Jim talks extensively about his memories of a recording career spanning 40 years as Simple Minds frontman and lyricist and touches on his working partnership with Charlie Burchill, Live Aid and the Free Mandela concert in the summer of 1988, plus the first Simple Minds concert in Satellite City, Glasgow on January 17th, 1978.
Jim talks to Kat about Simple Minds’ 40 year recording career and next year’s arena tour of the UK, starting on April 14 in Cardiff.
Jim on Clyde 2 Breakfast Show with Ewen Cameron on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019. Jim talks about Simple Minds’ 40 year recording career, and also joins in on a Hydro ticket give-away!
Jim talking with BBC Radio Scotland presenter (and Deacon Blues frontman) Ricky Ross on the Sunday Soundtrack on October 13th.
I was looking through the new Classic Pop special on the New Romantics movement and wondering if Simple Minds would even get a mention anywhere. Of course they wouldn’t describe themselves as New Romantics…but they were certainly on the fringes of the scene, if not directly involved in it. And certainly their music fitted in with the sound of the period.
In particular, I had hoped to see them be mentioned in the feature of the magazine called “40 Essential Tracks of The Scene”, because if nothing else their sound was right in the frame (as far as I am concerned) for the period. I started to get a bit disgruntled as I turned the pages. I mean, if Duran Duran’s Planet Earth is there, how the fuck could I Travel NOT be?
Finally…and right next to Iggy Pop’s Nightclubbing (at a lowly 39! Fucking hell. I wonder about some of these music mags sometimes…) – was this (see below). I am actually finding Changeling a curious choice given what else is in the Simple Minds canon at the time of the New Romantics movement. I mean…HELLO! I Travel, anyone? Celebrate? Love Song?
But having said that, great that they chose a bit more of a curveball and highlighted Real To Real Cacophony right on its anniversary. I’ll give them that.
Jim will be Billy Sloan’s featured guest on his show tonight. So tune in to the Billy Sloan Show on Radio Scotland from 10pm.