Gordon Goudie first appeared alongside
Jim and Charlie in the newly rejuvinated
Simple Minds. Playing a multitude of instruments,
he shared musical and vocal duties with the founding members.
His input to Neon Lights and
Cry was so fundamental that he was featured
in the Dancing Barefoot video and graced the front
cover of Cry.
Gordon Goudie first appeared as a late edition to the
Scottish outfit The Primevals, where he played bass. He's also
worked with Echo And The Bunnymen as their rhythm guitarist (and so
has played Bring On The Dancing Horses with
the Bunnymen for real).
And whenever Simple Minds were in Scotland, he's was hand to help out as
musician or producer: he produced the Billy Sloan sessions for
Cry, the exclusive tracks for
Live And Rare, and
composed and played on tracks for
Black And White 050505 and
He was instrumental with the Acoustic album, rearranging many old
Minds' classics, and playing on the record. And, for the first time, he became part of the band's
"It was more than fifteen years ago, however it was Gordy Goudie'srearrangement
of Cry (we retitled it Cry Again)
that started to convince us that maybe Simple Minds could and should work on some more acoustic based
arrangements for a future project. Fast forward to early last year, to when we finally decided to record our
Acoustic album. It made sense to reconnect with
Gordy, (who had previously written and produced for Simple Minds)
and set him the challenge of helping to rearrange some of the earlier iconic Minds tunes.
The result is the versions of Glittering Prize,
Speed Your Love To Me and Richard Hawley's haunting
Long Black Train, all of which feature on
Acoustic. Many who appreciate the acoustic project will agree that
the aforementioned tracks are among the standouts, and for that we are grateful to
Gordy's talent. We are also excited at the prospect of a few other Minds
classics that Gordy and
Charlie are currently working on for
the upcoming Acoustic tour.
It's going to be good. Really good!" - Jim, 2nd March 2017
"It's all about the chemistry. Looking in from the outside, it is natural for anyone to think that the
most important thing in putting a band together is how it all sounds once you start playing together. That
certainly makes sense, particularly so if you are putting a band together for a one-off event, where in that
case it is probably the only real consideration.
"However, when you are putting together a group pf people to work together extensively, to the point where
they are almost living together as they go about their endeavours day-in day-out, week after week, month after month,
and possibly even year after year as we ourselves do with Simple Minds. In that case an even bigger
priority emerges, one that has all to do with the chemistry of the individuals involved, including how good they
feel about each other's company and how much they respect each other as professionals.
"When the chemistry is good, an unstoppable creative force seemingly emerges, bringing out the best in each other.
When the chemistry goes off, or becomes less than good? Regardless of who's fault, who to blame, blah de blah. It is
simply time for change to occur. Sometimes the change happens naturally. Sometimes changes have to be forced through.
"We were already 20 years into our career when we came across Gordy Goudie. Had we met Gordy when
we were initially forming Simple Minds back in '77, I'm quite certain we would have asked him to join us.
Then again he is a wee bit younger than us, and was probably still at school?
"In the last two decades, Gordy has worked with us on the fringe of various projects. He has been producer, mixer,
writer, multi instrumentalist and backing vocalist to Simple Minds throughout all of that time, and we always
hoped that one day he would join us on stage.
"That of course came to pass when we fully engaged Gordy in the live Simple Minds line-up for
our acoustic tour last year, continuing now as we tour throughout
the rest of this year.
And we do love having Gordy around. He brings a calm presence to all. As a musician his considerable talent
and good taste brings firepower in areas we were previously lacking. His intelligent opinions are always valuable
whenever we find ourselves in a bit of a muddle. Bravo Gordy!" - Jim, 20th June 2018
discography: mainstream singles
discography: mainstream albums
Simple Minds #24
Simple Minds #25
Simple Minds #26
Simple Minds #27 (producer)
Simple Minds #50
Simple Minds #53
Simple Minds #54
Travelling Light 2016
Acoustic Live 2017
Walk Between Worlds 2018