History Music / SimpleMinds

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''.
11th Sep '15 3:48:07 PM Exxolon
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Simple Minds is a [[LongRunners long-running]] Scottish rock band, centered on singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill. They began as part of the PunkRock and [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] movement of the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]], and rose to become one of the iconic bands of TheEighties. In Europe, they can still draw a crowd; but in America, they are known almost entirely for a BlackSheepHit they didn't even write, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", which became famous for its appearance in ''TheBreakfastClub''.

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Simple Minds is '''Simple Minds''' are a [[LongRunners long-running]] Scottish rock band, centered on singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill. They began as part of the PunkRock and [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] movement of the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]], and rose to become one of the iconic bands of TheEighties. In Europe, they can still draw a crowd; but in America, they are known almost entirely for a BlackSheepHit they didn't even write, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", which became famous for its appearance in ''TheBreakfastClub''.
11th Sep '15 11:42:50 AM Exxolon
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->''Get in, get out of the rain, I'm goin' to move on up to the Waterfront\\
Step in, step out of the rain, I'm goin' to walk on up to the Waterfront\\
Said, one million years from today, I'm goin' to step on up to the Waterfront\\
Get in, get out of the rain, Come in, come out of the rain''

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->''Get in, get out of the rain, rain,\\
I'm goin' to move on up to the Waterfront\\
Waterfront,\\
Step in, step out of the rain, rain,\\
I'm goin' to walk on up to the Waterfront\\
Said,
Waterfront,\\
Said
one million years from today, today,\\
I'm goin' to step on up to the Waterfront\\
Get in, get out of the rain, rain,\\
Come in, come out of the rain''
-->"Waterfront"
22nd Jul '15 4:33:38 PM bt8257
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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 that ''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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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 that 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.



** "Careful In Career" from "Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call."
* CatchPhrase: Jim Kerr's shouts of "Let me see your hands!!" During live performances.

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** "Careful In Career" from "Sons ''Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call."
Call''.
* CatchPhrase: Jim Kerr's shouts of "Let me see your hands!!" During during live performances.



** PeterGabriel's "Biko" on ''Street Fighting Years''

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** PeterGabriel's Music/PeterGabriel's "Biko" on ''Street Fighting Years''
20th Jul '15 11:05:51 AM bt8257
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** PeterGabriel's "Biko" on "Street Fighting Years"

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** PeterGabriel's "Biko" on "Street ''Street Fighting Years"Years''
9th Jul '15 2:08:51 PM bt8257
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** ''Street Fighting Years'' (CreatorBreakdown, ballad heavy stadium rock)

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** ''Street Fighting Years'' (CreatorBreakdown, ballad (ballad heavy stadium rock)
9th Jul '15 2:07:59 PM bt8257
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Simple Minds perfected their sound around this time, a mixture of NewRomantic [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]], ProgressiveRock, and ElectronicMusic. They recorded enough material for two albums, variously released as ''Sons and Fascination'' and ''Sister Feelings Call'' or as one double album. This produced their first hit, "Love Song", and caught the attention of PeterGabriel, who chose them to open for him on a European tour. They were beginning to succeed; but the constant recording and touring was too much for Brian [=McGee=], who left at the end of the recording sessions.

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Simple Minds perfected their sound around this time, a mixture of NewRomantic [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]], ProgressiveRock, and ElectronicMusic. They recorded enough material for two albums, variously released as ''Sons and Fascination'' and ''Sister Feelings Call'' or as one double album. This produced their first hit, "Love Song", and caught the attention of PeterGabriel, Music/PeterGabriel, who chose them to open for him on a European tour. They were beginning to succeed; but the constant recording and touring was too much for Brian [=McGee=], who left at the end of the recording sessions.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Dream Giver Redux complains to no end about most reissues of ''Real To Real Cacophony''. For years, there has been much confusion about the album's proper title. The original was clearly titled ''Real To Real Cacophony'', but most reissues misspell it as ''Reel To Real Cacophony'' or even more heinously, ''Reel To Reel Cacophony''. He then goes on to explain how Virgin packaged the album in a glossy sleeve. Which is always the wrong shade of blue.



* CatchPhrase: Jim Kerr's shouts of "Let me see your hands!!" During live performances.



** In addition to their two cover albums they also released a lot of studio covers as B Sides in the ''Cry'' and ''Black And White 050505'' period, in addition to the non-album "Children Of The Revolution" released [[NoExportForYou as a German exclusive]].

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** In addition to their two cover albums they also released a lot of studio covers as B Sides in the ''Cry'' and ''Black And White 050505'' period, in addition to the non-album "Children Of The Revolution" released [[NoExportForYou as a German exclusive]].exclusive.



* EpicRocking: Pleasantly Disturbed, In Trance As Mission, A Brass Band In African Chimes, Street Fighting Years and Belfast Child, to name a few.

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* EpicRocking: Pleasantly Disturbed, In "Pleasantly Disturbed", "In Trance As Mission, A Mission", "A Brass Band In African Chimes, Street Chimes", "Street Fighting Years Years" and Belfast Child, "Belfast Child", to name a few.



* LetsDuet: With Robin Clark of {{Chic}} on ''Once Upon A Time''.

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* LetsDuet: With Robin Clark of {{Chic}} Music/{{Chic}} on ''Once Upon A Time''.



* MinimalisticCoverArt: Original pressings their second album, Real To Real Cacophony, were a thermographic and textured blue sleeve, but it was very expensive to produce, and all reissues have since had a solid dark blue sleeve.

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* MinimalisticCoverArt: Original pressings their second album, Real ''Real To Real Cacophony, Cacophony'', were a thermographic and textured blue sleeve, but it was very expensive to produce, and all reissues have since had a solid dark blue sleeve.



** Briefly mentioned in their more recent song "Stagefright." It was toned down for the recorded version with "...to get beneath the table..." but it was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] much more blatant. "Get" instead being [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck."]] They still use the latter when playing it live, though.

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** Briefly mentioned in their more recent song "Stagefright." "Stagefright". It was toned down for the recorded version with "...to get beneath the table..." but it was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] much more blatant. "Get" instead being [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck."]] They still use the latter when playing it live, though.



** ''Life In A Day''(Art Punk),
** ''Real To Real Cacophony'' (Gothic Post Punk)
** ''Empires And Dance'' (Progressive Post Punk w/ Disco and Krautrock influences),
** ''Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call'', (Combination of all the above w/ better production),

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** ''Life In A in a Day''(Art Punk),
** ''Real To to Real Cacophony'' (Gothic Post Punk)
** ''Empires And and Dance'' (Progressive Post Punk w/ Disco and Krautrock influences),
** ''Sons And and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call'', (Combination of all the above w/ better production),



** ''Once Upon A Time'' (Stadium Rock with soul backing singers)

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** ''Once Upon A a Time'' (Stadium Rock with soul backing singers)


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* PrecisionFStrike: Their cover of "Rockin' In A Free World" actually adds one.
-->We got a thousand points of light,
-->For the homeless man.
-->We got a kinder, gentler,
-->Much more pleasant machine gun hand.
-->Toilet paper, styrofoam too,
-->The ozone layer is fucked up too.
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