Takeaway Tat

Some of these prints were done to give to Bruce Findlay when I went to the Rip It Up talk he did with Ian Rankin and Vic Galloway in Edinburgh a couple of years back. I also made one of Premonition as well, as that is Bruce’s favourite SM song and I wanted to give him a print based on his fave.

He ended up with three in total. I was so excited about presenting him with them, I insisted on showing them to him there and then. I think he thought I was expecting him to make a choice on one but I said “No! I want you to have all three. I just wanted to show them to you now just to see what you think.”

I think he liked them. Well, I hope he did!

These are rejects from the printing process anyway. One of the colours was running low on ink so the CMYK balance went askew. The magenta range of colours are more prominent in these prints but they still look good – so I am giving them away.

Anyone interested? Get in touch. Leave a comment on the post, or contact me via FB on the post I’ve done there. Let me know which one is a fave.

Does He Like It?

I want to ask Jim a question. I haven’t really had a question to ask him for ages. I used to be asking him things all the time – over exuberant with enthusiasm, wanting to learn, soak up and absorb all things SM as much as possible. And if I had a question, well who better to ask than Jim himself. Charlie doesn’t really ‘do’ social media anyway and mostly my enquiries would be lyrics based or be something that Jim would be more inclined to answer.

In the past I’d have absolutely NO hesitation in going to the Simple Minds Official Facebook page and posing the question on the visitor wall. Back then when I liked the FB page and started following them, Jim would engage a lot. Reply to people on the visitor wall if they shared something interesting, etc. It very rarely happens now, and the wall is all but lifeless.

And well, I have promised Maris Piper (surprised he didn’t call himself King Edward, or “Charlotte”, or Desiree) that I won’t be posting to the wall any more – and a promise is a promise! And well, if I couldn’t even have a bit of flippant fun and ask Jim if he would collect me from the airport with a doughnut without it being deleted – who knows whether a genuine question would even be allowed these days?

I’m not gonna chance it!

I just heard Brian Eno’s Baby’s On Fire recently playing on the radio and the thought just entered my head instantly of Jim’s altering of the lyrics in I Travel and I was suddenly curious as to whether he liked the song. So…that would have been the question…does he actually like the song Baby’s On Fire? Was it what prompted the lyric change…that he liked it? Or did he feel it was a little more cryptic to have that as the lyric rather than simply saying “Brian Eno”?

Like other questions I have posed to him in the recent past (SEMI-MONDE, ANYONE?!), an answer will never be forthcoming – unless I remember to ask at the meet and greet in Bordeaux. Pfffft! This I doubt. It isn’t even that important anyway. I’ll live without ever knowing…

But I miss being curious, quizzing him, and on the odd occasion getting a wonderful response.

Oh, halcyon days!
“Nothing lasts forever” – J Kerr.

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Simple Minds In Liverpool – New South Wales

So, I checked out of the hotel I had spent the past three nights in this morning.

I then went to the local shopping mall – Westfield, Liverpool… just to kill some time before heading up to Gosford and spending a few days with my friend, Gillian.

I wandered about Westfield for a while, that is where I spotted the travel agency photographed below.

When I left the mall and was making my way to the train station, to my utter amazement, I saw an advertising billboard for SM. I really never expected to see such a thing in my home town. Lol. It blew my tiny (and Simple) mind.

It was a nice surprise.

Bonfire Of The Memories

It was bonfire night, 1980, and Jim recalls it like it’s 2016! (Coincidentally…my first ever visit to Glasgow was that night – Bonfire night, 2016…I had a bankside view of the Clyde from my hotel window and I could see fireworks going off all over from the view I had of the city there. It was magical!)

I left a comment on his post about the significance – for a Johnny-come-lately like myself of bootlegs and other (more official) live recordings from the time. They are like gold dust and little pockets of time travel.

Well, you guys know (those of you who may have taken some interest in the blog for a while – I dare say that’s just me! Lol) the things I have done to highlight them? The Weekend WhirliGIG being one example of my way of showcasing that stuff.

These kind of recordings are so precious to me. Had we had the technology we have now available back then? Imagine how much of this stuff would be preserved?! Still, that is part of what makes it so very precious. The fact it’s so rare, for one, and the other is capturing a band in (what is STILL) their formative years…oh, but what years! And how bloody accomplished they were already! I’m sure JIm would tell me “no”. That even then, they were still amateurish. I’d tell him to “do wan” if he did! Lol

As an example…here is a fucking BLISTERING version of I Travel from the time. And just as I imagine it sounded to his ears that night at the City Hall in Glasgow…listen to that crowd at the end of the song. And that’s in London, not Glasgow!

I’ve done it so the clip starts at I Travel…but you can always go back and listen to it all.

I’ll add a link to Jim’s FB post as well for your perusal.

An Artist’s Worth…

Well, it may sound weird still to call yourself an artist…but you can do it with affirmation and pride. A body of work that shows its worth, that you’ve received accreditation and validation for.
So, it may sound odd to your “Weird Ears”…but it is wholly justified.

A case in point…just how the rest of this post is written.

I’m sure if he could feel how I am feeling internally at the moment…or would take a second to look at my Facebook timeline, he’d tell me to “cheer up”. If only life could be bettered with a fake smile? And just to be able to switch yourself off from depresssion. I am in the grip. I don’t want to be. I’ll drag myself out of it again, I’m sure. I do all I can to count my blessings. To remind myself how fortunate I am. I don’t wish for riches. Not material riches. But for things that feel intangible. More intelligence. More talent. More creativity.

If he were to tell me to “cheer up”, I am sure (at the moment) response to him would be, “don’t tell me to ‘cheer up’! Empathise! As you did when you wrote the beautiful Dolphins. Stay an empath, Jim. Don’t be fair-weathered. Remember to Walk Between Worlds. Remember the two way street of empathy.”

He chose the extended version of I Travel for his post…but I’d have chosen the Utah Saints Mix myself. That, the Interference Mix of The American and the German Mix of New Gold Dream are my holy trinity of remix favourites.

(As a side note, I love those pilot shades, Captain Kerr.)


(It’s not the full near 8 minute epic…but beggars can’t be choosers. This is all YouTube has.)

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Screengrabs For Tinkering…

Have you ever seen anything more beautiful? (Or wasted…) Is this what Hutch meant by “elegantly wasted”?

And, yes, I only managed 120 screengrabs…NOT ALL OF THEM ARE JIM! (Okay…maybe 100 of them are) 😇😁😇😁

*cradles self in ‘too much beauty’ painful foetal position ball* (it’s been a while…well…since the Turbett pictures landed anyway)