Simple Minds are fronted by founder members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar).
Simple Minds are different now, says Jim Kerr. Were not a stock rock band, but we havent changed our line-up to be cool. Weve done it because its great to have so many amazing players on board. Im grateful for the career weve had, but Im mad enough to think we can still hit new levels. This is what we do write, record and play live.
The perception that we're now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live, adds Charlie Burchill. There have been lots of different incarnations of Simple Minds, but weve always kept our identity. A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be. For us, it's been empowering.
Simple Minds marked their 40th anniversary celebrations with the release of the career-spanning compilation 40: The Best Of 1979-2019 out now via UMC. Collating their early fan favourites with their era-defining hits and their essential recent material, the collection also includes a gloriously euphoric new track - a cover of King Creosotes celebration of weekend revelry For One Night Only.
Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album Life in a Day in 1979. Constantly evolving, the bands rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties. Along the way, theyve landed five UK #1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over.
But the story didnt end there. After taking some time out, they returned revitalised and resurgent with the 2014 album Big Music and have maintained that upward momentum ever since. They claimed the Q Inspiration Award that same year, which was followed by an Ivor Novello in 2016. And when last years Walk Between Worlds album crashed into the UK charts at #4, it represented their highest position in 23 years. No wonder that the Manic Street Preachers, Moby, Primal Scream and many others cite Simple Minds as a vital inspiration.
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