Jim Kerr (Simple Minds)

Jim Kerr, the singer songwiter and keyboard player with Scottish rock band Simple Minds, was born 9th July 1959. Simple minds achieved worldwide popularity from the mid-1980s to the 1990s and are best known for the songs “Don’t You (Forget About me)”, from the soundtrack o theJohn Hughes film The BreakfastClub, “Alive and Kicking” and”Belfast Child”. The band has sold more than 60 million albums since 1979. In 1982 the band’s single “Promised You a Miracle” and the album New God Dream (81–82–83–84). were released, containing the songs “Promised You a Miracle”, “Colours Fly, “Somene Somewhere in Summertime”, “Glittering Prize and Catherine Wheel”  In February 1984, Sparkle in the Rain, was released  containg Waterfront, “Speed Your Love to Me” and “Up on the Catwalk”.

However Despite the band’s new-found popularity in the UK and Europe, they remained unknown in the U.S. until the film The Breakfast Club, where Simple Minds were offered the song ‘Don’t You (Forget About me) whoch  broke them  into the US market almost overnight,In 1988 Simple Minds  signed up for Mandela Day, a concert held at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, as an expression of solidarity with the then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela. Bands involved were asked to produce a song especially for the event – Simple Minds was the only act which actually produced one. This was “Mandela Day”, which the band played live on the day (alongside cover versions of “Sun City” with Little Steven and a cover version of Peter Gabriel’s “Biko” on which Gabriel himself took on lead vocals). “Mandela Day” was released on the Ballad Of The Streets EP, Another EP track, “Belfast Child”, was a rewrite of the Celtic folk song “She Moved Through the Fair” (with new lyrics written about the ongoing war in Northern Ireland) and was also an expression of Simple Mind’s support for the campaign for the release of Beirut-held hostage Brian Keenan.

Simple Minds’ next album,  Street Fighting Years  maintained the band’s growing sense of scale but moved away from the American soul and gospel influences of Once Upon a Time in favour of rock oriented  acoustic and folk music-related ingredients. The lyrics were also more directly political  covering topics including the Poll Tax, the Soweto townships, the Berlin Wall and the stationing of nuclear submarines on the Scottish coast.  Simple Minds then recorded  Once Upon a Time which included : “Alive & Kicking”, “Sanctify Yourself”, “Ghostdancing” and “All the Things She Said”. In 1991, Simple Minds returned with , Real Life which included the songs  ”See the Lights” They then released the compilation album Glittering Prize in 1992. Simple Minds released the album  Good News from the Next World including the songs “She’s a River” and “Hypnotised”. In 1997 Kerr and Burchill played live as part of the Proms tour and played orchestral versions of “Alive And Kicking”, “Belfast Child” and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” backed by a full orchestra then began working on a brand new Simple Minds album called Cry. Then A 2-CD compilation, The Best of Simple Minds, was released soon afterwards to continue to build commercial momentum.

In 2003 Seen The Lights – A Visual History, the first-ever Simple Minds commercial (double) DVD, was releasd, featuring over four hours and twenty minutes of archive footage plus the majority of the band’s promotional videos. Then In 2004, Simple Minds released a five-CD compilation entitled Silver Box which.  comprised previously unreleased demos, radio & TV sessions and various live recordings from 1979 to 1995, and included the long-delayed Our Secrets Are the Same In 2005, Simple Minds released their fourteenth studio album, Black & White 050505, and 2007 saw the band’s 30th anniversary, and a brief tour of Australia & New Zealand as guests of INXS.Simple Minds played the 90th birthday tribute to Nelson Mandela on 27 June 2008 in London’s Hyde Park. The band then undertook a short tour throughout the UK to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

SIMPLE MINDS GREATEST HITS http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Xo73N23PJUw


Simple Minds next album, Graffiti Soul, was released on 25 May 2009. Jim Kerr also recorded and released his first solo album Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr on 17 May 2010 under the name “Lostboy! AKA”.During 2011, Simple Minds embarked on the ‘Greatest Hits Forest Tour’, playing a series of seven dates in woodland locations of England, as part of Forestry Commission Live Music they also visited , Belgium, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Gibraltar, Belgrade, Serbia IREland and  Bad Harzburg. A Simple Minds X5 box set has also been released featuring the 5 first albums over 6 discs, Life in a Day, Real to Real Cacophony, Empires and Dance, Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call and New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) ( as well as bonus material on each disc including rare and previously unavailable CD, B-sides and remixes).

Common household frustrations

According to a survey o f 2,000 adults conducted by Skipton Building Society, Some of the most common household frustrations are forgetting to put the bins out and unloading the washing machine to find clothes covered in bits of tissue. Pushy salesmen, spam emails and having to deal with foreign call centres have also topped a poll of Britain’s biggest modern life ‘bugbears’.Other irritants include having to stand on the train, being bombarded with messages about mis-sold PPI policies and deliveries getting lost in the post.Losing the remote control, breaking a nail and missing the train also appear on the top 50 list. Some would argue that pointless survey’s telling us what we suspected already  are also abit irritating.

However There are a number of ways of making you feel better and generally cheering up your day: when dealing with Pushy salesmen / pressure selling: Get them to spend as much time as you can explaining their deal (pretend you just plain stupid or don’t understand what they are saying). As they think they are (eventually) about to close a deal tell them you are not interested and only getting you own back for taking up your time. If you are dealing with Telephone sales calls: Impersonate Manuel from Fawlty Towers. or Tell them you are very interested and ask them to please hold on as you want to switch off the kettle. Put the phone on the table and don’t come back.

  • High Pressure selling
  • Spam emails
  • Pushy salespeople
  • Foreign call centres
  • Being put on hold
  • Dog mess on the pavement
  • Potholes
  • PPI texts
  • Drivers who take up two parking spaces
  • Getting stuck behind slow driver


Andrew Fletcher (Depeche Mode)

Andrew Fletcher, English vocalist and synth and bass player  wrth  Electoronc Synth band Depeche Mode was born 8th july 1961.Depeche Mode were formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards) and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter 1980–81). Vince Clarke left the band after the release of their 1981 debut album, Speak & Spell, and was replaced by Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) with Gore taking over songwriting. Wilder left the band in 1995 and since then Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher have continued as a trio.

DEPECHE MODE http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=_nQcOFO_lYs

Martin Gore is also currently pursuing a collaboration with Vince Clarke on the Album VCMG-Ssss.Depeche Mode have had 48 songs in the UK Singles Chart including “Enjoy the Silence” “Policy of Truth” “Personal Jesus“  “World in My Eyes””Never Let Me Down Again” and “Walking in My Shoes” twelve top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at #1. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode “The most popular electronic band the world has ever known” and included the band in the list of the “50 Bands That Changed The World!”. In 2010 Depeche Mode were ranked No. 98 on VH1′s list of the “100 greatest artists of all time”.