Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band. They formed in Glasgow in 1977 and became the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s.
Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Sparkle In The Rain
Label: Virgin Records
Sparkle in the Rain is the sixth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds
In less than four years, Simple Minds produced and progressed like few other bands. They released six albums, including a pair of nervy post-punk classics in Real to Real Cacophony and Empires and Dance, as well as the lavish “new pop” triumph New Gold Dream. Their audience expanded, and dates opening for the likes of U2 and the Police placed them in stadiums. The band’s sound naturally became less subtle. For Sparkle in the Rain, they sought U2 producer Steve Lillywhite, whose approach helped shape their performances into a forceful, direct set of commercial rock designed to shake nosebleed seats. Despite frontman Jim Kerr‘s vaguest gesturing and most voluble bellowing to that point, the move worked. The pounding “Waterfront,” hurtling “Speed Your Love to Me,” and gleaming “Up on the Catwalk,” the album’s singles, all reached the Top 30 in the U.K., and by the end of the year, the band was headlining North American hockey arenas and amphitheaters. Apart from the brawling “The Kick Inside of Me,” which contains one of Kerr‘s least tethered turns, none of the album cuts matches the urgency heard in the singles. Relatively restrained moments, such as the absurdly titled “‘C’ Moon Cry Like a Baby” (“Could this be something we don’t understand,” indeed), resemble stiff stabs at re-creating tense drama akin to the tail end of New Gold Dream.
Sparkle in the Rain is a generally rock-oriented album, a departure from the new wave aesthetic of its critically acclaimed predecessor New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84). Kerr, before its release, described the forthcoming Sparkle in the Rain as an “art record—art without tears with masses of muscle”. The band’s new drummer Mel Gaynor, who had contributed for some tracks on the previous record, agreed on the album’s aggressiveness: “On this album I’m getting a few of my ideas across, not only in the drumming field but in other fields as well. It’s a lot different from New Gold Dream, both sound-wise and material-wise. The last one was very smooth, very polished. This album’s got a bit more dirt in it.” Regarding the role of producer Steve Lillywhite, Brian Hogg wrote that Sparkle in the Rain “captured the bravura of their in-concert sound” and Lillywhite “introduced a dynamic, often contrasting, perspective quite unlike the panoramic standpoint of its predecessor, but there was no denying the resultant brash excitement.” Adam Sweeting described how, during the recording process of “Up on the Catwalk”, “Forbes and Gaynor had combined to create a steamrolling rhythm track which came hammering out of the opening chorus like a runaway train.”
1. Up On The Catwalk (4:45)
2. Book Of Brilliant Things (4:21)
3. Speed Your Love To Me (4:24)
4. Waterfront (7:26)
5. East At Easter (3:32)
1. Street Hassle (5:14)
2. White Hot Day (4:32)
3. “C” Moon Cry Like A Baby (4:19)
4. The Kick Inside Of Me (4:48)
5. Shake Off The Ghosts (3:57)
Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour.
Artist: Simple Minds
Title: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Label: Virgin Records
New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) is the fifth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. The album was released in September 1982 by record label Virgin, and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe.
This album harks the darker side of the band’s musicianship, and such material alludes to their forthcoming pop-stadium sound which hurled them into rock mainstream during the latter part of the ’80s. They were still honing their artistic rowdiness, and Kerr‘s pursuing vocals were still hiding. But Simple Minds‘ skill of tapping into internal emotion is profound on songs such as “Someone, Somewhere in Summertime” and the album’s title track. But the dance-oriented tracks like “Promised You a Miracle” and “Glittering Prize” are lushly layered in deep electronic beats — it was only a matter of time for Simple Minds to expound upon such musical creativity which made them a household favorite through the 1980s.
The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
1. Someone, Somewhere in Summertime (4:36)
2. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel (3:49)
3. Promised You A Miracle (4:28)
4. Big Sleep (5:00)
5. Somebody Up There Likes You (5:02)
1. New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) (5:39)
2. Glittering Prize (4:33)
3. Hunter and the Hunted (5:55)
4. King Is White and in the Crowd (7:00)