Simple Minds
Simple Minds

Simple Minds

About Simple Minds

Simple Minds emerged at the height of the New Wave movement to become one of Scotland’s biggest rock bands, releasing eight Platinum albums over their four-decade career.

∙ Their critical and commercial breakthrough came in 1982 with New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), which featured a sound that frontman Jim Kerr called “ambient dance music.”
∙ Acclaimed producer Steve Lillywhite took the reins for 1984’s double-Platinum Sparkle in the Rain, including the hit “Waterfront,” a fan favorite and one of their signature songs.
∙ The band originally passed on recording the iconic smash “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” for the 1985 film The Breakfast Club, which became a global chart-topper after they relented.
∙ The 1985 album Once Upon a Time was loaded with radio hits, including “Alive and Kicking,” which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
∙ “Belfast Child,” written in the wake of 1987’s infamous Remembrance Day bombing in Northern Ireland, was nominated for a BRIT Award and became their first No. 1 single in the UK.
∙ In 2016, Simple Minds received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection, honoring their 40 years of hit songwriting.

  • ORIGIN
    Glasgow, Scotland
  • FORMED
    1978

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