Recorded by SM’s sound tech (of then), Frank Gallagher, in San Francisco. The boys sound really on the mark here. I love this song. It’s probably my fave album title track of theirs along with New Gold Dream and Walk Between Worlds (honourable mention to Graffiti Soul as well).
Anyway, I love that ad lib stuff. I was wondering why Jim had changed the line to “when boys of San Francisco call” – but then Billy Sloan goes on to explain why.
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.
Jim posted about it yesterday, saying he was asked about Mandela.
It’s all well and good they were asking about Mandela Day. As you say, under current circumstances it makes sense.
But I still can’t help but feel pangs of envy. I mean, geez, it’s their SECOND interview in as many years and I can’t even get a look in!
And I know why. I get it. I am not deemed professional. My blog is just a “fan blog”. “Jim and Charlie don’t do blogs.” And I fancy the pants off you and adore you and I know doubt bore you to tears as well. And all that goes against me.
But! As a fan, I have questions. Rather different and specific ones. Not your usual “tell us the story about ‘dot dot dot’”. Maybe that’s what else goes against me also?
No. It’s just this…thing. This overriding feeling I get from you that I bore you rigid and you don’t really want to talk to me. I had my time and now I am “surplus to requirements”.
Man, I wish the shoe was on the other foot – or the feeling was mutual. Lol. But it isn’t. It never will be. I’ll ALWAYS want to talk to you, spend time with you, be near you. 😞😞😞
Anyways, here’s a link to the podcast. I’ve not listened to it yet. Or to the Jools thing yet. I’ll get round to it. When I have finished licking my wounds and wishing for things that will never be. (Reading certain passages of Lanark – man, I feel Alasdair Gray’s anguish over the opposite sex.)
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.)
I have just started Lanark. Only just. I’m not the fastest reader and I started much later than I wanted to, which meant my eyelids already were starting to get heavy barely one chapter in. I managed two. Lol. And am already attributing the identity of Sludden to a certain someone. Lol. And I would be any of those hangers on – apart from Gay – I should be so lucky! Or Rima (she has standards – it seems so far anyways). So I guess it only leaves me to be Frankie – most likely – or the other one whose name escapes me (irony!).
Anyway! Early days.
But I am already wanting to explore the world of Alasdair Gray so much more already as a consequence of those couple of chapters of Lanark.
So very later last night, after listening to a new episode of The Archers (now caught up with the real world – Ambridge is now in lockdown too) – and a very emotional yet beautiful Desert Island Discs with Charles Hazlewood as the castaway – highly recommended listening by me, not always easy, granted! (I still keep wondering when the frig they are going to get Jim on there!). I then put in Gray’s name in the search wondering if the BBC had done any adaptations to his books, etc, so thought I’d see what a search of him would bring up.
Well, it brought up this in the search results. A wonderful interview with BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth. I didn’t know what to expect from it when I started listening. I had assumed Gray would sound very dour and “Weegie” for one – but I found his voice mesmerising and beautiful. He has such music in his voice. A beautiful burr and lilt that I just was not expecting – almost as if he sang as he spoke. As a consequence, as enthralled in the interview as I was, I found myself drifting off to sleep halfway through, to awake again for the final few minutes and the talk of the hardships of making a career from art – making a sustained paid professional income from artistic pursuit.
His final goodbye was pure music, and rather poignant for this must have been one of his final interviews. He passed away at the end of December last year.
I fell in love with him. He sounded like a magical being. Like a pixie or elf or something. Little did I know my flippant little line to Jim the other day about “starting a book at chapter three – seems like my kinda guy” would ring so true.
You can listen to the interview via BBC Sounds HERE
I use Spotify for the majority of my music listening. I still order and buy hard copy formats of artists! I buy vinyl, CDs, digital downloads too. I also buy merch and go to gigs. I support the artists I love!
But yes, because I listen to music mostly through the night and I can’t be arsed to deal with the torture that is iTunes to rip and store copies of my music catalogue on my devices, I use Spotify.
And it’s a bane, because things come and go. And when they disappear, I miss them because they end up not being heard by me.
High on the list of things I am missing from Spotify at the moment are these. They are all on the 5×5 box set which was taken off Spotify some time back. I miss hearing them! I really miss hearing them.
To be honest – even on YouTube, Garden Of Hate is not available as a good sounding track. The best is this, a live radio session version, which is damn good too.
Special View I find really sensual. Don’t know why. Just always have.
This is just synthpop perfection for me. Mick doesn’t get enough kudos for this song, and not many Simple Minds fans even talk about it or reference it but I love it! I had a bit of a smug moment one time when Jim was talking about Lostboy! and talked about Nail Thru My Heart and how it referenced an old SM track and like a shot I was like “YES! New Warm Skin!” and was commended for my knowledge from his Sirness of Kerrness. Teacher’s pet that I am. Lol
I miss these three tracks on Spotify. I wish that 5×5 was still on there. Never mind.
I just want to be able to talk to him! I know a ton of other fans do too. But A lot of them have had that opportunity. And…YES…it makes me absolutely fucking EVERGREEN with envy. It really does.
He just sounds so convivial and chatty and just…you know.
Above ALL the other stuff! All the rest of it…adoring him, fancying the pants off him, being in awe of him…there is the overriding thing of…he’s just genial. Warm and humorous … and… a bit of an embellisher – but, he’s great at it.
Yes…I had heard the stories before. Us diehards all have. But…what a story it is…and he tells it so good.
To my dying day I will wish to talk to him for more than a few minutes. Also will dream I mean something more to him than “just another fan” and also pray to whatever god will listen that he actually at least tolerates me and sees something amiable in me and doesn’t see me as a pest and a bore and just…a stupid woman. (That final look in Copenhagen.)
And now I will go and cry in a corner.
And maybe alter this post later.
And then get the audio posted here as soon as I have copied it off and downloaded it.
And seemingly asks him the same old questions everyone else does. So let’s hear the story about “Don’t You” for the fifty gazillionth time! *rolls eyes*
I mean…YES, I’ll tune in and listen. Probably even record the thing so it stays here on the blog. Who knows? There might be a surprise or two? But…well, if Jim gets asked the same questions, he’s happy to respond with the his usual “stand-up routine” replies. You know…he’s a story-teller and he DEFINITELY embellishes things, that’s for sure!
Geez, it would be nice to be taken seriously sometimes though. I know I would die of cardiac arrest and would be a complete nervous wreck – just the thought of it!
But imagine the coup it would be if *I* could interview Jim for this blog? I was told in no uncertain terms that, when I asked and was brazen enough to try – the one time I did that “Jim and Charlie ‘don’t do’ blogs.” Which is crap – as Jim has been interviewed for PLENTY of music blogs.
I *HAVE* conducted interviews! Jaine Henderson, Bruce Findlay, Steve Jefferis of Warm Digits – I’d like to hope that these people would attest to my professionalism when conducting interviews.
YES, I’m not Billy Sloan or Conan O’Brien, but I can string a sentence together. And I think my questions that I’d pose to Jim could and would be interesting to fans.
But I know I will never be given the opportunity. Which sucks ass.
Oh, just me contemplating the notion makes me feel like a brazen and delusional idiot! But if you don’t have these kind of dreams and notions then…well, he’d say it…you might as well pack up and go home!
These bouts of delusion don’t last long with me and I end up coming to my senses. Oh, but just for today…let me dream I could be in Ricky’s shoes.