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Old 05-10-2009, 10:50 AM   #16
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These guys are still a band?
Yes.......do try and keep up.......
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Maybe I should keep up on 80s one-hit-wonders.
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Maybe I should keep up on 80s one-hit-wonders.
Because we all know the only true litmus test of meaningful active creative bands is how many top 40 singles they release.

Stick to nickelback eh.....
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Because we all know the only true litmus test of meaningful active creative bands is how many top 40 singles they release.

Stick to nickelback eh.....
So how are The Buggles these days. You do keep up, don't you?
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So how are The Buggles these days. You do keep up, don't you?
They broke up a long time ago, however there's still an active Top 40 for you, all the best music is there after all.....
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"the buggles" now that is reaching WAY far back isn't it.. U must be ancient like 49 or something..
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The Tourist, you really haven't a clue have you.....

Over the years Simple Minds have notched up twenty Top 20 hits in a career spanning nearly three decades. The band have sold over 35 million records, had five number one albums, a No. 1 single in America - plus three American top ten singles and were voted Q magazine's World's Best Live Act.
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Throughout their illustrious 31-year career in music, Simple Minds have embarked on countless sold out stadium tours including headlining three times at Wembley stadium. Their music has influenced a new generation of bands including The Killers, Kings of Leon, Muse, Bloc Party, Keane, Moby, and the Manic Street Preachers.
"We are very excited to announce the UK leg of the Graffiti Soul tour," says lead singer and founding member, Jim Kerr. "Graffiti Soul is one of our most powerful albums to date. The new songs have an undeniable rock and roll edge and immediacy to them and we can't wait to perform them live!"
"Last year we were blown away by the reaction from last year's 30th Anniversary concerts," reflects Kerr. "Simple Minds continues to embody an uplifting musical spirit and enthusiasm that was evident in our early work. We haven't lost our edge. If anything, we've refined it! We can't wait to perform the songs from Graffiti Soul as well as songs from our previous albums."

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"Sometimes things come together exactly as you want them to.
New Gold Dream and Once Upon A Time were like that, and it
was the same with Graffiti Soul. I can't say making it was
effortless, exactly - that would take away from all the hard work that Charlie, in particular, put in It did just roll though; it felt right."
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"Ultimately, you have to drag the songs away from Charlie. Bono used to say he was like a wee Irish fiddler, always fiddling away with something. Even in the early days when he only had one guitar and two effects pedals, Charlie would bring jigsaws to sound checks - The Sistine Chapel or whatever - so that he could amuse his self while engineers were trying to get the right snare sound. Nowadays, studio gear has replaced the jigsaws, and we reap the benefit of that."
Graffiti Soul and Simple Minds' ongoing success as a live act serve to underline that the group is anything but a spent force. More than that, the band that broke America with their 1985 chart-topper "Don't You (Forget About Me)" and the attendant Once Upon A Time album is as hungry and committed as ever.
'If you really love music, you'll come back to it with a passion irrespective of life's twists and turns", says Kerr. "That's why I hope people get to hear Graffiti Soul - I think it's got legs. If we can celebrate our 30th Anniversary and still get people excited about the new stuff - that would be wonderful."
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Well Said Carling,

Great Post!!!
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A fantastic cover of Neal Youngs Rocking In The Free World, probably better than the original!!
YouTube - SM Rocking In The Free World
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Maybe I should keep up on 80s one-hit-wonders.
They actually aren't a one-hit wonder.
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Phanan, i think he should do some research better saying things !!
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"the buggles" now that is reaching WAY far back isn't it.. U must be ancient like 49 or something..
If this was directed at me... if I was that old, perhaps I'd know more of Simple Minds' songs than their hit.

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They actually aren't a one-hit wonder.
Except for "Don't You Forget About Me" I have never heard anything by them on the radio... at least not in the last 11 years (since I've been paying attention to music). And I've never heard them mentioned by anyone outside of interference, for that matter, apart from that single. Not even once. So maybe they weren't a one-hit wonder... maybe they were just a one-massive-single wonder with a bunch of successful-but-largely-forgotten singles.
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Alive & Kicking was a pretty decent-sized hit, so it's more like two-hit wonder. They are certainly more popular in Europe, apparently, but radio play in the U.S. has been next to nil, so it's not a stretch to think they're unimportant.

I had a friend in college who swore by them, however, and after checking out more of their stuff, they're far better than a comparable act like INXS.
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Yeah, Alive & Kicking was huge, reaching #2 on the charts here in the U.S. Also, Sanctify Yourself made the Top 15.

So yeah, not a one-hit wonder, but they've been quite unnoticed since then.

Although I personally enjoy the song See The Lights. I remember when it first came out, I damn well thought it was U2.
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Street Fighting Years is a damn fine album, start to finish.
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