Talk:Simple Minds

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Past and Present members section[edit]

No John Giblin ? Major omission ! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:06, 12 February 2011 (UTC)


Discography twice? Renamed one. --jae 23:19, Dec 28, 2004 (UTC)

More focus on "In the City of Light", a marking spot on Simple Minds carreer?[edit]

I would like to make more emphasis on their live album (In the City of Light), which I consider a major selling success (currently this is referred in less than a sentence).

Please comment... H. Moreira 12:40, 6 November 2005 (UTC) H. Moreira

Well, what would you like to add? Even as a long-time SM fan, I find it hard to say very much about it - the article seems reasonable to me. If it was a major sales success perhaps the number of copies sold could be mentioned. In terms of its content it is really more or less an early 'greatest hits' compilation. I enjoy it a lot myself, but it doesn't mean it's especially noteworthy. Graham 23:22, 6 November 2005 (UTC)


Call me crazy, bored or maybe it's because I couldn't get to sleep, but I decided to rewrite the entire Simple Minds article, in order to better consolidate information that was repeated in several places, as well as add information of interest about a number of different albums. I also thought it was important to contextualize some of their less successful works within what was going on in music at that time, especially during the early 1990s. To that end, I also added subheadings to break up the article and make it easier to follow.

I also categorized the albums by date and added a number of different releases that weren't included, mostly the Themes box sets.

Oh, and all those minor changes? That's what happens to you when you undertake a major writing project at 4:00AM in the morning.  :-)

--TARDIS 04:32, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

Hi.. I'd say that it's pretty decent effort, even for 4am! My only comment at the moment (there may be more as the changes sink in) is that the opening paras read as if the only thing that matters is whether they were successful in the US or not. Perhaps you are an American and writing from this perspective, but in fact the US success (or lack of it) is totally irrelevant to the majority of the band's fans. They were probably the biggest band in the UK in 1986 (though some will probably argue U2 or Dire Straits deserve that accolade), and their fanbase across Europe is huge. The article does state this, true, but it's tempered with an overemphasis on the US chart success, which makes it sound as if well, they could have been a really great band if only they hadn't done so poorly in the US; what a disappointment. My view is that the US chart success should probably be mentioned separately from the rest of the summary, and perhaps downplayed a little so that it is given its due importance - which is, not as much as some seem to think. Otherwise, a good effort. Graham 06:45, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the compliment. You're right, I'm in the US, and looking at the article again, there is definitely a US bias that I guess I didn't realize when I first rewrote the article. I would definitely agree that Simple Minds are still very popular in Europe and Australia, since they tour there frequently. At the same time, the US market is massive, and the fact that the band's presence here has declined considerably in recent years is a topic worth exploring. In addition, the critical reaction in the UK vs. the US is also worth mentioning, as it seems US critics are predisposed to categorize Simple Minds as an "eighties band," so even when they put out excellent work, it's never good enough, while the European critics I've read (primarily in the UK) tend to appreciate the band more. I'll be happy to hear your specific suggestions for the best way to NPOV some of the material you think is US-centric. Or you could make those changes. ;-)
--TARDIS 22:06, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

More focus on Simple Minds instrumental tracks[edit]

Hello, if you are going to rewrite the article, why do not put more focus on their instrumentals? 1980s' tracks such as "Somebody up there likes you" (for the landscape synth sounds), and "A brass band in African Chimes" (for both the synth work and the drum line) were not only great, but can be regarded in many respects as influential for the ambience music of The Orb, Aphex Twin, FSOL and so on. skysurfer 14:15, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

Actually, that's an exellent point. "Brass Band" is one of my favorite tracks by them. (And I've always wondered why SM never released a compilation of all their intstrumental work, including B-sides.) I'll work on that.
--TARDIS 17:22, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

I wondered that, too. Maybe they think that listeners are not interested. The instrumental versions of some songs are even beautyful. Hey, Mr J. Kerr, that doesn't mean that we don't like your voice ;-) skysurfer 17:57, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

  • Don't forget "Theme For Great Cities", arguably one of the best New Wave instrumentals ever recorded. --FACT50 21:42, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

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an "in popular culture" section?[edit]

you could list out appearances of the simple minds, like the breakfast club. also, a simple minds poster is often clearly visible in ferris's room in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (a movie, 1986) Nnnudibranch 00:46, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

Robin Clark[edit]

Robin was a backing singer not a lead singer for a tour

Not according to the sleeve notes for Live in the City of Light, where she is credited as "additional lead singer". Seems fair to me, she completely dominates that album. (talk) 07:08, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

She is listed as an associated with the band on the official SM website but I see her name has been taken off anyway Pandaplodder (talk) 23:22, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Mick McNeil[edit]

Wheres the evidence about an illness? this is a copy of an interview he gave for a national newspaper Mick McNeil interview

--Pandaplodder (talk) 13:54, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Re: Current line-up[edit]

Andy Gillespie (keyboards) is back in the live band for the current tour. ReggyRaccoon (talk) 04:34, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

New Romantics??[edit]

The line about the group being seen as "New Romantics .. alongside Duran Duran" needs taking out. Simple Minds had nothing to do with the New Romantics, as anyone who lived in the UK in the 80s can testify. Vauxhall1964 (talk) 01:03, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

Totally agree. SM were never seen as a New Romantic outfit, even during the New Gold Dream period. If anything they were seen as making synthpop acceptable to 'serious' music fans (i.e. the people who read NME rather than Smash Hits). --Ef80 (talk) 20:13, 5 August 2011 (UTC)


The article as it is currently structured reads a lot like original research in some sections and particularly in the section headings. 121a0012 (talk) 07:57, 14 December 2010 (UTC)


I just wondered why only a handful of their singles have their own articles on Wikipedia? Many less well-known groups do have them. Great songs like 'Speed Your Love To Me' and 'Glittering Prize' deserve this, and they did reach the UK Top 20. I think this would make the Simple Minds article on Wikipedia more complete. Laydsb (talk) 14:19, 30 March 2011 (UTC)Laydsb

Merger of Simple Minds concert tours into Simple Minds?[edit]

It has been proposed on Simple Minds concert tours to merge it into Simple Minds. My answer is 100% no. Simple Minds concert tours has too much detail (currently it is 14,971 bytes in size) to be merged into this article. SethWhales talk 10:22, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

Some comments[edit]

I was shocked to see the state of this article. I made some edits to try to address some of these faults:

1) Original research; we cannot use unattributed discussions of the subject. Some of the section headings also fell into this category.

2) Verify! All items recorded in this article should be verifiable to a reliable source. This still needs more work.

3) Fannish amounts of detail. We do not need to know every last thing; we just need to summarise the most important things.

4) Recentism; As it stands, the article is biased towards the 2000s and the 1980s is thin on the ground. This isn't right; if anything it should be the other way around.

5) Articles on living people cannot be sourced using tabloids. Proper sources are required. See point (2). --John (talk) 05:48, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Just to note my agreement with all the above and that what was reverted was most likely by a sock. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 20:42, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

More sections needed[edit]

This is a long sprawling history of the band. I'm here because I came to look something up about Mel Gaynor whom I knew in the 80s. His coming and going at Simple Minds is what I found out, but in reading through everything here, I found very little dedicated to the band's actual Stilrichtung and its evolution. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 01:33, 10 October 2013 (UTC)