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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1977 – present)

Simple Minds is a Scottish and band that achieved its greatest worldwide popularity from the mid- to the early , still playing to a massive fan-following today. The group, from the South Side of Glasgow, has produced a set of critically acclaimed albums in the early . It also has secured a string of successful hit singles, the best known being their #1 worldwide hit single “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, from the soundtrack of the John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club and their #3 worldwide hit single “Alive and Kicking”. The band has sold more than 40 million albums since 1979, breaking to the U.K. Top 40 chart a full 24 times.

Founding members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar, keyboards), along with drummer Mel Gaynor, are the core of the band. It also currently features Andy Gillespie on keyboards and Ged Grimes on bass guitar. Formed in late 1977 from the ashes of group Johnny & the Self Abusers (which had only created one single), Simple Minds initially signed to Arista, who recorded and released their first three albums. As the the Self-Abusers, they had had a very raw and unpolished sound, playing their first gig in a Glasgow bar on Easter Monday in 1977. “When we were onstage it was mayhem,” Kerr later said. “No one could play a note. It was just white noise… took us about six months to become serious about it.”

The musical changes Simple Minds went through in these first three albums shows how diverse their song range is.


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  • TheBlackRaven87

    Real To Real Cacophony is my first album of them and how thankful I am that it exists. A real post-punk pearl.

    Yesterday 6:16pm Reply
  • BoeingBoeing

    Yeah!!! Jim you did it again last saturday on Bospop!!!

    14 Jul 11:47am Reply
  • Zabapas

    Nace JIm Kerr Nació en Glasgow (Escocia) el 9 de Julio de 1959. Fundó Simple Minds en 1978 junto al guitarrista Charlie Burchill. En 1978, Jim Kerr y Charlie Burchill pertenecían al grupo punk Johnny and the Self-Abusers. Poco tiempo después, dichos músicos se desintegrarían para formar Simple Minds. Tony Donald se integró en el bajo, y Brian McGee en la batería, así como Mick McNeil en los teclados.

    9 Jul 10:12pm Reply
  • rakshasa07

    "This Is Your Land" not in the Top 15?? Unbelievable!

    15 May 7:47pm Reply
  • My_Sharona

    all the things she said ♥ [2] As well as every other song I've ever heard by them :)

    30 Apr 1:54am Reply
  • rezazack

    all the things she said ♥

    23 Apr 10:13am Reply
  • GothicBowie666

    3 Apr 12:13pm Reply
  • kuba86f

    Super uwielbiam

    21 Mar 7:25pm Reply
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    20 Feb 5:19pm Reply
  • Plinth

    Makes you wonder why the hell anyone bothers with U2. Great band.

    31 Jan 11:41am Reply
  • alesabara

    simple songs!!! very,very best!!!

    30 Jan 8:47pm Reply
  • CLmusicretailer

    We recorded Simple Minds live performances from Amsterdam 20/11/13, Manchester 28/11/13 & London 30/11/13! These limited edition 3 Disc sets were ready to take home straight after the show. For more info head to:

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • eightybob

    Lost a bit of interest in the band after Sparkle in the rain but still listen to every album before that - check out the really early stuff - you wont regret it.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    The Minds changed so much from album to album that it's silly to get fixated on one sound. My favorite is Sparkle for its huge sound, but New Gold Dream does have a wonderful melancholy New Romantic sound. But I would argue that their classic is Reel to Real. I doubt many of you with firm opinions have even listened to it.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Sigh. If only there was a way to find out information about this band.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Who are these guys?

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Juhpinksongs

    Jim Kerr really has one of the most incredible voices!!! XD

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Stuart_W88

    Is there anything better than Jim Kerr's voice!

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mutinyonark

    all this nothing good after new gold dream talk is ridiculous. 'sparkle in the rain', the following album was just equally as good of an album and 'commercial' or not 'once upon a time' was one of the best arena albums of the 80s

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • marjo47

    brilliant music.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
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