Simple Minds

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Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour.

The band scored a string of hit singles, and are best known internationally for their 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (UK #7, US #1, CAN #1), from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. Their other more prominent hits include "Alive and Kicking" (UK #7, US #3, CAN #3) and "Belfast Child" (UK #1, IRE #1, NLD #1). In 1986, the band was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. In 2016, they won the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.

The core of the band is the two remaining founding members – Jim Kerr (vocals, songwriting) and Charlie Burchill (guitars, keyboards after 1990, other instruments, songwriting). The other current band members are Andy Gillespie (keyboards), drummer Mel Gaynor (who first joined the band in 1982) and Ged Grimes (bass guitar). Former members include bass guitarist Derek Forbes, drummer Brian McGee, and keyboardist Mick MacNeil.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Life in a Day 5
1979 Real to Real Cacophony 5
1980 Empires and Dance 4 5
1981 Sons and Fascination / Sister Feelings Call 6
1982 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) 4.35 12
1984 Sparkle in the Rain 9
1985 Once Upon a Time 4 14
1989 Street Fighting Years 5 7
1991 Real Life 6
1995 Good News From the Next World 4
1998 Néapolis 3
2001 Neon Lights 2
2002 Cry 2
2005 Black & White 050505 1
2009 Graffiti Soul 4
2014 Big Music 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Themes for Great Cities: Definitive Collection 79–81 5 1
1982 Celebration 4
1990 Themes, Volume 1: March 79 – April 82 1
1990 Themes, Volume 2: August 82 – April 85 1
1990 Themes, Volume 3: September 85 – June 87 1
1990 Themes, Volume 4: February 89 – May 90 1
1992 Glittering Prize 81/92 6
1997 The Promised 1
1998 The Early Years 1977-1978 1
2001 The Best of Simple Minds 4
2003 Early Gold 1
2003 Seen the Lights: A Visual History 1
2004 Silver Box 1
2008 Themes, Volume 5: March 91 – September 92 1
2008 Themes, Volumes 1-5: March 79 - September 92 1
2012 X5 1
2013 Celebrate 2
2013 Icon 2
2015 The Vinyl Collection (79, 84) 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Live in the City of Light 4
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Wien: 03.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Firenze: 05.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Ancona: 06.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Rome: 07.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Padova: 08.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Madrid: 18.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in San Sebastian: 19.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Kopenhagen: 22.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Stockholm: 23.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Oslo: 24.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Amsterdam: 26.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Hamburg: 27.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Bruxelles: 28.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Newcastle: 30.11.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Birmingham: 02.12.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Manchester: 03.12.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Sheffield: 05.12.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Cardiff: 06.12.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in London: 07.12.2009 1
2009 Graffiti Soul Tour 2009: Live in Belfast: 10.12.2009 1
2011 Live 2011 1
2012 5x5 Live 1
2013 Celebrate: The Greatest Hits+ Tour 2013: 29.03.2013 Carlisle, Sands Centre 1
2013 Celebrate: The Greatest Hits+ Tour 2013 1
2013 Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Tour 2013: 15.04.2013 Bournemouth 02 Academy 1
2014 Celebrate: Live at the SSE Hydro Glasgow 4
2015 Big Music Tour 2015 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Life in a Day 2
1979 Chelsea Girl 1
1980 Changeling 1
1980 I Travel 3
1981 Celebrate 2
1981 The American 2
1981 Love Song 2
1981 Sweat in Bullet 3
1982 I Travel 2
1982 Promised You a Miracle 4 2
1982 Glittering Prize 2
1982 Someone Somewhere (in Summertime) 4 2
1983 I Travel 2
1983 Waterfront 5 2
1984 Speed Your Love to Me 2
1984 Up on the Catwalk 2
1985 Don’t You (Forget About Me) 4 5
1985 Alive & Kicking 3
1986 Sanctify Yourself 3
1986 All The Things She Said 2
1986 Ghostdancing 3
1987 Promised You a Miracle 4
1989 This Is Your Land 3
1989 Kick It In 3
1991 Let There Be Love 4 5
1991 See the Lights 4
1991 Real Life 3
1991 Stand by Love 3
1995 She's a River 3
1995 Hypnotised 2
1998 Glitterball 2
1998 War Babies 1
2002 Cry 1
2003 Spaceface 1
2009 Rockets 1
2009 Theme for Great Cities (Nissn remix) 1
2011 Blood Diamonds 1

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