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On February 2, 2020.

On February 2, 2020, Ivan Král died aged 71. He was musician (guitar, bass, cello, piano, keyboards), vocalist, singer-songwriter, record producer and filmmaker. His songs were recorded by artists such as Pearl Jam, Patti Smith, U2, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Simple Minds. He recorded and performed with Patti Smith, Blondie, John Cale, Iggy Pop, Lucie, Jiri Suchy, Aneta Langerová, Miro Zbirka, Pavel Bobek and Debbi. As leader he released 16 albums.

On November 11, 2016.

On November 11, 2016, “Caroline International” label released “Acoustic”, the seventeenth Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded in 2016, at “Gorbals Studio” in Glasgow, Scotland, and was produced by Gavin Goldberg and Andy Wright. The album features  acoustic studio recordings of previously released songs.


  • Jim Kerr – vocals
  • Gordy Goudie – guitar, harmonica, arranger
  • Lewis Chapman – percussion, programming
  • Charlie Burchill – guitar, accordion, arranger, programming
  • Ged Grimes – bass, background vocals
  • Cherisse Osei – percussion
  • KT Tunstall – vocal
  • Sarah Brown – background vocals
  • Gavin Goldberg – programming, engineer, mixing
  • Stuart Crouch – art direction, design
  • Ruth Rowland – hand lettering
  • Paul Cox, Paul Khera, Eric Misko, Alan Wild – photography

Track listing:

  1. The American
  2. Promised You a Miracle
  3. Glittering Prize
  4. See the Lights
  5. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
  6. Someone Somewhere in Summertime
  7. Waterfront
  8. Sanctify Yourself
  9. Chelsea Girl
  10. Alive and Kicking
  11. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
  12. Long Black Train


In November 1979.

In November 1979, “Zoom” label released “Real to Real Cacophony”, the second Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded in September 1979, at “Rockfield Studios” in Monmouth, Wales, and was produced by John Leckie.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charles Burchill– guitar, violin, saxophone
  • Derek Forbes– bass guitar
  • Brian McGee– drums, percussion
  • Michael MacNeil– keyboards
  • John Leckie – arrangements, recording, mixing
  • Graphyk – sleeve graphics
  • Sheila Rock, Trevor Rodgers – sleeve photography
  • Paul Henry – sleeve packaging
  • Mariella Sometimes – tape operation

Track listing:

All lyrics by Jim Kerr; all music by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Brian McGee and Mick MacNeil.

  1. Real to Real
  2. Naked Eye
  3. Citizen (Dance of Youth)
  4. Carnival (Shelter in a Suitcase)
  5. Factory
  6. Cacophony
  7. Veldt
  8. Premonition
  9. Changeling
  10. Film Theme
  11. Calling Your Name
  12. Scar

In August 1981.

In August 1981, “Virgin” label released “Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call”, the fourth Simple Minds album. It was recorded in 1981, and was produced by Steve Hillage. “Sons and Fascination”  and “Sister Feelings Call” were two separate albums, assembled from the same sessions and released at the same time and, in some instances, sold as a double-LP set.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charlie Burchill– guitars
  • Mick MacNeil– keyboards
  • Derek Forbes– basses
  • Brian McGee– drums
  • Ken Lockie
  • Jaqui

Track listing:

Sons and Fascination

All lyrics by Jim Kerr, all music by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee.

  1. In Trance as Mission
  2. Sweat in Bullet
  3. 70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall
  4. Boys From Brazil
  5. Love Song
  6. This Earth That You Walk Upon
  7. Sons and Fascination
  8. Seeing out the Angel

Sister Feelings Call

All lyrics by Jim Kerr, all music by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee.

  1. Theme for Great Cities
  2. The American
  3. 20th Century Promised Land
  4. Wonderful in Young Life
  5. League of Nations
  6. Careful in Career
  7. Sound in 70 Cities” (Dub mix of “70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall”)

In February 1980.


In February 1980, “Arista” label released “Soldier”, the fourth Iggy Pop studio album. It was recorded in August 1979, at “Rockfield Studios” in Wales, and was produced by Pat Moran and Thom Panunzio.


  • Iggy Pop – vocals
  • Glen Matlock– bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Ivan Kral– guitar, keyboards
  • Klaus Krüger – drums
  • Steve New– guitar
  • Barry Andrews– keyboards
  • Simple Minds– backing vocals
  • David Bowie– backing vocals
  • Henry McGroggan – chorus
  • Thom Panunzio– mixing
  • Peter Haden – engineering
  • Joe Brescio – mastering
  • Brian Griffin/Rocking Russian – sleeve design

Track listing:

  1. Loco Mosquito – Iggy Pop
  2. Ambition – Glen Matlock
  3. Knockin’ Em Down (In the City) – Iggy Pop
  4. Play It Safe – David Bowie, Iggy Pop
  5. Get Up and Get Out – Iggy Pop
  6. Dynamite – Glen Matlock, Iggy Pop
  7. Dog Foot – Iggy Pop
  8. I Need More – Glen Matlock, Iggy Pop
  9. Take Care of Me – Glen Matlock, Iggy Pop
  10. I’m a Conservative – Iggy Pop
  11. I Snub You – Barry Andrews, Iggy Pop



On September 5, 1980.


On September 5, 1980, “Beggars Banquet” label released “Telekon”, the fourth Gary Numan studio album. It was recorded in 1980, at “Rock City Studios” in Shepperton and “Matrix Studios” in London, and was produced by Gary Numan.


  • Gary Numan– vocals, Minimoog, Polymoog, ARP Pro Soloist, Roland Jupiter-4, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Yamaha CP-30, Roland CR-78,  Synare,  guitar, piano, Minibass
  • Paul Gardiner– bass, backing vocals
  • Cedric Sharpley– drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Payne– viola, piano, Minimoog, Polymoog, backing vocals
  • Russell Bell– guitars, violin, claves, backing vocals
  • Denis Haines– Prophet-5, piano, ARP Pro Soloist, Yamaha CP-30, whistle, backing vocals
  • John Webb, James Freud, Simple Minds– handclaps

Track listing:

All tracks by Gary Numan except  “Trois Gymnopédies (First Movement)”, a composition by Erik Satie.

  1. This Wreckage
  2. The Aircrash Bureau
  3. Telekon
  4. Remind Me to Smile
  5. Sleep by Windows
  6. I’m an Angel
  7. I Dream of Wires
  8. Remember I Was Vapour
  9. Please Push No More
  10. The Joy Circuit


On May 8, 1989.

Street Fighting

On May 8, 1989, “A&M” label released “Street Fighting Years”, the eighth Simple Minds album. It was recorded March 1988 – March 1989, and was produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charlie Burchill– acoustic & electric guitars
  • Mick MacNeil– piano, accordion, keyboards
  • John Giblin– fretted and fretless bass guitar
  • Stephen Lipson– bass guitar
  • Mel Gaynor– drums
  • Manu Katché– drums
  • Stewart Copeland- drums
  • Lou Reed– vocals
  • Lisa Germano– violin
  • Lorna Bannon – backing vocals
  • Maureen Kerr – penny whistle, bodhran
  • Sidney Thiam, Abdul M’boup, Leroy Williams – percussion
  • William Lithgow, Sheena McKenzie – cellos
  • Roger Sharp – bagpipes
  • John Altman– orchestral arrangements
  • Dougie Cowan – technical master
  • Robin Hancock – engineer
  • Guido Harari – photography
  • Simon Heyworth – mastering
  • Paul Kerr – logistics
  • Stephen Lewis – talking
  • Bob Ludwig– mastering
  • Heff Moraes – engineer
  • Martin Plant – assistant engineer
  • Steve Ralbovsky – talking
  • Willie P. Richardson – talking
  • Danton Supple – assistant engineer
  • Jane Ventom – coordination
  • Gary Wathen – talking

Track listing:

All tracks by Simple Minds except where noted.

  1. Street Fighting Years
  2. Soul Crying Out
  3. Wall of Love
  4. This is Your Land
  5. Take a Step Back
  6. Kick it In
  7. Let It All Come Down – Simple Minds, John Giblin
  8. Mandela Day
  9. Belfast Child – traditional, Simple Minds
  10. Biko – Peter Gabriel


On April 1, 1979.

Life in a Day

On April 1, 1979, “Zoom” label released “Life in a Day”, the debut Simple Minds album. It was recorded December 1978 – January 1979, at “Rolling Stones Mobile”, “Abbey Road Studios”,”Townhouse” in London, and was produced by John Leckie.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charles Burchill– guitar, violin, vocals
  • Derek Forbes– bass, vocals
  • Brian McGee– drums, percussion, vocals
  • Michael MacNeil– keyboards, vocals

Track listing:

All lyrics by Jim Kerr, all music by Charles Burchill and Jim Kerr.

  1. Someone
  2. Life in a Day
  3. Sad Affair
  4. All for You
  5. Pleasantly Disturbed
  6. No Cure
  7. Chelsea Girl
  8. Wasteland
  9. Destiny
  10. Murder Story


On February 7, 1995.

Simple Minds-Goodnews

On February 7, 1995, “Virgin” label released “Good News from the Next World” the tenth Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded in 1994, at “Bonnie Wee Studios” in Scotland. “Windmill Lane” in Dublin,  “Westlake & Track Records” in Los Angeles and was produced by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Keith Forsey.


  • Jim Kerr – vocals
  • Charlie Burchill – guitars, keyboards
  • Mark Browne,Malcolm Foster, Marcus Miller, Lance Morrison – bass
  • Mark Schulman, Tal Bergman, Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
  • Stefani Spruill, Pat Hodges, Maxann Lewis, Julia Walters – backing vocals
  • Stylorouge – design, art direction
  • David Scheinmann – band photography
  • Rob O’Conner, Stuart MacKenzie – textual photography

Track listing:

.All tracks by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill.

  1. She’s a River
  2. Night Music
  3. Hypnotised
  4. Great Leap Forward
  5. 7 Deadly Sins
  6. And the Band Played On
  7. My Life
  8. Criminal World
  9. This Time

On February 6, 1984.

Simple_minds-Sparkle in the Rain

On February 6, 1984, “Virgin” label released “Sparkle in the Rain”, the sixth Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded September – October 1983, at “Monnow Valley Studio” in Rockfield, and “The Town House” in London, and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in the UK by the “BPI.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charlie Burchill– acoustic and electric guitars
  • Derek Forbes– bass, vocals
  • Mel Gaynor– drums, vocals
  • Mick MacNeil– keyboards, vocals
  • Kirsty MacColl– voice

Track listing:

All tracks by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Mel Gaynor and Mick MacNeil, except where noted..

  1. Up on the Catwalk
  2. Book of Brilliant Things
  3. Speed Your Love to Me
  4. Waterfront
  5. East at Easter
  6. Street Hassle
  7. White Hot Day
  8. ‘C’ Moon Cry Like a Baby
  9. The Kick Inside of Me
  10. Shake Off the Ghosts