Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1977. The most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s, they achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums and have sold more than 60 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).
Since September 2014, Simple Minds had been working on new material, including the songs “Fireball” and “A Silent Kiss”. The new release was expected in 2018. On 21 March 2017, Kerr wrote that the new album was finished. “Today is Charlie’s last day of recording on what is destined to be our new album – Simple Minds 17th to date. With the exception of the odd backing vocals to be added at a later date, I have also finished with my involvement in the recording. And so that is that!” On 19 October 2017, Kerr posted on Facebook about dining with producers Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg in London. Kerr referred to Wright and Goldberg — who helmed the well-received Big Music album — as the band’s producers and friends, indicating the team returned to produce Simple Minds’ untitled new studio album, due in early 2018.
On 15 November 2017, the new album title and track listing leaked on Amazon UK. Entitled Walk Between Worlds, the album features 8 tracks while the Deluxe edition includes 3 bonus tracks (2 studio and one live tracks). On 20 November 2017, a 20-second promo video was released on the band’s Facebook page, promoting the album, as well as seven concerts in February 2018 in Europe at which the band performed Walk Between Worlds in its entirety. The video featured a snippet of Magic, the lead single. The video featured the six-person Acoustic line-up plus Catherine AD, while Gaynor and Gillespie are no longer in the band.
Produced by Simple Minds, Wright and Goldberg, Walk Between Worlds was released on 2 February 2018 via BMG and entered at #4 – their highest UK album chart position in over 23 years – and #2 on the Scottish albums charts, the album’s highest chart position in all.
According to Kerr, the next Simple Minds studio album is expected in 2021.
James Kerr (born July 9, 1959) is a Scottish singer-songwriter and the lead singer of the rock band Simple Minds. He achieved five UK No. 1 albums with the band, including a No. 1 single in 1989 with “Belfast Child”. He released his first solo album, Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr, on 27 May 2010. Kerr’s voice has been described as “David Bowie’s rich baritone melded with Bryan Ferry’s velvety croon”.