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Jim Kerr's Simple Minds
Jim Kerr in the Breakfast studio
Watch our interview with Simple Minds' Jim Kerr
It's hard to believe that Simple Minds have been around the music scene for nearly three decades.

But after a three year break, Jim Kerr and the band are back with a new album and single.

They may be hoping to capture a new breed of fans.

But to die-hard followers, Simple Minds will probably be best remembered for its 1985 number one "Don't You (Forget About Me)".

  • Simple Minds' Jim Kerr came into the Breakfast studio on Friday morning, to tell us about their new album

    Simple Minds caught the imagination of music lovers with its distinctive sound of the 80s.

    Key Facts: Simple Minds
    Jim Kerr
    Worldwide sales: 30 million
    Top Ten UK albums: eight
    Albums straight to number one in the UK: five
    UK Top Ten singles: seven

    UK music was moving into a new post punk phase, and Jim Kerr's band were influenced by Roxy Music, but grew in stature and sound to rival the likes of Ireland's U2.

    They were voted best live act by Q magazine.


    "We wanted to make an album once again that was full of dramatic and atmospheric pop music", says the band's front-man and founder Kerr.

    "We felt that we needed an album that proved as much to ourselves as anyone else, that the big beating heart of Simple Minds was very much alive...".

  • Simple Minds return to the music scene after a three year break with a new single: Home. released on 5 September. The band's new album: Black and White 050505, comes out on 12 September

    Breakfast's interview with Jim Kerr
    "We enjoyed every minute of it in the 80s"

    BBC Breakfast


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