Summer Swag



Have acquired these over the past few days and looking forward to devoting some time to them very shortly. Already have spent some time perusing the Bryan Ferry Lyrics book. I didn’t realise there was a foreword in it and a short piece by Bryan himself.



Mother Of Pearl has been a firm favourite since my very first listen to it. Over You was my favourite Roxy song before delving into their catalogue some time back – fuelled mostly by Jim waxing lyrical about Bryan and what a consummate performer he is.

I was unaware, really, that Bowie was that much of a fan. Dunno why. And it’s been a lot of David’s more wordy and wonderfully intricate songs like Cygnet Committee, The Bewlay Brothers and Teenage Wildlife that have been particular favourites of mine over the years. I have always found a certain link between Cygnet Committee and Mother Of Pearl, if for no other reason than to be determined to know the songs well and recite the lyrics word for word. And well, this piece in the book really DID make my day. For like I had done with Cygnet Committee, I was determined to know Mother Of Pearl ‘off by heart’. To read that about David was just so wonderfully endearing.



Christophe in Cognac

Anyone going to see Simple Minds next week in Cognac in France will also get to experience this wonderful photographic exhibition by Christophe Duron.

I got to speak to him briefly after the Paris gig and he was really excited about this. Who could blame him? It looks great and he has taken some fantastic photos of Jim and Charlie in particular.

As a say, if you’re in Cognac for the gig, make time to have a good keek at Christophe’s fab photos.

First You Jump – First Airing….

Wow! This album is going to be awesome. Listen to that guitar solo from Charlie!

I was hoping to do some deciphering of lyrics but I can’t hear them clearly enough, sadly. But even though I can’t hear all the lyrics clearly, I love the song already.

Enjoy! Thanks to Francesca for the upload.

Sentimentalities…

Earlier in the year, Christophe, from the wonderful, City Of Light, a French Simple Minds tribute band, got in contact with me about the badges I had been sent of my ‘art’ by a lady named Samantha. I told him I was happy to send some to him.

It’s taken a while due to there still being some Covid restrictions about for City of Light to be getting back to gigs. Christophe had let me know the badges arrived safely and he would wear them when performing. Only recently did I see some wonderful photos with him wearing one of the badges I had sent. You’ll see a couple of photos below.

Well, today Samantha saw a photo of Christophe meeting Jim at Tilloloy and he is wearing the badge again. How wonderful is that?! I was already so honoured that Christophe wanted to wear badges of mine, but for him to be wearing one meeting Jim? Just lovely. It made my day!

Thank you, Christophe. And thank you again to Samantha for having made them and send them on to me. I’ll be forever grateful. You definitely made Blenheim one of the good memories. Thank you ❤️

Classic Pop News

Okay, as one of the “still managing to hold on in there“ printed publications (due to folks like me keeping up with their subscriptions, I’m guessing) – it’s a bit of old news now, but at least Classic Pop has printed the info.

Feel a little let down that they never put in a live review for SM this spring. They usually review them live on each tour. I guess there are just too many gigs getting back under way now to review everything.

Perhaps they’ll review the Edinburgh shows in August? We’ll see. I’m hoping there’ll be more stuff about SM from Classic Pop in the months to come.

(P.S. Wouldn’t be complete without SOME erroneous info. Minds are actually on the Live in Leeds bill on Sept. 17th. Oops!)

Video Review – Blenheim Palace

Sorry it’s a video review but it was the only quick way for me to do it. Needs must and all that. Hope you enjoy my waffling and moaning. Lol

WARNING: You’ll see my hagged old face and have to endure my croaky voice and dripping nose. Sorry! To make up for it, there are some musical snippets…

To the left of the photo was our hero video screen tech guy.

A Day Away…

My flight home this evening was cancelled and my very gracious host is keeping me accommodated for another night.

All the breakdown of the gig will come soon. It might be a short review when I got to it.

The very short review is – myself and my gig buddy, Ruth, got absolutely DRENCHED and it took about 2.5 hours to drive back to her house afterwards.

All three bands were amazing.

A few pics for now.