Neon Lights (album)

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Neon Lights
Studio album by Simple Minds
Released 8 October 2001
Genre Pop rock
Length 41:35
Label Eagle - EAGCD 194
Producer Simple Minds, Gordy Goudie
Simple Minds chronology
Our Secrets Are the Same
Neon Lights
The Best of Simple Minds
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Q (unfavourable)[2]
Toronto Sun (favourable)[3]

Neon Lights is a covers studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released in October 2001.


After Our Secrets Are the Same was leaked by a DJ in Spain and Simple Minds were fired from EMI they went into partial retirement. Frontman Jim Kerr moved to Italy to start a hotel. There a number of young Italian artists came to Kerr for advice or input in recording. This finally coaxed the band out of retirement.[4]

They signed a limited contract with Eagle Records. To help the band gain momentum, it was decided that they should record an album of covers to boost awareness of Simple Minds again. Thus Neon Lights was conceived.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "Gloria" Van Morrison Them 3:45
2. "The Man Who Sold the World" David Bowie David Bowie 4:07
3. "Homosapien" Pete Shelley Pete Shelley 4:20
4. "Dancing Barefoot" Patti Smith, Ivan Kral Patti Smith Group 3:48
5. "Neon Lights" Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos Kraftwerk 4:16
6. "Hello, I Love You" Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore The Doors 3:32
7. "Bring on the Dancing Horses" Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas Echo & the Bunnymen 5:15
8. "The Needle and the Damage Done" Neil Young Neil Young 4:15
9. "For Your Pleasure" Bryan Ferry Roxy Music 4:08
10. "All Tomorrow's Parties" Lou Reed The Velvet Underground 3:35

Other releases[edit]

A promo version was also pressed which was titled Original Versions of Songs Covered on "Neon Lights", which comprised all the original versions of the songs covered, making this the only Simple Minds release to be devoid of Simple Minds music. However, Eagle Records encountered some problems with copyrights for a couple of songs, so fewer than 25 of these promos were pressed, making this extremely hard to find.[5]

Two singles were released from the album: the Dancing Barefoot EP,[6] and a number of remixes of "Homosapien".[7]


  1. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Simple Minds: Neon Lights > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  2. ^ Harris, John. "Neon Lights - Articles & Reviews". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Stevenson, Jane. "Neon Lights - Articles & Reviews". Toronto Sun. Sun Media. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Cornwell, Simon. "Neon Lights: Information". Dream Giver Redux. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Cornwell, Simon. "Neon Lights: Overseas Promotional Issues". Dream Giver Redux. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Cornwell, Simon. "Dancing Barefoot EP: Information". Dream Giver Redux. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Cornwell, Simon. "Homosapien: Information". Dream Giver Redux. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 

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