Working in Twos…

I worked on two art pieces yesterday. The first one…I knew what I wanted from it, but it didn’t really come together. I’m not sure I like it. I love him on that Whistle Test appearance though ❤️❤️

The other was going to be another attempt, but it quickly morphed into something else and took shape quite fast. Then it started to look like Lostboy! AKA artwork and well…that’s where we ended up.

Why Lostboy! May Now Forever Be “Missing In Action”

It’s coming up to 9 years since Jim Kerr released his first solo album, under the moniker “Lostboy! AKA”. And it appears as if it will be destined to remain Lostboy’s only solo venture.

There was a promise of more to come for 2011 with a follow up album earmarked. Sadly personal family issues took precedence and a quick follow up was put on the backburner (as was some of the Lostboy electroset tour).

I would seriously love to ask Jim why he thinks the impetus he had and that more prolific period that he found when embarking on the Lostboy! project seemed to fall away, not to be regained (it would seem…well not in as a prolific a state, as he was in SMs early days – on a par with that)? It may be a tough question to answer, as the number one assumption would be the loss of his mum, Irene, playing the largest part of that.

There has been times when he has posted on SMO about the anniversary of the release of Lostboy! AKA and seemed to suggest that he may return. Or at the very least there is still a desire there sometimes to resurrect him.

But Jim has subsequently “stolen” material from Lostboy! for Simple Minds. Kill Or Cure on Big Music is one obvious one – released initially as a Lostboy! track. And last year on the Walk Between Worlds album, Sense Of Discovery was also “reimagined” for Simple Minds.

I do fear poor Lostboy!, with all his drive, passion and enthusiasm (and his potential for proliferation of material) is destined to be a “fly by night”, a “flash in the pan”. To me he held much, much promise. It was a very strong start in 2010.

I don’t get the sense Jim wanted to put him to bed…but he hasn’t really mentioned “The Boy” since last year and the reworking and inclusion of Sense Of Discovery on the WBW album. And he didn’t much register a post for a while before that. Just a fleeting mention, or as I say, and anniversary of album release acknowledgement.

Maybe he is happy to have now “been there, done that” and worn the T-shirt?

Can’t say he never tried in the first place, can oor Jim? (Trying out the solo career.)

I don’t know why…but when I ponder whether Lostboy! will return, I lament that he may never see the light of day again.

Soloman Solohead – A LostBowie Track?

I posted this on the SMO wall…but in case it gets taken down…for some reason I won’t understand, I’ll put it here too.

Listening to my Spotify playlist at night (as I usually do), the track Soloman Solohead from the Lostboy! album played. And as it began I was thinking “I do really like this song, but I have always found it quite…jarring…almost…LACKING IN MELODY!” (I put that in capitals because that’s how it hit me in my thoughts) And…I jumped up to write this while fresh in my mind. Before you get…peed off at my description there, let me explain.

Now this song (to me) bears all the sounds that you say you…”struggle” to…appreciate??? in David Bowie’s sound post-Let’s Dance.

Soloman Solohead is a track that could EASILY fit on….Outside, Earthling, dare I say…HEATHEN! Apologies for not knowing who the guitarist is on the track (I tried to find out by looking on the Interwebs but it’s very late/early and I didn’t want to lose my train of thought) – but their playing style rather smacks of the playing style of some of Bowie’s more “distorted” leads (ie: a Reeves Gabrels type).

I AM NOT DISSING THIS TRACK AT ALL JIM! Please do not misconstrue what I am saying….but what I heard just now…to me…was a song that you expressed to me was what you didn’t like about Bowie’s modern style.

That is why I had to sit up and write this out. It just struck me as such…and I had to air it. I needed to pick up the conversation from where we left it.

I don’t expect a reply…it was a merely an observation…but what I had to express while fresh in my mind.

If I had waited until later this morning, I’d have forgotten all about it (good – he says!).

I also saw that from trying to find out details of the guitarist by going to the Dream Giver Redux site that, for you, the song harked back to the sound of Citizen (Dance Of Youth) – that piece of info blew my tiny little mind! I can’t say I ever put the two together, but I am loving the concept…the notion.

Bought this today. Lostboy! aka Jim Kerr on vinyl.

By sheer coincidence, it’s the 5th anniversary of its release, so Jim said in a post on the SM FB wall a short time ago. How amazing for me to buy it today. What are the chances? (as Harry Hill would say. Lol)