Recent Radio Offerings – New Gold Dream Album Club and Ged On Radio Scotland Arts Show

Firstly, Steve Lamacq played the entire New Gold Dream album as part of Radio 6 Music’s album club. It also includes an interview with Jim and Charlie recorded and aired in July, 2016, as part of the box set release of NGD at the time.

On Wednesday (Sept. 30th), Ged was on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show with Grant Stott, discussing the new orchestral versions of songs from The Bard’s Tale, plus about Simple Minds and the state of the live music industry during the Covid pandemic.

Jim’s Thoughts On Mac & Co – CAD & BB Album Review

A couple of little snippets from the latest Mojo magazine – Jim’s fave offering from the Bunnymen and In Memory Of My Feelings gets reviewed.

P.S. I wish I could be as unaffected as Jim is at the thought of someone not thinking of me with the fondest of thoughts – as the idea of him feeling that way with me (ie: he cannae stand me!) makes me want to cry my eyes out.

On My Radio – CAD and JDB

Firstly – coming up this evening, Catherine Anne Davies and Bernard Butler are talking to Janice Long on BBC Radio Wales about their collaboration producing the album set for release next month, In Memory Of My Feelings. The album was originally due for release last Friday but some vinyl pressing issues meant that the release was delayed by four weeks.

Click on the photo of Janice to be taken to the relevant page. You can listen in live tonight from 7pm on Radio Wales via the BBC Sounds app.

In connecting Welsh relations – James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers joined Gary Davies (sitting in for Ken Bruce) for his “Tracks Of My Years” playlist. Included in his choices was Speed Your Love To Me. Someone kindly extracted the relevant part of the program on Radio 2 and posted it to YouTube.

Get listening!

Old Gold Dream?

I felt rather disheartened by yesterday’s 6 Music “Album Club”. The remit for BBC Radio 6 Music when it started was to be “indie” and “alternative”. It seems to have edged away from that over the years. I mean…it was fabulous that they gave exposure to Walk Between Worlds in 2018. No one was more surprised than me. I really thought it would be Radio 2 that would give it the exposure.

The fact that Simple Minds can straddle getting airplay from both stations is testament to the lasting legacy and style of the music they have produced. GOOD ON THE MINDS!

But the disappointing things about yesterday were – the repetition of the interview. At least 6 Music alluded (or even ELUDED) to it being a repeat…but with a modicum of uncertainty I tuned in anyways but once it got under way, the interview was sounding pretty familiar.

The other was the fact that they – 6 Music – ONCE AGAIN chose to concentrate on New Gold Dream.

Now….DON’T GET ME WRONG! New Gold Dream is EVERYTHING that the lasting reverence and esteem it is held in by all and sundry is worthy of. It is as near to perfection as Simple Minds ever got, aurally. And you all know well enough how I feel about Jim in 1982. The album and him…both near perfection in 1982. He is as aesthetically beautiful as the album work itself. The album is art and Jim right at that point is Michelangelo’s David for me.

Back to that 6 Music remit. “Indie and alternative”. It makes me wonder then WHY…why not highlight EMPIRES AND DANCE? It was its 40th anniversary, FFS! Or…Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call – which is absolutely CRYING OUT for a box set reissue, but looks as if it will never get it – to my (and quite a number of others fans) eternal consternation.

It just had me perplexed. New Gold Dream is constantly lauded. Constantly gets the praise. It’s almost as if, sometimes in the eyes of many, that Simple Minds made only one great album and it’s that one thing. For me, it almost falls into the danger zone of Don’t You (Forget About Me). Except it is far more superior to that (sorry for the Don’t You lovers – I once was a lover of it too, many moons ago…and then I became a Simple Minds fan). Simple Minds only known for ONE SONG and ONE ALBUM. It just sucks arse!

And I am ssooo disappointed that there wasn’t more to celebrate and applaud Empires And Dance. On this milestone anniversary year, it REALLY deserved it. I hate how both EAD and Sons/Sister are just deemed creative precursors to NGD. Never really seen as the amazing sonic innovations they both were.

At times I can be left with a kind of desensitised feeling after having listened to NGD – like it just washes over me because it’s kind of “too good”. I can’t explain it right. But…I NEVER have that feeling with Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call. It ALWAYS leave me floored, in awe, astounded and like I have been on the most amazing sonic journey. And Empires And Dance just floors me thinking about their age and ambition and how they pulled off such a sound. Drawing on so many influences, but finding their own musical identity.

Anyway, that’s just how I felt about yesterday’s Album Club. Once I heard that the interview was indeed a repeat, I switched the radio off.

Yesterday I wasn’t much in the mood to hear more praise heaped upon NGD.

Another Chance? Steve Lamacq’s Album Club

I’m not sure if this is going to be a brand new thing? I did seek clarity on this but no reply (so far) has been forthcoming, so I have no idea. The blurb would seem to imply it might be…but it just maybe worded that way in readiness for it being on BBC Sounds for playback. I dunno.

They did do this four years ago when the New Gold Dream box set came out. I have a sneaky feeling it MIGHT be a repeat of that…but we’ll see.

Either way, it’s an opportunity to grab it and put it on the blog to be available permanently. In the meantime, click on the image to be taken to the BBC page. Listen in “live” at 6pm this evening – or on playback.

RIP Toots Hibbert

A sad day in music with the passing of reggae stalwart, Toots Hibbert. Only recently had Uncut magazine featured an extensive spread on Toots and The Maytals.

Dream Adventures…

The wanders I have been doing recently. I still dream of stuff like this. Maybe I’m holding out going to the Necropolis so I can dream he’ll accompany me? Lol – yeah. In my dreams, I know!

I could take HIM to Sighthill – though he’s probably already been. We could compare and contrast. Who has the better local cemetery. Lol (Sighthill FTW!)

My friend Stephen is always joking about Jim taking me “up The Trossachs”. Lol. I’d be happy with the Necropolis.

I’d be happy with anywhere. I’d be happy to know he’d even want to share space on earth with me….SOMEWHERE.

I wish I could stop being a silly cow and STOP WISHING for things that will never happen.

I guess I had my chance. The promenade at Bridlington. And I squandered it. Stupid fool.

Wam Bam Thank You, MainMan!

Ramoana, who is out on the interwebbings hosting a weekly Bowie show on a Canadian Internet radio station pointed me towards THIS! What MAY just be the BEST podcast series I am about to listen to.

I bloody LOVE the MainMan period….mostly because it’s just well…several things – Defries is a fucking MANIAC money hungry megalomaniac….but the people who worked around the office and with David at the time, Tony Zanetta, Leee Black Childers, Warren Peace, Freddie Burretti, Dana Gillespie, Ava Cherry, etc, etc – they all have such amazing stories. It just sounds like such an amazing kind of chaos to be involved in!

Anyway…I will definitely be sinking my teeth into this tonight. And living vicariously through one of the most incredible periods of David Bowie’s career.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUtdULBfwHJ4MvpmXL1H2aw

You can also get more info and further info by visiting the site mainmanlabel.com

THIS IS GOLD!!!

OMG…TOPLESS ADONIS ALERT!

Just when I’m trying to overcome this….obesession with this man – THIS SHOWS UP!

Fucking look at him!! Oh, fuck! BE STILL MY BEATING OVARIES!

Thank god it is cool in Glasgow today compared to most of everywhere else in Europe, cos I’m about to combust!

JIM KERR YOU ARE FUCKING DELICIOUS! PLEASE STOP NOW!