hostage, Brian Keenan.). [1] The album shot straight to number one[2] and received glowing praise, including a rare five-star review from Q Magazine. However, in the US, it was another story entirely. Street Fighting Years received a scathing review in Rolling Stone, which blasted the band for the positive lyrical refrain in "Mandela Day", which proclaimed "Mandela's free, Mandela's free," even while Nelson Mandela was still in prison in South Africa. (Within a year Mandela was released from prison and apartheid was dismantled soon afterwards). "This is Your Land" was chosen as the lead single for the U.S., and even with guest vocals from the band's idol Lou Reed, the single failed to make a mark on the pop charts. Then, after a concert in Brisbane, Australia in late 1989, keyboardist Mick MacNeil quit the band, citing health concerns. That year also marked the first and only time the group headlined Wembley Stadium [3] where they were supported by fellow Scottish bands The Silencers and Texas. Street Fighting Years is an album by the Simple Minds, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... Celtic music is a term utilized by artists, record companies, music stores and music magazines to describe a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic peoples of Northern Europe. ... She Moved Through the Fair or She Moves Through the Fair is based on a traditional Irish folk song. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the magazine. ... For other people named Mandela, or other uses, see Mandela. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... Lou Reed, born Lewis Allen Reed[1] March 2, 1942, is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... This article is about the Australian city. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Wembley Stadium was a football stadium located in Wembley, London. ... The Silencers are a Scottish rock band formed in London in 1986. ... Texas are a pop music band from Glasgow, Scotland. ...


The 1990s: decline and reinvention

In 1991, Simple Minds returned with a much more radio-friendly collection of their political concerns, Real Life. The highly-polished pop/rock of Simple Minds was now considered passé by most of the record-buying public. "See the Lights" was the band's last Top 40 pop single in the US. Real Life is an album by the Simple Minds, released in April, 1991 (see 1991 in music). ...


As the 1990s progressed, Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill became the only active members of Simple Minds. The band hired Keith Forsey, the force behind "Don't You (Forget About Me)", to produce their next record, which returned to the uplifting arena rock of their Once Upon a Time days. Kerr grew his hair long once again, and the band released Good News from the Next World in 1995 to good reviews but weak sales, at least in the U.S. In the UK and Europe, however, the response was much more positive, with the album producing the two pop hits "She's a River" and "Hypnotised." Dont You (Forget About Me) is a song written for the soundtrack of the 1985 John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club. ... Once Upon a Time is the eighth album by Simple Minds, released in 1985. ... Good News from the Next World was a Simple Minds album, released in 1995. ...


Three years later, after being released from their contract with Virgin Records, Simple Minds decided to musically reinvent themselves once again, this time reaching back to their Kraftwerk-inspired, early electronic pop days. Derek Forbes returned after a 16-year absence along with drummer Mel Gaynor, who became a full-time member from this point forward, and the resulting album, Neapolis charted poorly and received mixed reviews. However, it is notable for being the only Simple Minds album released by Chrysalis Records, who refused to release the album in the U.S., citing lack of interest. As a further nod to Simple Minds' European musical heritage, the music video for "Glitterball," the album's leadoff single, was the first production of any kind to film at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Derek Forbes was the bassist for Simple Minds from the album Life in a Day through to their megahit, Dont You Forget About Me. ... Simple Minds decided to musically reinvent themselves yet again, this time reaching back to their Kraftwerk-inspired, early electronic pop days. ... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, along the Nervión River in downtown Bilbao, with the Maman, a huge spider by Louise Bourgeois The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, which is made of glass, titanium, and limestone. ... Geography > Europe > Spain > Basque Country > Biscay Cityscape of Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum on the bottom right Bilbao (Basque: Bilbo) is a city in northern Spain, the largest city in the Pais Vasco and the capital of the province of Vizcaya (Basque: Bizkaia). ...


After the disappointing reaction to Neapolis, things became even more challenging for the band. In 2000, Simple Minds next studio effort, Our Secrets Are The Same, originally slated for release in late 1999, became mired in lawsuits when EMI declined to release it, and became further compromised after it was leaked onto the internet. Simple Minds released the cover album Neon Lights in 2001, featuring the band's reinvention of songs from artists as varied as Patti Smith, Roxy Music and Kraftwerk. A 2-CD compilation "The Best Of Simple Minds" was released soon after. Simple Minds decided to musically reinvent themselves yet again, this time reaching back to their Kraftwerk-inspired, early electronic pop days. ... Autovon, the Automatic Voice Network, was an American military phone system built to survive nuclear attacks. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Neon Lights is a cover album by Simple Minds, released in 2001. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... Roxy Music are an English art rock group founded in the early 1970s by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). ... Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group from Düsseldorf that has made immense contributions to the development of improvisational rock and electronic music, most notably within the latter categorys sub-genres which later became known as synthpop, electro, techno, house and IDM. Early musical...


The 2000s: creative rebirth

Simple Minds forcefully countered that concern in 2002 with Cry. Although the album did not sell in great numbers in the U.S., Simple Minds felt confident enough to mount a North American leg of their Floating World Tour (named after the instrumental track which closes Cry), their first in seven years. Although the venues were small compared to the larger venues they consistently sold out in Europe, the concerts were well-attended by passionate, long-time Simple Minds fans, many of whom brought their teenage children along with them. In a nod to the recent influence of trance and techno music, the band used those stylings to update their very early tracks, including "New Gold Dream," "The American," and "I Travel," the latter of which had not been performed live for several years. Cry is an album by the Scottish rock group Simple Minds. ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... Techno is a form of electronic dance music that became prominent in Detroit, Michigan during the mid-1980s with influences from electro, New Wave, Funk and futuristic fiction themes that were prevalent and relative to modern culture during the end of the Cold War in industrial America at that time. ...


Finally released in 2004, Our Secrets Are The Same was called "Some of the Simple Minds best music in twenty years" by The Guardian newspaper[citation needed] and is the final disc in a five-CD compilation entitled Silver Box, composed mostly of previously unreleased demos, radio & TV sessions and various live recordings from 1979 to 1995. Autovon, the Automatic Voice Network, was an American military phone system built to survive nuclear attacks. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... Autovon, the Automatic Voice Network, was an American military phone system built to survive nuclear attacks. ...


Simple Minds' latest album, Black & White 050505, released in 2005, was previewed on the band's official website for several weeks prior to its release, then later toured throughout Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand to support the album in the first three quarters of 2006. Although Black & White 050505 generated some of the most positive reviews for a Simple Minds record in many years, and the first single, "Home," received airplay on alternative rock radio stations in the US, the album did not make a significant impact on either side of the Atlantic, and as of early 2007, has still not been officially released in North America. Despite this response from some international website sources and a few UK tabloid papers the album failed to reignite the chart success of old and the mainstream media generally ignored the album or gave it a number of poor or indifferent reviews. Black & White 050505 is an album by the Scottish rock group Simple Minds. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


2007 sees the band's 30th anniversary, and so far a brief but successful tour of Australia & New Zealand , as guests of INXS, while Burchill & Kerr performed a set at the forthcoming 40th anniversary tribute to Glasgow Celtic's famous Lisbon Lions European Cup winning team. INXS (pronounced In Excess) are an Australian rock group. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... Celtic Football Club (pronounced seltik in IPA; AIM: CCP)[1] is a Scottish football club, competing in the Scottish Premier League, the highest form of competition in Scotland. ... Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions The Lisbon Lions is the nickname given to the Glasgow Celtic team that won the European Cup at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon, Portugal on May 25, 1967, defeating Inter Milan 2-1. ... Champions League Logo The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europes most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. ...


Personnel

Current line-up

James Jim Kerr (born in Jedburgh, Scotland, on 9 July 1959) is the frontman, lead singer and lyricist of Scottish band Simple Minds. ... Charlie Burchill (born November 27, 1959) is a Scottish musician. ... Category: ...

Additional members

  • Mark Taylor - Keyboards
  • Andy Gillespie - Keyboards & programming (studio based)

==Individual Studio== A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ...

Former members

  • Sam Ross - Bass guitar (1977-1978)
  • Derek Forbes - Bass guitar (1978-1985 & 1997-1998)
  • John Giblin - Bass guitar (1985-1988)
  • Malcolm Foster - Bass guitar (1989-1995)
  • Robin Clarke - guest vocals- Once Upon A Time tour,(1985-1986)
  • Sue Hadjopolous - Persussion- Once Upon A time tour (1985-1986)
  • John Milarky - Guitars, vocals, saxophone (1977)
  • Alan MacNeil - Guitars (1977)
  • Duncan Barnwell - Guitars (1978)
  • Brian McGee - Drums (1977-1981)
  • Kenny Hyslop - Drums (1981-1982)
  • Mike Ogletree - Drums (1982)
  • Mark Schulman - Drums (1994-1995)
  • Jim McDermott (formerly of Kevin McDermott Orchestra) - Drums (1997)
  • Michael MacNeil - Keyboards (1978-1989)

Sam Ross (6 June 1901 Ann Arbor, Michigan – 12 September 1980 Northfield, Michigan) was an American racecar driver. ... Derek Forbes was the bassist for Simple Minds from the album Life in a Day through to their megahit, Dont You Forget About Me. ... John Giblin is a bassist who has played with the following artists: Peter Gabriel David Sylvian Kate Bush Phil Collins Al Green Brand X Annie Lennox Roberta Flack Paul McCartney The Everly Brothers George Martin Gerry Rafferty Mavis Staples Jon Anderson John Martyn Richard Ashcroft Official Site Category: ... Kenny Hyslop was born February 14, 1951 in Helensburgh, Scotland. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Simple Minds. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Discography

Please see the Simple Minds discography for listings. This is the discography of Scottish New Wave/rock band Simple Minds. ...


References/Notes

  1. ^ "Belfast Child" number one in UK singles chart. .[1] retrieved 08/19/07
  2. ^ Street Fighting Years, number one in UK [2] retrieved 08/19/07
  3. ^ Simple Minds headlining Wembley Stadium 1989 [3] retrieved 19/08/07

“British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...

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WDR 2 - Der Sender. - Musik - Bildergalerie - Simple Minds am 26.02.2006 in Bielefeld (631 words)
Simple Minds, das sind vor allem der charismatische Sänger und Frontmann Jim Kerr sowie Gitarrist Charles " Charlie" Burchill.
Bereits 1977 spielen die beiden zusammen in der Punk-Formation "Johnnie and the Self Abusers", die sich 1978 in reduzierter Besetzung und in Anlehnung an einen Bowie-Song in "Simple Minds" umbenennt.
Dass die Simple Minds schließlich doch zustimmen, bewirkt ihren weltweiten Durchbruch: "Don't you" katapultiert die Schotten international und das einzige Mal in ihrer Karriere auch in Übersee an die Spitze der Charts.
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