Simple Minds

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Simple Minds: Everything Is Possible review – a straightforward portrait of unpretentious rockers
From their punk origins to their stadium-level success in the Live Aid and Breakfast Club era, this music doc finds the Glasgow band still sweetly and likably down to earth

Cath Clarke

19, Dec, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘A nuclear reactor of music’: the story of Simple Minds’ classic album Empires and Dance
Before their 80s megastardom, the band minted a strange vision of European culture and tension that still resonates. They – and superfan James Dean Bradfield from the Manic Street Preachers – reflect on its power

Graeme Thomson

27, Jun, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Bat out of belfry most likely a bird | Brief letters
Brief letters: Bat droppings | Notable Rothschild women | Simple Minds | Boris Johnson | Winning strategy


31, Mar, 2022 @4:37 PM

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‘A lot of stars are freaks or introverts’: Jim Kerr on Live Aid, ex-wives and four decades of Simple Minds
Two years after Covid cancelled his world tour, the singer is back on the road. He talks about his journey from a Glasgow tower block, life with Chrissie Hynde and Patsy Kensit, and the tough times of the early 2000s

Dave Simpson

31, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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My top 10 songs are not Scotland’s but they’re in my heart, they’re in my soul | Kevin McKenna
My countrymen’s choice of their favourite Scottish albums weren’t to my taste...

Kevin McKenna

08, Sep, 2018 @1:00 PM

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'We like a party!' – why is Scottish pop so potent?
It all started 60 years ago with the line: ‘There’s a moose loose aboot this hoose!’ But is the eccentric spirit that unites Biffy Clyro, Orange Juice and Ivor Cutler dying out in the age of Calvin Harris?

Sylvia Patterson

19, Jun, 2018 @3:57 PM

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Simple Minds review – a jumbo celebration of past and present glories
A less blokey lineup sounds modern and impressively energised, while Jim Kerr sings with innate confidence

Graeme Virtue

14, Feb, 2018 @12:29 PM

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Simple Minds: how we made Don't You (Forget About Me)
Jim Kerr: ‘I did the big la-la-la-la-la ending because I didn’t have any lyrics’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

15, Nov, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Jim Kerr's playlist – Neil Young, Lou Reed, the Dubliners and more
Ahead of the first ever Simple Minds acoustic album, the band’s frontman picks five songs that have shaped him

Jim Kerr

08, Nov, 2016 @11:55 AM

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Never mind the polls: the old albums we loved revisiting in 2015
From Simple Minds to Public Enemy, here are the albums our writers turned to when they’d had enough of new releases

Dave Simpson, Lanre Bakare, Laura Barton, Tshepo Mokoena, Tim Jonze, Kate Hutchinson , Paul MacInnes, Gwilym Mumford, Alexis Petridis and Michael Hann

24, Dec, 2015 @9:00 AM

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Simple Minds review – still the edgy futurists, beneath the stadium style
Jim Kerr and band dig deep into their back catalogue to pull out fist-pumping anthems and art-rock gems

Dave Simpson

03, Apr, 2015 @12:16 PM

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Watch new Simple Minds video for Midnight Walking
See the premiere of the band’s latest single, a synthpop anthem about exile and people on the move

Guardian music

24, Mar, 2015 @1:00 PM

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