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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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Don't you for get about me awesome song simple minds
I love the 80s and breakfast club is a fantastic movie 80s movies are the best
It reminds me of my high school sweet heart
godslove1717
the 80,s was great for me all so I had three kids born 80,84,85
not from pretty in pink! The Breakfast Club, DUH!
Great 80s memories
I love this song from one of my favorite 80s movies Pretty in Pink.
Hell ya to the days live on for many years as we had the best of times with our own "BRAT PACK" in the early '80s!!!
lunagreg7
I was one of the first students in California, to attend Saturday school!
j144174
Collge. Wlilan Kirvn Steveson.
a brain, a athlete, basket case, a princess and a criminal
Agh when the rain keeps falling. and you walk on by she was six ft tall long blond hair wearing a steatson, man those were the good days
This song reminds me of Breakfast Club!
Memories what never come back
My all time favorite movie growing up
All I can think of is the breakfast club when I hear this song and I love it always love the movie love the song....don' t you forget about me
Don't my friends in Portland ever forget about me even though I'm in colorado
Dont u forget about me the 80's kid
This CD is really good. Simple Minds sound is so dramatic.
Love song and movie
My favorite song ❤️❤️❤️❤️����
Xxooo
They didn't want to record this song and or video i believe but awesome
Great band with the exceptin to don't you forget about me..cant stand that song due to it being so commercializ e d like OMD another great band but if you leave playef the uc out
No
How can u not, time period-80's class.
Love this song & Movie! !!!!!
A princess...
The only thing I remember bad about the 80's were shoulder pads the rest rocked and still does!
an athlete....
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... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
I think of The Breakfast Club every time I hear this song.
I use to dance in front of the mirror in my bedroom to this song. Was a teenager then , now to many kids in the house. I miss, miss the 80's!!!
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... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
Andrew Clark: ...and an athlete...
Allison Reynolds: ...and a basket case...
Claire Standish: ..
Not the most descriptive bio for such a popular and well known band. Would like to have read more. Even one hit wonders 'A Flock Of Seagulls' got 3 paragraphs. C'mon Pandora, 'don't, don't, don't, don't....... . d o n ' t you...... forget about them'!
Can't forget this song! It conjures up memories of the movie :)
Love The Breakfast Club!
Takes me back... .that's all
I remember parts of the 80's....I had a good time....I think...lol Seriously, The music will always be the best for me!
I miss the 80s!!!
Simple Minds is one of my favorite bands , brings back good times I love the 80s !!!!!
1985 was a fun year. this song was part of it
My best friend moved away in middle school, and made me a mix tape with this song on it. I have loved it every since!
I'd like and love the music simple mind
LOVe LOVE LOVE Simple MINDS
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me) - YouTube
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Artist: Simple Minds
Released: 1985
The anthem for an era that will be missed.
Don't You Forget About Me : Yes, one of my favorite songs
tomman30
ahh, High School in the 80's!
Check out live in the city of light for an example of what a good band they were. East at easter is awesome
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