Firstly, Steve Lamacq played the entire New Gold Dream album as part of Radio 6 Music’s album club. It also includes an interview with Jim and Charlie recorded and aired in July, 2016, as part of the box set release of NGD at the time.
On Wednesday (Sept. 30th), Ged was on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show with Grant Stott, discussing the new orchestral versions of songs from The Bard’s Tale, plus about Simple Minds and the state of the live music industry during the Covid pandemic.
Okay. I need to look to the good things I have coming up. Even though I am absolutely skint ta bloody fook (all of this stuff was arranged MONTHS ago with the optimistic viewpoint that I would have the funds now to manage it. NOPE!) – I have THREE gigs and one BBC Radio Scotland recording to go to. So, whilst being skint TF, I’ll be busy AF too.
I arrive in Glasgow on Monday morning, January 28th. Dunno what I’ll do through the day that day. Will probably get to the city centre around 11am – flight arriving to time, that is.
First gig on night one is Massive Attack at the Hydro. Never been a “HUGE” Massive Attack fan, as such…but have always loved what I’ve heard. Never seen them live. Never been to the Hydro – so, it’s going to be a new experience all round. Night one I stay at a hotel a short walking distance from the Hydro, to save myself the hassle of trying to get elsewhere within the city, and only needing to walk less than half a mile.
The 18 year old me would be ASTONISHED at what the 48 year old me will be doing in a couple of weeks time. Not only am I travelling to a city MILES away (approx. 370 of your finest imperial miles, in fact) but I am staying there – alone. Gigging – alone. Walking the streets of Glasgow – at night – ALONE.
I didn’t go to my first gig until I was 19 – a date with my new (and subsequently only) boyfriend. Every gig I had been to from there I was always with someone. Sheltered. Too scared to “live a little”. I never went to a single gig alone until 2017. And, funnily enough, it was in Glasgow. And, well, I walked the streets of Glasgow alone that night. And last year as well, when I was up there in January, taking part in a TV quiz. I’d gone to see a play the night before recording started – and had to walk through the city centre to get back to my hotel. So these days I very much try to live by the “life’s too short” philosophy and just stop trying to be a chicken shit. I am still a chicken shit about loads of things.
Anyway, I digress. The next day – I don’t have much planned. I’ll be staying up around the Finneston way for the rest of my stay in Glasgow. So I may just meander around Kelvingrove, The Hunterian, take another visit to the Mitchell Library and I want to check out the transport museum this time round too. THE CRAN! Got to check oot the Cran this time.
Wednesday I am going to a recording of The Afternoon Show at the Cottiers for Celtic Connections. There’ll be some free live music to enjoy, so that’ll be cool. It’s an early start for something called “the Afternoon Show” – admission to the recording starts at 9.30am for a 10am recording start time. I changed where I was staying, cos I was over the other end of the city staying somewhere else which was 4 miles away from the Cottiers so thought I’d better get my butt a bit closer. Had I been in better condition than I am currently, the notion of a four mile walk wouldn’t have worried me at all. And had it only been two miles away, I’d have stayed where I was, but there we go.
Thursday…nothing planned for the day, yet…but the evening is the Bard’s Tale concert. So I’ll need to be in the centre city and down by the Royal Concert Hall around 6pm.
Friday, a similar thing. Nothing planned for certain during the day, but the evening is the John Grant gig. And I am staying only a quarter of a mile from the venue, so, very handy.
Saturday – my flight leaves Glasgow at 3pm, so I won’t have a lot of time to do too much.
There’ll be a few people to catch up with through the week as well. And I wanted to take a look at areas of the city of interest for OTHER reasons. I may even sneak over to Edinburgh for a day as well. We’ll see.
So…it could turn out to be a jam packed week! And I really don’t want a cloud of negativity hanging over me during this week. No way. Despite being worried about the money situ…I can enjoy myself while being careful.
As you can see from yesterday’s post, I listened to Bruce Findlay’s interview with Grant Stott on his Sunday afternoon Vinyl Collective – which is on BBC Radio Scotland between 3 and 5pm for the next several weeks over the summer. I will be tuning in weekly from now on, or if I am otherwise engaged, will catch up on iPlayer.
As I was listening to it, I tweeted Bruce. I do on the odd occasion. I try not to fangirl the poor man to death. I could talk about Simple Minds (and Jim) with him forever. And it was just about the loveliest thing I have ever heard one man say of another, what he did about Jim.
I can fully appreciate it. Without all the other…stuff that is melded in with my feelings, hand on heart, if all the stuff was not there…I would still feel the same in terms of a pure admiration and respect for him. Exactly the way I have felt about David Bowie all these years – love – in terms of pure talent and musicianship, spirit, spunk…just…yeah.
At the start of the interview, Grant got Bruce talking on the subject of his chain of record stores, and Bruce was explaining the importance of catalogue numbers and how many have stuck with him and that he can recall them instantly. And as I was listening, I was thinking, “Hey, my SM tattoo! It’s catalogue numbers! Oh, Bruce will love that! I’ve got to take a pic of my tattoo and tweet it to him! I mean, after all, the first number is a Zoom/Arista number.”
The first thing I saw after tweeting him was this…
Honestly, Bruce…it didn’t really hurt too much 🙂 Only just some of the work on the heart did, being so close to the veins in the wrist.
The next thing I saw was this! Bruce retweeting my tweet to Grant Stott to highlight it to him. How cool was that?!
And as Bruce continued to speak of SM, there was a little part of me regretting not having added “SPART 1109” to the top of my tattoo. I very nearly did when designing it, but thought maybe it would be too much. (That it would make the tattoo a little too big.)
I really have to get the Walk Between Worlds one done! But…it requires money…and I have sssoooo many other commitments right now, it’ll have to wait.
It really will be an honour to meet Bruce in a few weeks time. I just hope I can temper my overt fangirling enough to speak eloquently and coherently.
The link may only work for those in the UK at the moment…and you may need be signed into the BBC website, but I will try and get it as soon as I can so it is listenable to all.
I’ll be heading to the Rip It Up exhibition in Edinburgh in just under four weeks time, in which I’ll also be at a talk being given by Bruce and Ian Rankin as part of the exhibition. I’m looking forward to the opportunity of hearing the great man talk, and of meeting him. It will be fab.
To listen to the interview, jut click on the audio clip below…
UPDATE: I posted all the info before listening to it. Aaawww, man! Bruce says he “fell in love with” Jim! That is such an awesome thing to say! Who can blame you, Bruce. Who can blame you…