335. New Gold Dream – Simple Minds

NEW GOLD DREAM (1983)

Simple Minds

Early in the 1980’s as Christian rock fans were holding out hope that Bob Dylan was “still one of us” and that Bono and the boys were for a real a small little band from Scotland appeared with several amazing records to their credit and were about to record a song for a little known filmmaker named John Hughes. But before the explosion that became “Don’t You Forget About Me” the band released a gem of a project called “New Gold Dream.”

Christian radio embraced the band even though there was limited information about the faith of any of the members based solely on the spiritually laced lyrics and an attachment with U2. A Christian bookstore in Southern California began carrying the album (that’s where I bought my first copy) and it charted in CCM Magazine and Billboard Christian charts.

After several European releases that sounded more “techno” than the album in question and with a constant reference point being Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, the band changed direction by infusing more guitar and atmospheric keyboard sound with a more muscular vocal approach by band leader Jim Kerr. This album was the first real introduction the US had to the band and they were immediately labeled as another of the increasing number of “New Romantic” bands with hypnotic, repetitive melodies and other worldly vocals.

The album produced several hits including one that made inroads on to Christian radio called, “Promised You a Miracle.” The spiritual buzz words like “Belief, new life and miracle” set many Christian new wave kids off with excitement and support. The rest of the album continued similar themes as well. One of the most notable is Glittering Prize:

Shine On, Shine the Light on me,
In all of my Life so that much more I see
In the Light of his Love
In the Light of reflection
Oh what a world

Other songs continuing the same themes include Someone, Somewhere in Summertime, Big Sleep and Somebody Up There Likes You. For young Christian kids looking to gravitate toward anything positive and meaningful in its content, Simple Minds was a breath of fresh air and one worth embracing.

I would see them in concert three times including shows with The Call, The Alarm and U2. By the way, that little band from Scotland secretly sold over 40 million albums worldwide during its run!

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  1. paul
    October 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I bought this album at Maranatha Village when it came out and really loved it. I was fortunate to buy a colored vinyl edition that I seem to think might be worth something someday. “Promised you a miracle” was probably my favorite as well, although I like all of the cuts on that album.

  2. December 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    As I have stated before “Glittering Prize” and “Sanctify Yourself” (ESPECIALLY those two) cannot be mistaken other than referring to Christ.

    “Could there ever be,ever more than one (more than ONE savior?)
    called an act love (Jesus dying for our sins was an ACT OF LOVE
    can you never stop?(God will NEVER stop loving us. nothing can change that)

  3. The American
    January 3, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Your answer is here in an interview with Jim Kerr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9yByGFAy2U

  4. Christopher Harper
    May 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

    @The American yeah I saw this interview before. But I still stick to my original post(as digitalceo 🙂 God bless!

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