I’m sure you all get into an artist kick now and again. I know I do. And somehow it just happens that you hear a song on the radio, or just miss a band, or even, have a song just POP in there. The next thing you realize is that you’re going through all the music that you own, or the ones that you favor of any band or artist. Sometimes, all it takes is just a snippet of a tune to set you off.
Today, it’s Simple Minds for me. I happen to be searching through my meager digital collection on my laptop, and saw a track from the band. The song crept in my mind until I had to go and get the albums to play.
Now it should be known that I’m a huge Simple Minds fan. From their first album, Life In A Day (1979), I was hooked. And I was more than thrilled to see them getting more recognition after The Breakfast Club launched their “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” song, a non-album track that did very well.
However, I do have favorites. Oddly enough, Once Upon A Time is not one of them even though it is the band’s best-selling album, generating three high-charting singles (“Sanctify Yourself”, “All The Things She Said”, “Alive and Kicking”, and in the UK, “Ghost Dancing”). Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the album. But it had to follow two exemplary and incredible works, 1982’s New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84), and 1984’s Sparkle In The Rain.
The following years also produced great albums although not to most people’s taste. I thought that Street Fighting Years (1989), Real Life (1991), and Good News From the Next World (1995) were not to be missed, and I’m glad I stuck with them. The albums that followed were also good.
But, if I’m going to pull Simple Minds out for a run, it’s going to be New Gold Dreams, and Sparkle In The Rain. The others get played as the mood strikes.
All this little aside got me to wondering what your choices might be if you fell into a Simple Minds mood (if you were a SM fan). OR…if you so choose, perhaps you have a band that you like a few albums from despite a larger catalog of good albums.
In any case, have a great weekend.