Happy Birthday the very talented Scottish musician Charlie Burchill born in Glasgow in 1959.
Charlie joined punk band Johnny & The Self-Abusers with Jim Kerr in 1977, the band played support to rising punk stars Generation X in June that year, they released their only single “Saints and Sinners” in November, but the cracks were already showing and they split on the very same day it was released. Half the band continued and changed their name to a lyric in Bowie’s Gene Genie, Simple Minds
Simple Minds went on to be one of the top groups of the 80’s and have had a dozen top 40 albums, including three number ones. They have also charted all over the world having number ones, here at home, in the USA, Canada, Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands.
As well as providing guitar, Burchill played the violin and saxophone on the band’s first three studio albums and took over most studio keyboard duties following the 1989 departure of Mick MacNeil.
The line up has changed over the years but Burchill and Kerr are the mainstays, they released their 7th live album, Live in the City of Angels last year to document their largest ever North American tour.
Their World Tour this year was cut short due to covid, with over 40 concerts cancelled throughout Europe, New Zealand and Australia, it’s not all bad news for fans though, Kerr has announced the next Simple Minds studio album will be released in 2021 having finished recording in Germany on October 24th.
There must be nothing better than playing to a home crowd, here are the band at then brand new Hydro in Glasgow, on 27th November 2013