Jim Kerr: Voices
Charlie Burchill: Lead Guitar, Violin, Saxophone
Mick McNeill: Keyboards
Derek Forbes: Bass Guitar
Brian McGee: Drums
signed to Zoom Records in December, 1978, having built
a solid and positive
live reputation throughout that year. Almost immediately, the group began
working on their debut album Life In A Day which was released in April, 1979. The
album got good reviews from both the UK and overseas; for example the New Musical Express said :-
"Simple Minds have the talent, resources and uncluttered vision to become one of the most important post-punk bands."
And Billboard said:-
"Cults are built on discs like this and sometimes the cults grow large."
The Life In A Day album reached No. 30 in the BBC/BMRB chart
and the two singles which were released, Life In A Day and
Chelsea Girl reached the top 100.
Since then, Simple Minds has
gigged prolifically throughout the whole of the UK, firstly as a support group,
and latterly as headliners in their own right. Consequently, the group have built up a large following throughout Britain.
After the end of their second UK tour last August, Simple Minds went into Rockfield
Studios to record their second album Real To Real Cacophony which, like the first,
was produced by John Leckie. Real To Real Cacophony is
set for release on Zoom through Arista on November 23rd.
Immediately the album was completed, the group set off on their
continental tour, taking in dates in Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Denmark, all
of which were very successful. In between the Belgian and Scandinavian dates, Simple Minds made
a lightning trip to New York. They stayed for two days, playing the Hurrah Club the first night and
Trax on the second. The gig at the Hurrah Club was filmed by The Old Grey Whistle Test
and part of it will be screened on the programme on November 27th.
On November 16th, the group began their third UK tour, which will take
in dates in the whole of the UK and will stretch into
the middle of December.
This single-sided press relase was found in a copy of the album.