For this week’s Minds Music Monday, I thought I would combine some things. Firstly, it is Charlie Burchill’s birthday at the end of this week. Happy birthday, Charlie!
Also, just a week or so ago, we saw the re-release of the Man Who Sold The world – or as it was originally MEANT to be called, Metrobolist. The re-release was to mark its 50th anniversary of release in the USA (Yes! The album was strangely released in the USA first, several months before it was released in the UK).
So, in light of this double – Charlie’s birthday, and the recent release of the 50th anniversary issue of Metrobolist, let’s have Simple Minds covering The Man Who Sold The World – and Charlie’s stellar guitar work, emulating his hero Mick Ronson. Sounding rather braw in the process he is too!
I fell in love with this version IMMEDIATELY on first play when I got the New Gold Dream box set in the summer of 2016.
I find it wonderful when we are allowed to hear demos and early versions of songs. I love being exposed to that “work-in-progress’ – even if it takes many years to do so.
It always feels just ever so slightly darker and maudlin the early version. I guess because it is a slower pace. It’s more sparse as well. The synth is just beautiful though. So melodic. And even if Jim is just searching for lyrics and a tune with his vocal, it’s haunting and beautiful.
In its early life, In Every Heaven feels much more akin to Seeing Out The Angel in its structure, but it eventually gets its guitar parts, becomes more up tempo and says such beautiful sentiment to its lyrics.
I’ll never QUITE understand what “kissing yourself goodbye” is meant to imply but I guess it doesn’t really matter. Not everything in life makes sense.
My favourite lines?
Static of love
Stand over by my side
Heaven it bumps
Heaven it grinds
Get over by my side”
He writes such romantic words.
Anyway, they are not on this version. And despite its more…deeper feel, it’s still heavenly.
The photo was taken from my bedroom window a few days ago. It just looked splendid.
Thinking about choosing a track for this week’s MMM, it’s really easy to trawl through their extensive back catalogue to the long past. But as the proposed songs to highlight fluttered through my mind…invariably harking back to the long past, I tutted at myself. “Hey, what about the recent past? What about Walk Between Worlds?”
And with a new album ready to appear on the horizon, I was thinking about the crazy, exciting anticipation I was filled with when we first heard little snippets of WBW and were told of its release date. We are just coming to three years since that flush of info.
On September 29th, 2017, Jim posted about being “busy in rehearsals” and there was news of things to come that he was excited about sharing with us. I usually take those kinds of things with a pinch of salt because…well, promises can be broken, or things…circumstances can change so…
I allowed myself a small flutter of excitement, but that was that.
As November started, he started writing posts about certain songs from the Simple Minds back catalogue and how they came to be. It was all slowly ramping up. And then mid November, the major clues of a release of the new album being imminent started to come through. And then, a week before Charlie’s birthday – BAM! Details of Walk Between Worlds was revealed. But even more exciting was the way the tour was revealed. It was a real tease and got the fans in an absolute FRENZY. It was a masterstroke how it was done.
I remember hearing Magic for the first time and I loved it from the get go. It was so uplifting and such a wonderful piece on how the amazing concoction of self-belief, ambition, determination…and with a little dash of luck – amazing things can happen. That it can, indeed, produce MAGIC.
It was panned by many a fan. Some very noticeably. I will say nothing more than that – because that is all the air certain “oxygen suckers” will get from me! But the lyrics are lovely! They DO tell a story. Okay, nobody loves the old Jim Kerr writing style more than me. The “fragments and ambiguities” that he said he liked to deal in, in an interview for Belgian TV in 1983. But I love Jim the storyteller too. And there is a wonderful story to Magic. That young, disillusioned man, kicking about the big city, wondering what his life was going to amount to. And then, with all those ingredients mentioned earlier all coming into play and alignment…adding some hard work as the final ingredient and…there’s your Simple Minds story right there!
I love Magic. I have done from the first listen and I still do. I see that poor disillusioned young man walking down the street on his tod, looking downcast… “As I walk through the city with my wounded pride and everybody is too busy and you’re wondering why, there’s a hole inside. I need a pill not an alibi.” But it all comes good in the end, young Jim! Keep the faith, beautiful man.
The song just has an indelible spirit and heart. And it lifts me every time I hear it. I will never understand why it has its detractors. But, hey. To each their own. If they don’t hear and feel the magic in it then…
Perhaps it *is* the weakest song on WBW? Well, if it is, then it is testament to what a wonderful album Walk Between Worlds is!
It’s been the inspiration for a few art pieces, and the video is a fave. Jim is sssoooo frigging skinny in this video. He’s got his gammy eye and he is that heady mix of fledgling Laird Dash Fandango in his collared shirt and tailored trousers but with that bit of “gangster rough” with it.
Oh, and him doing all those whipping actions with the mic cord….OMG! It used to have me saying stuff like, “WHIP ME, JIM! PLEASE! WHIP ME!” Lol. Oh…the fantasies!
Anyways! It’s a Happy Anniversary to Sweat In Bullet being released as a single a mere 39 years ago today. Enjoy…art and video… (the first is still a fave, even though I did it yonks ago)
Visuals from Glittering Prize for the last one but words from Sweat In Bullet.
Ask the fans what you’d ask Jim and/or Charlie and the same answers spew forth:
Will you marry me, Jim? (Charlie is ever rarely asked that question, despite a percentage of the female fanbase having eyes for Charlie. None of them ever want to marry him, or are much too classy to ask.)
Why do you sack Derek/Mick/Mel?
Will you ever have Derek/Mick/Mel back?
Will you play a gig online for us?
Can we have a show online?
When’s the new album coming out?
Over and over. Especially the Derek/Mick/Mel thing. I’m surprised Andy Gillespie hasn’t had a mention in amongst it yet.
And honestly, to ask the question to the fans in the first place is getting old. The vast majority have nothing new to offer. And if Jim is looking for inspiration than right at this point in time, the fanbase seems the last place he’ll find it. Question like this will just keep him well away! If he really is suffering from the disillusionment of all the pandemic, the ceasing of touring and everything else this year has given us, then THIS won’t help!
And I am not any more innocent. I know what an absolute scratched record I sound like! Keeping on going on about missing him and wishing he was hanging around on Facebook more often. Hardly likely to happen when these are the endless questions thrown at him. “When’s the book coming out, Jim? Can we have an online gig, Jim? Can we have members of the band that have not been in the band for 30+ years back, Jim? Why did you get rid of them in the first place, Jim?” LIKE IT’S ALL DOWN TO HIM! Yes, granted he can come across as a control freak Machiavellian/Svengali sometimes BUT…just for a start MICK WANTED OUT so… and how can a fan worth their salt NOT KNOW this aspect of the story!? I mean, Jesus Fucking Christ! Is it any wonder Jim is staying away from Facebook and the fanbase and not interacting!!
And these hypothesis Q&A don’t help. It’ll just compound his disillusionment and boredom.
I am guilty of this too but actually I seem to have been the only one so far to just say I’d like to say just simply “Hi guys. How are ya? How you doing? How’s things?” Because, you know…that’s all I’d want from Jim. Normal conversation. What’s he listening to right now? What books is he reading? How is he getting through stuff day to day? Hiking is one thing he’s doing, I guess. The daily trek up to the Castelmol. Maybe even that has felt quickly mundane.
The more I ponder the intricacies of his life, the more I think it is just such a different world to mine. That young guy fae Toryglen is loooooong gone! He moves in such different circles. And I could never imagine being in a position where you GENUINELY never have to question whether you can afford to buy something in a shop. I allowed myself to feel that to a very small degree for a fraction of time last year – but I knew I could really. I know it wasn’t a sustainable thing. But now I am back completely to watching every single penny. Like…EVERYTHING that goes into the food shopping basket.
And here I am being some insignificant NOMARK praying for a bit of time from him. Like…it’s just absurd. It really is. Perhaps I insulted him with my comparison I have to him when I told him that I never felt able to contact David Bowie because he seemed otherworldly and completely out of reach, whereas Jim seemed approachable, warm, human, interested, engaging…tangible.
It’s a different life. A different way. And such a contradiction. To want to be the “everyman” in rock star’s clothes…it’s….??
Aaaww! I miss this man more than…well…you all know. And I keep trying to shut the fuck up about it. And I’m getting on and doing okay, you know. But there are still just things that happen. Silly incidental things like…yesterday, being at Springburn Shopping Centre and seeing the fruit and veg stall inside the mall selling this variety of potatoes. Lol
This showing just how omnipresent he is in my thoughts.
I was trying to think of something to do for Kerrsday this morning and was thinking of sharing the silly spuds photo and then was just looking through Facebook, seeing what was what (getting increasingly disillusioned with all the crap that appears in one’s news feed) when I spies THIS – shared by Sardinya Simple Minds FB group.
I have no idea when they got it. Where it comes from. I think that might be Antonio Chemi sitting opposite Charlie, so….maybe he (Antonio) shared it somewhere? Or Jim has some private social media account they are savvy to. NO IDEA!
But my heart just fills with joy just seeing him. He used to share the odd selfie too, you know. Just to show us all he was still okay. Safe and well. Photographic proof.
ANYWAY! I WILL SHUT THE FUCK UP! Because I am obviously not allowed to miss him. Can’t talk to him. Can’t wish to see him. Nowt.
I bury myself in the past because it is where all the best days are.
Two things about these photos from Colchester Grandslam 2018 – 1) The first photo of us all lined up for the photo op – my face looks as it does as I am freaking out as to where to put my left hand. I’m absolutely freaking out at the idea that I should place my arm around Jim’s waist. Lol. But even worse if I let my arm hang loose and I accidentally touch his bum or…the front area! Lol. So I decide to very loosely put my arm around his waist. 2) If you look closely at the three photos in which we’re lined up, you’ll see that Jim has a bit of my jacket pinched between his thumb and forefinger. I honestly don’t know why I do but I find that really cute and endearing.
Was sent the loveliest present by my friend, Ruth.
It’s been a quiet day.
Glasgow has put on some FANTABULOUS weather today.
BUT! I’m “Alive And Kicking”. I have my faculties. I’m warm and safe indoors. I have my furbabies to snuggle up to. It’s all good.
Yes, 2020 has been a pretty shit year – and absolutely devastating to many. And I haven’t been going through the best mental state the past few weeks but I appreciate things could be sssooo much worse!
It would be lovely if Jim wished me a happy birthday. Just this time. Just…for my 50th. It’s a milestone after all. And just maybe I would stop feeling like he bloody hates my guts and can’t stand me any more…but hey ho. I just have to count my blessings.
I’ll always love and adore him anyways. He’s beautiful. ❤️
My favourite thing to watch – because I get to look at his tits for AGES! Best. Video. EVER! Kerr – you have got the sexiest chest! I WANT TO LICK YOUR NIPPLES! Lol #SorryNotsorry
I’m reckoning that I work in chronological order. Choose absolute favourite tracks from each album then once they are all collated, streamline and narrow down using certain other criteria until only 50 remain.
These start the long list. My “must haves” from Life In A Day.
Haven’t watched one of Ellis’s videos for ages. He always just sounds so good to me. Dunno why. He just has a nice voice and can strum along pretty well. Always seems quite effortless. I love the pace of this version and the quirks he brings to it. No hi hat to endure! 😂😂😂😂😂