Belfast child [Ballad of the streets] - Simple Minds - 1989

Simple Minds

Belfast child [Ballad of the streets]

Simple Minds

Fonte: rockol.it

Il cantante Jim Kerr e il chitarrista Charlie Burchill formano i Simple Minds nel 1978 a Glasgow, Scozia, dopo avere suonato insieme nel gruppo punk Johnny & The Self Abusers. All’inizio i due coinvolgono il bassista Tony Donald (presto sostituito da Derek Forbes), il 

tastierista Michael McNeil e il batterista Brian McGee. I primi due album, LIFE IN A DAY e REAL TO REAL CACOPHONY, pubblicati entrambi nel 1979, mostrano due facce diverse della band. Più accessibile il primo, più oscuro e sperimentale il secondo, aprono la strada 

ai lavori successivi. Con SONS AND FASCINATION e SISTER FEELINGS CALL (pubblicati insieme nel 1981 e in seguito venduti separatamente) la popolarità della band si allarga e i primi grossi successi arrivano con NEW GOLD DREAM (81-82-83-84) e SPARKLE IN THE 

RAIN. Superando le iniziali perplessità di Kerr, la band incide il singolo “Don’t you (forget about me)”, grande successo internazionale che apre il periodo di maggior fortuna commerciale del gruppo. McGee viene sostituito da Mel Gaynor e i Minds diventano star da 

grandi arene. ONCE UPON A TIME e LIVE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT (dal vivo) non vengono accolti con favore dalla critica ma vendono molto bene, così come STREET FIGHTING YEARS, in cui Kerr affronta nei testi temi politici di grande richiamo. REAL LIFE (1991) e 

GOOD NEWS FROM THE NEXT WORLD (1995) vedono invece la band in calo di popolarità e afflitta da instabilità di formazione (Kerr e Burchill restano i soli responsabili della band) e NEAPOLIS (1998) conferma che il momento di maggiore richiamo è finito. 

Dopo un periodo di sosta, Kerr e Burchill tornano in attività nel 2001 con l’album di cover NEON LIGHTS e nel 2002 esce CRY. Di due anni dopo è invece OUR SECRETS ARE THE SAME, acclamato dalla critica come il miglior album dei Simple Minds degli ultimi vent’anni, 

mentre BLACK &WHITE 050505 è del 2005. Per festeggiare i trent’anni di attività, il gruppo ritorna con un tour europeo in partenza ad aprile. C'è anche un tentativo di riunire la formazione originale, ma le sessioni in studio non 

danno alcun frutto. Il nuovo album GRAFFITI SOUL viene così inciso dal nucleo che ha tenuto in piedi il marchio negli ultimi anni, ovvero Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill e Mel Gaynor.
La band va in tour di nuovo nel 2012 e nel 2013, e nello stesso periodo inizia a lavorare ad un nuovo album, che arriva solo bel 2014, dopo una raccolta: si intitola BIG MUSIC.

Source: allmusic.com

Best known in the U.S. for their 1985 number one hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from the film The Breakfast Club, Scotland's Simple Minds evolved from a post-punk art rock band influenced by Roxy Music into a grand, epic-sounding pop band along the lines of U2. 

The band grew out of a Glasgow punk group called Johnny and the Self-Abusers, which featured guitarist Charlie Burchill and lead singer Jim Kerr. The inaugural 1978 lineup of Simple Minds featured a rhythm section of Tony Donald on bass and Brian McGee on 

drums, plus keyboardist Mick McNeil; Donald was soon replaced by Derek Forbes. Their early albums leaped from one style to another, with Life in a Day consisting mostly of dense, arty pop songs; critical acclaim followed the darker, more experimental art rock of Reel to 

Real Cacophony and the Euro-disco of Empires and Dance. The group began a transition to a more accessible pop style with the albums Sons and Fascination and Sister Feelings Call, originally issued together and subsequently split up. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) 

became their first chart album in the U.S., and the tour-shy McGee quit owing to burgeoning popularity, eventually being replaced by Mel Gaynor. Following the Steve Lillywhite-produced Sparkle in the Rain, Jim Kerr married Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde (the 
two groups had toured together).

Once Upon a Time After Bryan Ferry rejected the opportunity to sing "Don't You (Forget About Me)," Simple Minds almost did so as well; Kerr was dissatisfied with the song's lyrics, which he regarded as formulaic. His change of heart gave Simple Minds their only 

American chart-topper, and the song later became an international hit as well; however, Kerr's feelings about the song remained ambivalent, and it did not appear on the follow-up album, Once Upon a Time. This album went gold and reached the U.S. Top Ten, in spite of 

criticism for its bombastic, over-the-top approach. A live album and the uncompromisingly political Street Fighting Years squandered Simple Minds' commercial momentum, however. By the time the group returned to more personal themes and its straightforward, anthemic 

rock on 1991's Real Life, personnel changes and audience loss left the group's future viability in doubt. But they weren't totally deterred, however. Kerr and Burchill trudged on, releasing Good News From the Next World in 1995 while the single "She's a River" 

received moderate airplay. A short tour of North America soon followed, but Simple Minds' direction also quickly faded. They needed a break to clarify their own personal stance in music. Derek Forbes returned for 1998's Néapolis, but that, too, wasn't strong enough to 

sustain Simple Minds' newfound creativity. Their famed pop songs had diluted a bit; however, the new millennium proved poignant. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill signed to Eagle Records in early 2001 and constructed their first covers album, Neon Lights, later that fall, 

paying tribute to Patti Smith, Neil Young, David Bowie, and others. In summer 2002, Kerr and Burchill issued Cry, Simple Minds' first batch of new material since 1995's Good News From the Next World. Our Secrets Are the Same, an album that was intended for release in 

2000, saw official release in 2003. An extensive reissue program and live recordings followed. Black and White, a new studio album, appeared in 2005, and the charting Grafitti Soul in 2009 (which saw the return of original drummer Mel Gaynor to the fold). Simple 

Minds accepted a spot at London's iTunes Festival that year and issued a digital EP of their performance. After a global tour, Simple Minds returned with Big Music in 2014, an album that included two songs co-written with Chvrches' Ian Cook

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