It turns out that Simple Minds’ festival appearances and 5X5 tour in 2012, were merely the aperitif to the main course arriving next Spring & Summer 2013. Simple Minds have recently announced that will be on the road in the UK in 2013 with their “Greatest Hits Live Tour”, which will take in 28 dates.
Simple Minds are one of the UK’s most successful rock groups, with six No.1 albums in the UK as well as being phenomenally popular in the USA, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Simple Minds will be releasing a Greatest Hits Collection entitled “Celebrate” in March 2013 to preface the tour. A fitting album title and the author would like to take this opportunity to “celebrate” one of the finest bands to certainly come out of the UK in the 1980s, and probably any decade. In truth the UK in the 1980s didn’t produce too many inspiring bands, with the exception of The Smiths, The Cure, New Order and possibly Duran Duran and Human League on the pop front. So much of the UK music from the 1980s leaves me cold and moribund, when I hear it now.
However this could not be said of Simple Minds, who’s music I have never wavered over. Simple Minds’ anthemic songs inspired me then and they still inspire me now. Great music transcends time and Simple Minds richly deserve to use the “Greatest Hits” tag and title on any of their compilation albums!! Music is meant to move us emotionally and inspire us to strive to reach the greatest heights – the music of Simple Minds does exactly this!!
So much so, that I gave up the opportunity of a good seat to watch the England v Argentina World Cup Quarter Final in June 1986 ( the historic match with Diego Maradonna’s illegal “Hand of God” goal and sublime dribbled second goal ), in order to be in attendance at the Milton Keynes Bowl for a Simple Minds concert. In the event I managed to gain very restricted and limited viewing of the match – the first half through the windscreen of an ice cream van and the second half in a crowd of a couple of hundred or so people, crowded and clammering around a mini JVC TV!! Ultimately it was all worth it as I got to see the match and my favourite band of the 1980s!!
Infact the decade ended for me with a trip to Australia in 1989, on a year long working holiday visa. Inevitably in the restricted space of my rucksack, I managed to find space for my Sony Walkman and a Simple Minds Double Album “Live In The City Of Lights”. That became my “Official Soundtrack” to the holiday of a lifetime in the Antipodes!! And from it here are the MyFirstRecord.co.uk Top 10 Best Simple Minds Songs –
Top 10 Best Simple Minds Songs
1) Big Sleep
3) Glittering Prize
4) Don’t You ( Forget About Me )
5) Someone Somewhere ( In Summertime )
6) Mandela Day
7) All The Things She Said
8) Speed Your Love To Me
10) Promised You A Miracle
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