Rolling Stone Magazine’s Glaring Omission!

In the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine, they have gone over the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. There is now a new, revised list from the magazine. The first list was published in 2003. In 2012, they revised this list. We’ve now had this second revision.

I went through the whole list, praying I would see New Gold Dream (if nothing else in the Simple Minds canon) on it. Nope! Not a sausage.

I then went and looked at the original 2003 thinking they may have been on that – but no. Okay, then perhaps they made the 2012 revision. Nada!

There are albums I love on there. Several Bowie albums (though I don’t agree with their placements in the lists), my favourite Bjork albums, albums by The Police, Tracy Chapman’s debut…and many others that were worthy of their placement.

And then there are weird omissions from the revisions, strange additions and list placement reshuffles that leave me perplexed.

An example: Hole’s Live Through This from 1994. It is an album I loved at the time, and when the original “500 Greatest Albums” list was compiled in 2003, I might have agreed with its placing of number 466. But now, not really. And I am certainly perplexed by not only it still being on the list in 2020 – but its high repositioning at number 106! What the fook?!

Okay…so New Gold Dream has never been on the list. I genuinely think it’s a crime.

There were a few personal Top 10s from renowned musicians. One of them being U2’s The Edge. I gave his list a keek and … nothing! I thought, “Come on! It’s the inspiration for The Unforgettable Fire! You guys wax lyrical about it! You still play it before gigs! Why is it not in your top 10?” I am miffed!

I know music is subjective and lists mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. But I was genuinely disheartened not to see New Gold Dream even at number 500.

There’s no accounting for taste.

Slow News Sunday Summary – April 28th

Well, seeing as most days there is not much to report, I have decided to coin the SM “Slow News Sunday Summary”. A look at what morsels have been reported via SMO or other related avenues during the past seven days.

  • Cherisse on tour with Kelly Jones in June/July
  • Sir’s been to Sicily
  • Sarah’s Saturday night gig
  • Rejuvenation albums now available individually as singles

On Wednesday it was officially revealed by Cherisse on her social media that she will be playing with Kelly Jones (Stereophonics’ frontman) during his solo tour of the UK in June and July. A fan had heard an interview with Jones on radio saying that he was “interviewing” a drummer to tour with him and that SHE currently plays for Simple Minds. A rather large giveaway, but I was remaining nonplussed about it until word came from Cherisse herself.

I had a drumming lesson with her on Thursday and we talked about the news. She said some fans got into a panic, asking her whether it meant the end of her time with SM.

Have no fear, peeps! She’s just grabbing the opportunity for some gigging while there is SM downtime.

Also taking the opportunity to explore other musical avenues during the SM downtime is Sarah Brown, who was a guest of a group called Casca, playing a gig last night in Camden. I would have loved to have gone, but honestly, I cannot reiterate how skint I am right now. But I would have loved to have gone and shown some support.

Jim had a few days in Sicily earlier in the week. Some downtime for him from a busy schedule of writing, etc… all actually very elusive as to what else he’s doing other than him saying he’s “writing”.

Anyway…mustn’t dwell on how quiet it is, eh? And actually, I SHOULD be thankful because I have sod all money to do anything with … and that would be FAR worse! If they were touring around and I couldn’t do anything about it.

Speaking of things that cost money that I can’t really do anything about…
After now having released the Rejuvenation box sets and having had us all invest in those (well, those of us who could…), the albums and CDs are now available to purchase individually.

I am now in absolute dilemma mode. A huge part of me wants the box sets because of the packaging. Another part of me says it means I can invest in the vinyl that I was most interested in getting from the box set with a smaller outlay spread over time. The CD/DVD box set I definitely DO want to invest in. But it is going to have to wait.

Until next week, folks…keep it Simple x

Vinyl Days

When at home, back in the UK, perhaps once a fortnight or there abouts I’d have a “vinyl day”. It would mostly comprise of my newly acquired Simple Minds vinyl, but not exclusively. 

I am missing those days. There’s a ritual, almost, to playing vinyl. Switching your tech on. Checking it is all in good working order. Checking the status of your stylus. Choosing your record. Removing it from the inner sleeve. Checking it over, making sure it looks ok and being thankful that nothing happened to it while it was protected in its cover. Placing it carefully on the turntable. Lifting the arm. Placing it over the edge to the record…carefully lining it up with the groove. That fine balance. Too far back, it’ll slip off the record and wreck your stylus. Too far forward and you’ll cut off the start of the record. You mentally cross your fingers to get it right. And you do. You hear that sweet sound of nothing that only vinyl can give you. That space between missing the groove and the music beginning. If your record has seen “better days”, you’ll hear that distinctive “pop and crackle” that vinyl gives. 

It’s almost a primal thing…that sound. It speaks “I’m about to hear something REALLY good…and I can’t wait!”

So, yes. I am missing vinyl days…and my good God, am I going to have two “new” beauties to listen to when I get back home. One actually new – well, not SO new by then – David Bowie’s Blackstar, the other – a highly anticipated (by me, at least) half-speed mastered version of New Gold Dream. I cannot wait to hear these two.