Simple Minds having split from Arista have signed a long-term worldwide
recording deal with Virgin Records. Scotland's premiere disco rockers resisted the offers of several major
companies, to sign their lives away with Virgin. Virgin view the signing of hte band as a major
coup, and confidently predict Simple Minds will become one of the most important and successful
bands in the UK by the end of the year.
Simple Minds have spent the last three years building a well-deserved reputation with critics
and the public through their back-breaking commitment to touring and a single-minded determination to keep pushing their music forward from
its early Bowie and Roxy-derived beginnings.
Simple Minds debut album for Virgin will be packaged in separate sleeves
and will come with separate titles. The first album will be called
Sons And Fascination and the second entitled
Sister Feelings Call. It
will be available as a limited edition and the band intend it as a 'thank you' to their fans. Their new single from
Sons And Fascination album, entitled
Love Song. will be released as a 7" as well as a 12".
Sister Feelings Call features their current hit single
The American. Their debut effort for Virgin for Virgin has been produced
by Steve Hillage, who has lately been producing a number of other bands including
Positive Noise and Cuban Heels.
Simple Minds are:
Jim Kerr - Lead Vocals,
Charlie Burchill - Guitar,
Derek Forbes - Bass,
Mick MacNeil - Keyboards and newly aquired drummer
Kenny Hyslop, following the departure of
Brian McGee. Brian McGee played drums on the album,
but left the band to get married. Kenny Hyslop has been doing sessions with The Skids
recently and will be playing with Simple Minds on their forthcoming
The frail and the pensive lead singer, Jim Kerr, sums up the band by saying, "We have
always been every open in our use of images in songs so we do run a giant risk of getting labelled as being pretentious Glasgow boys
and singing about Europe and things like that. But you can't just blind yourself and pretend that nothing exists outside your home
town. What do they want us to sing about? Football? Life in the Gorbals? I think we've always been a bit more open than that!
At lesat we did spend most of the last year in Europe ourselves, so we do feel it is legal to sing about that." This feeling
was brought about in their highly acclaimed album
Empires And Dance, which was their last recording for Arista.
Despite the past and current problems their most recent work is their most impressive and the group are now as confident and ready for
a challenge as ever, fired by a feeling that their moment may have arrived.