The Return Of SSIS Video From Belgian TV

This clip was around on YouTube last year and then shortly after disappeared. I was GUTTED when it disappeared. I only got a few screengrabs from it and although I made a bit of art from it as a result, I missed being able to watch the clip. I just love it…and I adore Jim in it.

So this time, I made sure it will NEVER, EVER disappear from me EVER again! Hopefully the Belgian station will always allow the clip to be viewable on their site..but if it ever disappears, I have my own copy of it saved now.


You can watch the whole clip by CLICKING HERE and going to the Sonuma website to view.


Huge thanks to mega SM fan, Carlos, for making us fans aware of it being available to watch on the Sonuma website.

Capital City Curious Kerr

Taken to YouTube for something and this appeared on my homepage. It had been a while, so I had to watch it.

Geez he’s mesmerising! I know these days when I watch these early performances that he’s most likely off his tits…but it doesn’t make it any less fascinating. Each time I view one of these performances with a renewed sense of “how the f*** did I not know that Simple Minds and Jim Kerr were like this?! It’s UNREAL! WHY did it take me so damn long to discover this?!”

And each time I have that TARDIS wish. I know! We can’t go back in time…we haven’t perfected time travel, and these old clips shared on YT are the nearest thing I’ll ever get…but I still dream.

And I still can’t believe I could make a piece of art like this from such a sketchy bit of footage.

I know! Nostalgia trip number 427…sorry!


Not as in the Aussie greeting, but as in “Gee Day”…the day for me to travel up to Glasgow once again. I set out in a few hours and arrive at Glasgow Central station at 5.01pm. First port of call will be the Jury’s Inn on Jamaica Street…then a quick call to the HMV in Argyle Street before it closes…familiarise myself with the place before next fortnight 🙂

After that…up to Renfield Street/Hope Street for food and culture. The Flying Duck for a vegan bite and the Theatre Royal for Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Then…back to the hotel for a good rest and hopefully a peaceful night’s sleep.

What follows…I cannot say…

But what follows in this post is a LOVELY cleaned up copy of SM “performing” (miming) SSIS on Belgian TV. I had previously only seen the very crappiest of copies of this (and not a full version of it, either). Now, Jim is there in full awkward glory! He don’t half look self-conscious! Lol.

Getting Simple Minds to mime is an OUTRAGE! Oh, but the visuals are GLORIOUS! Mr. Kerr, you are far too beautiful…even in your self-conscious, awkward gloriousness! I adore you ❤️

The continuation of Brian McGee appreciation day on the blog.

Another song from Belgian TV (same set as Capital City came from, it would appear) – Calling Your Name. Jim Kerr has some fantastically weird moves during this. Lol. But today is all about Brian :-))

Again – apologies for the video qhality – but it’s so hard to find good quality live performances of this time containing Brian on drums.

It’s 1980 – so the quality of this video is not the best – but WOW! Just wow! I loooooooooooove early Simple Minds so much! Capital City just slowly pulses (That ‘PULSE!’ vocal couldn’t be more apt! Well played, Jim!), with such a great bassline from Derek, almost pizzicato guitar bits by Charlie, and as ever, wonderful keys by Mick – held together by Brian’s drum glue.

Oh, it’s just so post-industrial European, it’s almost obscene! If I could marry a whole band, I would marry Simple Minds in 1980!

More appreciation for Brian McGee!