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…
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”
This Mars Bar gig is broken up in parts on YouTube, so for this weekend, I will post songs from the gig in stages. We start with a very rare one indeed. Never made it to a studio recording and this is the only version of it (I know of anyway) out there.
Caught In A Dream: A)…would love to ask Jim about it. Wish his voice was clearer, so I could hear the words properly. It’s very bluesy for them. I hear the Velvet Underground influence on it, esp.