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As far as I am concerned, Simple Minds became a totally different band after 1982, culminating in the departure of Derek Forbes which had a major impact in shift from their early experimental Post Punk/Art Rock into a far more pompous Stadia Rock, whilst popularity rose, their musical integrity faded.

Amazon have some great deals on their remastered early albums, just £3.98 each for Life In A Day, Empires And Dance, Sons & Fascination/Sisters Feelings Call, New Gold Dream.

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#2
Loved Simple Minds Back in the 80's, saw them at Roundhay Park in Leeds on there Street Fighting Years Tour , they were Amazing !!!
#3
Do you know, if you bought them all having never heard anything of any of them, I reckon you'd experience one of the true evolutions of a pop/rock band. There isn't really much evolution in more recent times - even the biggest (such as Oasis) show very little variation or evolution from debut album to last album.

As I remember 'Life in a Day' was pretty universally panned and certainly spawned nothing in the way of successful singles, but it is a remarkable debut album - but especially with hindsight.

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Lakeside
Do you know, if you bought them all having never heard anything of any of them, I reckon you'd experience one of the true evolutions of a pop/rock band. There isn't really much evolution in more recent times - even the biggest (such as Oasis) show very little variation or evolution from debut album to last album.

As I remember 'Life in a Day' was pretty universally panned and certainly spawned nothing in the way of successful singles, but it is a remarkable debut album - but especially with hindsight.

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Sadly though I would not say Simple Minds really evolved after 1982, creativity went out the window for the sake of stadium rock. It's like listening to two totally different bands, I know bands need to change to stay fresh, but changing whilst losing integrity sucks, they lost it big time.
#5
Yeah I think that is along the lines of what I was trying to say - but essentially they didn't exactly achieve much up till '82 (financially, relatively) so I suppose the 100,000 seater stadium sound does come calling?
#6
Lakeside
Yeah I think that is along the lines of what I was trying to say - but essentially they didn't exactly achieve much up till '82 (financially, relatively) so I suppose the 100,000 seater stadium sound does come calling?


Sadly for some bands yes, and amazing how Simple Minds can get overlooked by those that just see them as Stadium Rock, Sons & Fascination was an incredible album.
#7
They were the bees-knees in the trendy early 80s. Sons is still there with the best with sister feeling call now coupled on the CD. Comparing to rock now which seems even less mainstream I am sure new listeners will reappraise them in the same way as the Doors resurface every few years. Reel to reel is still not easily digestible. though.
#8
Excellent band back then, some great stand out songs on every album, the American is a personal favourite, I travel is also great along with almost every song on new gold dream, which was probably their last great record before the bigger time came along with sparkle in the rain.
#9
COLD

boring, MOR claptrap recorded by dullards who couldn't play their instruments. a crime against music
#10
horsepills
COLD

boring, MOR claptrap recorded by dullards who couldn't play their instruments. a crime against music


Far from MOR in the early days :thinking: whilst succumbing to it later in their career, they took influences from Can, Neu, Bowie, Roxy Music, Magazine, to name a few.

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