The Rare Burchill

Jim’s post yesterday. It had me thinking – yes, a photo of Charlie on violin is pretty rare. Certainly not many exist from the period but during 5×5 Live and the later “Hits+” tour, he played the violin again.

So for me, the even RARER photo of Charlie with a musical instrument is him on saxophone. (He’s even in a white shirt too, Jim!)

Virginia only has two of these photos. And she had only two of them as original vintage prints (ones she developed from the negative in the dark room at the time). I have this one. I sent Jim the other. No idea if he got it. I hope he did.

Anyway, just thought I’d share a “rare as hen’s teeth” photo of Charlie.

Me just looking backwards “at thirty frames a second” as I always do.

Minds Music Monday – This Fear Of Gods, Tiffany’s – Dec, 1981

I’m feeling anxious about the easing of lockdown restrictions. I used to be such a scaredy cat about going out and doing things. I used to stay home A LOT. Never went to gigs or hardly ever went out socialising. I’d just stay home. Lockdown has rekindled a lot of that stuff within me.

Fear of going out and mingling with people. Fear of large crowds.

”Fear is fast and I’m turning white now.” Yes.

Wow…the way this version at Tiffany’s starts. The synths and pedal effects and just – it’s very trippy. And I just love that bit of Jim saying “give me an echo, Gallagher”. Yeah, Frank. Hurry the fuck up! Lol

He def. gives Jim echo, for sure!

And I am listening away, awed, reminding myself these boys are babies! That Simple Minds is barely 4 years old and that Charlie has only just turned 22 and that they are already a musical “tour de force”.

If anyone is dismissive in front of me….daring to say “Meh, Simple Minds” I’d reply “LISTEN TO THIS! Then tell me ‘Meh, Simple Minds’, ya fud!”

(P.S. That ident pic. Virginia was talking about this photoshoot with me a few days back, saying these particular ones of the band, up on the hill, are her faves. There is one in this bunch with a guy wheeling a pram around in the background. That’s her fave. Of those ones, this one is probably mine – Jim’s face! I could pinch those cheeks! And then snog him something rotten! – In my dreams.)

Pete Still Photography – Simple Minds 1982 London Gig Photo Set

A few other fans in the groups I am on mentioned this set of photos being sold on eBay. A photographer named Pete Still is selling a set of 30 photos that he took during a gig at the Lyceum Theatre in London on December 8th, 1982.

I’m not sure what kind of kit he had at the time, but I’m guessing it isn’t anything too pro. The photos aren’t from the press pit but way back and up in the rafters.

Given that and they have been printed on 6 x 4 inch Fujifilm quality paper, they look pretty fab and are very reasonably priced (you can also buy individual larger copies).

Photos by Pete Still Photography

I’ve laid out a montage of the photos here just so you get a sense of scale and quality. For just over £10 including postage (UK), I am very happy with these prints.

You can order your own by clicking on the link HERE

He also is on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/PeteStillPhotography/

Nothing Has Ever Felt So Good…

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As that…”embrace”. I genuinely never wanted it to end! I’m ssooo glad this photo exists because I never wanted this moment to end…and at least with the magic of photography, in a sense that moment WILL last forever. I’ll never forget the feeling of it, ever.

And…it feels like it was a time in which he liked me.

Today, looking back at these photos and memories – seeing a bit of FB Live filming I did from the seafront – I really, REALLY regret letting Jim walk by as he passed me on the promenade. HE BLOODY WAVED AT ME! I’m such a fucking idiot! Lol. I don’t know what he thought afterwards. Lol. Maybe he was walking along thinking “I thought this chick was into me? She cannae be that much.” Lol

Something of the type must have crossed his mind as, later, just a few moments before this photo was taken when Adrian (the photobomber) had asked if he could have a photo with Jim, Jim replied, “Sure. She (looking at me) doesn’t want one.” Sadly I remember my rather pathetic “I do!” reply. Lol. I still wish I had said “And a photo! BOOM BOOM!” I mean, shit, he even set the innuendo up for me and I didn’t even bite! Lol.

Too awestruck. Dumbstruck.
Dumb fuck! Lol

Anyway…Bridlington 2017 will remain forever special.

Halcyon days.

Minds Music Monday – Utrecht, 1982

Another gig shared by Art & Talk on YouTube.

I started listening to it last night but started to drift off to sleep. But I came around again long enough to hear Jim’s deliver of the second verse in Celebrate “she rag doll / she she she keeps him so warm”. OMG – that line will NEVER stop being as sexy as fuck!

Anyway, I’ll give it a proper listen later, while I am fully awake. Lol

From the bits I was conscious of, Jim seemed a little…not quite with us/under the weather…? I dunno. I mean, it isn’t a sleight on his performance. He’s always frigging stellar. Even when physically ill, he very rarely gives a bum performance. It just seemed from what I heard last night that he may have been a tad…maybe had too many “helping hands”, if you get my drift?

He was fine and on amazing form in Cologne three weeks later, so who knows? I’ll give a more comprehensive assessment later. For now…enjoy!

UPDATE: WRITTEN LAST NIGHT (May 12th)
 

Always a def. difference between Kenny and Mike as drummers.

Jim does a lot of screaming and shouting in this version of Changeling – I like it!

He doesn’t finish introing 30 Frames. It’s quite manic and he mixes up parts of the verses. Quite a bit of screaming again. Swearing too! “He said ‘fuck you, Jack’!” Naughty Jim! Sexy Jim!

Premonition – Worried Jim wasn’t feeling himself with this performance. Dunno why. Derek initially intros the song, but then Jim adds a bit of commentary “sometimes people have no choice”. Hard to get a definite feel without seeing visuals. Can only go by audio. Jim alters between sounding super emotive and ….lethargic and not right. Maybe he was just tripping or had too much to drink to try and settle the nerves? Dunno.

Sweat In Bullet – Does he say “kinda like now”? Maybe he was just bloody hot. Lol. Hot and frigging sexy! OMG! It really doesn’t help that I’ve been looking at photos of him today – trying to make decisions on photos from Virginia. Photos of him with tambourines and boots and sunglasses and just being goddamn sexy.

Celebrate – that “she rag doll” line…I’m not saying any more!

Room – is kind of chaotically sexy. And he turns it into Rock n Roll – but I was only thinking listening to it tonight that, really, it’s the Simple Minds version of Sister Midnight.

Tiffany’s TARDIS Trip Tonight…

Well, that’s tonight’s gig sorted. Fire up the TARDIS…get to that front row. Gawp at the most goegous man, ever…mouth agape. Lol (Oh…and maybe take the odd cursory glance at Kenny too…)

Oh, I dream.

UPDATE: The crowd when Celebrate starts! The roar of applause! It’s fucking awesome! The bass is off-the-scale crazy. I don’t tend to give a lot of praise these days to Derek Forbes but OH MY FUCKING GOD – he was on FIRE at this gig. And Kenny is playing quick time, giving Dan not the easiest job to keep up. It’s mental! 
This Fear Of Gods! Wow! I love that bit before it starts as Jim is introing it and then he says “give me some echo, Gallagher” – meaning Frank Gallagher. I love those kind of bits…hearing those kind of machinations. Being privy to them. It’s all so bloody “professional” now. You’d never hear him say “turn me up, GG” or the like to Olivier Gerard – it would all be long sorted before us fans are present. 

And then to have FACTORY as an encore?! OMG! IN MY DREAMS! How I would love something other than Alive and Kicking and Sanctify Yourself. I mean…I love those songs…but…I wish I could be surprised a little more often. 

Yes, they had fewer songs in the bag back then, but still. The setlists are ssoooo formulaic these days – despite how much Jim can claim they “mix things up” – it rarely happens. And YES, I was ssooo happy for what I got in Copenhagen, and I didn’t expect much change in the setlist of the two gigs, and I know they had to shorten the sets. None of what I am saying here is a gripe on the Copenhagen gig AT ALL. It’s just…a general thing. The past three tours – Acoustic, Walk Between Worlds, and 40 Years Live have had the very same end and encore. 

Besides the point. Back to this Tiffany’s gig. I WANT JIM KERRR’S BABIES – Lol! Well, no, I don’t. I’m nearly 50 FFS! Baby making days are looooong gone. And I never wanted to be a mum anyway. PRACTICE. I just want the practice (of the baby-making).

It’s been a looooooooong time, man. Don’t I know it. I reckon my hyman’s reformed by now. Lol. Okay…I’ll shut up now. Just laugh and carry on. Don’t mind me. I’m just expressing some goddamn wishful thinking here.

God I can dream!

By the way…there’s another gig on the way thanks to the amazing Art & Talk.  Some of these bootlegs are my life! I mean…damn!

RIP Dave Greenfield

Today we “WaltzInBlack” for the keyboard legend that is The Stranglers’ Dave Greenfield, who sadly passed away last night having contracted Covid-19.

Laid back and unassuming, Dave was an absolute master of his craft. He will be very sadly missed. Taken from us far too soon.

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There he is…being his unassuming best at the back of the stage – photo taken at Aix-Les-Bains in July, 2018

Stating The Obvious…

So…you’re missing the adulation, Sir? Oh…I mean the gigs and the performing live thing. Well….there is an option to give a performance…you just won’t have an audience in front of you. But if you’re reluctant to do that…which I get the overriding sense you are – there is always my blog. You are veritably SHOWERED in adulation AND adoration here. If you’re missing all the fuss and doting…just come here. Take a visit. Fill your early-80s-almost-up-to-your-knees boots. You know the ones I mean. And in case you don’t, let me remind you, gorgeous Sir 😁👍🏻❤️

I Wish I Was There…

Leeds, 2018. Don’t mean to be maudlin, but…

To hear the “burning slow” lines return to the song during the Grandslam part of the tour – I was sssooo, so happy. They are the most beautiful, romantic lines.

There was “soft rain” falling that night in Leeds too. And after all that had gone on in the month or so prior to that night…I felt back “home”.

It was a gorgeous night. How I wish it was happening again tonight.