Vocals

Simple Minds - Soldier album art Iggy Pop Play It Safe Iggy Pop - Soldier (Album) Arista UK 1980 Sell This Version
T 3514 Simple Minds - 100 Grand Disco Mix 86 album art Various Don't You (Forget About Me) Various - 100 Grand Disco Mix 86(Cass, Comp, Unofficial, C-9) Team Records (4) T 3514 Indonesia 1986 Sell This Version
20103 Simple Minds - Retrospective album art Peter Gabriel Biko Peter Gabriel - Retrospective(CD, Unofficial) On Tour 20103 Italy 1993 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Simple Minds - Telekon album art Gary Numan The Aircrash Bureau Gary Numan - Telekon (Album, Single) Beggars Banquet Australia 1980 Sell This Version
395 045-2 Simple Minds - The Breakfast Club (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various Various - The Breakfast Club (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Album) A&M Records 395 045-2 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
SHOW # 85-11 Simple Minds - Rock Album Countdown album art Various Don't You Various - Rock Album Countdown(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One SHOW # 85-11 US 1985 Sell This Version
BEGA154 CD Simple Minds - Telekon / I, Assassin album art Gary Numan The Aircrash Bureau Gary Numan - Telekon / I, Assassin(2xCD, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA154 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Homosapien (Malcolm Duffy Mixes) album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - Homosapien (Malcolm Duffy Mixes) (Single) Remote Recordings, Remote Recordings, MindMood, MindMood UK 2001 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Live On Brighton Beach album art Fatboy Slim The Real Life (Fatboy Slim Mix) Fatboy Slim - Live On Brighton Beach (Comp) Southern Fried Records, Southern Fried Records, Southern Fried Records Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Pure 80's #1's album art Various Don't You (Forget About Me) Various - Pure 80's #1's (Comp) Hip-O Records US 2006 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds - GHP Complete CD16 "Trashed... The Ultimate Bootleg Rejection" album art Go Home Productions Theme for Slave Go Home Productions - GHP Complete CD16 "Trashed... The Ultimate Bootleg Rejection"(20xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Not On Label (Go Home Productions Self-Released) none UK 2007
none Simple Minds - Mash-Up Your Bootz Party Sampler Vol. 38 album art DJ Morgoth New Gold Acapella DJ Morgoth - Mash-Up Your Bootz Party Sampler Vol. 38(18xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Not On Label (DJ Morgoth) none Germany 2010

Writing & Arrangement

Simple Minds - Real To Real Cacophony. album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - Real To Real Cacophony. (Album) Zoom Records Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Life In A Day / Real To Real Cacophony album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - Life In A Day / Real To Real Cacophony (Album) Arista Records, Zoom Records Italy 1979 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Changeling album art Simple Minds Changeling Simple Minds - Changeling (Single) Arista Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Empires And Dance album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - Empires And Dance (Album) Zoom Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - I Travel album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - I Travel (Single, Maxi, EP) Arista Ireland 1980 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Novö Rock album art Various Factory Various - Novö Rock (Comp) Arabella France 1980 Sell This Version
ARS 38006 Simple Minds - Disco Promozionale album art Various I Travel Various - Disco Promozionale(12", Promo) Arista, GRP, Zoom Records ARS 38006 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Hits Hits Hits album art Various Sweat In Bullets Various - Hits Hits Hits (Comp) Ronco UK 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Sons And Fascination album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - Sons And Fascination (Album) Virgin Greece 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Super Hits #1 album art Various Love Song Various - Super Hits #1 (Album, Comp) Ronco Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Themes For Great Cities (Definitive Collection 79-81) album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - Themes For Great Cities (Definitive Collection 79-81) (Comp) Stiff America US 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Methods Of Dance album art Various Love Song Various - Methods Of Dance (Comp) Virgin UK 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Celebrate album art Simple Minds Simple Minds - Celebrate (Single) Arista UK 1981 Sell This Version

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mrlimbo

mrlimbo

December 13, 2018
Really wish they would produce a compilation album of their instrumental songs, that would be immense, they often of get overlooked or forgotten about, but they are among their strongest songs they ever produced !
Crijevo

Crijevo

December 6, 2017
I have divided feelings towards their post-83/onwards era work myself - meaning some of the work is decent (personally, I enjoy some of it in the wake of "Sparkle In the Rain" and "Once Upon a Time"), the rest I find sadly a victim of its own pomposity ("Street Fighting Years" being a somewhat obvious example that is on my black list, too)... Not because the earlier work is "oh-so-arty" that everyone these days continuously raves about, but because of the potential the group showed on those - forever loved - first five albums; the potential later seemed to have been sacrificed for the sheer stadium appeal of their music, past or present. And let's not shy away from the fact, their music always seemed to have aimed for that kind of exposure. Ever since "Life In a Day".

Of course, earlier Minds' records will forever sound far more adventurous, listeners discovering something new with every spin - something their later, more polished but just as pompous material lacks in large quantities despite the group's great playing skill always remains in place. Sadly this is always the same story - groups come along, we expect them to stay "uncommercial" or "experimental", but where is the limit to this - or say, where to find the right key to success, be it creative or commercial... Simple Minds may have compromised theirs eons ago - blame it on "breaking America" or the so-called "U2 complex", but a certain quality keeps informing their (newer) work. But that's more got to do with a certain "generation gap", people with different tastes approaching one such group's work. Sons and fascination.
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
From their beginnings as a raw, glammed-up New Wave band in 1977 to their complex Alternative Rock of the present, Simple Minds has maintained a dramatic flair and a deep complexity in their constantly changing sound. Jim Kerr's vocals leap effortlessly from raw Punk raspiness to urgent emotional release while the rest of the band pits guitar distortion against saxophone leads and vaulting Gospel vocals against bubbling Synth Pop keyboards.
Simple Minds' daring approach to the shifting sounds of the times has always raised the stakes for others
mundayschild

mundayschild

July 3, 2013
Most bands these days would kill for a discography like Simple Minds, up to and including 'Sparkle In The Rain' which I think is a hugely under rated LP. Sure, the 'stadium' years were pretty pompous and over bearing. For me (and I bought the LP's when they came out) the early years from 'Empires...' were some of the most interesting and inventive/creative reocords of that era. Mixing electronics and 'traditional' instrumentation with warped song structres. These guys were 'balearic' before most, and some of thier records still get played in clubs and at festivals to this day. My personal fave has to be 'New Gold Dream', if I had to reccomend 5 great LP's from the 80's this would be on that list. It's a beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sounds and moods that still sounds light years ahead. How come no bands these days aspire to this kind of sound design? the closest anyone came was The Verve with some of their 'Storm In Heaven' LP which shared some similar textures but sadly lacked the great songwriting skill of SM.
'Sons Of Fascination/Sister Feelings..' is another fantastic and strange album with unexpected noises and textures through out. 'Sparkle...' does exactly that, it shines like a bright summer morning, clear blue with a white hot sun. It's propulsive rhythm section giving the band a more muscular feel, while maintaining the decent song writing skills ('Waterfront', 'Book Of Brilliant Things')
Do yourself a favour, get on ebay or discogs and grab some vinyl copies of the early LP's and treat yourself to a brace of some plain great albums.
goatlips

goatlips

September 28, 2006
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Spawning from 'Johnny and the Self Abusers' in the late 70's, the early 'punk' era of Simple Minds brought them little recognition. Not surprising really, since the Sex Pistols had been killed off several years previously and nobody wanted anything to do with a resurgence of such an unmelodic genre. From this period the only track of real note was the epic 'Pleasantly Disturbed' ('Life in a Day', 1979).

Later, with the release of their first iconic single 'Waterfront' from the outstanding, though underrated album, 'Sparkle in the Rain' (1984) they began to gain a fan base. A more fluid, less rigid, musical style gave Kerr the chance to show the world he could actually sing. Resultantly, the band soon had a bigger live following than their fame, alone, could merit.

In 1985 Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, and Michael MacNeil produced an album that elevated them to superstardom and Simple Minds could be considered 'the best band in the world'. Arguably the greatest pop/rock album ever written, 'Once Upon a Time' contained 5 hit records and no 'fillers', indeed, the title track and 'Come a Long Way' were exceptional recordings. Whether, or not, it garnered the critical acclaim it deserved is irrelevant.

After a break of almost 5 years, not to discount the release of their live masterpiece ('Live in the City of Light', 1987), 1989 brought their forth consecutive album to debut at No.1 (UK). This time, the 'Street Fighting Years' LP gave (guitarist) Burchill a platform to showcase his talents, creating a unique, and immensely atmospheric, soundscape. 'The Ballad of the Streets EP', from the album, gave the group their only UK No.1, staying at the top of the charts for, seemingly, months. It was the title track, however, which showed the band at their very, very, best.

Whether intentionally, or not, in the years since 'Once Upon a Time' Jim Kerr's voice has softened, first evident in 1989, and lacks the aggression it once had. The last creditable recordings by Simple Minds came way back in 1991, with 'See The Lights' and, once again, the customarily unreleased title track from 'Real Life'.

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