After the departure of John Milarky and
Alan McNeil, the remaining members of
Simple Minds #1 clarified their new direction and started to look for new recruits.
An advert was placed in the paper for a keyboard player, something all the previous line-ups lacked.
Meanwhile, rehearsals continued in
Tony Donald's uncle's lampshade factory, with
Charlie writing new songs (including the black-anthem
"Around this week in November 1977, we entered a rehearsal room for the very first time. Well, it wasn’t actually a rehearsal room.
It was the top floor of a then typical to our hometown, crumbling, red-bricked factory building that belonged to another age.
With shattered glass windows and rain dripping through a roof that was well beyond repair, the temperature inside was always colder
than the the temperature outside. And as is normal in Glasgow during winter months, the outside temperature was often around zero."
"No matter! Apart from musical instruments, the room had what all rock bands need most of all. Electricity. Equally important, it had walls thick
enough to allow us to play at volumes not acceptable in most circumstances. The room therefore was a godsend to us, and to this day we are indebted to
Jim Duffy, the kind owner who allowed us to use the facility without once looking for any payment."
"Jim knew our reality. And the reality was that - we had no money."
"That then was the very beginning for Simple Minds. And right from the start we already had the most crucial thing necessary at the
beginning of any endeavour. We had an end in mind." - Jim, 11th November 2019
December 1977 - January 1978
Not a break-up as such, but their newspaper advertisement was unexpectedly answered.