Kerrsday WhirliGIG – Stirling University, 15/11/1979

I started listening to this gig last night. First thing that hits you is that Capital City is not quite Capital City. From what I can tell, this is its debut outing and the song at this point is just referred to as “Pulse”.

There are different words to it, there’s no “city that we live on” – it’s an island.

“The unspoken word
To an island we can live on
You take, you break to unsettle, take
To an island that we live on
To an island that we crawl on
Well you took its culture the tribal …” (can’t decipher the line properly)

I had a go at trying to work out the lyrics. I love hearing the germ of something new. I love being let into that. It feels like you’re being let in on a secret. Those were the days! We’re never privy to ANYTHING now until it’s fully formed. Jim keeps everything very close to his chest now and doesn’t really share anything beyond saying “I’m writing”.

I think this might just be my favourite version of Here Comes The Fool of the ones I’ve heard. Jim is so UP on this version. He sounds like he is well up for this gig! He even comes in too early for the final chorus of the song. Lol

It also included is a very early outing of Naked Eye, which seems a little different lyrically to what is on the Real To Real Cacophony album. Just subtle changes and differences – Jim sings “It’s so dark, I don’t understand it”, for example. And there’s no reference to cherries or spiders at the end of the song. It actually sounds like a Sparks song the way it sounds when Charlie’s guitar comes in at the beginning.

I was alert enough until Life In A Day, then sleep started to take over, but I was alert enough until that point to take it the different to the norm performance that Jim seemed to be giving off. Firstly, he seemed slightly more talkative and interactive with the crowd than usual – esp. of that period. Secondly, his vocal performance seemed different than usual of the period. Perhaps he was flying high? He sounded like he was enjoying the gig anyway. Just from the sound of things, he was sounding more confident, and not the reserved, stilted performer he tended to exude in the very early days – “he seemed like he should have been in special school” as Mick said recently. Lol

I am really excited to hear the rest of it. You can’t help but get swept up in it. I mean, yes, it’s early days, but they are already two albums in and just…LISTEN TO THEM! No wonder every person who went and saw them then raved about them and that their following just kept growing exponentially. They’re barely two years into being a band and they have two albums under their belt, an already – small but – dedicated fanbase that just grows and grows and their so AWESOME.

I may be back later when I’ve heard to rest of the gig to expand and update this post. But until then… enjoy!

Thanks to Stuart Greaves for uploading the gig.

A little sidenote – the gig was on a Kerrsday 👏🏻😊

Full Follies Colour!

ERMEAGEERRRRRRD! IMMA GONNA CRY! I am ssssoooo happy this is up there. But I am sssooooo scared it’ll get taken away. PLEASE stay up there until morning, so I can make sure I can copy it for my own personal collection.

Jim is just off his tits glorious in this performance. I mean…he really is flying high, but I just love how he is. He’s just….EVERYTHING!

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!

Why I Love…Capital City

Another killer Dan bassline. It’s a simple bassline but carries the song. The beginning of it and further along in the song when the bass is up front…there’s almost the sound of Aboriginal clap sticks. Don’t know if it’s my imagination…or there’s some other percussive instrument Brian’s using?
I read on Dream Giver Redux that the Gabriel tour party gave Capital City a bit of stick. Well, they can f*** off! Bunch of snobs! Yes, OK…it *is* slightly “plinky plonky” but not in a way that detracts from the song’s gravitas and depth, as far as I’m concerned. Seriously, the snobby Gabriel set of 1980 can go SWIVEL! I would describe it more as “staccato”. Mick’s synths are slightly jarring, but that’s what helps give the song it’s atmosphere. It has a rhythm, at times, like when you see a jogger slowing down from a race. A stagger…and another stagger. It’s meandering. 
I’ve never really heard it before or since on any Minds song but Charlie’s guitar on this sounds SSOO much like The Edge. But I bet my life on it that should read the the other way round, seeing as Empires And Dance was released as U2 went into the recording studio to make Boy. 
Jim’s lyrics are sparse. Wonderfully sparse. Atmospherically sparse!
Wonderfully, there is a demo version for comparison. And it is probably one of the most “complete” demos there is. But the honing and refining that had been done really polished it up. Jim subtly changes and switches around lyrics. He drops the lines from the demo, “This ocean’s blue / it calls to you”, and inserts the “I walk on by / Animals cry” lines instead. And where those lines were in the demo, he replaces them with, “Dance the dance of violence”. Good work, my glorious bhoy! The demo also has him saying the “city that *I* live on” (rather than “they”).
Charlie’s guitar is much more up in the mix on the album version, as it should be. Screeching at times but simplistic. He makes the understated magical. He blends so well with Mick on this.
I find this one just SSOO atmospheric. Another snapshot of a slightly dilapidated, post-war, European Capital City. Except, there are not really ANY dilapidated European cities with a coastline. Plenty with a river running through. But that’s by the by. It’s the imagery that’s conjured up in my head anyway. This dilapidated, post-war European city with a coastline…
It just has that darkness again.
There’s good darkness to me. Darkness that makes you think and ponder and question and seek things out and want to get knowledge and that’s the kind of darkness that Simple Minds exude when they “do” dark. It’s not a hopeless dark. It’s hopeful dark. 
And that is why I love Capital City.
This video is appalling quality but just AWESOME as a live performance. Jim is just…OUT THERE! Man alive I adore him! 

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!