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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 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. Tracks to compare would be “Chelsea Girl”, their first single with hints of Johnny And The Self Abusers that was inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art, and “I Travel


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  • AprilPhantom

    Empires & Dance is one of the best albums of all time, full stop. How it isn't as praised as Unknown Pleasures for example, is a goddamn shame.

    9 Mar 9:10pm Reply
  • BAYAR_

    8 Mar 3:32am Reply
  • bernardBB

    30 ans après, Simple Minds me fait toujours autant planer ! <3 <3 <3 New Gold Dream forever !

    6 Mar 5:36pm Reply
  • Antonionii

    From experimental coldwave then synth pop genius, stadium anthems and back to the new wave sound again. The most underrated band in history. My favorite synth band of alltime.

    6 Mar 2:29pm Reply
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    4 Mar 3:34pm Reply
  • kinderblumen

    um sinal

    21 Feb 2:00am Reply
  • joabepereira97

    19 Feb 7:50am Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 10:00pm Reply
  • BoaroPolenta

    Big Music is definetly one of their best albums of the last 3 decades, tho it's sadly underrated by most people

    10 Feb 12:13am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    vv I believe "Belfast Child" is one of Kerr's most seminal songs.

    15 Jan 6:15pm Reply
  • chrenghis44

    So excited to see Simple Minds in february 11th in Nantes at Zénith Metropole !!This band is amazing !! The first time Isaw them was in 1995 in Bourges ,in France "Good news from the next world "album !!So fantastic Concert!!I hope it will be the same !!!Thanks to come in France!!

    12 Jan 6:17pm Reply
  • Nando1969

    Street Fighting Years has great songs, the title track and Soul Crying Out blow me away. Wish they had more songs like those.

    7 Jan 9:40am Reply
  • joabepereira97

    Sem dúvidas a melhor coisa que eu descobri esse ano

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bloody_octopus

    early stuff absolutely genial

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • simplemindsbr

    Olá, estamos iniciando uma fan page voltada para os fãs brasileiro (e lusófonos em geral) da banda escocesa Simple Minds. Trata-se de um projeto que visa noticiar os principais acontecimentos da banda como shows, futuros lançamentos, entrevistas em geral, além de um resgaste histórico do grupo em língua portuguesa (tendo em vista que os registros em português na internet são escassos). Para isso necessitamos de fãs e/ou admiradores (Brasileiros, portugueses e culturas existentes em países, regiões, estados ou cidades falantes da língua portuguesa), para podermos iniciarmos o projeto definitivamente em 2015. Se você é fã ou admirador e simplesmente conheceu o trabalho da banda nos últimos dias/meses e apreciou, sinta-se também convidado a conhecer a primeira página em língua portuguesa que será atualizada diariamente com notícias e curiosidades do banda. FACEBOOK: TWITTER:

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    Wow, I guess I'm the only one who thinks Big Music stinks. Oh well, I'm just happy they made Street Fighting Years, one of my favorite albums of all time.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • trad-goth

    The new album is blinding they certainly still have it :)

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    I'm stunned by Big Music. I haven't been this excited by a Simple Minds album in <gulp> 30 years.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    I echo everything in the post below by mwt1980. I've seen Jim & the gang numerous times over the last 30-odd years and there hasn't be any other band capable of producing their big stadium wall of sound. You have to hear 'em loud. l mean LOUD

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mwt1980

    Waw, this new album really is the real deal!!1 Amazing that a band with so much longevity can produce something so good, so fresh. Honest Town, Blindfolded, Midnight Walking, LTDB, Human, Blood Diamonds and BGP are all abolutely stunning-fantastic!!

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
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