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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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Love love love this song! The Breakfast Club...love the movie too
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parrishsusan
I mostly love this song because of the time they played it on the breakfast club, such a great movie, as well as this song!!!
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Is there a man around that can appreciate this music?! ����
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AN 80'S ANTHEM!!
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Great song, makes me wanna watch the movie now. :-)
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hollywoodtex a n
This is prolly the best song to sum up the 80s. Timeless!
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oovii808
C'mon Oprah...stop the games and milk me.
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Hel even my kid loves The Breakfast Club!
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The Breakfast Club.......
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I like this song because it we mind me from pitch perfect
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normacastro3 2
It's my favorite song!!!!!
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The eye of the tiger
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Drummer Mel Gaynor once played in the metal band Samson with Bruce Dickinson before Gaynor joined Simple Minds and Dickinson Iron Maiden.
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Love this song it will never get old!
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The Breakfast Club is a movie kids of today need to see. It teaches a lesson about being a bully.
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The 80 weed needs to come back
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This song was the 80s
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Love the 80's
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As you walk on by,, ,,,,
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Please
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The Breakfast Club!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters this is so scary because it actually worksDon't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday b
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peter.n.corn e l l
Bb cal..I'll
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microgirl01
Love this song takes me back loved the 80's
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The breakfast club...now I'm in the mood for 80's movies.
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cbcmanos
NGD is a one of the best albums. It's even better in 5.1 surround... if you can find it for less than a small fortune.
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Waiting for a NY tour!
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and how you wear it tells people what your situation is.... married , single, etc. etc.
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The Claddagh ring (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty).
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artist685
Love this song!
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cathy28833
What des the symbol on the cover of The Best of Simple Minds mean?
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This is what the 80's was all about. I miss u soo much 80's please come back to me
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Awesome!! Makes me sad that I'm getting older
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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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