So…I Cannae Ask To See Him?

What the hell did I do wrong, now? I was only trying to be light-hearted. Have a bit of fun. Is it “irrelevant” to ask to see a current pic of the lead singer of your fave band? Was it deemed rude? I didn’t swear. Any sense of innuendo was VERY THINLY LACED (he was the one who was topless in the pic I was referring to…the Jan 17th pic of him holding his Paddington bear mug. I wasn’t the one putting the product placement in).

There are some weird decisions of what gets deleted that takes place on SMO FB. I genuinely don’t mind…I just find it bloody confusing. I’ll post something that I think will last all of five mins up on the visitor wall before it gets taken down (and expect it to be deleted) – ie: my captioned pic of him doing his flat-on-his-back-from-knees-down thing that he does (gotta work out a more succinct name for that move!) and Derek Paterson looking on at the side of the stage bemused. Jim went ahead and turned that into a post on the main SMO page! No one was more stunned than me by that one…

Then another time I’ll post something that I think is pretty darn innocuous (like last night) – ie: could I please see a pic of you, Jim (thinly laced meaning of “I miss you and I just want to see you”) and THAT gets deleted???!??!

It would make sense if there was some kind of consistency with it. Like, “you cannae ask this, this and this”. I mean there are very OBVIOUS things that I would never post or ask, etc. It may not seem it to some, but I DO have a moral compass!

Anyway…sorry…I was just once again left quite miffed having wanted to just make a little lighthearted gesture that I was missing him.

Nae mind.

Is He Back? Is He REALLY Back?

In other news from the past 24 hours, I was stunned to wake and see this response waiting for me this morning. Like a mangey feral street dog, I’ll happily take any morsel I can get! 😊 (Can you tell I’ve missed him? “Noooooooo!” says everyone with faux shock. Lol)

Again, thanks for the response you beautiful, gorgeous man, you! (Yeah, I’m not excusing myself expressing gushing sentiment this time.)

And it seems I may have to extend my research into “people searching”…

UPDATE: Having gotten intrigued by Jim’s intrigue as to what happened to Johnny Waller and Lindsay Hutton, I did indeed go on a “people search”. Unfortunately, there is sad news when it comes to Johnny Waller. He died many years ago – details of which I found at this website here – https://www.kinemagigz.com/kingdom_come.htm

A curious thing with the Kingdom Come fanzine…I had not made the connection of Johnny Waller and the fanzine at all, until Jim mentioned it this morning. I even posted about an issue of the fanzine that came up on eBay last year…with an interview with Jim inside it. Use the blog search – type in “The Birth of Wan” and you’ll see the post (if it doesn’t show in the blog’s ‘linked posts’ metadata below).

As for Lindsay Hutton? He’s still active, and blogging away under the moniker of his old fanzine – Next Big Thing

Off Topic? Kerr Birthday Options…

Hmmm. It would appear I overstepped the boundaries in what is deemed “off topic” or perhaps “advertising” on SMO FB.

In my defence – one: it was very much ON TOPIC as far as I was concerned, for I was merely theorising what Jim may do to celebrate his 60th birthday this July.

Secondly – I don’t advertise anything. Nothing on my blog is monetise and I don’t have advertising here. Perhaps I should have obscured or cropped out the ticket buying info of the screengrab of the Van Morrison gig I was referring to that he could go to for his birthday. But I would have thought it obvious that I was not intending to advertise anything.

I mean, yeah, Van’s giving me kickbacks. Geez! *rolls eyes*

Anyway…I shall discuss my non-endorsement, non-kickback, non-advertisement SUGGESTION of what Jim may be able to do to celebrate his birthday.

The Who play Wembley Stadium on July 6th – there’s one SUGGESTION…
Van Morrison plays The Roundhouse in London on July 6th & 7th – there’s another SUGGESTION…

Jim could indeed enjoy BOTH shows that weekend. Or indeed (as I alternatively SUGGESTED), Simple Minds could throw a gig around that time and we as fans could celebrate his birthday with him…unlikely as that option will be.

Anyway…no matter what he decides to do for his birthday, I hope he celebrates it well, and has many more to come.

Sorry to go “off topic” SMO FB. Heaven forbid someone should talk about music on a music page (albeit a specific band page…can we not talk about their influences? Did Jim not talk of Van Morrison within his most recent post?).

Thanks For The Mammaries

He loves flashing his titties…I love him flashing his titties…everyone’s a winner! 😁😁😁

Apart from given absolute free rein to ogle over Kerr titties, it’s actually a fab piece. Thanks, Sir…just…don’t be a stranger, eh? I miss you too much when you’re gone for long periods.

A Certain Vibe

Things are quiet on the SM front. It’s just…quiet…and I miss Jim. There! I said it. I’ve been trying hard not to. I’ve not wanted to admit to it cos it’s sad and clingy and stupid and all that stuff.

But it is part of what makes being a Minds fan feel so special… the interactivity with him, but it has all but dried up since before Xmas.

Well…a slow severance since the end of the North American tour, really. I mean Christmas happened in between, fair enough.

He posts once or twice a week maybe, still… but nothing really beyond that.

And then… it sounds demanding! And I don’t want it to. I just miss it (him) that’s all. The interactivity is good… Great… When it happens.

He’s probably bored of us.

Anyway! I will post my final two gig reviews when I get home. Most likely on Sunday I’ll post them. The Bard’s Tale was brilliant though. I’ll say that much now!

The Leopard

Brought up by a certain someone in a post talking about wanting to die under a lemon tree, thinking about his age (again!), being in Sicily, and loving a good story.

He always reels me in with his recommendations.

I used to listen to Radio 4 dramas a lot for a certain period. I still listen to the odd thing. There is a serial-based drama that has just started up again called Love In Recovery, about a group of people at a weekly AA group meeting.

I like the freedom radio dramas give you of being able to conjure up your own images and scenes. You can, quite literally, make your own film…paint your own characters exactly as you would want them (minus any vague descriptions of how a character looks to the novelist). The level of concentration for these is different to reading a book. I find it allows my imagery of things to be much more vivid.

This wasn’t a radio play but an abridged reading of the book. The way in which Alex Jennings read it was wonderful. I can certainly see why he was hired for the job!

Of particular enjoyment through the whole reading was the description of the days in which the newly betrothed Tancredi and Angelica would escape their chaperoned walks through the far flung quarters of Donnafugata. In the mind’s eye, such beautiful sensual images of soft pink skin, rose coloured lips (both male and female), fingertips delicately touching skin, etc, etc, quickened one’s pulse. Eluded to seductively, but all very much left to the imagination. Isn’t that how all the best written sex is? All the parts that you, as the reader, (or in this case, the listener) are left to imagine yourself? And of course in my current circumstance, my imagination ran amok!

I listened to all five parts in one sitting. Only breaking after part two to listen to the latest instalment of The Archers (some habits die hard).

I have never been to Italy, or indeed to Sicily…so my experiences of Palermo, Catania, the towering presence of Mount Etna, the deep azure of that “middling” sea are still somewhat a composite of things I see second hand…so far not experienced with my own naked eyes.

Perhaps that may change sometime soon?

I enjoyed listening to it very much. I may just download all the parts to it and share them here. It’ll only stay on iPlayer (ahem), I mean BBC Sounds for so long. And I’d like to keep it to listen to again and again in future – not have to rely on the Beeb to repeat it. In the meantime, if you click the image above of The Leopard – it will direct you to the BBC page for listening.

I think it may also be wise to invest in the novel, to read it in its entirety, unabridged.

I may also get back to listening to more BBC Radio drama.

Thanks for sharing it, Sir. As for the desire to die under a lemon tree? I’ll leave you with this…

The Renaissance – Reconsidering The Rebirth

This man! Sometimes I pour scorn on him and piss on him…well…that’s how it’s feeling today. I adore him above all else…and he has more talent in that fold on the upper corner of his left ear that I fetishise so much than I have in my whole entire being.

And there also…I will be flippant in my explanation! I can’t help myself!

The last thing I ever want to do, esp. after what happened in July, is piss him off or upset him. So I need to be mindful and careful and observant. I usually am. Ninety five per cent of the time, I am.

One, a couple of days back – someone left a comment on a post about the Rejuvenation box set asking whether albums will be released separately as “I really don’t want Neon Lights on vinyl”. Inwardly my reaction was polared. Firstly “Man, you were brave to put that comment here on SMO!” – secondly “I hear ya…but, tough!  We’ve got it.” – lastly, and in devil’s advocate mode of making a suggestion of what he COULD do with his unwanted copy of Neon Lights, I shared a YouTube clip of the scene from Shaun Of The Dead in which the main protagonists in the film use vinyl records as weapons to attack zombies. Obviously THIS IS NOT something I would do myself – although faced with actual zombies…who knows? I have a copy of Neon Lights on CD…and it is coveted and held securely in my boxed treasure trove of Simple Minds music, merch and memorablia. I’m not using the CD as an onion slicer.

With today’s post, Jim reminded me that, although it may not still be completely my cup of tea, within its origins for being, I do need to give Neon Lights due respect. That the concept of it was born out of respect for those musicians and artists that SM themselves hold dear. And that, without them and without wanting to emulate them, there would be no Simple Minds at all!

I had already been having those feelings myself. With the album being available to listen to on Spotify, I dived in again. I also added it to the playlist of my mega SM content. I have a complete playlist on Spotify. Literally EVERYTHING Simple Minds. Everything SM related goes in it….Dark Flowers stuff is in there, Lostboy! tracks, collaborations, all sorts.

I fell asleep giving it its first listen when it was back on Spotify…and I don’t mean that to sound disrespectful…it’s just the time of day I start listening to music, and the setting in which it happens. It was around 2.30am and I was in bed, snug as a bug in a rug. I gently drifted off as Jim was telling me “how good” Gloria makes him feel (lucky cow she is! Lol)

I stirred and awoke for a few moments to take in and be mesmerised by All Tomorrow’s Parties. In a dreamy half-sleep, it sounded dreamy and beautiful. Jim’s voice wonderfully emotive, as if the ghost of Nico was haunting it.

From then, I let shuffle mode do its work and surprise me. It did with Bring On The Dancing Horses and then Needle And The Damage Done.

When I first became “uber” SM fan, and first listened to Neon Lights, I liked The Man Who Sold The World – Charlie’s guitar playing is unreal and I liked Jim’s vocal (though I still twitch when he delivers “foreign land” rather than the correct lyric of “form and land” – but that is me being an anally retentive pedantic fuck). I also liked Dancing Barefoot. But beyond that…? Besides…I wanted SIMPLE MINDS…not “Simple Minds does…” – I still had a whole back catalogue to explore. And I was falling head over heels in love with their very own magic. I didn’t need to hear them cover others. Not a whole album’s worth!

But, you know…one of my very favourite Bowie albums is Pin-Ups. It’s always been a bone of contention between me and my OH. She can’t stand it, but I bloody love it. You go out on the street now and ask 100 people who did the song Sorrow, I bet all 100 would say David Bowie and not the original artist. It was Bowie covering The Who that got me listening to them. To me most of the songs were IMPROVED by being given the Bowie sprinkle of gold dust.

So, why should it be any different with Simple Minds? The more I listen, the more I am being won round.

And the way Jim writes about it. That period of time in the history of SM, how the album came to be…WHY it came to be…IT MAKES SENSE!

I missed both embryonic stages of Simple Minds. I missed the initial one because I had only a few years previous stopped being an actual embryo myself, and I was stuck down at the arse end of the world…a heady mix descendent of Germans settled in Adelaide, Irish immigrants in country southern NSW, and native Aboriginies from that same rural NSW setting. Think Sidney Nolan paintings of an outlaw with a huge metal bucket on his head…the skewed romance of it all. “Such is life.”

The “Renaissance” of Simple Minds was happening just after I “upped sticks” and moved away from the arse end of the world to arrive in “The Mother Country”. It would take another 14 years for me to finally say “WE NEED TO FUCKING LISTEN TO SIMPLE MINDS, YOU AND ME! A PROPER DIVING IMMERSION!” You and me being – myself and my own psyche.

Better late than never.

I understand the importance of Neon Lights as a consequence.

From the bottom of my crazy old heart, Jim, thank you for today’s post. Thank you for just bringing it home. ❤️❤️

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