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Simple Minds

About

Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1977. They have released a string of hit singles, becoming best known internationally for "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (1985), which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Other commercially successful singles include "Glittering Prize" (1982), "Someone Somewhere in Summertime" (1982), "Waterfront" (1983) and "Alive and Kicking" (1985), as well as the UK number one single "Belfast Child" (1989).

Simple Minds have achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums, Sparkle in the Rain (1984), Once Upon a Time (1985), Live in the City of Light (1987), Street Fighting Years (1989) and Glittering Prize 81/92 (1992); they have sold more than 60 million albums. They were the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s. Simple Minds have also achieved considerable chart success in the United States, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy and New Zealand. Despite various personnel changes, they continue to record and tour.

In 2014, Simple Minds were awarded the Q Inspiration Award for their contribution to the music industry and an Ivor Novello Award in 2016 for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. Other notable recognitions include nominations for both the MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction and MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction for "Don't You (Forget About Me)" in 1985, nomination for the Brit Award for British Group in 1986 and for the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group in 1987. "Belfast Child" was nominated for the Song of the Year at the 1990 Brit Awards.

The nucleus of Simple Minds consists of the two remaining original members, Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (electric & acoustic guitars, occasional keyboards after 1990, saxophone and violin). The other current band members are Ged Grimes (bass guitar), Cherisse Osei (drums), Sarah Brown (backing vocals), Gordy Goudie (additional guitar & keyboards) and Berenice Scott (keyboards). Notable former members include Mick MacNeil (keyboards), Derek Forbes (bass), Brian McGee & Mel Gaynor (drums).

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August 11, 2022

Watch Simple Minds’ perform in ancient Sicily venue in new video for single ‘Vision Thing’

It is the first track to be lifted from their eighteenth studio LP 'Direction Of The Heart' The post Watch Simple Minds’ perform in ancient Sicily venue in new video for single ‘Vision Thing’ appeared first on NME.

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July 20, 2022

Simple Minds sell “key music interests” to BMG

"It feels like the right time for us and our families" The post Simple Minds sell “key music interests” to BMG appeared first on NME.

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June 14, 2022

Simple Minds announce new album ‘Direction Of The Heart’ and share single ‘Vision Thing’

The follow-up to 2018's 'Walk Between Worlds' is out in October The post Simple Minds announce new album ‘Direction Of The Heart’ and share single ‘Vision Thing’ appeared first on NME.

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February 25, 2022

Simple Minds’ ’80s Classic ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ Returns to Charts Thanks to Super Bowl Ad

'Don't You (Forget About Me)' was featured in a commercial for Meta during the Feb. 13 game.

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January 17, 2022

Simple Minds share new version of rare track, ‘Act Of Love’

"I believed we had something special as soon as I heard Charlie play the riff on 'Act Of Love'" The post Simple Minds share new version of rare track, ‘Act Of Love’ appeared first on NME.

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January 17, 2022

BBC radio special for Janice Long to feature tributes from Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and more

Members of New Order, Simple Minds and others will also pay tribute The post BBC radio special for Janice Long to feature tributes from Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and more appeared first on NME.

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May 7, 2021

Soundtrack Classics From Simple Minds, Prince & More Hit Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart

Thanks to the iTunes Store's latest, and ongoing, sale pricing, five classic soundtrack hits return to Billboard's Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart dated May 8, led by Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)."

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Discs

Vision Thing

June 14, 2022

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Act of Love

January 17, 2022

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Live in the City of Angels (Deluxe)

October 4, 2019

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Walk Between Worlds (Live in the City of Angels)

October 1, 2019

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For One Night Only

September 30, 2019

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New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [Live in the City of Angels]

September 17, 2019

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Don't You (Forget About Me) [Live in the City of Angels]

September 3, 2019

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Love Song (Live in the City of Angels)

August 20, 2019

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Alive and Kicking (Symphonic Version)

November 1, 2018

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Spaceface (Remixes)

October 19, 2018

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Summer (Club Remix)

June 15, 2018

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Summer (Gary Numan & Ade Fenton Remix)

May 25, 2018

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Summer (Edit)

May 18, 2018

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Summer (Gary Numan & Ade Fenton Edit)

May 4, 2018

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Sense of Discovery (Edit)

February 23, 2018

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Walk Between Worlds

February 2, 2018

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Sense of Discovery

January 25, 2018

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The Signal and the Noise

January 12, 2018

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Magic (Edit)

January 4, 2018

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Simple Minds at Live Aid (Live at John F. Kennedy Stadium, 13th July 1985)

January 1, 2018

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Acoustic

November 11, 2016

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New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) [Deluxe]

July 15, 2016

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Big Music Tour 2015

November 14, 2015

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Don't You Forget About Me

May 13, 2015

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Celebrate - Live at the Sse Hydro Glasgow (Audio Version)

September 22, 2014

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Big Music (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 2014

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Blood Diamonds (John Foxx & The Maths Remix)

January 1, 2013

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5x5 (Live)

January 1, 2012

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Theme For Great Cities (Nissn Remix) - Single

November 3, 2009

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Graffiti Soul (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 2009

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Spaceface (Tomcraft Remix)

August 25, 2008

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Black & White (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 2005

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Cry (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 2002

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Neon Lights (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 2001

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Neapolis

March 16, 1998

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War Babies

January 1, 1998

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Good News From The Next World

February 7, 1995

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Hypnotised

January 1, 1995

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1984

September 16, 1991

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Real Life

April 8, 1991

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Street Fighting Years (Super Deluxe)

May 8, 1989

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Street Fighting Years

May 8, 1989

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Live - In The City Of Light

May 11, 1987

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Alive And Kicking

January 1, 1985

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Once Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)

January 1, 1985

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Sparkle In The Rain (Super Deluxe)

January 1, 1983

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Sparkle In The Rain

January 1, 1983

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New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)

July 15, 1982

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Celebration

January 1, 1982

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Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call

September 12, 1981

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Empires And Dance

September 1, 1980

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Reel To Real Cacophony

November 1, 1979

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Life In A Day

March 10, 1979

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