Simple Minds Biography (Wikipedia)
Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band. They formed in Glasgow in 1977 and became the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s. They achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums during their career and have sold an estimated 70 million albums. Despite various personnel changes, they continue to record and tour.
The band scored a string of hit singles, becoming best known internationally for their 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)", from the soundtrack of the film The Breakfast Club. Their other more prominent hits include "Alive and Kicking" and "Belfast Child" (UK #1). In 2016, they received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.
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). The other current band members are Ged Grimes (bass guitar), Sarah Brown (vocals), Gordy Goudie (guitar), Cherisse Osei (drums) and Catherine AD (vocals, keyboards, guitar). Former members include bass guitarist Derek Forbes, keyboardists Mick MacNeil and Andy Gillespie, drummers Brian McGee and Mel Gaynor (who first joined the band in 1982).
- Simple Minds Jim Kerr: Why we played Manchester day after attackhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p053yggn.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p053yggn.jpg2017-05-25T13:23:45.000ZThe Simple Minds frontman on why they went ahead with their Manchester gig, a day after the terror attack which killed 22 people.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p053yb65
Simple Minds Jim Kerr: Why we played Manchester day after attack
- Simple Minds: "We resisted going acoustic for years and years!"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fxxh8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fxxh8.jpg2016-11-11T07:26:00.000ZSimple Minds tell Jo Whiley how the Breakfast Show got them back in the studio.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fxxhj
Simple Minds: "We resisted going acoustic for years and years!"
- Ask Simple Minds: In Conversationhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fw758.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fw758.jpg2016-11-10T19:59:00.000ZJo Whiley puts your questions to Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill ahead on their live performance at the Hackney Empire for Radio 2's In Concert.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fwfk1
Ask Simple Minds: In Conversation
- Jim Kerr Interview Part 1https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04f5sd0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04f5sd0.jpg2016-11-04T15:30:00.000ZBilly Sloan presents the first part of his interview with Simple Minds' Jim Kerr.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04f5sxx
Jim Kerr Interview Part 1
- Jim Kerr Interview Part 2https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04f5sd0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04f5sd0.jpg2016-11-04T15:28:00.000ZBilly Sloan presents the first part of his interview with Simple Minds' Jim Kerr.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04f5sd9
Jim Kerr Interview Part 2
- Jim Kerr chats to Ken about working with KT Tunstallhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p060gyzd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p060gyzd.jpg2016-09-28T14:35:00.000ZJim Kerr popped in to chat to Ken and premiere the new Simple Minds track!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0499xxw
Jim Kerr chats to Ken about working with KT Tunstall
- Simple Minds on Somebody Up There Likes Youhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p042r86r.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p042r86r.jpg2016-08-03T21:00:00.000ZHere's an extra clip of Charlie and Jim on Somebody Up There Likes Youhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p042r8b3
Simple Minds on Somebody Up There Likes You
- Simple Minds on U2 and punkhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p042r92q.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p042r92q.jpg2016-08-03T21:00:00.000ZHere's an extra clip of Jim and Charlie on their punk days and their friends U2https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p042r93s
Simple Minds on U2 and punk
- Jim Kerr Meets Katie Puckrikhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02nxyt4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02nxyt4.jpg2015-04-11T09:04:00.000ZSimple Minds frontman Jim Kerr meets 6 Music presenter and big fan Katie Puckrik.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02nxytp
Jim Kerr Meets Katie Puckrik
- Simple Minds Live in Sessionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02h557b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02h557b.jpg2015-01-18T13:45:00.000ZSimple Minds came to the Wogan studio to play two songs livehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02h558k
Simple Minds Live in Session
- Guests questions to guests with Lenny Kravitz, David Walliams, Simple Minds and Craig Revel Horwoodhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p027f29s.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p027f29s.jpg2014-09-26T14:30:00.000ZChris Evans chats with Lenny Kravitz, David Walliams, Simple Minds and Craig Revel Horwood.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p027f240
Guests questions to guests with Lenny Kravitz, David Walliams, Simple Minds and Craig Revel Horwood
Simple Minds Tracks
Past BBC Events
BBC Music Presents The Biggest Weekend
Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park: 2013
T in the Park: 2012
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