Minds Music Monday – In Every Heaven (Early Version)

I fell in love with this version IMMEDIATELY on first play when I got the New Gold Dream box set in the summer of 2016.

I find it wonderful when we are allowed to hear demos and early versions of songs. I love being exposed to that “work-in-progress’ – even if it takes many years to do so.

It always feels just ever so slightly darker and maudlin the early version. I guess because it is a slower pace. It’s more sparse as well. The synth is just beautiful though. So melodic. And even if Jim is just searching for lyrics and a tune with his vocal, it’s haunting and beautiful.

In its early life, In Every Heaven feels much more akin to Seeing Out The Angel in its structure, but it eventually gets its guitar parts, becomes more up tempo and says such beautiful sentiment to its lyrics.

I’ll never QUITE understand what “kissing yourself goodbye” is meant to imply but I guess it doesn’t really matter. Not everything in life makes sense.

My favourite lines?
“Radio plays
Static of love
Stand over by my side
Heaven it bumps
Heaven it grinds
Get over by my side”

He writes such romantic words.

Anyway, they are not on this version. And despite its more…deeper feel, it’s still heavenly.

The photo was taken from my bedroom window a few days ago. It just looked splendid.

“It’s The Greatest Gift Of All”…

Let’s hope for the near future that “the band play(ed)s on”.

Today I received a belated birthday present from my friend, Yvonne. A beautiful, unique thing it is too! It’s a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of my Hunter And The Hunter digital art piece.

How wonderful is that?! Absolutely beautiful!

Thank you, Birdy! I love it ❤️😊

A Celebration Of U2 In 1982

Geez, I loved them then. What a cracking version of Gloria! And to hear A Celebration being done live is fab. That line in Rejoice “I can’t change the world, but I can change the world in me” resonated so much with me.
They were so flipping fab then. Honestly. Just watching this 9 minutes of them had me fist-pumping and singing along. I just don’t feel that from them any more, unfortunately.

I have no idea if Simple Minds were on the same show? They appeared on Get Set For Summer as well, doing Promised You A Miracle and King Is White And In The Crowd…Sweat In Bullet too.

I always find it odd too that these days, retrospectively (or…maybe not so retrospectively), I’d have Jim in a damn heartbeat. But back then I looooooved Bono. I was absolutely GUTTED when I found out he was married. Lol. It didn’t stop me getting jealous of every single girl he’d drag up on stage to dance with him, either. Lol

Sycophancy Nancy Strikes Again!

She’s baaaaack!

It’s been “Sycophancy Nancy”s turn to make “art” today. She finished off what Prip started last night. During the font layout and wording, she looked at some pre-made phrases and saw the option in the second piece (the cake reference). She initially thought better of it, then decided – half in jest – to add it on at the end.

Silly Nancy! You ain’t fooling anyone!

I’m not sure what’s worse for her right now – Jim or the cake…

The Barrowland Star – Priptona Shrine Art

It’s a Prip nostalgia trip of the highest order. With overt Kerr 1982 aesthetic on display. This one is made exactly four years ago today. It came up in my Facebook memories.

There are parts of that appearance on The Tube in 1982 in which Jim just floors me with his beauty. I have made SSSOOOOO much work from that Tube appearance.

Jim Kerr, you are just…jawdropping in your beauty. I will never stop adoring you. Sorry! #notsorry

Old Gold Dream?

I felt rather disheartened by yesterday’s 6 Music “Album Club”. The remit for BBC Radio 6 Music when it started was to be “indie” and “alternative”. It seems to have edged away from that over the years. I mean…it was fabulous that they gave exposure to Walk Between Worlds in 2018. No one was more surprised than me. I really thought it would be Radio 2 that would give it the exposure.

The fact that Simple Minds can straddle getting airplay from both stations is testament to the lasting legacy and style of the music they have produced. GOOD ON THE MINDS!

But the disappointing things about yesterday were – the repetition of the interview. At least 6 Music alluded (or even ELUDED) to it being a repeat…but with a modicum of uncertainty I tuned in anyways but once it got under way, the interview was sounding pretty familiar.

The other was the fact that they – 6 Music – ONCE AGAIN chose to concentrate on New Gold Dream.

Now….DON’T GET ME WRONG! New Gold Dream is EVERYTHING that the lasting reverence and esteem it is held in by all and sundry is worthy of. It is as near to perfection as Simple Minds ever got, aurally. And you all know well enough how I feel about Jim in 1982. The album and him…both near perfection in 1982. He is as aesthetically beautiful as the album work itself. The album is art and Jim right at that point is Michelangelo’s David for me.

Back to that 6 Music remit. “Indie and alternative”. It makes me wonder then WHY…why not highlight EMPIRES AND DANCE? It was its 40th anniversary, FFS! Or…Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call – which is absolutely CRYING OUT for a box set reissue, but looks as if it will never get it – to my (and quite a number of others fans) eternal consternation.

It just had me perplexed. New Gold Dream is constantly lauded. Constantly gets the praise. It’s almost as if, sometimes in the eyes of many, that Simple Minds made only one great album and it’s that one thing. For me, it almost falls into the danger zone of Don’t You (Forget About Me). Except it is far more superior to that (sorry for the Don’t You lovers – I once was a lover of it too, many moons ago…and then I became a Simple Minds fan). Simple Minds only known for ONE SONG and ONE ALBUM. It just sucks arse!

And I am ssooo disappointed that there wasn’t more to celebrate and applaud Empires And Dance. On this milestone anniversary year, it REALLY deserved it. I hate how both EAD and Sons/Sister are just deemed creative precursors to NGD. Never really seen as the amazing sonic innovations they both were.

At times I can be left with a kind of desensitised feeling after having listened to NGD – like it just washes over me because it’s kind of “too good”. I can’t explain it right. But…I NEVER have that feeling with Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call. It ALWAYS leave me floored, in awe, astounded and like I have been on the most amazing sonic journey. And Empires And Dance just floors me thinking about their age and ambition and how they pulled off such a sound. Drawing on so many influences, but finding their own musical identity.

Anyway, that’s just how I felt about yesterday’s Album Club. Once I heard that the interview was indeed a repeat, I switched the radio off.

Yesterday I wasn’t much in the mood to hear more praise heaped upon NGD.

Another Chance? Steve Lamacq’s Album Club

I’m not sure if this is going to be a brand new thing? I did seek clarity on this but no reply (so far) has been forthcoming, so I have no idea. The blurb would seem to imply it might be…but it just maybe worded that way in readiness for it being on BBC Sounds for playback. I dunno.

They did do this four years ago when the New Gold Dream box set came out. I have a sneaky feeling it MIGHT be a repeat of that…but we’ll see.

Either way, it’s an opportunity to grab it and put it on the blog to be available permanently. In the meantime, click on the image to be taken to the BBC page. Listen in “live” at 6pm this evening – or on playback.