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PINK FLOYD/ANIMALS - ONE OF THESE DAYS/WATERFRONT :

Often think about Pink Floyd as we make our way to and from the Battersea studio that we have used on and off over the last 7 years.

The main reason being the sight of the iconic, now long decommissioned Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the river Thames, made even more famous as a result of featuring on the sleeve design of Floyd's "Animals" album.

The building still has an amazing presence, casting shadow over the surrounding neighbourhood, likewise Floyd's inspirational music also casts a very long shadow. Few have managed to be that good!

For that reason, as with the Bowie and the recent Stones exhibitions, I really look forward to seeing this. www.theguardian.com/music/2016/aug/06/pink-floyd-v-and-a-exhibition

Favourite Floyd songs? 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play" - as I particularly liked - early Syd Barratt's version.

I also like 'One Of These Days' immensely.

Quite a few have asked if our song Waterfront took inspiration from the style of that track?
I don't think so. It is more a blues/boogie...than symphonic anthem, but I can see why it has been asked.

Only Derek Forbes would know really, essentially it was his tune. JK
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PINK FLOYD/ANIMALS - ONE OF THESE DAYS/WATERFRONT :

Often think about Pink Floyd as we make our way to and from the Battersea studio that we have used on and off over the last 7 years.

 The main reason being the sight of the iconic, now long decommissioned Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the river Thames, made even more famous as a result of featuring on the sleeve design of Floyds Animals album. 

The building still has an  amazing presence, casting shadow over the surrounding neighbourhood, likewise Floyds inspirational music also casts a very long shadow. Few have managed to be that good!

For that reason, as with the Bowie and the recent Stones exhibitions, I really look forward to seeing this. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/aug/06/pink-floyd-v-and-a-exhibition

Favourite Floyd songs?  Arnold Layne and See Emily Play -  as I particularly liked - early Syd Barratts version.

I  also like One Of These Days immensely. 

Quite a few have asked if our song Waterfront took inspiration from the style of that track?
I dont think so. It is more a blues/boogie...than symphonic anthem, but I can see why it has been asked. 

Only Derek Forbes would know really, essentially it was his tune. JK

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Chris BlainI like to think of you as a Londoner Jim.

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Thomas JohnsonIt's a iconic feeling over this building. A sense of a parallel magic music world. As important as your own music become to me under the last 25 years , as important Pink Floyd are in describing life and people and all our behaviors. Understand the impact of these place and surroundings to you and your recordings ! Don't underestimate the power of good architecture... :)

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Tim CottonIs it not 'One of these Days' (from the Meddle album) that people compare the waterfront baseline to? I read in Guy Pratt's (Floyd touring bassist) book that when playing OotD live, they'd throw the Waterfront riff in for fun.

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Jason ParkesI always thought that bassline from One of These Days... wasn't a million miles away from Third Uncle by Eno. I do love a Forbes-bassline.... I'll go to this exhibition as I quite dig the Floyd. I did think parts of Street Fighting Years sound how PF should have in the 1980's. I'm thinking of the title track, Soul Crying Out, and Let It Come Down. Must be the epic music for stadiums thing? I favour the Syd-stuff, but other PF-faves are Pigs (Three Different Ones), Sorrow, Hey You, Wish You Were Here, Brain Damage/Eclipse, Echoes and Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun....

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Kristofer von WachenfeldtI have always thought that Floyds "one of these days" and "waterfront" are quite similar. Perhaps the bass intro. Great songs!

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Nick HelfrichI suspect JK that a lot of Minds fans are also Floyd fans like myself. Difficult to think of many tracks I don't like of theirs, loved the fact that 'Obscured by clouds' has been used often in your own warm up tracks!

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Tim Cotton"Gary (percussionist) and I would throw in the "ba-bang' chord from SM Waterfront seeing as it was essentially the same riff - glorious fun" is the quote from his book.

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Lawrence LoweGo past it so often on the train, but to be honest have a look at London whilst commuting on a train and you start to understand what a fab city it is. As for fans! Let's face it, the most educated musical fans in the world, due to the huge amounts of opportunities to hear so many diverse bands. Pink Floyd? Yep I like em, but I am no expert in their back catalogue. So many cities in the UK are pretty brill tbo

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Larelle Priptona ReadI love Bowie's version of See Emily Play on Pin-Ups. Wasn't familiar with much earlier Floyd before that. I remember thinking once I had a copy of Darkside Of The Moon in my hands it would be a good idea to be suitably "under the influence" of a certain substance. Bad idea! On The Run STILL freaks me out to this day! Lol

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David RichardsonKeyboard solo in hunter and the hunted reminds of pink floyd?

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Denniz Sjöblom"Sonic architects" - Gilmour and Charlie Burchill. Even latter-day Gilmour is quite worthwhile if not essential.

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Ben VosThanks, jim, that's interesting. I always thought what inspired Waterfront is Mel's early drum interpretation on Celebrate, which I have heared on a bootleg from one of your gigs late 1982, the drum pattern there is exactly the same as on Waterfront. Indeed, Derek would know the answer. Pink Floyd's one of these days also reminds me strongly on Waterfront, especially when you listen to the live version on Delicate Sound of Thunder. Good stuff, pleased to know you like Pink Floyd so much!

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Tracy Drenic"Another brick in the wall!" I can remember when going to stay at my friends house a few times as a teenager, and we use to catch the train up into London, passing the power station, it's always fascinated me as a building, just so large and impressionable!

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Kerry WatsonLooking forward to the V&A exhibition, especially if it is going to be anything like David Bowie is, wonder if the pigs will be there - loved seeing Floyd at Earls Court in 94, One of These Days was a highlight. JK not sure if you have a double, as could have sworn I seen you in a small cafe in central Scotland today!

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Serge ChoquetI particulary appreciate the atmospheric mood of "Learning To Fly". I guess you like it too Jim and I imagine a cover with Charlie's guitar, waouw !

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Marco FabbriSpeaking about Derek Forbes....I have recently find out that he released an album with unreleased SM tracks.... . Even more curiously, he wrote this on his web site: "Eleven tracks from my time with Simple Minds...The band I never left!" .

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Liz JohnsonJust booked tickets for the exhibition, if the Bowie one in 2013 was anything to go by this will be epic! Thanks for the heads up Jim!

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John MelvBoth great bands .saw simple minds in Glasgow Jim Kerr accidentally dropped the microphone. Picked it up and made a joke of it..crowd loved it. Great performers. .

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Robert Anthony Durrant'Atom Heart Mother'..Had this for years and still have no idea what this album is all about 😃

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Rob JohnsonCan we have more videos like the recent ones with Pete Walsh? I would love to hear waterfront stripped down.

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Colin WrightPink Floyd are the greatest band of all time in my humble opinion..Simple Minds are a very close 2nd

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Tim CheatleDerek you can answer this one best according to Jim :)

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Dayna LeeI think those were in the Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. video too. :-)

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Nigel WilliamsWelcome to the machine! An inspirational track for sure! Possible influence for the sequencing on Waterfront?

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Liz JohnsonIt's a beautiful building, I always look out for it on the way into Waterloo on the train

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THANK YOU FOR SENDING ME AN ANGEL - TALKING HEADS

Thinking about Australia and New Zealand, particularly some of the truly great past gigs that happened while we were there. Appearing with Pretenders, Eurythmics and the quite incredible Talking Heads will always stand out among an abundance of great memories. JK

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THANK YOU FOR SENDING ME AN ANGEL - TALKING HEADS

Thinking about Australia and New Zealand, particularly some of the truly great past gigs that happened while we were there. Appearing with Pretenders, Eurythmics and the quite incredible Talking Heads will always stand out among an abundance of great memories. JK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8xfUXS1uI0

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Allyson ShellyBurning down the House....!!

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Tim KlauDon't forget the INXS/Simple Minds/Arrested Development tour down under back in 2007 - wonderful memories. So looking forward to next February now... flights/tickets etc are sorted.

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Zena ArchibaldSaw Simple Minds support Flowers (icehouse) then tracked the band to The Jump Club, Collingwood, I remember being so excited we were dancing in front of the stage just a normal pub gig, love you long time

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Roy Penningtonjust booked to see simple minds in Brisbane, UB40 have just announced a tour of oz,that would have been a great line-up on the same stage (sorry,but not a fan of the B52,s)

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Craig MaclaineOne of my Favourites was Mainstreet Cabaret, Auckland NZ Oct 82, The bouncers did their best to stop us dancing on the tabletops.

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Harry WilliamsThose early days were very special indeed JK, but it was very much a two-way street. Can't wait to catch up with you guys when you roll into Melbourne.

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Alison Atkinson RobbSweetwaters south in Christchurch, was just a wee youngun. :-)

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Dave AustinTickets booked a couple of hours ago for the Auckland show at Vector Arena. Now for the long wait... been waiting thirty five years, what's another six months!

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Juliana SmithI saw the show in Melbourne with Simple Minds and Eurythmics. Excellent. Sadly missed the Pretenders and Talking Heads show. I've seen Pretenders at other times but never did get to see Talking Heads :-(.

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Marty LeachSweetwaters - still ranks as the best gig I have ever been too - Simple Minds killed it & Talking Heads and Pretenders were at the top of their game!

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Ally LouiseMy boss dances just the way David Byrne dances. Love it, and great great band, *sigh* same as it ever was....

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Paul ChallisFrom memory the indoor gigs in Australia were arranged at the last minute due to the outdoor music fest near Gosford being washed-out.

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Paul CullenDavid Byrne from . Dumbarton im sure God we've produced some talent over the years Frankie Miller Stuart Adamson Billy McKenzie the list goes on I think we would do well in the singing Olympics JK

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Paul ChallisWas at the same show at the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre Juliana. The support to Simple Minds and Eurhythmics was the old Melbourne band Beargarden.

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Greg Aufc Rfc MckellarSM and talking heads now that would have been some gig.....

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Hugo ZaramellaWhat an amazing night that was..Melb.,Eurythmics and you guys,winning tickets from a comp I don't recall entering set the scene,3rd row first concert,6 friends that still are,know people who saw all of you at Nararra.. still talk about it.

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Adriana MussolinGreat music indeed 😊 ..take me to the river reminds me some of your brilliant performances of the past Jim...according to another of your awesome covers (Gloria) is vam Morrison's birthday today ... ciao ciao angel. Adri

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Anthony-Kathleen LearyThat trip holds memories of such an exciting time. I saw the band at their pub gig at Selinas Coogee Bay Hotel Sydney. Packed to the rafters and hot as an oven. I still remember it vividly. Robert Plant up in the VIP area as well grooving away I think as he was part of that Narara tour. Such a great night.

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Mark AnthonyAre we going to hear Belfast Child again live on this tour??? Its been to long 89 Street Fighting Years tour was the last time. 😜😜😜😜

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Larelle Priptona ReadWish I could have a memory of a Minds gig in Oz! :-(( Goddamn this timing! If it had been February THIS YEAR! 😩

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Sue MezzaliraWhat about the tour with Devo? You seem to have forgotten that one?

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Craig HetheringtonWoo hoo was there on the central coast of new south wakes what a hoot it was ...

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Peter BollandCan't wait for Feb gig in Sydney hope their is some great merchandise hope you don't put The B52s on your T Shirts can't stand them

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Nick HelfrichLove a bit of talking heads!

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Julie RobertsThis was my first big concert, I was around 12. Great memories xxx

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‘Midnight Walking’ is directed by Roger Sargent and taken from Simple Minds latest album ‘BIG MUSIC‘ out now. Having just completed a major European and UK tour, the band are currently writing and recording their 17th Studio Album.

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Oct
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Sat
2016
Zurich – Zermatt Unplugged 2016
Oct 29 all-day

Simple Minds will play a special acoustic show at Kaufleuten in Zurich as part of the Zermatt Unplugged 2016 festival. Tickets will be available from 12:00 CET on Thursday 14th July.

 

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“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at Simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed”
Simple Minds

Nov
24
Thu
2016
Luxembourg – Night of the Proms 2016
Nov 24 all-day
Luxembourg	- Night of the Proms 2016 @ D’Coque Arena | Luxembourg

Jim and Charlie will perform a set of classic Simple Minds songs with a full orchestra and production around Europe as part of ‘Night Of The Proms’

 

TICKETS HERE

 

“Night of the Proms is one of the most visited and most attractive musical events in Belgium and in Europe. It takes the audience on a journey through rousing and familiar classical repertoire, timeless pop classics, sing-along tunes and get-up-and-dance music, all of this backed by a mind-blowing visual and aural setting. The regular Night of the Proms orchestra Il Novecento conducted by Robert Groslot, a choir and an Electric Band lead by John ‘Music’ Miles play music from the last three centuries in such a joyful manner and with such verve, that everybody is carried away by their delightful performances. The orchestra will accompany international pop artists who enrapture the very lively audience with their greatest hits.”

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed”
Simple Minds

Nov
25
Fri
2016
Mannheim – Night of the Proms 2016
Nov 25 all-day
Mannheim - Night of the Proms 2016 @ SAP Arena | Mannheim | Baden-Württemberg | Germany

Jim and Charlie will perform a set of classic Simple Minds songs with a full orchestra and production around Europe as part of ‘Night Of The Proms’

 

TICKETS HERE

 

“Night of the Proms is one of the most visited and most attractive musical events in Belgium and in Europe. It takes the audience on a journey through rousing and familiar classical repertoire, timeless pop classics, sing-along tunes and get-up-and-dance music, all of this backed by a mind-blowing visual and aural setting. The regular Night of the Proms orchestra Il Novecento conducted by Robert Groslot, a choir and an Electric Band lead by John ‘Music’ Miles play music from the last three centuries in such a joyful manner and with such verve, that everybody is carried away by their delightful performances. The orchestra will accompany international pop artists who enrapture the very lively audience with their greatest hits.”

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed”
Simple Minds

Nov
26
Sat
2016
Dortmund – Night of the Proms 2016
Nov 26 all-day
Dortmund - Night of the Proms 2016 @ Westfalenhalle | Dortmund | North Rhine-Westphalia | Germany

Jim and Charlie will perform a set of classic Simple Minds songs with a full orchestra and production around Europe as part of ‘Night Of The Proms’

 

TICKETS HERE

 

“Night of the Proms is one of the most visited and most attractive musical events in Belgium and in Europe. It takes the audience on a journey through rousing and familiar classical repertoire, timeless pop classics, sing-along tunes and get-up-and-dance music, all of this backed by a mind-blowing visual and aural setting. The regular Night of the Proms orchestra Il Novecento conducted by Robert Groslot, a choir and an Electric Band lead by John ‘Music’ Miles play music from the last three centuries in such a joyful manner and with such verve, that everybody is carried away by their delightful performances. The orchestra will accompany international pop artists who enrapture the very lively audience with their greatest hits.”

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed”
Simple Minds

Nov
27
Sun
2016
Oberhausen – Night of the Proms 2016
Nov 27 all-day
Oberhausen - Night of the Proms 2016 @ Arena | Oberhausen | North Rhine-Westphalia | Germany

Jim and Charlie will perform a set of classic Simple Minds songs with a full orchestra and production around Europe as part of ‘Night Of The Proms’

 

TICKETS HERE

 

“Night of the Proms is one of the most visited and most attractive musical events in Belgium and in Europe. It takes the audience on a journey through rousing and familiar classical repertoire, timeless pop classics, sing-along tunes and get-up-and-dance music, all of this backed by a mind-blowing visual and aural setting. The regular Night of the Proms orchestra Il Novecento conducted by Robert Groslot, a choir and an Electric Band lead by John ‘Music’ Miles play music from the last three centuries in such a joyful manner and with such verve, that everybody is carried away by their delightful performances. The orchestra will accompany international pop artists who enrapture the very lively audience with their greatest hits.”

 

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