As Simple Minds' main writing team, Kerr and Burchill had continued to demo and originate material by themselves. For the latest sessions they had shared studio space with a band called Sly Silver Sly who featured Jim Kerr's brother Mark previously the drummer with Gun and bass guitarist Eddie Duffy, and who were working with American songwriter Kevin Hunter. While in the studio, the two writing and recording projects including the Hunter co-writes merged to become the sessions for the next Simple Minds album, Our Secrets Are the Same.
Once again, Forbes and Gaynor found themselves out of the band: Mark Kerr became the new drummer and Eddie Duffy joined on bass guitar. The displaced Forbes and Gaynor, having apparently been told that the band was not appearing at the festival, formed a new band of their own to play the same concert. Having delivered Our Secrets Are the Same to Chrysalis, Simple Minds then found themselves caught up in record company politics while Chrysalis, EMI and other companies attempted to merge with each other.
Originally due for release in late , the album remained unreleased after the band mired themselves in lawsuits with Chrysalis. In , the situation became even more complicated when Our Secrets Are the Same was leaked on the internet.
Discouraged with their label's failure to resolve the problems, and with both momentum and potential album sales lost, the band once again went on hiatus. Jim Kerr moved to Sicily and took up a part-time career as a hotelier, although both he and Burchill continued working together on various business interests and kept the idea of the band alive. Mark Kerr also contributed to the project this time as an acoustic guitarist and Burchill's co-writer on several songs while Kerr brought in various Italian musicians as collaborators, including Planet Funk and Punk Investigation.
Neon Lights was the first to be completed and released later in Cry was released in April Although the album did not sell in great numbers in the U. With Goudie opting to remain studio bound and Mark Kerr leaving the band again , Simple Minds once again recruited Mel Gaynor as tour drummer. The first disc includes the majority of the band's promotional videos. The second disc is devoted to Verona , the band's first video which was originally released in VHS format in It was upmixed to 5.
This mostly comprised previously-unreleased demos, radio and TV sessions and live recordings from to , but also included the long-delayed Our Secrets Are the Same.
In July , the band embarked on the "Intimate Tour", a series of low-key European and UK gigs at smaller venues which ended in December Andy Gillespie was unable to appear at all the gigs, and Mark Taylor returned to cover for him on several occasions.
From this point onwards, the two alternated as Simple Minds' live keyboard player, depending on Gillespie's schedule with his other projects. The album's first single, "Home", received airplay on alternative rock radio stations in the US. It reached No. The band continued to release audio and video download "bundles" through their official website, featuring live music and several short documentary-style videos recorded during their tour in Edinburgh and Brussels including the complete show on 16 February at the Ancienne Belgique , Brussels, Belgium as "Live Bundles" No.
The band then undertook a short tour of the UK to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill also played some unrelated shows across Europe with Night of the Proms prior to those dates.
During these concerts, the band performed the entire New Gold Dream 81—82—83—84 album and songs from their other albums in a two-part concert performance.
The original members of Simple Minds worked together for the first time in 27 years when they entered a recording studio in June The album also entered European Top Album chart at No.
Interspersed with Simple Minds activity, Jim Kerr recorded and released his first solo album Lostboy! Explaining the project name and ethos, he commented "I didn't want to start a new band.
I like my band A Lostboy! AKA date European tour followed from 18 to 31 May In August Lostboy! A new Lostboy AKA! The sessions were produced by Andy Wright and engineered and mixed by Gavin Goldberg. In a video made the day after the band played Barrowland in Glasgow on 25 February , Jim Kerr announced Simple Minds' first appearance at the T in the Park festival. On 21 April Virgin Records released the band's first record ever to be released exclusively for Record Store Day The 12" single contained two remixes, Theme For Great Cities remixed by Moby on side A and the remix of I Travel remixed by John Leckie who produced the original version of the song in on side B.
The 12" was limited to 1, copies worldwide, of which copies were sold in Sister Ray Records in London, where Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill took part in a record-signing session. The North American version of the album contains only one disc. On 19 May , it was announced that Simple Minds had just finished recording a new album entitled Big Music that would come out in October The band continued to tour throughout It was recorded during the "Big Music" live tour and contained a cross-section of the Simple Minds back catalogue.
This was the first concert to feature the new live acoustic line-up including Jim Kerr on lead vocals, Charlie Burchill on acoustic guitar, Ged Grimes on acoustic guitar, Sarah Brown on lead vocals, Gordy Goudie on acoustic guitar and Cherisse Osei on percussion.
In May , they were given an Ivor Novello award where Kerr noted that: "we just wanted to be in a great band and take it round the world. In October , the band embarked on a promotional tour of the acoustic material, including a live concert on 10 November at the Hackney Empire , London that was broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Despite the echos of destruction and the self obsessed people in the bars down town in the lyrics, the song contains a magical beauty, even though ending in the death of the characters it still gives that ultimate taste of the ultimate hope - no matter how bad, heaven is just round the corner if you know how to find it.
No Replies Log in to reply. There was an error. General Comment At the time this song was released, Simple Minds were well known for using Christian symbolism at their live performances. Knowing this, it doesn't seem unreasonable to guess that the "ghost" that is referred to could be the Holy Ghost spirit ; the overall meaning of the song being that whilst there is much tragedy and meaningless materialism in this world, the singer is filled with the Holy Spirit and therefore can always find something to rejoice - dance - about.
The tracks on the remixed album differ in length in comparison to the original version. In most cases, they are longer than in the original mix. In , Once Upon a Time was listed as the th greatest album of all time by the French retail chain Fnac.
Note: the band used to credit all their songs to simply "Simple Minds", which at the time also included drummer Mel Gaynor and bass player John Giblin. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Simple Minds. Dance rock  new wave  pop rock . Jimmy Iovine Bob Clearmountain. Retrieved 22 November The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed.
Omnibus Press. The Essential Rock Discography 1st ed. Edinburgh: Canongate Books. Q : Record Collector Simple Minds also owed plenty to them for the front page exposures etc. Some critics I valued as much as artists almost. Especially those that could articulate to me why I should love a record so much. Plenty would alternately vouch that Simple Minds most certainly are? We in turn would thank them for that. What can I tell you? More than 3 decades later they struck me as still sounding like great, big, powerful, pop songs.
Retrieved on 31 January Retrieved 23 October IPC Media. Retrieved 9 January Smash Hits :Released on 21 October by record label Virgin (A&M in the US), Once Upon a Time topped the UK charts, and peaked at No. 10 on the US charts, spending five consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard and 16 weeks in the Top