News on the Virginia Turbett front. There’s a book on Iggy Pop coming out. In his own words, it seems. Not quite a memoir, as such, but more the printing of his lyrics with notes and photos complimenting and elaborating on the thought processes involved in the craft of songwriting.
It sounds really good. And a bit of a left-field choice for a publisher like Penguin Books!
Some of Virginia Turbett’s photos of Iggy feature in the book. And wow, she has taken some AMAZING photos of Iggy over the years. Along with continuing to expand upon my own personal Simple Minds archive of VT’s work, I plan to get some Iggy photos from her as well.
Check out Virginia’s website to view some of her wonderful Iggy stills – https://virginiaturbett.com
You can pre-order the book from the Penguin website, just CLICK HERE to be taken to the site.
I think I may actually like this more than the Love Song offering. What’s going on, guv? Lol
I’m still not sure about how much overdubbing has been done…dunno.
Jim’s voice seems more natural and recorded “on the night” than it does on Love Song.
I’m feeling a little more optimistic after this.
The other thing I would say is…it lacks a little bit of … guts … musically….acoustically. I mean, it’s a sonic assault to the ears, being at a Simple Minds concert, and this sounds like someone’s turned all the amps down. Dunno…
Maybe it was the way I listened to it? Through my in-ear phones on Spotify? It just …doesn’t fill the space I was expecting it to sonically. I’m not wording it right, but I know what I feel it’s lacking. I’m just not articulating it very well.
I’ll have to listen to Love Song again and see if it suffers the same thing.
I’m assuming like other recent releases, we’ll get a new song to listen to each week or so until release day.
Supporting The Anchoress for her London and Cardiff gigs is She Makes War. I really like the sound of what I hear and I’m looking forward to seeing her in a few weeks time.
The Anchoress’s London date has sold out, but there are still tickets available for her Cardiff show on September 21st. You can purchase tickets HERE
Well, here is the news!
And here also, from the album, is Love Song – sounding overdubbed (Jim’s voice, at least) to buggery.
Look…I hate to criticise, I really do. BUT…if you are going to release a live album…have the bloody courage of your convictions! If you want to keep that reputation of being one of the best live bands in the world…WHY overdub “live” albums?
Okay, I am basing this purely on the sound of Love Song. I’ve not heard anything else from the album, and I wasn’t at that gig…but Jim did write a post after the tour about how run-down and full of lurgy he was feeling during the tour. No one I knew who went to the gigs heard anything up with his voice.
I’m sorry, but to me, overdubs feel deceptive.
And he’ll be pissed off with me for my preliminary critique. But it is how I feel. And I am NOT going to lie. It’s just my first impression over what I’ve heard.
Sorry, Sir. But if I can’t be honest with you, then I might as well just…do as Annie Mitchell suggested and go and “step off the planet”.
But it’s a first impression, based on one song from it. I’ll no doubt invest in it, listen to it and give it a full and fair critique on release date.
Available to pre-order…details can be found on Simple Minds’ social media platforms.
The “rumbles” continue…crashing like waves to the shore…soon leading to a full on tsunami…
UPDATE: I’ve pulled a rabbit out of the hat in the past 24 hours. Booked a ticket for the gig. Cancelled the Manchester accommodation the night before the Drum Show and booked the train to take me to Manchester on Saturday morning…and staying the night in a hostel near Euston station instead.
So, The Anchoress in London IS ON!!
The Anchoress has added a new date to her album launch shows.
London on September 20th has been added. The day before her Cardiff date.
I can’t go to Cardiff because it’s the day of the Drum Show in Manchester. And because it starts early, I decided it would be best to travel to Manchester the day before.
So now…that rules out London as well! Yay ☹️☹️☹️
It would have been so bloody handy to get to as well. Fuck it!
Well…I can only hope for other dates. Never mind. It is what it is, eh…
You can get tickets for the show HERE