Simple Minds

Best known in the U.S. for their 1985 number one hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from the film The Breakfast Club, Scotland's Simple Minds evolved from a post-punk art rock band influenced by Roxy Music into a grand, epic-sounding pop band along the lines of U2. The band grew out of a Glasgow punk group called Johnny and the Self-Abusers, which featured guitarist Charlie Burchill and lead singer Jim Kerr. The inaugural 1978 lineup of Simple Minds featured a rhythm section of Tony Donald on bass and Brian McGee on drums, plus keyboardist Mick McNeil; Donald was soon replaced by Derek Forbes. Their early albums leaped from one style to another, with Life in a Day consisting mostly of dense, arty pop songs; critical acclaim followed the darker, more experimental art rock of Reel to Real Cacophony and the Euro-disco of Empires and Dance. The group began a transition to a more accessible pop style with the albums Sons and Fascination and Sister Feelings Call, originally issued together and subsequently split up. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) became their first chart album in the U.S., and the tour-shy McGee quit owing to burgeoning popularity, eventually being replaced by Mel Gaynor. Following the Steve Lillywhite-produced Sparkle in the Rain, Jim Kerr married Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde (the two groups had toured together).

More Simple Minds

Discography

Recently Played

  1. 8/29/2015 12:26:45 AMDon't You Forget About Me
  2. 8/28/2015 10:06:29 AMDon't You Forget About Me
  3. 8/26/2015 5:20:56 AMDon't You Forget About Me
  4. 8/24/2015 6:38:40 PMDon't You Forget About Me
  5. 8/18/2015 1:05:13 AMDon't You Forget About Me
  6. 8/17/2015 12:09:34 PMDon't You Forget About Me
  7. 8/14/2015 7:10:43 AMDon't You Forget About Me
  8. 8/10/2015 8:39:35 PMDon't You Forget About Me