Simple Minds

8-23-11

Simple Minds

Are they still together? I think so.

Did you ever see them play live?  Yes, once.  Whisky A-go-go, long ago.

Anything you want / need by them? Doubt it – maybe some 7” UK singles?

You really should own / hear:

1.  Reel To Reel Cacaphony (1979)

2.  Empires and Dance (1980)

3.  Sons and Fascination / Sister Feelings Call (1981)

I had the good fortune to get onto this particular bandwagon at the time of their 2nd album, “Real To Reel Cacaphony”.  Finally got to see them play live at the time of “Sons and Fascination”.  Impressive.

I lucked out and found the first dozen or so albums as re-mastered European paper sleeve CD’s.  No go on the bonus tracks, so I have continued to collect their 7” and 12” singles.  More recently, I’ve searched for their SA-CD titles – and only found “Once Upon A Time” thus far.

I got their DVD box in NTSC from England – nice live show, some very nice clips – but not quite everything, one suspects.  I didn’t really go for them after their first live album.  I actually stopped before “Once Upon A Time”.  They were really super popular for a while there; their songs were getting used in movies etc.

But their first five albums still have a pretty good sound in 2011.  Some of the material almost sounds like Jim Kerr is trying to be obscure or un-understandable.  No worries.

I was sorry to hear that their long-time bass player was no longer with them.  But, honestly, I haven’t even tried to listen to anything by them without their original bass player.

I really never thought they would get as popular as they got.  Certainly their immense popularity influenced how I think / thought about them.  Popular or not, the 3 albums listed above are well worth your time and effort to hear.

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4 Responses to Simple Minds

  1. Brian Ware says:

    I’m sure Brother Jim will weigh in on this as well, but like Duran Duran, being a SM fan for the long haul has tried our patience numerous times. Exploring some of their later releases do offer considerable rewards, but there’s no doubt that those first five LPs remain a singular achievement. And yes, Derek Forbes is the man…

  2. postpunkmonk says:

    I still need to get Jim Kerr’s side project album! Lostboy A.K.A. It just came out last month in America, finally, in the 15 track [dlx] variation. But the 7″ vinyl version still has those unique vinyl only tracks. I find it hard to believe, but I think it has the potential to be better than a Simple Minds album, and they’re pretty good nowadays.

    You can get many SM B-sides/remixes in the elaborate and expensive “Themes vol. 1-5” sets but the prices make it for the hard core only. To this day, none of the Arista B-sides/remixes have seen the light of day on CD – except for in my home!

  3. postpunkmonk says:

    That DVD is pretty worthless except for the live 1982 TV concert! Wow! Nice to have a stereo 16mm film of the band at their peak. The Verona show is completely unwatchable.

  4. ronkanefiles says:

    The Clips are OK on that DVD, but they’re not in 5.1, of course!

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