Pomp rockers' early years in pretty good shock
Hundreds of years ago,
Simple Minds ruled the planet. While the '80s raged,
Jim Kerr leered
Don't You (Forget About Me) from every transistor in
Christendom, and right-minded music lovers vowed that one day, they'd do just that.
Twenty years on it is time for an amnesty.
Simple Minds may have been among the most cringeworthy of the stadium
dinosaurs (think a Scottish version of U2 circa The Joshua Tree) byt like many such
bands their early stuff was fab.
Chelsea Girl is
Bowie on a student loan;
Promised You A Miracle epic tosh to match Bono on
Life In A Day even got played at London's Nag Nag Nag last week, which
says it all really.
NME, June 28th 2003