Here at PPM, we’re nothing if not responsive to comments and suggestions made on the posts. Back on April 14th, zoo asked if I could recalculate the G.P.A. after removing the live, cover, and Lostboy albums for a more rigid, strictly canonical approach. As I suspected, there isn’t too much difference. The first live album was rates a 1.0 and the second a 4.0, so they almost canceled each other out. The cover album was medium low and the Lostboy album was medium high. Again, equilibrium was maintained with their absence. The G.P.A. comes in a tenth of a point higher at 2.7, but the graph marks an even more precipitous plunge from 1984 to 1989. That is some scary falloff. But there are reasons for it that are brought into sharp relief by the creative decisions made during the mid-80s. If only the band had heeded their own words from their 1981 song “Sweat In Bullet,” for they succinctly outlined the peril the band faced having made their decision to see just how popular they could become in the marketplace.
“Grow in size, Grow in fame, Grow more, Take more, Uncontrollable, Unworkable.” – Sweat In Bullet
Burchill / Forbes / Kerr / MacNeil / McGee © JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Indeed. Words to live by. The book is now closed on Simple Minds. It’s been a long journey, but we are to eat, drink, and be merry. For tomorrow [in a manner of speaking], we move on to the larger world that awaits us after this long-term analysis of one of the most beguiling bands of the Post-Punk era, who were singular among their peers for having slogged through their mutable history without ever breaking up [though they came close in 1999].
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