'Music Week' Jim Kerr interview
'With many acts citing Eighties influences, Simple
Minds' Jim Kerr believes the band's new album makes them as relevant
as they ever were.
Many contemporary bands seem to be inspired by
the period when you were at your height. How do you feel about that?
JK: We were influenced ourselves by bands,
some of whome are still around, so it's really down to the cyclical
nature of music. I get excited when I hear something that reminds
me of Simple Minds. It feels nice.
Do you think this makes your new album sound quite
JK: The new album is pretty contemporary anyway.
We set ourselves a task that sounds easy but was nigh on impossible,
which was to make an album that was completely Simple Minds. But
something happened and the band clicked. This album is the sound
of a band on form.
Why are you living in Italy now?
JK: It's in Sicily, actually, in Taormina.
I've been coming here for more than 20 years. I first came here
on tour, so in a sense it was music that brought me here. I've always
loved it and thought it would be a great place to work from. I can
speak the language and I feel really integrated. The move has reinvigorated
me and that's had a beneficial effect on the music.
You've signed to Sanctuary - why them and what's
it like working with them?
JK: They were keen to sign us and they're a
company we've been watching. it mainly came down to the job they
did with Morrissey where they took him to a new level, which made
us realise that Sanctuary wasn't just a catalogue label. It's also
because of a guy called John Williams in A&R there. It's a funny
thing to say, but it's nice to talk to someone in the music industry
who knows about music. He's a complete joy to work with.
Is ther still a political edge to your work? If
so, what are your current concerns?
JK: We always want to write about the themes
that surround us. A number of the tracks on the album are written
from a more internal perspective, but songs like Black & White certainly
deal with more external themes. Not in an overt way, but I think
that's me looking around at the world we live in.
Does playing live still give you the same buzz?
JK: We're first and foremost a live band and
we'll be on the road next year. Before that there's talk of doing
a few media gigs in September. it's something I love. Every time
you step on stage you've got to prove yourself.
Of which record are you most proud?
JK: If someone who didn't know any of our music
asked what they should check out first, I'd say New Gold Dream,
as many think it's our classic record. There's also Empires And
Dance, which is a big favourite with me as there's something special
about the imagination behind it. In terms of the political side
you mentioned earlier, with things like Belfast Child, Street Fighting
Years would be the one to go for. But a concentration of all of
them would be the new one. Rarely do you make the record you really
set out to make - its happened two or three times with us - but
with this one there's a real feel thats it's among the best things
we've done. I know everyone probably says that, but we feel that
way about it.
What do you think is the biggest change in the
industry since the Eighties?
JK: There have been colossal changes. We started
in the days before MTV existed, never mind the internet. it's different
in so many other ways - marketing didn't seem so huge as it is now,
Which acts do you like these days?
JK: I really like The Killers. And I can understand
why Coldplay are the biggest band in the world. On a less mainstream
level, I also picked up the Antony & The Johnsons record recently
and it was captivating.
The new Simple Minds album, Black & White 050505,
is released on September 12 on Sanctuary Records.
Home CD #1
(Mini CD Single)
Catalogue No: SANXS388
1. Home - Radio Edit
2. Bird On A Wire
Home CD #2
(Maxi CD Single)
Catalogue Number SANXD388
1. Home - Album Version
2. Mighty Joe Moon
3. Home - Trixton Porteno Mix
4. Home - Enhanced Video
"Home" will be released
across two CD singles. CD #1 includes a radio edit of "Home"
backed with the non-album track "Bird On A Wire." CD #2 includes
the album version of "Home," a rendition of Grant Lee
Buffalo's "Mighty Joe Moon", the Trixton Portendo Dance Mix
of "Home," plus an enhanced video of "Home."
'With a sudden resurgence of ‘80s new wave from both
revivalist acts (The Killers, Interpol) and reunions of the old
guard (Duran Duran), the time is certainly right for other veteran
acts to ‘get back in the ring,' so to speak. And the Simple Minds
have done just that, with the release of 2005's ‘Black and White
050505.' Founding members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie
Burchill (guitar) are back once more, with an album that manages
to incorporate both elements of their earlier, best-known work (such
as 1985's Once Upon a Time), as well as modern sounds.
That said, Kerr and Burchill wisely
don't stray too far away from their identifiable sound (a la U2's
post-Joshua Tree work). This is no more evident than in the track
"Different World," which doesn't sound too far off from a
more polished Dandy Warhols composition, or the soaring album opener,
A major factor in the group's creative rebirth can
be attributed to the input of Bob Clearmountain, who previously
worked with the band on their aforementioned 1985 album. Maybe something
good is coming out of all this ‘80s nostalgia — inspiration for
older acts to issue surprisingly strong albums, as evidenced by
‘Black and White 050505.' '
(4 out of 5)
by Greg Prato
'The Silence And The Ecstasy', German release party
The artwork for Simple Minds' first single
release from the forthcoming album 'Black & White 050505'
has been modified. 'Home' now incorporates the familar claddagh
logo and a slightly different picture (see below). The tracklisting
for the September 5th release is still unknown but will be
released as two CD singles, check back soon for more details.
'Black & White 050505' downloads
Seven of the nine tracks from 'Black & White
050505' are now available to download online. Six tracks were
taken from Billy Sloan's Sunday night show with 'Different
World' recorded from French Radio. Be warned, the overall quality
of the mp3's is poor but they will give you a good feel for what
proves to be the Minds' best album for a decade.
Jeweller (Part 2)
'The Vibe' BBC Ceefax
Monday 25th July
'Has anyone noticed how similar Coldplay sound
like Simple Minds? Chris Martin even moves like Jim Kerr
on stage' Diane, Belfast.
Thursday 28th July
'Diane - Chris Martin couldn't lace Jim Kerr's
boots. What an insult to Jim Kerr' Anon.
The two Mexican tourdates that appeared on www.pollstar.com
has turned out to be incorrect, the dates were infact for Simple
Underneath The Ice download
Underneath The Ice can be downloaded
Billy Sloan Clyde 1 Radio show 24th July 2005
Billy Sloan played two more exclusive tracks from
'Black & White 050505' last night along with two tracks
that got their premier last week. The four tracks were:
The Jeweller (Part 2)
Underneath The Ice
Two Mexican tourdates have been confirmed for the
24th and 25th of September, click
here for more details.
Sat 24/09/2005 - MEX Palacio De Los Deportes,
Sun 25/09/2005 - MEX Auditorio Coca Cola, Monterrey
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Killers Inspire Simple Minds Comeback Article
KILLERS INSPIRE SIMPLE MINDS COMEBACK
Scottish rockers SIMPLE MINDS have credited
THE KILLERS with inspiring them to release their first new album
in three years.
The DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) stars - JIM
KERR and CHARLIE BURCHILL - are thrilled their trademark
new wave music has garnered renewed popularity thanks to bands like
And they're taking advantage of current musical tastes
by releasing their latest disc, BLACK AND WHITE in September
Kerr explains, "New wave is big again with
bands like the Killers. We wanted to make an album once again that
was full of dramatic and atmospheric pop music.
"We felt that we needed an album that proved as much
to ourselves as anyone else, that the big-beating heart of Simple
Minds was very much alive and driving us on once again.
"I feel that the way Home kicks in with Charlie's
signature soaring guitar riff, there could be no better way off
announcing to the world that Simple Minds had recaptured
the kind of uplifting musical spirit that defined our best work."
Sanctuary Records UK website updated
Sanctuary Records' UK website has been updated with
news of the forthcoming 'Black & White 050505' release.
Simple Minds - Black & White 050505
Brand New Studio Album And Single In September
After a three-year hiatus, Scottish rock legends Simple
Minds return in September with a brand new single and studio
'Black & White 050505' (released on 12th
September) is their first album since signing to Sanctuary
Records earlier this year and is already being hailed as their
best long player since 1982's 'New Gold Dream'.
The album, which was produced by Bob Clearmountain,
recalls the sweeping, vast sound that characterised their biggest
hit albums, 'Sparkle in the Rain,' 'Once upon a Time'
and 'Street Fighting Years' and should see the emergence
of a whole new generation of fans whilst satisfying the current
A single entitled 'Home' will precede the album's
release on Monday 5th September and will be backed by non-album
bonus tracks across two separate CDs.
For more information, visit the Noble
PR web site.
getreadytorock.com 'Black & White 050505' review
It is indicative, if somewhat horrifying, to discover
that in my local city centre music chainstores, Simple Minds
barely have a browser rack to themselves.
In one store, there's no sign of anything by the band,
in the other just their 'Silver' box set and a couple of
copies of the 'Best Of'.
Simple Minds, in truth, have slipped off the
radar, arguably since 1985's 'Once Upon A Time'. By their
own admission, things have been a bit rubbish in the past decade
with a slurry of patchy albums and one of cover versions.
Will 'Black And White 050505' put them back
in circulation? Damn right it will.
If you can tolerate the U2 vibe (on the opening track
'Stay Visible', and it has to be said throughout the album)
you also have to pinch yourself to remember that Simple Minds
were stadium fillers in the eighties in their own right. U2 have
also had their fair share of iffy albums but managed to maintain
their profile, and I suggest that 'B&W' may be Simple
Mind's 'Atom Bomb'.
If Duran Duran and Depeche Mode can still hack it,
there must be a market for Simple Minds. Jim Kerr
and Charlie Burchill form the core of the current band, with
long-time drummer Mel Gaynor and Eddy Duffy on bass.
The first single 'Home' has a wonderful rolling
rhythm, Kerr's distinctive burr,and Burchill's always
tasteful guitar. Ditto 'Jeweller' which first appeared on
2003's legendary 'lost' 'Our Secrets Are The Same' CD. One
hopes that on this track, Burchill is permitted to let rip
with an extended solo in the live context.
'Kiss The Ground' is yet another classic, a
'Come Together' bass riff, and keyboards augment the wonderful hook.
One might have hoped for some Burchill power chords to underpin
matters but, hey ho, we're talking economy and taste here, with
everything in its perfect place.
'Stranger' actually reminds me of 'Beautiful
Stranger', the Madonna track, but has a catchier chorus, whilst
'Different World' segues into 'Underneath The Ice'
which perhaps best offers up the band's blend of atmospheric electro-pop
If there is a formula on this album, it is economy.
Although a short album, at a mere 41 minutes, on this comeback Simple
Minds never overstay their welcome, maintaining the consistency
and quality of the songwriting and each track worming its way into
your consciousness with successive plays.
The band propose to tour this in smaller venues in
the autumn, this could be a shock to their system but a wonderful
opportunity for the punters to show their respects without watching
a big screen.
Empty browser racks? They'll be filling up with back
catalogue after the release of 'Black And White'.
(4 out of 5 - Pretty damn fine)
Review by David Randall (www.getreadytorock.com)
Billy Sloan Clyde 1 Radio show
Billy Sloan played four exclusive tracks from 'Black
& White 050505' on his Clyde 1 Radio show last night. The
Black & White
All four tracks were received with positive reaction
from the Minds community and the signs are pointing towards
a 'classic' Simple Minds album, roll on September
Scottish Sunday Mail 'Black & White 050505' article/review
DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT US
In 1983, Simple Minds scored one of their biggest
hits with the classic song Waterfront. Singer Jim Kerr
wrote the epic track after a walk along the banks of the River Clyde
in his native Glasgow.
Now the Scots rock superstar hopes a song about his
new adopted home in the Italian mountains will rocket his group
back into the charts. On September 5, the Minds release the single
Home - a track written about the beautiful town of Taormina
'I turned up in Taormina five years ago and fell
in love with the place,' Jim told me. 'It's been a great
inspiration and I really rediscovered my love for writing songs
here.' The single is taken from the Minds' new album,
Black And White 050505, which was recorded in Holland and
Los Angeles The title refers to the date Bob Clearmountain
- who has also worked with Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Rolling
Stones and Paul McCartney - finished mixing the album.
Jim said: 'We wanted to make an album again
which was full of dramatic, atmospheric pop music. We needed a record
that proved as much to ourselves as anyone else that the big beating
heart of Simple Minds was very much alive and driving us
on. I believe Black And White 050505 is classic Simple
Minds... with a whole new energy.'
Here's my exclusive track by track preview:
STAY VISIBLE: The opening track sounds like
the theme from an espionage movie. Kerr recorded the passionate
vocal in just one take. Destined to become a great song live.
HOME: A throwback to the Minds' 1981
album Sons And Fascination. This slice of experimental pop
is a cross between electronic Bowie and early Magazine. Will be
a killer single.
STRANGER: The intro reminds me of Moby before
Mel Gaynor's power drums kick start the track. The 'stranger
beautiful stranger' hook has the makings of another live Minds'
DIFFERENT WORLD: The piano start leads into
a driving mid-tempo rocker fuelled by trademark Charlie Burchill
guitar and great double-tracked vocals.
UNDERNEATH THE ICE: There's a tribal feel to
the backing vocals as Kerr sings: 'When I saw you skating
by/ I was underneath the ice.' The album's BIG slow song.
JEWELLER: The original version was included
on the Minds' great 'lost' album Our Secrets Are The Same.
The group have updated the track and it fits in perfectly.
BLACK AND WHITE: A brilliant haunting epic
destined to succeed classic Minds' hits such as East At
Easter and Let It All Come Down as a live finale. I think
this is one of the best things they've done in years.
KISS THE GROUND: Opens with more fine Burchill
guitar leading into another moody Kerr vocal. Low-key verse
which doesn't really come to life until the hook.
DOLPHINS: The electro-intro is a nod to their
great heroes Kraftwerk. Kerr's vocals are eerily reminiscent
of former mentor Peter Gabriel. Musically, this track is a real
leap of faith but they have saved the best until last. Fantastic.
Billy Sloan, Scottish Sunday Mail
Sparkle* Through The Years Fanclub Day
On the 3rd of september, 2005, on the eve of
the release of "Home", the first single from "BLACK &
WHITE 050505" (release date: 050905),Simple Minds Belgian
Fanclub, Sparkle* Through The Years vzw, proudly presents: ...
yet (or should we say: finally!).... another... Sparkle* Fanclub
Day ! Saturday, September 3rd, 2005 from 16.00 CET on...
Place to be: Paddy's Celtic Bar, Sationsstraat,
DJ sets by dj moon* and a yet
to be confirmed act
LIVE MUSIC by the awesome dutch simple minds tribute
band 1984! (http://www.1984-music.com/)
More detailed and updated information about this event,
to follow soon...
Keep checking http://www.sparkle.be
regullarly to find out more!!! SPARKLE* HOPES TO MEET YOU AT
IT'S SPARKLE* FAN CLUB DAY !!! You are most welcome!
Mark Van Mullem Chairman Sparkle* Through The
Years vzw Simple Minds Belgian Fanclub Webmaster sparkle.be
Saturday July 16th 2005
After more than two months of non-activity simpleminds.com
has a new temporary home page. The eye catching design incorporates
the artwork for the forthcoming single 'Home' along with
the final design for 'Black & White 050505'.
5th September 2005 (SANXD388)
Billy Sloan, Radio Clyde 1
'Scottish radio DJ Billy
Sloan will be playing three tracks from the new Simple
Minds album "Black & White 050505" on Clyde 1 Radio
(Scotland) - Sunday July 17th between 7-10pm. To listen to
Billy's radio show on Sunday in real time, all you have to do is
click on the following link - http://www.clyde1.com
Once you are on the home
page, go to the top left hand corner of the page.
Once there you will see Billy's photo, and it will say "On
Once you see this, you will also see the words "Listen
Now". Simply click on "Listen Now".
Do not panic if you do not see Billy's photo in the top left
hand corner if you go on the site in advance, as the website automatically
changes the photo of the DJ's just as soon as their radio show starts
There is no facility to playback the shows as an audio stream.
The only way you can listen to the show is if you tune in when the
show is live on air.
Once you click on the "Listen Now", you'll link into
a web page where you can listen to the show in "Real Player"
or "Windows Media Player". If you do not have the software
already on your hard drive, you can download them from this link
on Clyde 1's site - http://www.clyde1.com/article.asp?id=13209
To find out more about Billy Sloan and his weekly
radio programme, click here: http://www.clyde1.com/showdj.asp?DJID=19426
Billy has confirmed that one of the songs he will be playing
will be the first single, "Home", taken from the forthcoming
album. For further info about the forthcoming album, click here:
More news as it happens...'
Noble PR Ltd.
Sanctuary Records 'Black & White 050505' review
The following 'Black & White 050505' review has been
added to the German Sanctuary Records website, note yet another
version of the cover artwork. The full review can be found
'Don't You... Forget About ME... who still believes, the Simple
Minds now have its best times behind itself, will be surprised.
After three years time-out and in the middle in a time of the Duran
Duran, Depeche Mode and New Order revivals submit the Scots again
a classical Simple Minds album.
Black & White 050505 is large emotional Pop, lets optimistic
sounds with the musical spirit of the 80's ring out again. The old
fans enthusiastically, new to be won. Black & White is "typically
Simple Minds however with a completely new energy". More
appropriate than of front man Jim Kerr could not be able
to be described the recent large work. Affected by Roxy Music and
often compared with U2 the Simple Minds - post office Punk
volume Johnny and the Self Abusers into the Glasgower - to
success history wrote: More than world-wide 20 million albums sold
as well as numerous Top 20 hits occupy its grandiose position in
After a three-year time-out and several less successful albums
the simple Minds with full strength acknowledges: Let you convince
of the epischen "Stay Visible", the strong "Different
World" or the melancholischen "Dolphins" - best in full
volume! First single uncoupling will be "Home"'
Festivalbar Festival, Arezzo apperance
News of Simple Minds apperance at the Festivalbar Festival,
Arezzo in Italy have been slow to surface. The band
premiered the first single 'Home' from the forthcoming album
'Black & White 050505' on Sunday night (10th July). Details
of the performance will be uploaded soon.
The opening track from the forthcoming album 'Black
& White 050505' was premiered on France's PopRockStation
on RTL 2 on July 7th. The uplifting 'Stay Visible'
has got the Minds' community salivating in anticipation for
the new album. With a pulstating bass line, driving guitar, thumping
drums, an addictive keyboard riff and Kerr's vocals full
of passion and energy 'Stay Visible' sounds as good as anything
the band have produced in many years, classic Simple Minds.
If the album opener is anything to go by then we are all in for
something very special on September 12th. 'Stay Visible'
be downloaded here.
Simple Minds will premier 'Home', the
first single from 'Black & White 050505' this Sunday
(July 10th) at the Festivalbar Festival, Arezzo, Italy.
Check back on Monday for full details of the event.
Noble PR 'Black & White 050505' Press Release
Records are pleased to announce
the worldwide signing of Simple Minds. The band will release
their first album on the Sanctuary Records label in the UK
and rest of Europe on Monday September 12 (US release date - September
13). Entitled "Black & White 050505", the album is being
hailed as a return to form to their classic atmospheric albums -
1982's "New Gold Dream" and 1984's "Sparkle In The Rain".
Recorded in Italy and Holland, the album and was mixed in Los Angeles
by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (Roxy Music, Rolling Stones,
The first single
taken from the album, 'Home', is released September 5th.
To mark the release of the album, the band are planning a series
of intimate concerts around the UK during September (dates will
be announced in the coming weeks). The 2005 line-up includes original
founding members, Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill
(guitar), with longtime drummer Mel Gaynor, and bass guitarist
Noble PR Ltd
here for the full press release including news of possible
UK tour dates in September, alternatively click on the banner at
the top of the page.
Simple Minds Go 'Black And White'
On New CD
With new wave revivalists like
the Killers and the Bravery storming the U.S. charts, first wavers
Simple Minds have picked a splendid time to drop their first
all-new studio album in three years. Due Sept. 13 via Sanctuary,
"Black and White 050505" was recorded in Italy and Holland.
Nearly 30 years after forming
in Glasgow, founding members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie
Burchill (guitar) are still on board. "We can
honestly say that we are delighted with the results and look forward
with a totally revitalized outlook to this next phase of our ongoing
creativity," explains Kerr. "We feel with some certainty
that people who grew up with Simple Minds will share our
enthusiasm for this new work."
Best known in the U.S. for the
chart-topping love song "Don't You (Forget About Me)," the
group proved even more popular in Europe, where it has scored countless
hit singles and albums.
And while some classic rockers
are attempting to keep pace with the young bucks by overhauling
their sound completely, Kerr and company had a different
mindset for their latest. "We wanted to make an album once again
that was full of dramatic and atmospheric pop music," he says.
"We felt that we needed an album that proved as much to ourselves
as anyone else, that the big beating heart of Simple Minds
was very much alive and driving us on once again."
The set will be preceded by
first single "Home." According to Kerr, it was a tough
call. "There are a number of songs on the album that will make
great singles. But I feel that the way 'Home' kicks in with
Charlie's signature soaring guitar riff, there could be no
better way off announcing to the world that Simple Minds
had recaptured the kind of uplifting musical spirit that defined
our best work."
Here is the track listing for 'Black & White 050505'
Underneath The Ice
The Jeweller (Part 2)
Black & White
Kiss The Ground
Greg Prato, N.Y. (www.billboard.com)
Bruce Findlay Interview
It's one hell of a hard act to follow
TWENTY years ago, Bruce Findlay
was standing at the side of a stage in Philadelphia, watching 90,000
music fans cheering on the top rock acts of the day. The former
Edinburgh-based music producer and record shop owner was manager
of one of Scotland's most popular bands, Simple Minds, whom
he had taken under his wing after seeing them perform in a tiny
Glasgow venue in the late '70s.
On stage, the group's frontman,
Jim Kerr, was limbering up for their biggest performance, still
in awe from what he and the enormous crowd had witnessed on a giant
Across the Atlantic in London,
rock giants Queen had just finished one of the greatest performances
in music history - a gig that had been broadcast live across the
world as part of Bob Geldof's Live Aid spectacular.
A crowd of thousands at Wembley
stadium and many more watching the live link-up inside the JFK stadium
in Philadelphia had been united by the music, clapping in unison
to the chorus of Radio Ga Ga and entralled enthralled by Freddie
Mercury's immense stage presence.
For the Scottish band and their
Capital-born producer, it was a tough act to follow.
"That was probably the best
live performance ever," enthuses Bruce from his current base
in York Place in Edinburgh. Twenty years on, although he has parted
ways with Simple Minds and now manages new Scottish bands
such as Aberfeldy, he still recalls the Live Aid show with tremendous
"Just to be a part of that moment,
where so many people raised their hands and started clapping to
that song, was so special. I think we all knew right then that we
were involved in something that was going to be legendary.
"I don't think
I ever saw Jim as nervous as he was then, though. I mean,
how on earth do you follow something like that?
"In the end, they stormed through
Don't You Forget About Me, which had been a number one record
in the United States, and got the crowd singing along to the chorus.
It was breathtaking.
"But it was also chaotic. The
whole Live Aid thing had to be so carefully planned and timed because
it was going out simultaneously around
"We'd been allocated a certain
amount of time to do our set, but two songs in the band ended up
running over. Bill Graham, who was promoting the US show,
came over to me raging about it. He was just shouting: 'Bruce,
what the hell are you doing? Get them to stop. Get them off!'
"I signalled for the band to
stop and they came off stage after finishing the song. But the next
moment, Bill was screaming at me to get them back on because
there's still three minutes of their set to fill. It was total madness.
No-one had a clue what was going on, but that's what made it so
much fun to do."
Just a month earlier, Bruce
and the band had been holed up in a recording studio in New York
following the success of their chart-topping US hit.
At that time Live Aid was just
a pipe dream in the mind of an eccentric Irish punk rocker who had
organised Band Aid - a collection of musicians who had made one
of the biggest-selling records of all time. But as the live charity
concerts started to become a reality, Bruce admits that Simple
Minds the band were half-expecting to be asked to perform at
"I'd known Bob since his early
Boomtown Rats days," he recalls. "So I had a hunch that he might
be planning a charity show. We were a little miffed that he hadn't
asked the band to be on the Band Aid single, but we jumped at the
chance to do the Live Aid show.
"Bob gave me a call and asked
if we wanted to play in Philadelphia, because we had just had a
really big single in the US. We didn't hesitate - we said yes straight
away. How do you turn something like that down? It was going to
be huge and we wanted to be a part of it. "When we found out that
Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton were going to be performing, and that
Led Zeppelin were reforming especially for the gig, it started to
sink in that this was something far bigger than we had ever imagined.
We even shared a bus to the venue with the Rolling Stones."
When the band arrived at the
venue, Bruce says that both he and Kerr were like
a couple of starry-eyed teenagers as they found themselves surrounded
by rock legends and Hollywood A-list actors.
"I'm a self-confessed groupie
when it comes to things like that," Bruce admits. "There
are so many people who would give anything to be in that position,
so we had to make the most of it. I was going up to as many really
famous people as I could find and chatting to them.
"I remember that, at one point,
all these security guys and this big entourage came through and
told us to clear the way for this girl - who turned out to be Madonna.
I'm standing there with Neil Young and Jack Nicholson and I'm just
like: 'Do you know who I'm talking to? There's no way these guys
are going to move for you'.
"It was just such a great atmosphere.
Bob probably managed to pull off something that the older Woodstock
generation had been trying to do for years and it really did help
to raise awareness for Africa across the world."
However, with Geldof planning
to bring the phenomenon back to life during the G8 summit next month,
Bruce admits that he won't be taking part in this year’s
Live 8 concerts.
He said: "I admire what he's
doing but, to be honest, I don't think Edinburgh needs it. We've
got all of the G8 marches going on anyway, so we don't really need
someone urging a million people to come to the Capital. And I don't
think it will have anywhere near the same impact as 20 years ago.
"The other problem is that people
are going to look at the line-ups and compare them, which is unfair
to bands like Travis and Texas who are playing at Murrayfield. I
don't understand why there needs to be a Hyde Park concert either.
"It's all taking place in Scotland,
so why don't all these huge guys like Coldplay, U2 and Elton John
come up and play here? I wonder whether they're doing it for their
careers rather than the cause.
"I've got no doubts that what
Bob is trying to do is right, but it could have been done better.
Africa is such a talented continent and we could have put on so
many other shows that demonstrate all of that culture. As it is,
I'm concerned that Edinburgh might just have too much going on during
that week and it won't be anywhere near as special as Live Aid was."
Adrian Mather - www.scotsman.com
'Black & White 050505' artwork and single news
The cover for the new Minds album 'Black
& White 050505' has started to appear on numerous web based
shops, the below image was taken from amazon.co.uk
and continues the 'Claddagh' theme from recent years. The
new single 'Home' which is scheduled for release on August
29th has also appeared on pre-order at amazon.co.uk,
the site as yet has no artwork or track listings for the aforementioned
single so check back soon for more details.
Bruce Findlay TV Apperance
Bruce Findlay made a welcome apperance on last
night's BBC2 three hour Live Aid documentary. Celebrating
20 years since the fund raising concert was performed in London
and Philadelphia the documentary explains how the project was put
together in just 10 weeks and recounts the enormous persusaion needed
to bring together the world's biggest rock stars whilst also focusing
about the logistical and technical problems that were encountered.
Bruce explained how the Minds' three
song slot was nearly cut short due to US promoter Bill Graham.
Graham was started to panic as he thought the band were overrunning
resulting in Jim going to walk off stage after 'Don't
You (Forget About Me)' as Bruce had passed a message
on stage that their slot had to end due to time restrictions. More
confusion backstage followed and a bemused Jim Kerr then
returned from the back of the stage and the band launched into 'Promised
You A Miracle', all this infront of a TV audience of 1.5 billion!
A cracking documentary and it was great to see you
Sanctuary Records Profit Alert
'Music Group Sanctuary, whose
artists include Iron Maiden, slumped by 30pc as it issued a second
profit warning this year.
It blames a 'slippage of record
releases' and higher costs from overseas expansion. Underlying earnings
for the first half will be around 40pc below last year's £10.5m.
Full-year earnings are likely to be 'very subsatantially lower'
Sanctuary fell 13.5p to 29.25p.
The group, in bid talks with a number of firms thought to include
EMI and Warner Music, plans to review all of its divisions to 'improve
cash generation and profitability and reduce long-term debts'.'
Daily Mail Saturday June 18th
New Album 'Black & White'
Simple Minds' long awaited album will be released
on September 5th. There is some confusion as to its title
as it has appeared on play.com
as 'Black & White' but has also appeared on Sanctuary
Records German site with the title as 'Black & White
050505' (the numbers appear to represent the actual date that
the album was finished, 5th May 2005). The nine track album will
be preceeded by a single release in August, the tracklisting is
Simple Minds - Black & White (Cat No: SANCD390)
Underneath The Ice
Black & White
Kiss The Ground
Simple Minds to perform at McLive8?
The following article, written by Billy Sloan was
published in yesterday's Scottish Sunday
Scotland Says make Poverty History:
My Murrayfield Of Dreams EXCLUSIVE
MIDGE URE has revealed the acts
he wants to headline the Scottish Live8 gig - and it reads like
a Who's Who of pop.
The singer has lined up top
bands Travis, Garbage, Wet Wet Wet and Texas to appear at a massive
outdoor show at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on July 6.
Band Aid founder Midge hopes
to confirm more big names this week including Bono of U2, Bryan
Adams, Razorlight, The Killers, Simple Minds, Feeder, Teenage
Fanclub and Maroon 5.
He will also ask The Proclaimers
to close the gig with a rousing version of their anthem I'm Gonna
Be (500 Miles Midge revealed: 'Travis are already on board. I spoke
to Fran Healy and he told me they'll be there no matter what. I
want them for the main stage at Murrayfield.
'I'm hopeful Shirley Manson
of Garbage will fly in from their European tour.
'I'm pushing for bands to join
together, so you'd have Maroon 5 jamming something with The Killers.
'We've got a chance of world
figures such as the Dalai Lama or Nelson Mandela being there, too.
It's getting bigger by the day.
'Wouldn't it be absolutely amazing
to hear tens of thousands of people sing along to 500 Miles by The
Proclaimers? What a perfect song to finish with.
'We're hosting an event which
will be unique and you cannot miss. You'll want to be able to say,
'Yes, I was there'.
'There were 70,000 people in
Wembley Stadium in 1985 for Live Aid. Only 70,000 in the entire
world can truthfully say, 'I saw Freddie Mercury of Queen steal
the show'. You won't want to miss this show in Scotland.'
Midge and his Band Aid partner
Sir Bob Geldof hope to tempt up to one million people from around
the world to Edinburgh.
They aim to stage a huge Make
Poverty History rally to put pressure on the eight world leaders
meeting at Gleneagles for the G8 Summit to wipe out Third World
Midge has slammed claims he
is irresponsible for organising such an event.
He said: 'If it is irresponsible,
it's irresponsible for all the right reasons.
'This isn't about inviting a
bunch of anarchists to smash McDonald's window or trash some old
'The G8 is synonymous with that
element but we've spoken to the police about such problems. We're
confident it won't blow up in our face.
'I'll tell you what's irresponsible
- letting those leaders come here to sit in the lap of luxury then
walk away after doing nothing.'
But what will Midge and Geldof
do if leaders such as George Bush and Tony Blair ignore their pleas?
Midge said: 'I'll tell you what people will do, they won't vote
for them again. 'They'll stand up and say, 'I'll actively vote against
you because you've let us down.
'Don't for a second think Blair
and Gordon Brown weren't sitting in front of their TVs watching
Live Aid. They were. I think Blair and Brown will do the right thing.
As for the rest, I'm not sure.'
Midge has been overwhelmed by
the public's positive reaction to the Make Poverty History campaign
- even though some of the messages have been hostile.
He said: 'Yesterday, I got an
email from a school teacher in Glasgow saying, 'I'll be there with
the kids in my class'. How cool is that? That's what it's all about'
I also got personal emails from angry people saying, 'You wanker.
You idiot. If there's a branch broken off a tree in my back garden
I will hold you responsible'.
'Others have emailed me saying,
'Why don't you hold this rally in the grounds of your big estate?'
What estate? I've got a modest family house in Bath.
'For Live Aid, we all had a
bit of spare cash in our pockets which we could put into the box
for the cause. We also had six months to plan the event.
'But we're all so proud to have
been a part of it and happy we were there."
Marquee, London 3rd July 1979 review
Another rare early Minds review
has been added to the 'Life in A Day' reviews/articles section.
The review by Nick Kemp appeared in the July edition of 'Superpop'.
song live was 'Life In A Day', charged up a bit but basically the
same as on the album. This song makes The Cure & Co sound about
as beefy as a side of pork!"
The full transcript can be found here.
Malcolm Foster Interview
A rare Malcolm Foster interview
has been added to the reviews/articles section. The interview
from the September 1990 edition of the 'Guitarist' can be
Simple Minds must have been Foster's biggest musical challenge to
date. Not only did he have to take over from Giblin, but there was
also the legacy of Derek Forbes, whose fluid lines had a central
melodic role in the band's earlier material. Was it difficult getting
to grips with their various styles? "Well, something like Someone,
Somewhere In Summertime is a classic bass line, but very clanky,
very Rickenbacker. I just play it as i would have always played
it - a lot more bassy than Derek would have used. But then the band's
progressing, the bass is more of a foundation now."
Simple Minds make Top 100 chart
Simple Minds have been announced
as the 67th most successful act of all time. The 'Top
100 Most Successful Acts Of All Time' book published by 'The
Guinness Book Of Records' collates the number of weeks that
each band/artiste has spent on the offical UK Singles and Albums
charts since 1952, the Minds have notched up a total of 544 weeks
ahead of such acts as The Eagles, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, The
Who, T.Rex and Bryan Ferry. The full list can be found here
and the final Top 10 is as follows:
(1st) Elvis Presley 2,463 (2nd)
Cliff Richard 1,972 (3rd) The Beatles 1,749 (4th)
Queen 1,725 (5th) Madonna 1,653 (6th) Elton John
1,615 (7th) The Shadows 1,578 (8th) Michael Jackson
1,477 (9th) David Bowie 1,459 (10th) U2 1,402
'Life In A Day' article & review
Simple Minds' first UK article/interview has
been added to the reviews/articles section. The article titled 'Strangers
In A Strange Land' appeared in the 'NME' in its 17th
February 1979 issue. Tony Stewart interviews the band just
days before the Minds recorded their debut album 'Life
In A Day' at Abbey Road, click here
for full transcript. Also added is the first UK review for 'Life
In A Day' taken from the 21st April 1979 edition of the 'NME',
a relatively positive review by Tony Stewart can be read
'Kerr's lyrics create tension
and an atmosphere not of warmth but a cold, cruel detachment that
prohibits wishy sentimentality. They're snatches of real life: remorse,
resentment, frustration and - surprisingly - an old-fashioned morality:
"Is it true you're running around now/Is it true they're calling
you the Chelsea Girl", Kerr primly sneers. Sharply pithy, his
words also portray vivid scenarios. 'Pleasantly Disturbed' is theatrical,
an aural thriller that's not so much stated as suggested by the
second verse in particular. "Meanwhile Susan goes out all alone/So
many reasons but they're not all her own/bend till you break, scream
if you must/Someone's in her room someone she don't trust."'
'Life In A Day' advertisement
A rare full page advertisement for the
Minds' debut single/album 'Life In A Day' has gratefully
come into my possession. The simplistic design was featured in the
21st April 1979 issue of the 'NME' which also carried the
Minds' first UK review. The 'Life In A Day' album
review by Tony Stewart will be uploaded into the reviews/articles
section in the next couple of days.
A rare article from ZigZag, a late '70s fanzine
has been added to the 'Life In A Day' reviews/articles
section. The article which was published in March 1979 is passionately
written and a superb read for any Minds fan, enjoy.
'I have never been this goddam
excited about a rock 'n' roll band for ages. The monster media called
New Wave is almost finished and the climate is right for an upheaval
to break the monotony of bandwagonning ex-heavy metal losers and
bozos that overindulge in calculated weirdness'.
for full transcript.
Bob Clearmountain's mixthis.com
website has added a small piece dedicated to the Minds following
their recent stay at the Los Angeles studio. The word 'brilliant'
sounds very promising!
'Back in the '80s Bob teemed
up with the now record-mogul Jimmy Iovine to produce one of the
Minds' biggest albums, "Once Upon A Time" which is why he was excited
when they asked him to mix their latest brilliant album, which has
been masterfully produced by Jez Coad. It will be released in September
on Sanctuary Records.'
Ispwich Town FC inspires 'Sparkle In The Rain'
The following story was found on the below mentioned
I Died Again messageboard.
'Kerr's headline grabber
- Rock star Jim Kerr has revealed that the inspiration for the title
of Simple Minds' 1984 album, Sparkle In The Rain, was a Standard
Sport headline. "Robson's Ipswich sparkle in the rain" was our verdict
on an impressive win by Bobby Robson's high-flying Suffolk side
and the phrase struck a chord with the songwriter.'
The story can be found at the 'Evening
With the temporary closure of simpleminds.com
due to a re-design, a number of messageboards for the Minds
faithful have appeared over the last week or so. If you are suffering
from forum withdrawal symptons then you can post away to your hearts
content at: Today
I Died Again messageboard, Minds
Alike forum or at Crashing
Beats & Fantasy.
New album complete
Mixing has been completed on the eagerly awaiting
new album. Mixed at Bob Clearmountain's Los Angeles studio
the album is on course for its September release date and will be
the Minds' first studio album since 'Cry' (2002).
The long awaited album will be released via a licensing and distribution
deal with Sanctuary
Records and is "a return
to form, a classic Simple Minds album, full of energy and atmospheric
rock songs" (Jim Kerr).
Mick MacNeil, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee to work together
on forthcoming project?
Mick MacNeil has hinted on his offical website
that he hopes to start work with former Simple Minds members,
Derek Forbes and Brian McGee in the near future. Check
out the former Minds keyboardist's messageboard
for more information.
simpleminds.com gets makeover
Simple Minds' offical site will be shut as
of Friday 6th May 'for a re-design'
and 'will be back on line in the
New album being mixed
Simple Minds have moved on from their eight
week stay at Wisseldoord recording studios and are now mixing
new material at Bob Clearmountain's Los Angeles studio. The
album which is being produced by Jez Coad, engineered by
Michiel Hoogenboezem & Arjen Mensinga and mixed by
Clearmountain has a planned release date of September with
a single release preceeding it in August. More information of the
groups stay at Wisseldoord can be found here.
Some Sweet Day 2005
Todd Richards and Aaron Burke will again
co-present 18 hours of Simple Minds music on August 4th.
The Minds marathon will be aired by Cleveland's WBWC
and will feature material from last year's 'Silver Box'
release, the show will also be available via Real Audio. More information
as it becomes available can be found at www.ebwc.com
Crashing Beats & Fantasy
Regular visitors will have noticed that I have made
a few alterations to the site. A new designed home page influenced
by the 'Empires and Dance' era has been created along
with a new contents page which hopefully loads a bit faster than
the previous one! I am still frantically trying to upload as many
Minds articles and reviews as I can. A few gems have
been added including a great interview (by Paul Morley) with
Jim and Charlie from the 'NME' (January
1980), also included is an article from 'Sounds' (September
1981) titled 'It's time we got our crown', there is
also a rare review of the 'Rock City, Nottingham 17/09/81'
concert. More articles will be added soon. As you will be aware
of by now a News section has been added to the site and I
will try to update it as much as possible, so keep visiting! A big
thank you for all the emails I have received regarding the site,
your kind words are much appreciated. Keep dreaming the dream.