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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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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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1. Kiss your hand
2. Say your crush name
3. Close your hand
4. Choose a school day
5. Post this on 5 other songs
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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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Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling, down down down...
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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 way though it be sometime tomorrow or a generation away as hope dies today
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Good song
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Don't You Forget About Me
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did someone say football? whoo
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I agree Randall, I never knew how much I really liked them until putting there Channel on here and discovering all the great songs they have to offer.
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Simple Minds was way more than The Breakfast Club. Their stuff before and after Don't You Forget About Me was far better. But glad they got the exposure they did. Their talent deserved it.
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Michael J B and mikelahn .... sounds about right.... even if I didn't know then what I know now.... I'd STILL go back to the 80s'.. back to high skool
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when it all falls down spread it around make a way force the day time wont be there forever to stay gather and take the hill no one can break your will if you don't give your heart for the kill and believe that chance walks your way when your life's on the wheel ready to spin a winning play
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me too bro!!
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This is freshman year for me,ahah s**t I just realized that I'm getting old, S**T!!!!!!!
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80s were a wake up call this song was profound an brought many friends closer
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Simple minds don't you for get about me awesome song and i got the movie for it aweome Breakfast club
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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...
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mandygaga11
BREAKFAST CLUB
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I love the movie Breakfast Club. This song was perfect for the movie. I actually met Molly Ringwald at my job when she was pregnant with her first child. Total sweetheart!
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PS. I know the movie Breakfast Club was based on me getting Saturday detention.
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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... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain
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rickye3247
Breakfast club
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One favorite after another
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I'm loving all this mane
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Oh breakfast club, this song, oh the 80's, life... Deep stuff
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my best friend died last week...rain keeps falling, i wont forget about you!
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Never forget you on my 24 /7 hoping your safe when will talk again I want to call u many times but I don't any trouble for you. I ate drama you Should know that. So I wait for your Call. It excites me t o hear your. Voice it thrills me. ..
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Don't you for get about me I love song and the 80, was great for me thank you!!!
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One of the best 80's tune.
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Don't you for get about me awesome song simple minds
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I love the 80s and breakfast club is a fantastic movie 80s movies are the best
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It reminds me of my high school sweet heart
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