Friday, January 09, 2009

Simple Minds

Last night, my wife and I took a trip down memory lane and worked our way through the 50 songs on my 80s playlist on my iPhone. One of the things that struck me was how good the band Simple Minds was.

They came to US notice with their 1985 song, "Don't You Forget About Me," which was on the sound track from the movie, "The Breakfast Club." They followed that song with their album, "Once Upon a Time," which had three big songs on it: "Alive and Kicking," "All the Things She Said," and "Sanctify Yourself" (which I tried to use to argue to my parents that they were a "Christian" band).

The band probably appealed to me for the same reasons that I liked U2 and the Alarm during my teenage years: big anthem songs with big beats and big hair. Still, it was fun to listen to those songs again.


JohnnyB said...

How funny - I've still got them on my iPod as well. They have ALWAYS been one of my favorites from the 80's. What a band - you should also listen to a later song they did "See the Light". There were so many great bands like that. A friend of mine recently said that she knows that there has been some good music made since the early 90's, but she refuses to listen to it until it's at least 20 years old!

Dave Linton said...

Great comments. I am at the point where most of my favorites are in the 30 year old range (Kansas, Clapton, Boston, etc.), so I am trying to convince myself not to listen to any music unless it is at least 100 years old.