The Bard’s Tale – Live At Celtic Connections

The uber talented Ged Grimes had, very recently, not only been making music and playing with Simple Minds, but he had been busily composing music for a “video” game (in this day and age, do we still call them “video” games?) called The Bard’s Tale.

Sarah Brown interviewed (quizzed?) Ged on this event to do with it, as part of Celtic Connections.

It’s at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on January 31st, 2019. Now…it just so happens that John Grant is playing in Glasgow the following night as part of Celtic Connections…and I already have a ticket, so I am thinking perhaps I should go up a day earlier and experience The Bard’s Tale live?

I’ve never been a big gamer and I can’t claim to be into The Bard’s Tale…but I have liked what I’ve heard of the music and it would certainly be an interesting experience to see it performed live…esp. as it sounds like it could be quite an interactive experience. I’ve got to say, I’m intrigued, and interested.

I will let Ged explain more (with the help of Ms Brown). Click here for ticketing details…

UPDATE: Ticket booked. Going! 👍🏻

Simple Minds – RAM Magazine – Jan 20, 1984

There isn’t much to it, really. A review of a Barras gig from Adam Sweeting, then a short one page interview about Sparkle In The Rain.

On the back page was an ad for the Narara festival. There are two previously unseen (by me at least!) pics of Jim within the spread, which I scanned closeups of.

Enjoy!

The closeup pics have been filtered to try and produce optimum picture quality. Photographers are: Tasso Taraboulsi, and Mark Green (Jim closeup).

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The Birth Of “Wan”?

Looking at eBay, I noticed this fanzine for sale (at a ridiculous price! Considering what most fanzines are like, and how they were produced). I could see that they were gracious enough to show what was inside with some low res pics (of an already poor quality printed magazine. Rare…but I would not pay £50 for it myself). It dates from January 1979. Probably just about one of their first interviews, I would think.

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I can only read certain bits of the content. The questions being asked are quite personal and…probing. This one had me in stitches!

Interviewer: “It’s always struck me that your hand is near your penis a lot, as though you were wanking on stage – I don’t know if you’re noticed it…”

Jim: “That’s the first time anyone’s said that, but the band have mentioned it too, they’ve been having me on…no, I don’t wear particularly tight trousers or anything like that. I can honestly say I don’t think much about that at all. If I see a nice bird in the audience, perhaps…”

Lol. Such direct questioning! If one can deem that a question, rather than a pondering. 🤔🤔🤔

Billy’s Best Gigs

I am now quite a regular listener to Billy Sloan’s show each week on BBC Radio Scotland. This week was a fascinating show, with him asking the big names of music, sport and politics what their favourite gig of all time was.

At the 1 hour, 36 minute mark, you can hear Sir’s choice…won’t spoil it for you…but there is that little undercurrent of PURE FILTH attached to it. Lol (Only just alluding to something Charlie said about the title of this song, once…those dirty, DIRTY boys…I heartily approve!). He even uses the word “ogled” at one point…hmmm. I think I can hear something akin to Hunter And The Hunted now…”The Ogler And The Ogled” – seeing through the eyes of love (as opposed to hate) OH, JIM!

THEN…right towards the end of the show, we hear Sharleen Spiteri talk of her favourite gig:

SIMPLE MINDS AT TIFFANY’S IN 1981! OMG! THE ENVY! THE SHEER RAGING JEALOUSY! YOU LUCKY, LUCKY COW, SHARLEEN!!! You can hear about her “gig of gigs” from the 2 hour, 47 minute mark.

Click the image of Billy below to listen to the show. Hopefully it’ll be listenable to those overseas as well. I may extract those two bits from the show to keep for good, as the “listen again” option is usually only available for 30 days.

Piss Arf Jacko’s “Pubes”!

Michael Jackson’s pubes, more like! Hiding under an alias as you OBVIOUSLY have no taste! Two of the best songs of 1983…and I say this NOT as the Minds fan I am today…but as that 13 year old back in Oz who heard the song on the radio, conjured up such stark imagery with it, and thought it was one of the best things I’d ever heard. Genuinely…the first Simple Minds song I remember really being caught by.

I wasn’t aware of PiL at the time…but This Is Not A Love Song…the right version…is ‘king awesome!

NO TASTE!