Biography

Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the early 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour.

The band scored a string of hit singles, and are best known internationally for their 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (UK No. 7, US No. 1, CAN #1), from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. Their other more prominent hits include "Alive and Kicking" (UK No. 7, US No. 3, CAN #3) and "Belfast Child" (UK #1). In 1986, the band was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group.

The core of the band is the two remaining founding members - Jim Kerr (vocals, songwriting) and Charlie Burchill (guitars, keyboards after 1990, other instruments, songwriting) - and drummer Mel Gaynor (who first joined the band in 1982). The other current band members are Andy Gillespie (keyboards) and Ged Grimes (bass guitar). Former members include bass guitarist Derek Forbes, drummer Brian McGee, and keyboardist Mick MacNeil.

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Simple Minds' Jim Kerr: 'It's cool for our kids to like us now'

Simple Minds' Jim Kerr: 'It's cool for our kids to like us now'

Scottish band say they're riding high after namechecks from The Horrors and Manic Street Preachers

  • Feb 4, 2012

Simple Minds announce 'greatest hits' forest tour and ticket details

Group will hit the road in June and July next year

  • Nov 29, 2010

OMD to join Simple Minds for Kraftwerk cover on new tour

Two groups will play 'Neon Lights' together – ticket details

  • Oct 21, 2009

Simple Minds' Jim Kerr pays tribute to director John Hughes

'Don't You Forget About Me' will be dedicated to him, singer says

  • Aug 13, 2009

Simple Minds for UK arena tour

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark will support them on the jaunt

  • Apr 20, 2009

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Medley: Ghostdancing / Take Me to the River / Gloria (Live) Play Video

Medley: Ghostdancing / Take Me to the River / Gloria (Live)

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Alive and Kicking (Live)

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Sanctify Yourself (Live)

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Speed Your Love to Me (Live)

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New Gold Dream (Live)

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