Simple Minds

1977-
Jim KerrLead vocals1977-
Charlie BurchillGuitar, keys1977-
Ged GrimesBass2010-
Cherisse OseiDrums2017-
Mick MacNeilKeys1978-1990
John GiblinBass1985-1989
Eddy DuffyBass1999-2010
Mel GaynorDrums1982-2016
Andy GillespieKeys2002-2016
Catherine ADKeys2017-
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  • Simple Minds took their name from the line "He's so simple minded he can't drive his module" in David Bowie's "The Jean Genie."
  • Frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill have known each other since they were eight years old. They are both founder members of Simple Minds and the band's chief songwriters.
  • Jim Kerr married Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders, in 1984 and, following their divorce in 1990, he wed actress Patsy Kensit in 1992. They divorced in 1996.
  • At the time of their hits "Waterfront" and Promised You a Miracle", Jim Kerr was still living in a council flat in a Glasgow high-rise.
  • Jim Kerr told us about his songwriting partnership with Charlie Burchill.

    "Charlie and I can work anywhere. In the old days we'd go to the rehearsal room and knock things around and stuff. Now I can be on the other side of the world, Charlie will send me an MP3, and say, 'I was messing around with this last night.' And I can have something back to him from the other side of the world, and say, 'Actually, it made me think of this kind of melody.' That's happened.

    But we still do it the old way, as well. We still get in a room together and he'll say, 'Yeah, I've got these.' Maybe we haven't seen each other for a couple of months. He'll say, 'I've got about a half dozen ideas.' Some of them might be fully formed, others will be a spark. And usually, I'll have a few things in my notebook that will match the atmosphere of what he's been doing."
  • Charlie Burchill's nephew Mark Burchill is a former professional football player who was capped six times for the Scotland national team.
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