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Simple Minds

Formed in 1977 by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, Simple Minds (hailing from Glasgow, Scotland) were previously known as Johnny And The Self Abusers. Under that name they released one single ('Saints And Sinners') and played various live shows between February and November 1977 before they changed their name to Simple Minds.

Simple Minds initially signed to Arista who recorded and released their first three albums. 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 ...read more

Formed in 1977 by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, Simple Minds (hailing from Glasgow, Scotland) were previously known as Johnny And The Self Abusers. Under that name they released one single ('Saints And Sinners') and played various live shows between February and November 1977 before they changed their name to Simple Minds.

Simple Minds initially signed to Arista who recorded and released their first three albums. 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, and I Travel an almost disco sounding track.

Virgin Records saw the potential in the band and in 1981 signed them up. The first Virgin Records release Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call was a double album, but later released as two single albums - Sons and Fascination and Sister Feelings Call.

They first found noteable success with New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), which is still regarded as their best album by some fans.

They have had great commercial success in Europe and across the world since then (in the 80’s and early 90’s they sold 30 million albums worldwide). In the United States, however, they are known primarily for 'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' which was used in the soundtrack to the film The Breakfast Club and went to number one. Ironically it is one of few songs recorded by the band that they didn’t write themselves. « hide

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LPs
Graffiti Soul
2009

4
13 Votes
Black & White 050505
2005

3.8
6 Votes
Cry
2002

1
2 Votes
Neon Lights
2001

Neapolis
1998

3
3 Votes
Good News from the Next World
1995

3.2
8 Votes
Real Life
1991

2.9
6 Votes
Street Fighting Years
1989

3.1
19 Votes
Once Upon a Time
1985

3.8
25 Votes
Sparkle in the Rain
1984

3.7
23 Votes
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
1982

4.1
29 Votes
Sister Feelings Call
1981

3.7
9 Votes
Sons and Fascination
1981

3.8
11 Votes
Empires and Dance
1980

3.5
10 Votes
Reel to Real Cacophony
1979

3.3
11 Votes
Life in a Day
1979

2.6
7 Votes
Live Albums
Live in the City of Light
1987

3.4
7 Votes
Compilations
Silver Box [Box Set]
2004

The Best of Simple Minds
2001

4.3
2 Votes
The Early Years 1977-1978
1998

The Promise
1997

Glittering Prize 81/92
1992

4.4
5 Votes
Themes - Volume 4: February 89–May 90
1990

Themes - Volume 3: September 85-June 87
1990

Themes - Volume 2: August 82-April 85
1990

4
1 Votes
Themes - Volume 1: March 79-April 82
1990

Celebration
1982

4
1 Votes
Themes for Great Cities 79/81
1981


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