On This Day In Music: Simple Minds Were Top Of the Charts In The US

Annie Taaffe
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Glaswegian’s Simple Minds were at #1 on the US singles chart on this day in 1985 with ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’.

The track was a #3 hit here in the Irish Charts. Written by Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for ‘Flashdance… What a Feeling’) and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band.

The band scored a string of hit singles, but became best known internationally for ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’. The song was featured in the 1985 American teen drama film The Breakfast Club.  It also made an appearance more recently in hit musical comedy Pitch Perfect.

Simple Minds were the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s and have achieved five UK number one albums during their career.

The Scottish rockers have also sold 60 million records worldwide! Despite various personnel changes, they continue to record and tour.

The core of the band is the two remaining founding members – Jim Kerr (vocals, song writing) and Charlie Burchill (guitars, keyboards after 1990, other instruments, song writing).

Irish fans will have a chance to see the band very soon. They will be taking their new album Simple Minds Acoustic on the road. The band will play Dublin’s Olympia theatre with a fully seated show on Wednesday 7th June and have now added a second show on Thursday 8th June due to demand.

Fellow Scot and ‘Suddenly I see’ singer, KT Tunstall will be joining them as a special guest for their Olympia gigs.

Jim Kerr had a chat with Morning Glory’s Marty & Conor ahead of their gigs at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on June 7th & 8th. You can have a listen to it here.

Tickets for the show are priced from €58.70 including booking fee on sale now via ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.

Photo Credit: Manfred Menken

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