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gordon goudie
singer | composer | guitar | bass
associated with simple minds: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2016-


Gordon Goudie Gordon Goudie first appeared alongside Jim and Charlie in the newly rejuvinated Neon Lights-era 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 Graffiti Soul.

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 touring lineup.


"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
Dancing Barefoot Cry Spaceface Home Stranger Rockets Stars Will Lead The Way




discography: mainstream albums
Neon Lights Cry Black And White Graffiti Soul Walk Between Worlds




family tree
Simple Minds #24
Simple Minds #25
Simple Minds #26
Simple Minds #27 (producer)
Simple Minds #50
Simple Minds #53
Simple Minds #54




live appearances
Travelling Light 2016
Acoustic Live 2017
Walk Between Worlds 2018




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