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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Big Music

1. Blindfolded

2. Midnight Walking

3. Honest Town

4. Big Music

5. Human

6. Blood Diamonds

7. Let The Day Begin

8. Concrete And Cherry Blossom

9. Imagination

10. Kill Or Cure

11. Broken Glass Park

12. Spirited Away

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Track List: Celebrate

Disc 1

1. Life In A Day

2. Chelsea Girl

3. Changeling

4. I Travel

5. Celebrate

6. The American

7. Love Song

8. Sweat In Bullet

9. Theme For Great Cities

10. Promised You A Miracle

11. Glittering Prize

12. Someone Somewhere In Summertime

13. New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)

14. Waterfront

15. Speed Your Love To Me

16. Up On The Catwalk

Disc 2

1. Don't You (Forget About Me)

2. Alive And Kicking

3. Sanctify Yourself

4. All The Things She Said

5. Ghost Dancing

6. Promised You A Miracle [Live]

7. Belfast Child

8. Mandela Day

9. Biko

10. This Is Your Land

11. Kick It In

12. Let It All Come Down

13. Let There Be Love

14. See The Lights

15. Stand By Love

16. Real Life

Disc 3

1. She's A River

2. Hypnotised

3. Glitterball

4. War Babies

5. Space

6. Jeweller To The Stars

7. Dancing Barefoot

8. Cry

9. Spaceface

10. One Step Closer

11. Home

12. Stranger

13. Stay Visible

15. Stars Will Lead The Way

16. Stagefright

17. Blood Diamonds

18. Broken Glass Park

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Track List: Black & White 050505

1. Stay Visible

2. Home

3. Stranger

4. Different World (Taorminan Me)

5. Underneath The Ice

6. The Jeweller Part 2

7. A Life Shot In Black & White

8. Kiss The Ground

9. Dolphins

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Track List: Early Gold

1. Life In A Day

2. Chelsea Girl

3. Changeling

4. Factory

5. Premonition

6. I Travel

7. Celebrate

8. Thirty Frames A Second

9. The American

10. Love Song

11. Sweat In Bullet

12. Promised You A Miracle

13. Glittering Prize

14. Someone Somewhere In Summertime

15. New Gold Dream ( 81-82-83-84 )

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Track List: Neapolis

1. Song For The Tribes

2. Glitterball

3. War Babies

4. Tears Of A Guy

5. Superman V Supersoul

6. Lightning

7. If I Had Wings

8. Killing Andy Warhol

9. Androgyny

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Track List: Good News From The Next World

1. She's A River

2. Night Music

3. Hypnotised

4. Great Leap Forward

5. 7 Deadly Sins

6. And The Band Played On

7. My Life

8. Criminal World

9. This Time

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Track List: Street Fighting Years

1. Street Fighting Years

2. Soul Crying Out

3. Wall Of Love

4. This Is Your Land

5. Take A Step Back

6. Kick It In

7. Let It All Come Down

8. Mandela Day

9. Belfast Child

10. Biko

11. When Spirits Rise

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Track List: Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call

1. In Trance As Mission

2. Sweat In Bullet

3. 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall

4. Boys From Brazil

5. Love Song

6. This Earth That You Walk Upon

7. Sons And Fascination

8. Seeing Out The Angel

9. Theme For Great Cities

10. The American

11. 20th Century Promised Land

12. Wonderful In Young Life

13. League Of Nations

14. Careful In Career

15. Sound In 70 Cities

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Track List: Once Upon A Time

1. Once Upon A Time

2. All The Things She Said

3. Ghost Dancing

4. Alive And Kicking

5. Oh Jungleland

6. I Wish You Were Here

7. Sanctify Yourself

8. Come A Long Way

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Track List: Sparkle In The Rain

1. Up On The Catwalk

2. Book Of Brilliant Things

3. Speed Your Love To Me

4. Waterfront

5. East At Easter

6. Street Hassle

7. White Hot Day

8. "C" Moon Cry Like A Baby

9. The Kick Inside Of Me

10. Shake Off The Ghosts

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Track List: New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)

1. Someone, Somewhere In Summertime

2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel

3. Promised You A Miracle

4. Big Sleep

5. Somebody Up There Likes You

6. New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)

7. Glittering Prize

8. Hunter And The Hunted

9. King Is White And In The Crowd

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Track List: Empires And Dance

1. Travel

2. Today I Died Again

3. Celebrate

4. This Fear Of Gods

5. Capitol City

6. Constantinople Line

7. Twist / Run / Repulsion

8. Thirty Frames A Second

9. Kant-Kino

10. Room

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Track List: Real To Real Cacophony

2. Naked Eye

3. Citizen (Dance Of Youth)

4. Carnival (Shelter In A Suitcase)

5. Factory

6. Cacophony

7. Veldt

8. Premonition

9. Changeling

10. Film Theme

11. Calling Your Name

12. Scar

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Track List: In The City Of Light (Live)

Disc 1

1. Ghostdancing (Live)

2. Big Sleep (Live)

3. Waterfront (Live)

4. Promised You A Miracle (Live)

5. Someone Somewhere In Summertime (Live)

6. Oh Jungleland (Live)

7. Alive And Kicking (Live)

Disc 2

1. Don't You Forget About Me (Live)

2. Once Upon A Time (Live)

3. Book Of Brilliant Things (Live)

4. East At Easter (Live)

5. Sanctify Yourself (Live)

7. New Gold Dream (Live)

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Track List: Real Life

1. Real Life

2. See The Lights

3. Let There Be Love

4. Woman

5. Stand By Love

6. Let The Children Speak

7. African Skies

9. Banging On The Door

10. Banging On The Door

11. Travelling Man

12. Rivers Of Ice

13. When Two Worlds Collide

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Track List: The Best Of Simple Minds

Disc 1

1. Don't You (Forget About Me)

2. Promised You A Miracle

3. Waterfront

4. Alive And Kicking

5. Glittering Prize

6. All The Things She Said

7. Sanctify Yourself

8. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)

9. Ghostdancing

10. Up On The Catwalk

11. Speed Your Love To Me

12. Theme For Great Cities

13. Love Song

14. The American

15. Sweat In Bullet

16. Life In A Day

17. I Travel

Disc 2

1. Let There Be Love

2. This Is Your Land

3. Kick It In

4. Let It All Come Down

5. See The Lights

6. Stand By Love

7. Real Life

8. She's A River

9. Hypnotised

10. Glitterball

11. War Babies

12. Mandela Day

13. Biko

14. Belfast Child

15. The Real Life (Raven Maize)

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The 80's...The best!!
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Breakfast Club...still nobody knows what that really means!
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we need to learn what loves all about your mimi
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tgs11
,that's a great thing!
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tgs11
Got to poop
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Don't u forget about me
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I will never say goodbye my love to if I of us go we will go together my darling Mike your mimi
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Always really liked this song..
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Don't try because it actually works
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crush's name
3. Close your hand
4. Pick a day
5. Say your name
6. Post this on five other songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you said
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jzainey80

Awesome song! So glad Pitch Perfect opened it to another generation :)
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
I WONT FORGET ABOUT YOU I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR'E THE GUY THAT WANTME NOT TO FORGET ABOUT !!
JUST ONE THING WHO ARE YOU ???
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ed.nunez
Don't you forget about me.......... . . . .
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I love the 80s #thebreakfas t c l u b
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millzy.bm
Will you walk away!
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The 80s was the good stuff
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jorgeberrios 4 3
Only if love does exist, like the 80s songs, its hard to find true love
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I feel like dancing to this song.Yeah!
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bricelands1
Love the 80s. You guys rock!
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your always welcome to come get some loving mimi
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come right to my loving il brings you some loving Mimi mike
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maholo1942
Love the 80s ... hell yeah , thank God i survive them.
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Good 80s pop rock song Don't forget about me
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you will survive baby all the way baby here today come with me I will bring you home with me
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Love Simple minds, JK, my fav!! 80's rule!!
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come and get me out of here baby Mimi
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The yinger family they r somewhere in WI
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I want you to be part of you would be great mimi
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I want be a part of me too mimi
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you can santifiy me too baby mike
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No mention of Sanctity Yourself? Interesting. . .
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80's were the best years of my teenage life...this flix is one my fav ones of all time.. THE BREAKFAST CLUB..SIMPLE MINDS
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we will survive all the way with me stay with me so the way mimi
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Breakfast club great movie. I love this song from that movie.
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Alive and Kicking is my favorite Simple Minds song...
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This is what I'm talking about do this damme
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Love this song
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Another great song
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LOL
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Gilliam.����
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DONT Read THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS, DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if u ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 min. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSH WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN, THIS IS DO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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DONT Read THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS, DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if u ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 min. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSH WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN, THIS IS DO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Billy Idol wrote this song. Simple Minds "feminized" it. I would love to hear Idol do his own version of it.
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