Simple Minds decided to musically reinvent themselves yet again, this time reaching back to their Kraftwerk-inspired, early electronic pop days. Derek Forbes returned after a 10-year absence in 1995, along with drummer Mel Gaynor, who became a full-time member once again.
"Néapolis wasn't created as some kind of spiritual successor [to New Gold Dream]," said Jim Kerr, "but I suppose that in getting back together with the people we work best with, some kind of thematic similarity was inevitable."
Néapolis charted poorly and received mixed reviews. It is notable for being the only Simple Minds album released by Chrysalis Records and the first Simple Minds album not officially released in the US.
The music video for "Glitterball," the album's leadoff single, was the first production of any kind to film at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Both the music video for "Glitterball" and the video for the album's follow-up single, "War Babies," were included on enhanced CD singles released for both tracks.