The Fanboy!

I love this story that George Underwood tells of him and David Bowie going to see Little Richard.

It’s part of Uncut magazine’s big obit to Little Richard. I had read the story some time back – but it bears repeating. If there is really such a thing as heaven and those of us deemed worthy get to walk through those pearly gates, I can imagine David seeing Richard arrive and saying “you took your time! Now…let’s get this party happening!”

Dan’s My Man! Wonderful In Young Life – Live At Last.

This amazing young man, Dan Crouch, has been sharing some piano solo covers of Simple Minds songs on the SM Official Group page. He had done fabulous covers of Hunter And The Hunted and most recently The American. And because he had covered The American it had me thinking that maybe he would be willing to try Wonderful In Young Life.

So I asked him….explaining away that it really hasn’t ever been performed live and that when I had a reply from Jim once about ever being done live, Jim pretty much dismissed it outright.

Bless you, Dan! Bless his cottons socks! He only went and done it and it’s GORGEOUS! I was crying my eyes out watching it. Just from…well, the joy of seeing it, Dan’s wonderful interpretation and the fact he actually DID grant my wish. What a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Thank you so much, Dan! You are…wonderful 😊❤️

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Minds Music Monday – This Fear Of Gods, Tiffany’s – Dec, 1981

I’m feeling anxious about the easing of lockdown restrictions. I used to be such a scaredy cat about going out and doing things. I used to stay home A LOT. Never went to gigs or hardly ever went out socialising. I’d just stay home. Lockdown has rekindled a lot of that stuff within me.

Fear of going out and mingling with people. Fear of large crowds.

”Fear is fast and I’m turning white now.” Yes.

Wow…the way this version at Tiffany’s starts. The synths and pedal effects and just – it’s very trippy. And I just love that bit of Jim saying “give me an echo, Gallagher”. Yeah, Frank. Hurry the fuck up! Lol

He def. gives Jim echo, for sure!

And I am listening away, awed, reminding myself these boys are babies! That Simple Minds is barely 4 years old and that Charlie has only just turned 22 and that they are already a musical “tour de force”.

If anyone is dismissive in front of me….daring to say “Meh, Simple Minds” I’d reply “LISTEN TO THIS! Then tell me ‘Meh, Simple Minds’, ya fud!”

(P.S. That ident pic. Virginia was talking about this photoshoot with me a few days back, saying these particular ones of the band, up on the hill, are her faves. There is one in this bunch with a guy wheeling a pram around in the background. That’s her fave. Of those ones, this one is probably mine – Jim’s face! I could pinch those cheeks! And then snog him something rotten! – In my dreams.)

Pete Still Photography – Simple Minds 1982 London Gig Photo Set

A few other fans in the groups I am on mentioned this set of photos being sold on eBay. A photographer named Pete Still is selling a set of 30 photos that he took during a gig at the Lyceum Theatre in London on December 8th, 1982.

I’m not sure what kind of kit he had at the time, but I’m guessing it isn’t anything too pro. The photos aren’t from the press pit but way back and up in the rafters.

Given that and they have been printed on 6 x 4 inch Fujifilm quality paper, they look pretty fab and are very reasonably priced (you can also buy individual larger copies).

Photos by Pete Still Photography

I’ve laid out a montage of the photos here just so you get a sense of scale and quality. For just over £10 including postage (UK), I am very happy with these prints.

You can order your own by clicking on the link HERE

He also is on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/PeteStillPhotography/

Never In A Month Of Sundays…

Is I am guessing is the answer (re: title of the post). Well, I guess Jim is now also focusing on his tome and … I dunno. I really feel like it’s that petty fucking “no one’s the boss of me” BS at play or some shit. I dunno what it is…but I had the feeling that even from day ONE when fans started asking these kind of questions and putting these pleas out that Jim had absolutely NO INTEREST in doing this AT ALL.

Someone asked weeks back “how do you think we could get their attention on getting some kind of remote live thing happening?” And I replied with “get a GoFund me page going” because it seems the only language Jim understands sometimes. (The filthy lucre.) And I was honest! Because, that’s how it seems – and he doesn’t do much to counter that opinion with crass statements about going down to Oz in Newcastle because “we were offered a LOT of money” Well, bully for you, Jim. And guess who pays for it all, eh? Mugs like us. And that’s how you blatantly treat us, with statements like that! “Oh, you fools!”

Makes a mockery of that line you like to trot out time and again “We’d have paid YOU to play live when we got started.” Oh, really? Yeah…well, not fucking now. Money talks – and you love its language, Mr Kerr.

But, you know, even that idea this person proposed…a previously unseen gig – that wouldn’t even take you guys getting together. No Zoom meeting involved.

And, you know what? This thing doesn’t have to be put on for free, Jim. Some people actually put these things on behind a “pay wall”!! Piqued your interest yet, Mr Ker-ching? Just…don’t go printing money with it, right? Make it a nominal charge. Many people are struggling now. Jobs being forloughed, etc. Oh, imagine having to have to work for someone?! Yuk!

Now! Before you get too pissed off with me and think about blocking my arse again from SM FB – I KNOW I AM INCREDIBLY LUCKY – I saw you at Copenhagen! And you are not twisting my arm on going to ANY of your gigs, or buying ANY of your merch…I do it all of my own volition! This isn’t about me. It’s about the fans looking forward to gigs that were coming up that got cancelled. All the fans, the “REAL FANS” (if you insist!) that missed out this year.

Lift their spirits, man! GIVE THEM SOMETHING! You must have recorded at least ONE 40 Years Live gig before Coronavirus put the kibosh on 2020. What say you, Jim?

Minds Music Monday – Utrecht, 1982

Another gig shared by Art & Talk on YouTube.

I started listening to it last night but started to drift off to sleep. But I came around again long enough to hear Jim’s deliver of the second verse in Celebrate “she rag doll / she she she keeps him so warm”. OMG – that line will NEVER stop being as sexy as fuck!

Anyway, I’ll give it a proper listen later, while I am fully awake. Lol

From the bits I was conscious of, Jim seemed a little…not quite with us/under the weather…? I dunno. I mean, it isn’t a sleight on his performance. He’s always frigging stellar. Even when physically ill, he very rarely gives a bum performance. It just seemed from what I heard last night that he may have been a tad…maybe had too many “helping hands”, if you get my drift?

He was fine and on amazing form in Cologne three weeks later, so who knows? I’ll give a more comprehensive assessment later. For now…enjoy!

UPDATE: WRITTEN LAST NIGHT (May 12th)
 

Always a def. difference between Kenny and Mike as drummers.

Jim does a lot of screaming and shouting in this version of Changeling – I like it!

He doesn’t finish introing 30 Frames. It’s quite manic and he mixes up parts of the verses. Quite a bit of screaming again. Swearing too! “He said ‘fuck you, Jack’!” Naughty Jim! Sexy Jim!

Premonition – Worried Jim wasn’t feeling himself with this performance. Dunno why. Derek initially intros the song, but then Jim adds a bit of commentary “sometimes people have no choice”. Hard to get a definite feel without seeing visuals. Can only go by audio. Jim alters between sounding super emotive and ….lethargic and not right. Maybe he was just tripping or had too much to drink to try and settle the nerves? Dunno.

Sweat In Bullet – Does he say “kinda like now”? Maybe he was just bloody hot. Lol. Hot and frigging sexy! OMG! It really doesn’t help that I’ve been looking at photos of him today – trying to make decisions on photos from Virginia. Photos of him with tambourines and boots and sunglasses and just being goddamn sexy.

Celebrate – that “she rag doll” line…I’m not saying any more!

Room – is kind of chaotically sexy. And he turns it into Rock n Roll – but I was only thinking listening to it tonight that, really, it’s the Simple Minds version of Sister Midnight.

Tiffany’s TARDIS Trip Tonight…

Well, that’s tonight’s gig sorted. Fire up the TARDIS…get to that front row. Gawp at the most goegous man, ever…mouth agape. Lol (Oh…and maybe take the odd cursory glance at Kenny too…)

Oh, I dream.

UPDATE: The crowd when Celebrate starts! The roar of applause! It’s fucking awesome! The bass is off-the-scale crazy. I don’t tend to give a lot of praise these days to Derek Forbes but OH MY FUCKING GOD – he was on FIRE at this gig. And Kenny is playing quick time, giving Dan not the easiest job to keep up. It’s mental! 
This Fear Of Gods! Wow! I love that bit before it starts as Jim is introing it and then he says “give me some echo, Gallagher” – meaning Frank Gallagher. I love those kind of bits…hearing those kind of machinations. Being privy to them. It’s all so bloody “professional” now. You’d never hear him say “turn me up, GG” or the like to Olivier Gerard – it would all be long sorted before us fans are present. 

And then to have FACTORY as an encore?! OMG! IN MY DREAMS! How I would love something other than Alive and Kicking and Sanctify Yourself. I mean…I love those songs…but…I wish I could be surprised a little more often. 

Yes, they had fewer songs in the bag back then, but still. The setlists are ssoooo formulaic these days – despite how much Jim can claim they “mix things up” – it rarely happens. And YES, I was ssooo happy for what I got in Copenhagen, and I didn’t expect much change in the setlist of the two gigs, and I know they had to shorten the sets. None of what I am saying here is a gripe on the Copenhagen gig AT ALL. It’s just…a general thing. The past three tours – Acoustic, Walk Between Worlds, and 40 Years Live have had the very same end and encore. 

Besides the point. Back to this Tiffany’s gig. I WANT JIM KERRR’S BABIES – Lol! Well, no, I don’t. I’m nearly 50 FFS! Baby making days are looooong gone. And I never wanted to be a mum anyway. PRACTICE. I just want the practice (of the baby-making).

It’s been a looooooooong time, man. Don’t I know it. I reckon my hyman’s reformed by now. Lol. Okay…I’ll shut up now. Just laugh and carry on. Don’t mind me. I’m just expressing some goddamn wishful thinking here.

God I can dream!

By the way…there’s another gig on the way thanks to the amazing Art & Talk.  Some of these bootlegs are my life! I mean…damn!

I Wish I Was There…

Leeds, 2018. Don’t mean to be maudlin, but…

To hear the “burning slow” lines return to the song during the Grandslam part of the tour – I was sssooo, so happy. They are the most beautiful, romantic lines.

There was “soft rain” falling that night in Leeds too. And after all that had gone on in the month or so prior to that night…I felt back “home”.

It was a gorgeous night. How I wish it was happening again tonight.

OGWT Gems – Yeah, My Lips Were Whistling Alright!

I have been subscribed to this person’s YT account for a while – but a certain Mr Machray beat me to seeing this gem first.

I had seen the SSIS footage before but had never seen the Hunter And The Hunted clip from it…Just a few little gifs taken from it going back years ago. Both clips are in wonderful condition. I’m pretty sure the SSIS clip is shorter than the one I have seen previously.

OMFG! The Kerr deliciousness on offer! Fuck me! Looks to camera, licking lips, tongue poking out. I think my ovaries imploded this time, rather than exploded! Dare I offer a critique and say his singing seems…a little flat in it? Like he’s worried about being too loud or something…but frigging hell, he’s fucking beautiful!

Ya damn wet MY whistle, that’s for sure! Lol. Maybe OGWT should now stand for Old Grey’s Wet Test? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

HELP ME! 😜😜😂😂😂

I may be some time…excuse me…

UPDATE: April 20 – I thought the clip would get taken down – so I had a backup plan!