Forbes, Derek

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Forbes, Derek Gender: M
born on 22 June 1956 at 16:40 (= 4:40 PM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 01°10' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 24°30 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 04°04'


Scottish punk rock musician, singer, songwriter and bass guitarist with the group "Simple Minds," formed in Glasgow, 1977. With a quick wit, Forbes possesses a large repertoire of unprintable one-liner quips. He also draws cartoons, is a painter and decorator and an animal lover. He claims that his off-the-wall goal in life is to "get something like a lion or tiger or a black panther or something like that. Just take it into the street and frighten the sh** out of people, it would be amazing."

He left the group for reasons never made clear, said by some to be over an argument with Jim Kerr, but joined "Propaganda," a pop band formed in Germany. The quartet moved to England in 1983 where their first single reached the UK Top 30 the following year. He played with the group until they disbanded in 1991/92. Forbes did guest gigs with Simple Minds for the 1987 "Cash For Kids" concerts, plus one of the Glasgow dates of the "Good News From The Next World" tour. When helping out with the "Live In The City Of Light" album, they apparently worked out their differences and in 1996, rejoined the band.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Burchill, Charlie (born 27 November 1959). Notes: Band mates in Simple Minds
  • business associate/partner relationship with Kerr, Jim (born 9 July 1959). Notes: Band mates in Simple Minds
  • business associate/partner relationship with MacNeil, Mick (born 20 July 1958). Notes: Band mates in Simple Minds


  • Social : Joined group 1977 ("Simple Minds")
  • Family : Change residence 1983 (Moved to England with band)
  • Other Work 1987 ("Cash For Kids" concert)
  • Social : Left group 1991 ("Propaganda")
  • Social : Joined group 1996 (Re-joined "Simple Minds")

Source Notes

Paul Wright collection, B.C.


  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty (Quick wit, jokester)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Tours)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Rock group)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Drawer, painter, and decorator)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Simple Minds and Propaganda)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Bass guitarist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer