Empires And Dance Appreciation – Constantinople Line

I originally wrote the following in January, 2016 as a “Why I Love…” piece for the blog. Little has changed in my feeling for this song. It’s bloody fab! I share the demo version of the song because it is the one stuck in my head today more than the album version. Enjoy!

***** It’s the rhythm of it to begin with. Very reminiscent of David Bowie’s Station To Station. It reminds me of it, but is far enough removed not to sound a pastiche.
A great bassline once again from “Big Dan”. And Charlie uses the guitar effects for a nice screeching sound. Maybe it’s just reverb. I can’t claim to understand what I hear, but I know I like it!

Absolutely one of the best set of lyrics Jim has ever written. They are very image laced. I see the pictures in my head when he sings them “I see a land, as we crawl by night /I see a face on the window in front” – I love those lines so much! And possibly my favourite lines from ANY SM song…ever “these stations are useful / these stations we love them” when it wasn’t very “de rigueur” to claim to “love” things like that. I’m assuming because of such, Jim is very much saying it tongue-in-cheek, which I love. (No pun intended!)

The demo version has different lyrics. He sounds like he’s ad libbing a bit. The song’s musical structure is there…and some of the final lyrics are there (including the “these stations” ones) but there are some lines that don’t gel. He did a wonderful job refining and trimming. The demos can make you appreciate the final cut so much more…
And, of course, the song ends with the sound of a train.

It just does a great job of letting you feel that train journey experience. Foreign lands…people behaving shifty…cloak and dagger…it’s like Strangers On A Train. Simple Minds do Hitchcock and borrow a *tiny* bit from Bowie and do a stellar job.
This song…I love it! 😜😊 *****

P.S. The artwork is a really early days one. An oldie but a goodie. Jim liked it. Halcyon days 😌

I Never Dreamed – First Recorded Vocal Of David Bowie

Here is a 12 second snippet of a demo recording of The Konrads song I Never Dreamed – the earliest known recording of David Bowie singing. Bowie is only 16, but already an accomplished saxophonist – and now is asked to provide vocals for The Konrads.

This snippet is a sample being shared by auctioneers Omega Auctions. Let’s hope that whoever wins the bid will be someone willing to share it with the public, rather than keeping it in a private collection. We’ll see…(read more on the find HERE)

Love Song Demo – Silver Box

Oh, how I love the demo tracks on Silver Box. The one getting the most appreciation at the moment is Love Song. That stripped back quality of it. Just bass and guitar driving it…and all those little…almost…night rainforest/jungle sounds on it. 
The demos are usually accredited as being produced by Mick MacNeil. I know nothing of production, really, but from what I hear, Mick would (and does) make a great producer.

I know this is probably total biased talk…but honestly, I’ve never known another band whose demos are as good if not sometimes BETTER than their pro recorded studio versions!

In case any of you reading this have any doubts about it…

I FUCKING LOVE SIMPLE MINDS!

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