Timeless and epochal, Simple Minds was formed in January 1978 by Jim Kerr (9 July 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Charlie Burchill (b. 27 November 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar), Tony Donald (bass) and Brian McGee (drums). They rose out of the ashes of Glasgow punk outfit Johnny And The Self-Abusers who, in true anarchic fashion, deliberately folded on the day their debut single Saints And Sinners was released. A second guitarist Duncan Barnwell and keyboard player Michael MacNeil (b. 20 July 1958, Glasgow, Scotland) were recruited through newspaper advertisements, before Derek Forbes (b. 22 July 1956, Glasgow, Scotland) replaced a disaffected Donald. The numerous upheavals of this initial era were completed with Barnwells departure. During this time, they did manage to record an impressive demo that caught the attention of New Musical Express writer Ian Cranna. This key exposure gave them immediate notoriety, and they quickly established...
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