This four page press release featured:
- A logo front cover.
- An introduction to the band (which is included below).
- Brian Hogg's Cripes review.
- A page of press cuttings.
Simple Minds are
Jim Kerr (vocals),
Charlie Burchill (guitar and violin),
Mick MacNeil (keyboards),
Derek Forbes (bass) and
Brian McGee (drums) and were formed early this year in Glasgow.
Brian) were part of
Johnny And The Self Abusers
(who released Saints And Sinners
on Chiswick last year) and
Derek is from
It's always difficult to describe a group's music, particularly a new
group who have not yet recorded and thus have no track-record for
comparison. There have been many parallels drawn;
names as diverse as Television, The Velvet Underground
even Cockney Rebel has been used, but if bits of each of these,
and more, are there, none are particularly obvious. Simple Minds use the
spirit and atmosphere of these bands, rather than their notes. Because it's their songs themselves
They range from the more commercial (i.e. with an immediate hook) such as
Chelsea Girl or
Take Me To The Angels to the
completely mysterious in Murder Story and
Simple Minds are currently playing dates in Scotland, building a live sound
and image, and, at the same time, attracting considerable critical acclaim.