They chose a career path of anthemic tunes that brought them fame and fortune across most of the planet but left quite a few folk who had loved the earlier material scratching their heads in disbelief.

Simple Minds made a lot of great music at the beginning of their career.  If they had broken up before the chart hits then I’m sure they would be held in the very highest of regards and quoted by many of today’s young musicians as being a huge influence. They would be seen as part of the art-rock movement and not pioneers of arena cum stadium rock.

Listen without prejudice.

mp3 : Simple Minds – Premonition (John Peel Session)

mp3 : Simple Minds – Changeling

mp3 : Simple Minds – Theme For Great Cities

mp3 : Simple Minds – Sweat In Bullet

Theme For Great Cities comes highly recommended to all fans of Magazine and the keyboard skills of Dave Formula.



  1. Excellent tracks. Haven’t heard them for a long time. They improved hugely when the drummer from Dundee joined……

  2. I’m an American who got into Simple Minds when I finally bought the “Sweat In Bullet” 2×7″ after reading about them all year in the UK press. I quickly mopped up everything they released! But then they recorded that song and radically shifted their artistic trajectory. When I saw them for the first time on that tour in 1986 when they finally made their way down to the Southeast where I lived, it was like a kick in the teeth! From 1985-1994 Simple MInds was a phenomenon that was very painful. But with “Good News From The Next World” they managed to make a nimbler sounding record that for all of its commerciality, still came across as vibrant and engaging. The story of the next 18 years shows the band gradually becoming aware of what they gave up for their fame and glory. The group I saw in 2002 were far leaner and hungrier than the stodgy and embarrassing band who I regretted seeing in 1986.

    I am seeing Simple Minds in 8 days for the first time in eleven years and this comes on the heels of several years of heightened awareness of their “glory years” that have culminated in projects like the X5 box and the corresponding 5×5 tour [which I would have given a kidney to see, but I live in The US]. I am possibly a bigger fan of the band now that I ever was, their stadium years not withstanding. Their last album was a corker and they have been recording their new one with Steve Hillage. They have re-earned a lot of my respect, and my admiration of their first six album has only grown in stature over the years to the point where they artistically dwarf much of what I was paying more attention to [Ultravox, for example] during their contemporaneous time.

  3. Some cracking songs there (esp. Premonition and Theme For Great Cities), but I Travel will never be beaten IMO. And Empire And Dance remains one of my all time fave albums.

    Going to try some of their more recent stuff now on postpunkmonk’s recommendation.

  4. TheRobster – “Graffiti Soul” begins with “Moscow Underground” which has much more to do with “Sons + Fascination” than “Alive + Kicking.” The Krautrock influence is back and drummer Mel Gaynor has adapted his style accordingly.

  5. Theme For Great Cities was totally ripped off for the Radiohead song “Where I End And You Begin” from Hail To The Thief. Not saying that’s a bad song, I just wish they’d give SImple MInds a songwriting credit. Listen side by side and you’ll cringe. That said, total agreement with Postpunkmonk. Well said, and thanks for shining a light on a once great band.

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