I only just got round to listening to this last night (listened to the podcast rather than watching the YouTube video). It’s 2 hours long and I started listening to it late last night. I expected to eventually drift off to sleep as tiredness came upon me… but I was riveted. Enthralled. Bruce’s life story is fascinating and he went into quite some detail into his formative years. How he started out with the record shops and all the different jobs he had apart from buying the records, the travel he did as a young man (and I could see how there would have been in instant kinship between he and Jim with those hitchhiking travelling stories). It was absolutely fascinating. Not without its more sombre parts too, it has to be said.
It all leading on to Bruce’s Records, and to the Zoom label and, of course, managing Simple Minds.
If you have a spare two hours, give it a watch (or listen to the podcast). Bruce doesn’t have legendary status among us Minds fans for nowt, you know!
Talking about political activism in the 1980s and the Minds part in it. This…washing away of its relevance now. “It’s all been said.” That may be so, Jim. But…no one’s learning! So we need to keep fighting the good fight! Please! Don’t just wash it away with “it’s all been said”. Well…don’t bloody bother writing anything as poignant and relevant as Walk Between Worlds then, eh? Just…you know…”nae bother”.
Please, Sir! YOU HAVE A VOICE! USE IT! IT’S STILL RELEVANT!
Anyway…that’s my peace. As a fan. Who loves you. And loves you even more when you express some political cut and thrust. I’m not telling you to go all Bono. By any means, just…don’t be afraid to nail your colours to the mast, okay?
So…it was on YouTube this video…and then Reuters took it down and embedded it onto a page on their website. Thanks, Reuters!
Jim and Charlie will be on Virgin Radio UK at 9pm GMT tonight (Sunday, Nov. 17). Tune in for the patter. Jim and his bloody “la la las” – and there I am extolling the virtues of his amazing songwriting. Lol
Jim talks extensively about his memories of a recording career spanning 40 years as Simple Minds frontman and lyricist and touches on his working partnership with Charlie Burchill, Live Aid and the Free Mandela concert in the summer of 1988, plus the first Simple Minds concert in Satellite City, Glasgow on January 17th, 1978.