Album News! Direction Of The Heart – Released October 21st, 2022

Early birthday present! Thank you, Simple Minds!

OMG…I don’t even know where else to begin or what else to say here other than …. SQUEEEEE!!!

Russell Mael guesting on a track! Fucking hell! That is so fucking awesome! I’m betting Jim would have been like a kid in a candy store with that one. Jeez-o!

And, they are performing in Leeds on Sept. 17th for this BBC Radio 2 weekender thingy going on there!

I want to pre-order EVERYTHING! But I need to keep money for Saturday’s gig at Blenheim Palace, so it’ll have to wait. I missed out on a test pressing for Walk Between Worlds. The same will happen again. Never mind. Doesn’t matter.

Anyway…all the info is on their social media. I will never get to be armed with any exclusives. I’m ‘just another fan’ – but hey ho. That’s okay. I love this band to the moon and back no matter what.

Vision Thing has now had an official release. Here’s the video. Enjoy! And happy pre-ordering. (I’ve yet to get a cassette for ANYONE that has bought out a cassette – Pathfinders excepted – it was the only option in that case. I am SOOOOO getting a cassette copy of this!)



Link to pre-order: https://SimpleMinds.lnk.to/DirectionOfTheHeartFA

Nostalgie Jim

I’ve never seen this interview in its entirety. I’ve only just started watching it now.

An hour to interview him?! IN MY DREAMS! Interesting he admits to be nervous. Can’t ever imagine Mr James Kerr Esq. being nervous! When he was being interviewed in 1979? Yes. In 2009? Nae chance…

Oh, how I wish for that hour though.

Never.

Gonna.

Happen.

Mariella Sometimes Flirts With Jim…

….and very much vice versa! Old fancies die hard, eh? I was in need of a bucket at one point! Lol. It was getting a bit sickly. (Moi? Jealous? Don’t be daft! As if I could compete with the magnificently mellifluous Mariella…ever, let alone “sometimes”)

Nice to hear him say her name more than a few times. The combination of the ‘r’ ‘e’ and ‘l’s near to my own name means I can enjoy it rolling off his tongue and dream a little…

Anyway, before I make myself sick now, enjoy! C

lick on the audio link below to listen.

UPDATE: WE HAVE VISUALS!

Jim Kerr – Legend In Their Own Lunchtime with Liz Kershaw

For those outside the UK or those within not knowing the ways of BBC Sounds, here is a YouTube video of Jim’s “Legend In Their Own Lunchtime“ interview with Liz Kershaw on 6 Music.

Liz needs to find a new researcher as she had some of her facts wrong – but I guess that’s what happens when people who exude the notion they are a massive fan but in actual fact couldn’t give two flying forks about you get to interview you…

Unlike the Mark Millar XSNOIZE interview, which was stellar. (Yes, I’ll keep referencing that!)

There were some little nuggets of niceness in this one. Jim is ALWAYS good value to listen to, even if I can finish his sentences for him. Lol

Enjoy!

Hear You Next Tuesday!

Okay, that makes the acronym of ‘HUNT’ – but hey, it’s Friday and I am in a jovial mood!

The Minds will be performing exclusively for Radio 2 as part of the “Piano Room” sessions at Maida Vale studios in London. That’s bloody exciting within itself! (I will share the link to BBC Sounds after broadcast.)

Also, yesterday, Cherisse mentioned on her social media that she’d be here in Glasgow over the weekend doing rehearsals. Yay! And GG (Olivier Gerard – sound engineer) shared a photo of the plane he had arrived on landing at Glasgow Airport last night. It’s all stepping up a level! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Finally, on a personal note, I am ecstatic to have been able to get a swap of my meet and greet from the Bordeaux gig (which we now cannot attend) to the Paris gig. And I am PRAYING also that it means those meet and greets WILL go ahead. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

I had been reading on Gary Numan’s FB page of how he was going to be conducting his meet and greets and have been praying that SM’s M&Gs will take a similar line – ensuring you have your vaccines and booster(s), making sure you’ve taken a negative LF test prior to arriving, wearing a mask, maintaining a social distance from the band – all fair enough under current circumstances. Okay, It means no (snogging…ahem) hugging…but hey ho. A few precious minutes with them in a room, albeit socially distanced, is worth it as far as I am concerned. I’d have not been in a room with them for TWO years so…I will be more than happy with that. Jim will probably be VERY thankful for the physical distance! Lol. And at least my mask will hide all the shame and embarrassment that would otherwise be visible on my face.

It’s getting exciting, but kind of scary too. I’m still worried about all the logistics of the travel to Paris. Still. And I’ve not been on a plane for two years, either. Last flight I was on was our massively delayed flight from Copenhagen back to Edinburgh.

Anyway, I am waffling with nervous anticipation of just how close it is all getting! Before I let myself run away with all that though, I have my first uni assignment to hand in! Still cannae believe I’m a uni student and I am about to hand in an assignment!! Fuuuuuck!

Exciting days to come!

From Rock God To Cabbages – Jackie Brambles With Jim’s Chosen Tunes

Radio program guest slots are like buses…

This one sneaked in under the radar last night. I was otherwise engaged watching the 1963 version of Cleopatra as part of my coursework. So while I was watching Liz Taylor’s “little Egypt eyes”, someone else was waffling away, choosing music that has had significance to him in some way or other over the years.

The actual music has been heavily edited to avoid any copyright infringements. The most important element to it is hearing Jim’s reason for his choices anyway.

You can listen to it below.

Sarah Brown – I’m On My Way

And boy, is she! Wow!

With all the excitement that was going on yesterday with the release of the book, Themes For Great Cities, and then radio interviews taking place simultaneously on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 6 Music (more on that shortly!), I just didn’t end up with time to devote to this.

It was a special day for Sarah Brown yesterday. It was the release day of her debut solo single. Sarah chose the date specifically as it marked the 50th anniversary of Mahalia Jackson’s passing.

There are no tears that come from this wonderful song (perhaps only those of happiness) – just pure joy. You know, the stuff that makes your body tingle and your soul sing! Gospel! But done with a light jazz/bossa nova twist. Absolutely uplifting!

Listen to it again and again. It’s magic. Sarah is magic!

Sarah’s debut album is set for release later in the year. I am very excited to get my hands on it.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to highlight this – a programme on BBC Sounds. One on Mahalia Jackson’s life that was originally broadcast in 2012. Called “Conjuring Halie”, you can listen to it by clicking HERE

ICYMI – Enjoy Some Dulcet Tones For Burns Night

Looking for something else to do to celebrate Burns Night other than downing some haggis, neeps and tatties? May I suggest that you get your lugholes around this?

In case you somehow missed it (I dunno how you would!), Jim was on Billy Sloan’s show on Saturday night. Billy did ask one or two questions of Jim that I would want to ask him myself in all honesty. Jim’s responses were actually quite frank and full of humility. It’s always great to hear him talk.

If you missed it, you can catch up with it on BBC Sounds. Click on the player below to listen to a direct extract of the interview.

Of course there was talk about Act Of Love and the first official Simple Minds gig with Billy’s conversation with Jim happening on the actual anniversary of the gig (last Monday, Jan 17th).

The song is still an earworm for me. There was talk of it being played live when the tour commences – that will be great!

Billy’s Smug Mate

Well, well, well…look what we have here! This week on Billy Sloan’s Show on BBC Radio Scotland, SOMEONE is going to be Billy’s guest. A day after I conduct my interview for this wee blog. (No! I’m not interviewing Jim! In my goddamn dreams. But the person I AM interviewing is relevant to the content of this site…very much so. My lips are otherwise sealed.)

Now…how the fuck am I meant to concentrate on MY interview on Friday with knowledge of THIS now? Come on! Talk about test a woman. Jeez-o!

Look at him! Smug as you like! And I don’t mean Billy! 😁😁😁

It seems things are warming up quite nicely at SMHQ. GOOD! We could do with some cheer at long bloody last!

Not much else for me to say but…tune in to BBC Radio Scotland on Saturday night from 10pm GMT.

I’ll be there!

Photo courtesy of Billy Sloan Show FB page.