History Music / SimpleMinds

17th Jun '17 1:51:39 PM nombretomado
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During the three years of fame and touring that followed ''Once Upon A Time'', the band took an interest in politics. This led to their only UK #1 single, "Mandela Day", and their next album, ''Street Fighting Years''. ''Street Fighting Years'' addressed political topics from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles to the BerlinWall. Musically, it brought back the subtlety of ''New Gold Dream'', though with acoustic rather than electronic instruments, creating a Celtic folk-rock sound. Once again, work took its toll, and Giblin and Gaynor both left during the recording sessions. ''Street Fighting Years'' rose to the top of the UK album charts, but America didn't want to hear about the worries of the world.

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During the three years of fame and touring that followed ''Once Upon A Time'', the band took an interest in politics. This led to their only UK #1 single, "Mandela Day", and their next album, ''Street Fighting Years''. ''Street Fighting Years'' addressed political topics from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles to the BerlinWall.UsefulNotes/BerlinWall. Musically, it brought back the subtlety of ''New Gold Dream'', though with acoustic rather than electronic instruments, creating a Celtic folk-rock sound. Once again, work took its toll, and Giblin and Gaynor both left during the recording sessions. ''Street Fighting Years'' rose to the top of the UK album charts, but America didn't want to hear about the worries of the world.
15th May '17 7:22:49 PM nombretomado
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During the three years of fame and touring that followed ''Once Upon A Time'', the band took an interest in politics. This led to their only UK #1 single, "Mandela Day", and their next album, ''Street Fighting Years''. ''Street Fighting Years'' addressed political topics from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] to TheTroubles to the BerlinWall. Musically, it brought back the subtlety of ''New Gold Dream'', though with acoustic rather than electronic instruments, creating a Celtic folk-rock sound. Once again, work took its toll, and Giblin and Gaynor both left during the recording sessions. ''Street Fighting Years'' rose to the top of the UK album charts, but America didn't want to hear about the worries of the world.

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During the three years of fame and touring that followed ''Once Upon A Time'', the band took an interest in politics. This led to their only UK #1 single, "Mandela Day", and their next album, ''Street Fighting Years''. ''Street Fighting Years'' addressed political topics from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] to TheTroubles UsefulNotes/TheTroubles to the BerlinWall. Musically, it brought back the subtlety of ''New Gold Dream'', though with acoustic rather than electronic instruments, creating a Celtic folk-rock sound. Once again, work took its toll, and Giblin and Gaynor both left during the recording sessions. ''Street Fighting Years'' rose to the top of the UK album charts, but America didn't want to hear about the worries of the world.
3rd Jan '17 3:15:24 PM Exxolon
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Mel Gaynor returned for ''Real Life'', a sequel to ''Street Fighting Years''. It went to #2 in the UK, but the U.S. shut the door on Simple Minds, this time for good. Gaynor left again in '92, and since then Simple Minds has officially been a duo of Kerr and Burchill. Their last album of the stadium rock era was 1995's ''Good News from the Next World''.

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Mel Gaynor returned for ''Real Life'', a sequel to ''Street Fighting Years''. It went to #2 in the UK, but the U.S. shut the door on Simple Minds, this time for good. Gaynor left again in '92, '92 (he would return in '97 and has remained with band since then), and since then Simple Minds has officially been a duo of Kerr and Burchill. Their last album of the stadium rock era was 1995's ''Good News from the Next World''.
3rd Jan '17 3:09:02 PM Exxolon
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* Andy Gillespe (keyboards)

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* Andy Gillespe Gillespie (keyboards)


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* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Guys]] - The core members of the band are all nearing sixty, but can still put on a great show.
29th Dec '16 9:34:10 AM nombretomado
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During the three years of fame and touring that followed ''Once Upon A Time'', the band took an interest in politics. This led to their only UK #1 single, "Mandela Day", and their next album, ''Street Fighting Years''. ''Street Fighting Years'' addressed political topics from [[TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] to TheTroubles to the BerlinWall. Musically, it brought back the subtlety of ''New Gold Dream'', though with acoustic rather than electronic instruments, creating a Celtic folk-rock sound. Once again, work took its toll, and Giblin and Gaynor both left during the recording sessions. ''Street Fighting Years'' rose to the top of the UK album charts, but America didn't want to hear about the worries of the world.

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During the three years of fame and touring that followed ''Once Upon A Time'', the band took an interest in politics. This led to their only UK #1 single, "Mandela Day", and their next album, ''Street Fighting Years''. ''Street Fighting Years'' addressed political topics from [[TheApartheidEra [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] to TheTroubles to the BerlinWall. Musically, it brought back the subtlety of ''New Gold Dream'', though with acoustic rather than electronic instruments, creating a Celtic folk-rock sound. Once again, work took its toll, and Giblin and Gaynor both left during the recording sessions. ''Street Fighting Years'' rose to the top of the UK album charts, but America didn't want to hear about the worries of the world.
30th Apr '16 10:34:08 PM aye_amber
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Kerr and Burchill were friends since childhood. In 1977, they joined a punk band called Johnny & The Self-Abusers, which released one single and broke up. Kerr and Burchill, along with Self-Abusers bandmates Tony Donald (bass) and Brian [=McGee=] (drums) renamed themselves Simple Minds, after a line in the DavidBowie song "Jean Genie". The next year and a half saw much touring and a demo tape. Mick [=MacNeil=] joined on keyboards, and Donald was replaced by Derek Forbes on bass. They became known for their live act, and were signed to Zoom, a division of Creator/AristaRecords.

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Kerr and Burchill were friends since childhood. In 1977, they joined a punk band called Johnny & The Self-Abusers, which released one single and broke up. Kerr and Burchill, along with Self-Abusers bandmates Tony Donald (bass) and Brian [=McGee=] (drums) renamed themselves Simple Minds, after a line in the DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie song "Jean Genie". The next year and a half saw much touring and a demo tape. Mick [=MacNeil=] joined on keyboards, and Donald was replaced by Derek Forbes on bass. They became known for their live act, and were signed to Zoom, a division of Creator/AristaRecords.
11th Mar '16 1:54:05 PM MarkLungo
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Kerr and Burchill were friends since childhood. In 1977, they joined a punk band called Johnny & The Self-Abusers, which released one single and broke up. Kerr and Burchill, along with Self-Abusers bandmates Tony Donald (bass) and Brian [=McGee=] (drums) renamed themselves Simple Minds, after a line in the DavidBowie song "Jean Genie". The next year and a half saw much touring and a demo tape. Mick [=MacNeil=] joined on keyboards, and Donald was replaced by Derek Forbes on bass. They became known for their live act, and were signed to Zoom, a division of Music/AristaRecords.

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Kerr and Burchill were friends since childhood. In 1977, they joined a punk band called Johnny & The Self-Abusers, which released one single and broke up. Kerr and Burchill, along with Self-Abusers bandmates Tony Donald (bass) and Brian [=McGee=] (drums) renamed themselves Simple Minds, after a line in the DavidBowie song "Jean Genie". The next year and a half saw much touring and a demo tape. Mick [=MacNeil=] joined on keyboards, and Donald was replaced by Derek Forbes on bass. They became known for their live act, and were signed to Zoom, a division of Music/AristaRecords.
Creator/AristaRecords.
11th Mar '16 12:53:33 PM MarkLungo
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Kerr and Burchill were friends since childhood. In 1977, they joined a punk band called Johnny & The Self-Abusers, which released one single and broke up. Kerr and Burchill, along with Self-Abusers bandmates Tony Donald (bass) and Brian [=McGee=] (drums) renamed themselves Simple Minds, after a line in the DavidBowie song "Jean Genie". The next year and a half saw much touring and a demo tape. Mick [=MacNeil=] joined on keyboards, and Donald was replaced by Derek Forbes on bass. They became known for their live act, and were signed to Arista Records.

In early '79, they recorded their first album, ''Life in a Day''. Sales were disappointing, and the band quickly [[CanonDiscontinuity dismissed]] it as sounding too much like their influences (DavidBowie, Music/{{Genesis}}, RoxyMusic, and the Punk and New Wave around them). Their next album, ''Real to Real Cacophony'', was dark, moody, and experimental. It sold even less than ''Life in a Day''. Their third album, 1980's ''Empires and Dance'', was proto-{{Industrial}}, sold poorly again, and this time Arista had had enough and they were transferred to Virgin Records.

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Kerr and Burchill were friends since childhood. In 1977, they joined a punk band called Johnny & The Self-Abusers, which released one single and broke up. Kerr and Burchill, along with Self-Abusers bandmates Tony Donald (bass) and Brian [=McGee=] (drums) renamed themselves Simple Minds, after a line in the DavidBowie song "Jean Genie". The next year and a half saw much touring and a demo tape. Mick [=MacNeil=] joined on keyboards, and Donald was replaced by Derek Forbes on bass. They became known for their live act, and were signed to Arista Records.

Zoom, a division of Music/AristaRecords.

In early '79, they recorded their first album, ''Life in a Day''. Sales were disappointing, and the band quickly [[CanonDiscontinuity dismissed]] it as sounding too much like their influences (DavidBowie, (Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Genesis}}, RoxyMusic, Music/RoxyMusic, and the Punk and New Wave around them). Their next album, ''Real to Real Cacophony'', was dark, moody, and experimental. It sold even less than ''Life in a Day''. Their third album, 1980's ''Empires and Dance'', was proto-{{Industrial}}, sold poorly again, and this time Arista had had enough and they were transferred to Virgin Records.
6th Jan '16 10:17:54 AM Morgenthaler
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They hired ex-{{Pretenders}} bassist Malcolm Foster and session drummer Andy Duncan, and went on tour, but as the tour was ending, Mick [=MacNeil=] announced that he needed a break. This turned out to be a BerserkButton for Kerr and Burchill, and the ensuing argument meant that what could have been a temporary break turned into a permanent leave. For many fans, this was when Simple Minds JumpedTheShark; [=MacNeil=]'s HeroicFantasy-evoking keyboards were essential to the band's sound. But the show would go on.

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They hired ex-{{Pretenders}} ex-Music/{{Pretenders}} bassist Malcolm Foster and session drummer Andy Duncan, and went on tour, but as the tour was ending, Mick [=MacNeil=] announced that he needed a break. This turned out to be a BerserkButton for Kerr and Burchill, and the ensuing argument meant that what could have been a temporary break turned into a permanent leave. For many fans, this was when Simple Minds JumpedTheShark; [=MacNeil=]'s HeroicFantasy-evoking keyboards were essential to the band's sound. But the show would go on.
19th Dec '15 7:48:19 AM Morgenthaler
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Constant work took its toll on another band member, Derek Forbes, and he was replaced with former Brand X bassist John Giblin. With guest vocals from {{Chic}}'s Robin Clark, they released ''Once Upon A Time'', which conspicuously did not include "Don't You". What it did have was stadium-friendly rock, which brought in a lot of new fans, and gave them their only 'proper' U.S. hit, "Alive And Kicking". The tour produced a live album, ''Live in the City of Light''.

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Constant work took its toll on another band member, Derek Forbes, and he was replaced with former Brand X bassist John Giblin. With guest vocals from {{Chic}}'s Music/{{Chic}}'s Robin Clark, they released ''Once Upon A Time'', which conspicuously did not include "Don't You". What it did have was stadium-friendly rock, which brought in a lot of new fans, and gave them their only 'proper' U.S. hit, "Alive And Kicking". The tour produced a live album, ''Live in the City of Light''.
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