Milestones — September 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr reflects on 30th anniversary of ‘New Gold Dream’

Thirty years ago today, Simple Minds released their fifth studio album, New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84), considered by many to be the band’s commercial turning point after it hit No. 3 on the U.K. charts on the back of singles such as “Promised You a Miracle,” “Glittering Prize” and “Someone, Somewhere in Summertime.”

Frontman Jim Kerr took to the band’s website this week to share his thoughts on the anniversary, noting that New Gold Dream will “always be a little ‘sacred’ to all of us who worked on it.”

He wrote:


Anniversary – New Gold Dream
Sept. 12, 2012

This week, September 13th to be precise, sees the 30th anniversary of the release of our “breakthrough album” New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84. Both critically and commercially the album achieved a combined success in the UK and paved the way for much bigger success internationally throughout the following years.

Still the favourite album for many of those who have tuned into our recordings, NGD will also always be a little “sacred” to all of us who worked on it. Hard to say why, but I guarantee that is just the way it is. In all honestly, I cannot recall the actual day of release but I am almost certain that we would have been busy with promotional activities while also starting to prepare for our second visit to Australia, and our first to New Zealand.

Back then we could never have imagined what life would be like six months in advance – nevermind a whole 30 years. Life was lived in and for the moment back then, still how it is actually. Many will point out of course, how so many things have changed with the band since then. Rightly so.

Keeping the creative heartbeat going throughout it all has not been easy at all. But we would never have wished things to be any way other than how it was. How could we? It’s been a blast after all. The rewards have also been beyond our dreams. The biggest reward being the friendships and camaraderie that has flourished throughout.

Then again how much has really changed in essence. This last summer we played many more gigs than we did that summer 30 years ago. This summer we also spent as much time recording and writing as we did that summer back then. And finally, 30 years ago as already mentioned, we were preparing to visit Australia and New Zealand. Well, guess what? This morning we just spent an hour or so discussing which songs we would be playing in our upcoming tour of – Australia and New Zealand. Evidentially then, everything changes while everything stays the same.

But back to NGD itself. While I may not recall the day of release, I do recall the excitement leading up to it. The young audiences that were packing out those clubs and theatres we were then playing were already making us feel very special, driving us on with quite ecstatic responses night after night. More than that I recall the days in the studio spent making NGD. They were brilliant days indeed.

Jim Kerr






  1. It would be nice if they released SACD Hybrid versions (SACD 5.1 mixes) of their catalog. This title especially.

  2. It would be amazing if you guys would come to America again. You have loads of heartfelt fans old and new. In fact, my 10 year old son loves “Hunter and the Hunted” and would blow his mind to see you guys live. Unfortunately a tix to Europe is not in the cards anytime soon.

  3. For New Gold Dream, the SACD has been released in 2003.

  4. I saw the simple minds when I was super young (7th or 8th grade)in Berkeley, CA at the greek theater. Must have been 1985 or 1986. I really hadn’t even seen many concerts and I didn’t have a ticket and it was sold out. after a few hours of thinking I might not get in someone ended up selling me a ticket in the inner circle down in front. I think once upon a time was new at the time. After that I dug deeper into their music and must have listened to New Gold Dream on my walkman at least 200 times. Still love it. it would be fun to go see them again. looks like they are touring in Germany now. If only I could get to Germany…

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