All That Glisters…

….can be gold.

I wrote this about this one on my Priptona Art FB page…

Don’t know whether the “mojo” is back…but if not, well…I just love that clip and it usually ends up inspiring something in me. And I just love that little action he makes right at the point he says “gold of day” in that clip. Closes his eyes, his brow furrows, his lips purse, puts his arms together, closes his hands into a grasping fist and softly beats them to his chest and then delivers that line (albeit miming it).
It’s just a beautiful little nano second of time…

The Ties That Bind…

I love learning new things, making new discoveries, esp. when they happen serendipitously.

The radio was on in the background. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) was playing. I love Roy Orbison and so I was suddenly intrigued by the history of the song. Had he written it? No. A lady named Cindy Walker had. Curious wording for a female songwriter as usually men would write about “babies” in that regard. Usually a female songwriter would be talking about boys or men. “Dream Boy” would be perhaps what I’d have expected from a female songwriter.

Reading up about her on her Wikipedia entry, I saw that a previous song she’d written was performed and released by a performer called Eddy Arnold. The title of it – “Jim, I Wore A Tie Today”.

I am always flummoxed by stuff like that. Those kind of curious coincidences that result from such sudden curiosities.

She had started her songwriting career by having a song she’d penned for Bing Crosby sung by him called Lone Star Trail.

I’ll put the link to her Wikipedia entry HERE so you can read about her. It’s a fascinating story.

I think I may just take a listen to Willie Nelson’s album from 2006 called “You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker”.

In the meantime…

UPDATE: Going back over things, I just noticed – tomorrow is her birthday. If alive still she’d be turning 102. Even more crazy serendipity.

Simple Minds Top Five

A surprising Simple Minds Top 5, I’d say but probably not from an American fan stand point. And nothing really discussed post 1986 which, well…given the broader subject of this YouTuber’s channel is 1980s music, it makes sense. But…SM did have the high selling Live In The City Of Lights and Street Fighting Years released before the decade was done.

I guess for me, sadly, most songs from Once Upon A Time feel overplayed now. So I do try and limit my exposure to them. I loooooved Sanctify Yourself at the time but I feel overexposed to it now. Which makes me sad that I don’t enjoy listening to it as much as I once would have. The same goes with Alive And Kicking. I need to be reminded of the greatness of some of these songs as the overexposure leaves me jaded. And the less we talk about Copenhagen and “ba-na-na-na”, the better! Lol. I’m sure Jim would LOVE that Otis Reading comparison!

But then there are other songs that I never, ever tire of. And two of the others in his Top 5 fall into that category – namely: Waterfront and Promised You A Miracle.

And there are tracks on Once Upon A Time I still love hearing: Ghostdancing, Oh Jungleland, I Wish You Were Here are the ones I still love to hear.

The thing I will say about Don’t You and all the crap urban myths that abound with this is – some time back (4-5 years ago) I saw Billy Idol tweet Keith Forsey with a question that read “did you offer me Don’t You (Forget About Me) to record?” Keith Forsey replied “No.” And then Billy Idol tweeted – “I REST MY CASE!” Lol

Anyway, see what you think. Do you agree with the Professor of Pop’s choices? Let me know what you think. What would be YOUR Top 5 Simple Minds tracks?

Let’s Rock!

A wonderful friend of mine in Oz – Wendy – has done these amazing rock paintings for me.

When she showed me the progress of the New Gold Dream themed one a few days back, I cried my eyes out. I knew she was working on a silhouette of Jim but I wasn’t expecting that amazing NGD cover background on the rock. I was overwhelmed.

Today she shared photos of both completed rocks with me and I absolutely adore them both.

They will take several weeks to get to me all the way from sunny Queensland, but they will find the most loving home here when they arrive in not-quite-so-sunny Glasgow.

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.)

First Tear Forms In The Right Eye…

I posted this on the Simple Minds Facebook page, but thought I’d also put it here in case it is deemed too “off topic” and gets deleted.

Such a weird concept this thing about tears and the way the fall from the eyes. Maybe it’s a fascination for Scottish men?

Anyways, here’s what I had posted on SM FB (with the pic attached)….

t’s a curious thing. I am reading Lanark and this is the second time Alasdair Gray has used language like this. A reference to tears and them falling from either eye. The first time my mind instantly thought “first tear forms in the right eye, this is the eye that’s crying first”. And just now again reading this passage. I started to wonder who influenced whom, or if it some uniquely Scottish thing to think of how tears form and whether they only form from either one of the eyes, etc.
Of course both things (Lanark and 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall) are released in 1981 but having watched a documentary on Gray a few nights back, he had been writing Lanark from the 1950s so I’ll assume his words came first.
Anyway, I found it a curious thing. Just wanted to share.

An Interesting Critique On Empires And Dance

I’m not sure who is talking when, but I think it’s Steven Wilson first which means when Tim Bowness comes in to say that EAD is the first real defining mark SM makes, the interjection from Steven for Real To Real Cacophony – I am finding myself shouting “YES, YES!”

And I hold my hand up for making that mistake sometimes. To have missed it off my tattoo on my wrist….I do wish I had added it now! Maybe something to think about for the future. Anyway, see what you think of this little discussion. I think a swathe of the fanbase would be in agreement.

A Cock Ain’t A Cock On A Twelve Inch Screen – Happy Anniversary Diamond Dogs

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It remains one of my most played Bowie albums. He worked so much on “the concept” for albums – but this one really did go all out. I mean, it was meant to have a full-on theatrical stage production after all!

The touring of that was short lived. I think the increasingly cocaine addicted Bowie soon realised how….overly ambitious the whole thing was – and as is any artist’s prerogative, he changed tack and led us all to believe that he wanted to now have a stripped down tour.

I have to listen to it from start to finish…as much as the title track sometimes feels a bit overplayed for me personally, I find it rude to skip. Sometimes I do single out my favourite track on the album to listen to it on its own – Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me. But then I also love We Are The Dead and then I find I might as well play the whole damn thing. Lol

I had a copy of the Rykodisc CD in the ‘90s with the outtakes on it. The alternative versions of Dodo and Candidate became fast favourites. Candidate, in particular, has some great lines – including the one I chose to title this post with.

Although obviously not part of the original album, the  song evolved and when parenthesised with Sweet Thing (and with a change of tune and lyrics) became part of the album, albeit in title only.

Happy Anniversary, Diamond Dogs – for your future’s sake listen to the demo of Candidate – and pretend you’re walking home.