I was listening to Billy Sloan’s show on BBC Radio Scotland last night and he played a previously unreleased version of Bowie’s I Can’t Read which is set to be released on a new compilation due out on Record Store Day called CHANGESNOWBOWIE. He then followed it up by playing a cover of Absolute Beginners. Almost immediately I was like “woah, this is pretty good. WTF is this?!”
To my utter amazement, when it finished Billy revealed it to be Steve Harley. My gob was truly smacked. That was NOT the name I was expecting to hear at the end of it. I don’t know whose name I WAS expecting…but it wasn’t Steve Harley’s. But hats off to him. It’s a wonderful version.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the link to Billy’s show. Absolute Beginners plays about 48 mins in. Give it a listen and see what you think.
It’s a track on Harley’s upcoming release called Uncovered. I’d be intrigued to hear the rest based on this track.
The return of the weekend whirligig sees us revisiting SM performing a set for BBC Radio One “in concert”.
Contains cracking versions of White Light/White Heat, original Kerr lyrics to Scar and a great Pleasantly Disturbed, marred only by having lines of my least favourite David Bowie song – the truly turgid Memory Of A Free Festival – within it.
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.
This story is incredible and the corresponding podcast is one of the best produced podcasts I’ve heard.
Part docu-drama, part narrative by journalist Helena Merriman, it tells the story of Joachim Rudolph, a defector and refugee that escapes from East Berlin in the early months of the enforcement and communist DDR crackdown on the Berlin Wall on the east side in 1961.
Free from the east just a few months, he hatches a plan with some fellow students at university to build a tunnel from the west into the east to free family and friends divided by the wall.
It is a “must listen” piece of amazing true story audio drama.
Broken up into 10 parts and just over 3 hours long, I implore you to take the time to listen.
It’s an incredible story of brute strength, determination, and absolute unabashed heroism!
A link to the BBC Long Reads article on it can be found by clicking HERE