Before Lostboy! There Was “Special School” Boy! Lol (Pro Synth Network with Mick MacNeil)

I need to explain this post header. Lol

“The Man in the Sky”, Mick MacNeil, was being interviewed….well, more joined in in a live stream chat (with a loose interview in there) for this YouTube channel called the Pro Synth Network. Basically a weekly synth geek’s get together to discuss all things Synth and keyboard based. New bits of kit out on the market, etc, etc.

Once we get the technicals and geek talk out the way, about 45 minutes in, then there is talk with Mick about his time with Simple Minds and just…his background of being a synth player and how it all came to be. It’s a great thing and Mick shares great anecdotes and is a lot of fun. He always gives great banter.

I am going to drop in on the interview right at the point where Mick says he went to see the band before he joined. What he says about Jim absolutely cracked me up and had me in stitches! Which then meant I missed the next minute or so of the conversation. The very interesting point Mick made about Jim and his stutter (or on anyone with a stutter – in the broader sense).

Anyway, let’s cut to it. But I recommended you maybe go back a few minutes on the clip and listen to Mick talk about taking up (or having it thrust upon him, more accurately!) the accordion and sticking with the rest of the video.

 

A Woman’s Work

I never thought I’d find her. I thought she was gone. Every fan of Simple Minds had seen her work – whether they were aware of it or not. Some of the most iconic images taken of the band during their early days are her work.

This one below (the image ON the bus, not OF the bus), used for a Spotify advert on buses around the UK, for example, is one of those iconic photos she took of them.

In the end it was she who found me.

Her work adorns every wall of my room…and then some.

I’m sure you’ve worked out who it is by now.

The photo above is of a 21 year old Virginia Turbett. Taken by fellow photographer, John Sturrock, in September, 1978.

Staring At (Photos Of) The Rude Boys – New Ruts Photobook

There’s a new Hanging Around book release featuring the photography of Virginia Turbett. The book in question features photos of The Ruts (aka Ruts DC – as they are known these days).

The book called “South Of Babylon: The Ruts 1978-1979” is available to pre-order through the Hanging Around Books site and is released on May 27th. Click here to order your copy.

Really looking forward to this one.

Gig Review – NME, October 14th, 1978 – The Future Is kerr And Burchill

Wow…Ian Cranna hit the nail on the head, or what?! Will you look at that! And, some  near 40 years on…they are the mainstays. It is an amazing review, really. Very constructive. Not sycophantic. He did highlight shortcomings…but, wow!

Oh, to have been there at that time. Just so absolutely fucking exciting. I wish, I wish, I wish! But…I wasn’t even 8 years old (not for another two weeks after the review was published), and living on the other side of the world. You can’t turn back time. But I can love them in the here and now. And I do!

Still doesn’t stop me wishing for a TARDIS ride, or 17…

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Green’s Playhouse/Apollo – Clouds/Satellite City – Glasgow

Firstly…Jim’s post late last night/early this morning re: the first Simple Minds gig on this day in 1978. I posted on the SMO FB visitor wall saying about making a “pilgrimage” there…to stand on the “hallowed turf”.

I looked up Satellite City to see the main site was once Green’s Playhouse and then later the Apollo. Upstairs was another venue, originally called Clouds, it was renamed Satellite City.

When I looked on Google Maps for the location earlier…I didn’t zoom out on the image…only just this evening did I do that to see…I had already viewed the “hallowed ground” with my own eyes back in November 2016! And in a further twist of irony, look what stands there now!

This was a picture I took of it back in 2016. LITTLE DID I KNOW the history of it then.

It kind of blew me away knowing I had been standing outside it some 14 months previous without even knowing the significance. All I thought at the time when I saw it was, “Oh, this is neat…an Aussie pub in Glasgow. Bloody Aussies! They’re everywhere these days! Lol”

MIND OFFICIALLY BLOWN!