Scottish Sunday: Minds are a Terrible Thing to Waste



So many bands sold out so badly in the early 80s, I should have been inured to it. But watching the Simple Minds peak one year and come crashing down to 80s sellout hell the next was too much for me to take. There were several u2isms creeping in on their Sparkle in the Rain LP that I should have seen it coming, but I always thought America merely needed to catch up with what they were already doing. They didn't need to do John Hughes soundtracks or work with Jimmy Iovine.

Part of what killed the band was losing virtuoso bassist Derek Forbes, upon whose innovative riffs most of their best music was based around. Such as "Glittering Prize," their 1982 British hit.

Cheesy video, but interesting iconography here and there if you pay attention.

6 comments:

  1. who was the DeSigN team that placed 4(5)?
    lorraine cross on cover of "sparkle in the rain"
    see it here
    http://dreggsarchive.blogspot.com/

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  2. Very good question. I'll have to pull out my old vinyl copy of it sometime.

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  3. Never liked what I heard, which must have been the commercial stuff, but - weren't they an interesting punk band prior to Simple Minds, or was that just the singer?

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  4. Post Punk, actually. Check out Empires and Dance and Sister Feelings Call.

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  5. Interesting iconography in correspondence with the lyrical request for illumination, keep on shinning Chris.

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  6. Someone, Somewhere in Summertime - pure bliss. I haven't listened to Simple Minds in quite awhile. Time to do so again.

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