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Title: Five years after the quit Simple Minds…

Five years after the quit Simple Minds, Derek Forbes still can’t shake off the tag. Not that he’s complaining.

“Everybody remembers me from my days with the Minds, and I’m very proud of what I did with the band,” big Dan said.

“I love them still to this day. And I wish the Minds every success in the future.”


These days, Derek and his old mate Brian McGee — another former member of the Minds — are the rhythm section of Propaganda.

They’ve just released a great new single called Heaven Give Me Words. It’s a track from their album 1234, and after a sneak preview I reckon lead singer Betsi Miller is a STAR just waiting to be discovered.

“In the past Propaganda were a real cult band with a reputation for making very cold, machine-like music,” said Dan.

“We want to make quality pop music. Songs with real heart, which don’t follow and fashions, but maybe create a few of their own.”

Propaganda have done just that. There’s not a dull track of 1234, and I highly recommend it.