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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).

After Bryan Ferry rejected the opportunity to sing "Don't You (Forget About Me)," Simple Minds almost did so as well; Kerr was dissatisfied with the song's lyrics, which he regarded as formulaic. His change of heart gave Simple Minds their only American chart-topper, and the song later became an international hit as well; however, Kerr's feelings about the song remained ambivalent, and it did not appear on the follow-up album, Once Upon a Time. This album went gold and reached the U.S. Top Ten, in spite of criticism for its bombastic, over-the-top approach. A live album and the uncompromisingly political Street Fighting Years squandered Simple Minds' commercial momentum, however. By the time the group returned to more personal themes and its straightforward, anthemic rock on 1991's Real Life, personnel changes and audience loss left the group's future viability in doubt. But they weren't totally deterred, however. Kerr and Burchill trudged on, releasing Good News From the Next World in 1995 while the single "She's a River" received moderate airplay. A short tour of North America soon followed, but Simple Minds' direction also quickly faded. They needed a break to clarify their own personal stance in music. Derek Forbes returned for 1998's Néapolis, but that, too, wasn't strong enough to sustain Simple Minds' newfound creativity. Their famed pop songs had diluted a bit; however, the new millennium proved poignant. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill signed to Eagle Records in early 2001 and constructed their first covers album, Neon Lights, later that fall, paying tribute to Patti Smith, Neil Young, David Bowie, and others. In summer 2002, Kerr and Burchill issued Cry, Simple Minds' first batch of new material since 1995's Good News From the Next World. Our Secrets Are the Same, an album that was intended for release in 2000, saw official release in 2003. An extensive reissue program and live recordings followed. Black and White, a new studio album, appeared in 2005, and the charting Grafitti Soul in 2009 (which saw the return of original drummer Mel Gaynor to the fold). Simple Minds accepted a spot at London's iTunes Festival that year and issued a digital EP of their performance. After a global tour, Simple Minds returned with Big Music in 2014, an album that included two songs co-written with Chvrches' Ian Cook~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Love this song and The Breakfast Club. The 80's rocked! And they still do...beat music ever is from the 80's.
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Great movie great memories
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Best music. Loved The Breakfast Club. So related to that movie.
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Best of times 80's
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bonnie7590
Song integral to the significance of 80's music and movies. Set the bar for subsequent decades. Go watch Breakfast Club!
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I had the best times in the 80s great music fun times no worries
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80s ya baby
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Vagabonds in the astral plane
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30 years ago next week Simple Minds song Don't You (Forget About Me) hit number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart.
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Great song, great movie. Even Pitch Perfect pays homage to both
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Don't don't don't don't
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progpond3
New Gold Dream, with gold vinyl. Up on the Catwalk, Waterfront, Promisted you a Miracle, then older stuff too, Chelsea Girl....

Seems like I'm the only fan that really liked Don't You Forget About Me...
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Loved all there songs as soon as dont you forget about me came out to popularity and daily mainstream radio I just couldn't stand the song anymore but love the Simple Minds...Summ e r t i m e is a classic..as the simple minds will always be 80s classic ..
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Gʀɛat sօռɢ!!!! BREAKFAST CLUB ɨs a ċʟassɨċ, ɮaɖass ʍօʋɨɛ... I ռɛʋɛʀ ɢɛt tɨʀɛɖ օʄ ɨt. Wɦɛռ I աas ɨռʍɨɖɖʟɛ sċɦօօʟ ʍʏ ʄʀɨɛռɖs & I աօʊʟɖ aċt օʊt tɦɛ ɖaռċɨռɢ sċɛռɛ, ɢɨʋɨռɢ ɛaċɦ ʄʀɨɛռɖ tɦɛ քaʀt tɦat ʄɨt tɦɛʍ tɦɛ ɮɛst at tɦat tɨʍɛ & ɮɛʟɨɛʋɛ ɨt օʀ ռօt, ɮɨt tɦɛ ʀօʟɛs աɛ aʟʟ ɦaɖ ɨռ tɦat ʍօʋɨɛ քʀɛttʏ ʍʊċɦ ɛռɖɛɖ ʊք ʊs ɮɛɨռɢ ʟɨҡɛ tɦat ċɦaʀaċtɛʀ. Sօʍɛ օʄ ʊs stɨʟʟ tօ tɦɨs ɖaʏ!!!! ������������
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Simple Minds will perform at the Billboard Music Awards. They will perform the 80's hit Don't You (Forget About Me). The awards show is on May 17 on ABC at 8:00 p.m.
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Grew up with song loved the movie as much
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Takes you back to that place in time....
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:) la la la la laalalalaaaa a :)
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every soul yearns for emotions spurned between two hearts giving each one in turn chafed scars with only harm in what games are played and cries are never herd from inside where feeling are burned as pain follows every word with out notions of caring their lives may end the same though it be sometime tomorrow or a generation away as hope dies today
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... In the simplest terms, the most convenient definitions. . .
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Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us
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cindymgonzal e s 1 6
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Good times ...I think back to these songs and era and the good times we had...nothin g like it


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Those were true bands and singers. I'm tired of all the single people singing with no bands.
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I did and let me tell you that was the best time in my life. There will never be music like that era again.
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I wish I could of grew up in the 80s love the music
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cindymgonzal e s 1 6
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I'm so excited! ! Going to see the 30th anniversary special screening of The Breakfast Club in 4hrs! Listening to this just makes today even better :)♥♥
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mercedesman1 9 7 6
The 80's generation.. . w i t h o u t it who knows where we would be now...
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OMGBest song everlike totes
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Cool song
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80s baby
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Love this song , love the movie the breakfast club ..
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Bring back the 80s great song
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Breakfast club 4ever
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80s will be the best
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The eighty's a great decade of music, only people with love and respect could appreciate it. ! Forever 80's!:-):-): - ) : - ) ; - )
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People hate the 80's for many reasons, but I will always love the music!
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Love this song...the breakfast club all time awesome movie!!
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Great band!
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Nothing to do when your locked into vacancy.
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Remember this between Hazle Hurst and Andalusia!
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This is Music ppl
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