Simple Minds discography

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Simple Minds discography
Simple Minds.jpg
Simple Minds performing in Oslo, Norway in February 2006
Studio albums 18
Live albums 7
Compilation albums 12
Video albums 5
Singles 52
Box sets 9

The discography of the Scottish art rock/new wave band Simple Minds consists of 18 studio (either original or covers) albums (counting 1981's Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call as a double album release), 7 live albums, 12 compilation albums, 9 box sets, 52 singles, and 5 video albums.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
FRA
[3][4]
NLD
[5]
NZ
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
US
[9]
1979 Life in a Day
  • Released: 10 March 1979
  • Label: Zoom / Arista
30
Real to Real Cacophony
  • Released: 1 November 1979
  • Label: Zoom / Arista
1980 Empires and Dance
  • Released: 1 September 1980
  • Label: Zoom / Arista
41 47
1981 Sons and Fascination
  • Released: 12 September 1981
  • Label: Virgin
11 31 7 4
Sister Feelings Call
  • Released: 12 September 1981 (Initially coupled with Sons and Fascination)
  • Label: Virgin
1982 New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
  • Released: 13 September 1982
  • Label: Virgin
3 8 30 31 2 9 69
1984 Sparkle in the Rain
  • Released: 6 February 1984
  • Label: Virgin
1 15 17 2 1 2 19 64
  • UK: Platinum[10]
  • CAN: Gold
  • FRA: Gold
  • NZ: Gold
1985 Once Upon a Time
  • Released: 21 October 1985
  • Label: Virgin
1 7 7 1 3 4 7 10
  • UK: 3× Platinum[10]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • NZ: Platinum
  • FRA: Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • US: Gold[11]
1989 Street Fighting Years
  • Released: 8 May 1989
  • Label: Virgin
1 11 1 1 4 4 1 70
  • UK: 2× Platinum[10]
  • CAN: Gold
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
  • GER: Platinum
  • SWI: Platinum
  • SPAIN: Gold
1991 Real Life
  • Released: 8 April 1991
  • Label: Virgin
2 13 10 6 11 5 2 74
  • UK: Platinum[10]
  • AUS: Gold[12]
  • FRA: 2× Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • SWI: Platinum
1995 Good News from the Next World
  • Released: 7 February 1995
  • Label: Virgin
2 20 3 5 8 2 1 87
  • UK: Gold[10]
  • FRA: Gold
  • GER: Gold[10]
  • SWI: Gold
1998 Néapolis 19 26 22 23 7 NR
2000 Our Secrets Are the Same
  • Released: 18 October 2004 (as part of Silver Box)
  • Label: Virgin
NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
2001 Neon Lights
  • Released: 8 October 2001
  • Label: Eagle
141 65
2002 Cry
  • Released: 1 April 2002
  • Label: Eagle
80 94 56 35
2005 Black & White 050505 37 46 25 46 20
2009 Graffiti Soul 10 41 29 8
2014 Big Music
  • Released: 31 October 2014
  • Label: Sony
12 69 22 20
2016 Acoustic
  • Released: 11 November 2016
  • Label: Caroline International
16 122 27 33
2018 Walk Between Worlds
  • Released: 2 February 2018
  • Label: BMG Rights Management
4 82 36 23 41
[13]
5
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
FRA
[4]
NLD
[5]
NZ
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
US
[9]
1987 Live in the City of Light
  • Released: 11 May 1987
  • Label: Virgin
1 13 4 1 14 5 5 96
1998 Real Live 91
  • Released: 1 May 1998 (Fanclub release only)
  • Label: Mindmood
2007 Sunday Express – Live (Vol. 1 & 2)
2011 Live 2011 (2 shows / 5 CDs)
  • Released: July 2011
  • Label: Concert Live
    • 10/06/2011 Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest (Greatest Hits Forest Tour) 2CD
    • 16/06/2011 London (Hampton Court Palace) (Greatest Hits+ 2011) 3CD
2012 5X5 Live
  • Released: 19 November 2012
  • Label: Virgin
129 49
2013 Celebrate - The Greatest Hits+ Tour 2013
(6 shows / 12 CDs)
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Concert Live
    • 29/03/2013 Carlisle (Sands Centre)
    • 06/04/2013 Wolverhampton (Civic Hall)
    • 15/04/2013 Bournemouth (O2 Academy)
    • 20/11/2013 Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
    • 28/11/2013 Manchester (Arena)
    • 30/11/2013 London (O2 Arena)
2015 Big Music Tour 2015
  • Released: 14 November 2015
  • Label:
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
FRA
[!][4]
NLD
[5]
NZ
[6]
SWE
[7]
SWI
[8]
1981 Themes for Great Cities 79/81
  • Released: 1 November 1981 (US release only)
  • Label: Stiff
1982 Celebration
  • Released: 1 February 1982
  • Label: Arista
45 162
1986 Alive and Kicking (84,85,86)[14]
  • Released: October 1986 (Australian release only)
  • Label: Virgin
26
1992 Glittering Prize 81/92
  • Released: 8 October 1992
  • Label: Virgin
1 1 2 7 1 17 14
1997 The Promised
  • Released: 29 September 1997 (EU release only)
  • Label: Virgin
45
1998 The Early Years 1977–1978
  • Released: 25 March 1998 (Withdrawn)
  • Label: Mindmood
2001 The Best of Simple Minds
  • Released: 5 November 2001
  • Label: Virgin
34 22 11 39 64
2003 Early Gold
  • Released: 30 June 2003
  • Label: Virgin
2003 Live and Rare
  • Released: 10 December 2003
  • Label: Vodafone (VODRM004)
2006 The Platinum Collection[15]
  • Released: 2006 (Withdrawn)
  • Label: Virgin
2013 Celebrate: The Greatest Hits[16]
  • Released: 25 March 2013
  • Label: Virgin
19 86 55
Icon – The Best Of
  • Low budget US compilation album
2015 Sparkle in the Rain - deluxe box edition
  • Released: 16 March 2015
  • Label: UMC/Virgin
80 45

^ In France, compilation albums are not listed on the Top 200 Albums Chart, but instead on a separate chart for compilation albums only. The French chart positions here for the compilation albums are their peak positions on the French Compilation Albums Chart.

Box sets[edit]

Year Information
1990 Themes – Volume 1: March 79–April 82
  • Released: 24 September 1990
  • Label: Virgin
Themes – Volume 2: August 82–April 85
  • Released: 25 September 1990
  • Label: Virgin
Themes – Volume 3: September 85–June 87
  • Released: 8 October 1990
  • Label: Virgin
Themes – Volume 4: February 89–May 90
  • Released: 9 October 1990
  • Label: Virgin
2004 Silver Box
  • Released: 18 October 2004
  • Label: Virgin
2008 Themes – Volume 5: March 91–September 92
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Virgin
Themes – Volumes 1–5: March 79–September 92
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Virgin
2012 X5
  • Released: 21 February 2012
  • Label: Virgin
2013 Classic Album Selection
  • Released: 25 November 2013
  • Label: Virgin

Website releases[edit]

Year Information
2006 Black & White Live Bundle 01
Black & White Live Bundle 02
Black & White Live Bundle 03
Black & White Live Bundle 04
Black & White Live Bundle 05
2008 Black & White Live Bundle 06
Black & White Live Bundle 07

Singles[edit]

1970s–1980s

Year Title Chart positions Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN GER
[17]
IRE
[18]
ITA
[19][20]
NLD
[5]
NZ
[6]
SWE
[7]
US
[21]
1979 "Life in a Day" 62 Life in a Day
"Chelsea Girl"
1980 "Changeling" Reel to Real Cacophony
"I Travel" Empires and Dance
1981 "Celebrate"
"The American" 59
[^]
Sister Feelings Call
"Love Song" 47 17 38 16 Sons and Fascination
"Sweat in Bullet" 52 47 17
"I Travel" (reissue)
[^]
Celebration
1982 "Promised You a Miracle" 13 10 25 25 9 17
[^]
New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
"Glittering Prize" 16 9 11 4 11
"Someone, Somewhere in Summertime" 36 51 19
1983 "I Travel" (2nd reissue) Celebration
"Waterfront" 13 19 5 1 16 Sparkle in the Rain
1984 "Speed Your Love to Me" 20 76 9 46 18
"Up on the Catwalk" 27 16 44
1985 "Don't You (Forget About Me)" 7 6 1 4 3 2 2 3 13 1
[+][^]
The Breakfast Club (Soundtrack)
"Alive and Kicking" 7 21 3 17 2 1 2 5 11 3
[+][^]
Once Upon a Time
1986 "Sanctify Yourself" 10 46 17 38 4 27 3 22 16 14
[+][^]
"All the Things She Said" 9 46 65 51 4 6 20 28
[+][^]
"Ghost Dancing" 13 72 3 46 18
1987 "Promised You a Miracle" (live) 19 8 55 Live in the City of Light
1989 Ballad of the Streets EP:
"Belfast Child" / "Mandela Day" / "Biko"
1 12 3 1 2 1 8 11
[~]
Street Fighting Years
"This Is Your Land" 13 38 40 25 6 5 7 26 18
[+][~]
"Take a Step Back"
[~]
"Kick It In" 15 94 65 6 34 27
The Amsterdam EP:
"Let It All Come Down" / "Sign o' the Times"
18 77 40 11 11 16

1990s

Year Title Chart positions Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN GER
[17]
IRE
[18]
ITA
[19][20]
NLD
[5]
NZ
[6]
SWE
[7]
US
[21]
1991 "Let There Be Love" 6 15 16 5 1 7 48 9 Real Life
"See the Lights" 20 100 10 48 16 24 42 27 40
[+][~]
"Stand By Love" 13 70 14 25 39
[~]
"Real Life" 34
1992 "Love Song" / "Alive and Kicking" 6 24 50 Glittering Prize 81/92
1995 "She's a River" 9 29 3 39 17 2 18 21 26 52
[+][~]
Good News from the Next World
"Hypnotised" 18 85 34 62 28 22
"And the Band Played On"
[+]
1998 "Glitterball" 18 10 72 Neapolis
"War Babies" 43

2000s–present

Year Title Chart positions Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
GER
[17]
ITA
[19][20]
NLD
[5]
2001 "Dancing Barefoot" Neon Lights
"Homosapien" 134
2002 "Belfast Trance" (John 00 Fleming/Simple Minds) 74 single only
"Cry" 47 92 42 65 Cry
"Spaceface"
"New Sunshine Morning"
"One Step Closer" 33
"Monster" (Liquid People vs Simple Minds) 67 single only
2003 "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Remixes) [*] 92 16 Live & Rare
2004 "Dirty Old Town" (The Bhoys from Paradise – Simple Minds & Jimmy Johnstone) 46
2005 "Too Much Television" iTunes download
"Home" 41 53 18 77 Black & White 050505
2006 "Stranger" 97
"Different World (Taormina.me)"
"The Jeweller (Pt II)"
2009 "Rockets" 146 Graffiti Soul
"Stars Will Lead the Way" 88
2012 "Theme for Great Cities" (Moby Remix) /
"I Travel" (John Leckie 2012 Remix)
2013 "Broken Glass Park" Celebrate
2014 "Honest Town" Big Music
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Additional Singles:

"Blood Diamonds"- Celebrate (2013)

"Let The Day Begin"- Big Music (2014)

"Midnight Walking"- Big Music (2014)

"Promised You A Miracle"- Acoustic (2016)

"Sanctify Yourself"- Acoustic (2016)

"Magic"- Walk Between Worlds (2018)

"The Signal And The Noise"- Walk Between Worlds (2018)

"Sense Of Discovery"- Walk Between Worlds (2018)

"Summer"- Walk Between Worlds (2018)


Notes

  • +^ These singles also charted on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as following: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (#1), "Alive and Kicking" (#2), "Sanctify Yourself" (#3) and "All the Things She Said" (#9), "This Is Your Land" (#37), "See the Lights" (#10), "She's a River" (#6) and And the Band Played On" (#40).[21]
  • ~^ These singles also charted on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart as following: "Mandela Day" from Ballad of the Streets EP (#17), "This Is Your Land" (#12), "Take a Step Back" (#14), "See the Lights" (#1), "Stand By Love" (#4) and "She's a River" (#10).[22]
  • ^ ^ These singles also charted on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart as following: "The American" (#66), "I Travel" 1981 re-release (#55), "Promised You a Miracle" (#65), "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (#9), "Alive and Kicking" (#25), "Sanctify Yourself" (#24) and "All the Things She Said" (#5).[21]
  • '*^ The remixes of "Don't You (Forget About Me)", released between 2003 and 2004, were released under different artist names, depending on the terrirory; in Europe by Simple Minds, in Australia by White Spaces featuring Jim Kerr.

VHS, DVD[edit]

The release dates are the original ones and the formats mentioned are the most recent versions officially available (not necessarily the original release formats).

  • 1990: Forget About Me (TV) directed by Michael Winterbottom (not available) (this is the story of two Scottish "squaddies" (young, trainee soldiers) who hitchhike to Budapest to go to a concert of the band Simple Minds; the film is a love triangle between the two soldiers and one beautiful Hungarian girl; Simple Minds is seen performing on stage at the very end of the film)[23]
  • 1990: Verona (VHS; May 1990; Virgin Music Video VVD 610) (in 2003, this video was remixed in 5:1 surround sound and released as part of the Seen The Lights – A Visual History double DVD set)
  • 1992: Glittering Prize 81/92 (VHS; October 1992; Virgin Music Video VVD 1103)
  • 2003: Seen The Lights – A Visual History (DVD; release dates: 28 October 2003 in some parts of Europe, 1 November 2003 in Russia, 3 November 2003 in UK & some other parts of Europe, 18 November 2003 in Canada; Virgin SMDVD 1) (this is the first-ever Simple Minds commercial (double) DVD, featuring over four hours and twenty minutes of archive footage; the first disc includes the majority of the band's promotional videos; the second disc is devoted to Verona, the band's first video originally released in 1990 in VHS format, upmixed here to 5.1 surround sound), "Gold Disc in France"
  • 2014: Celebrate – Live at the Glasgow SSE Hydro (limited edition Deluxe DVD book set ; release date: May 2014 ; including 4 discs: 1 21-track DVD of the concert filmed and recorded at the Glasgow SSE Hydro on 27 November 2013, 1 DVD of exclusive interview footage and photo gallery, 2 fully mixed audio CDs of the concert + a bound book featuring specially-written notes and exclusive live photos from the Celebrate tour + photographic print individually autographed by the band)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f Australian chart peaks:
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  13. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 February 2018.  Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  14. ^ dream giver redux | discography | albums | alive and kicking (84,85,86)
  15. ^ dream giver redux | discography | albums | the platinum collection
  16. ^ "Celebrate: The Greatest Hits +". Dream Giver Redux. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 
  17. ^ a b c "German Singles Chart - Simple Minds". PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "The Irish Charts - search the charts > Simple Minds". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  19. ^ a b c "Italian Charts - Simple Minds". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  20. ^ a b c "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: S > Simple Minds". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  21. ^ a b c d "AllMusic > Simple Minds - Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  22. ^ Simple Minds Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com - Alternative Songs (Modern Rock Tracks)
  23. ^ Forget About Me (1990)