I’m just going to show my dedication here…(and this has been while going through a period of not listening to you as much as I normally do! Just…bear that one in mind!)
Love Song Priptona art…new take…
Well, I was freaking out that I wasn’t going to make it for the 6pm arrival time as I was still at the house waiting for a taxi to come collect me at 5.40pm. It’s Saturday night in Glasgow… traffic will be heaving! But it was mercifully fine. I still can’t quite get my head around the fact we are as far (or as close… depending on your perspective) from the city centre of Glasgow as we were in our old house from Luton Town centre. My taxi fare into the city was £6. We were at the Old Fruit Market in 10 mins.
I arrived and spotted one Mr Ronald Gurr at the bar. I sidled up and said hello. We chatted a bit. He asked me after a while “do you know where you’re seated?” “Nope. I have no idea.” “You could be seated with them”, he says to me. “Pfffft! I doubt that!” “Well… you never know”, he says.
As it was, I was seated at a table with Ronnie himself.
There wasn’t much of a view from my seat to be honest. £150 paid to see f*** all – it was starting well.
A couple of hours in Ronnie says to me “they’ll be on at midnight”. Whaaaa???! It wasn’t even 8pm!
I was also kept company by Rita and Nicolle. It was great to be with fellow SM fans.
A pit stop to the ladies halfway through the night and I walked by a table that some of the band was seated at. I waved to Cherisse on my way by and she stood up and stopped me to say hello. We chatted briefly and I chatted to Ged briefly also. It was so lovely of Cherisse to stop me and say hello. Much too kind.
Rita, Nicolle and I were just wishing the hours away until they received their award and would be performing.
Finally… after many awards handed out and quite a few auctioned off items for the Nordoff-Robbins charity, the final award of the night was given out.
Jim was gracious in his acceptance speech and then handed the mic over, rather unexpectedly, to Charlie. “I haven’t got anything to say. No one understands me anyway!” Lol. Bless him. Poor Charlie.
They then went straight into performing three songs – Waterfront, Love Song and Don’t You (Forget About Me). The crowd were loving it, and Jim had everyone (some ladies at the front in particular) eating out of the palm of his hand as usual (nothing ever changes).
Bruce Findlay was also there last night. He had earlier in the evening handed out the “Living Legends” Award to the Incredible String Band – one of his all time favourite bands.
He stayed on and was watching SM perform. And I could see Jim acknowledging Bruce during their set. It was a lovely moment to see.
I have no footage or photos. My phone stayed firmly in my bag all night.
There is some official photos around. Reports of the evening in the media, etc. I just wanted to just take it in and enjoy it.
It’s been a tough old week but this was lovely.
A little less of a feeling I am persona non grata once again by a few would be nice… but, you cannae have everything I guess.
And…just to take the forlorn “woe is me” self-pity to maximum amplitude…
Something I completed in the early hours of this morning.
For now. This “new” video could have reignited “the muse”.
I saw this video on Daily Motion back in the early days of my fandom and it was up there in appalling quality. But now there is a clearer version that has surfaced on YouTube.
OMG! Jim Kerr…you beautiful, beautiful man! I adore you!
Well, here is the news!
And here also, from the album, is Love Song – sounding overdubbed (Jim’s voice, at least) to buggery.
Look…I hate to criticise, I really do. BUT…if you are going to release a live album…have the bloody courage of your convictions! If you want to keep that reputation of being one of the best live bands in the world…WHY overdub “live” albums?
Okay, I am basing this purely on the sound of Love Song. I’ve not heard anything else from the album, and I wasn’t at that gig…but Jim did write a post after the tour about how run-down and full of lurgy he was feeling during the tour. No one I knew who went to the gigs heard anything up with his voice.
I’m sorry, but to me, overdubs feel deceptive.
And he’ll be pissed off with me for my preliminary critique. But it is how I feel. And I am NOT going to lie. It’s just my first impression over what I’ve heard.
Sorry, Sir. But if I can’t be honest with you, then I might as well just…do as Annie Mitchell suggested and go and “step off the planet”.
But it’s a first impression, based on one song from it. I’ll no doubt invest in it, listen to it and give it a full and fair critique on release date.
Available to pre-order…details can be found on Simple Minds’ social media platforms.
Rumbles – goes on and on…
A song you remember from your childhood –
I chose this particular clip because it’s Countdown. I don’t really remember them performing on it, though I would have been watching Countdown at the time. Jim is just so fucking sexy and cool in this. And the manbag is just…a legend. Ah…”sherbet straws”. Lol
Love Song had been a long time favourite…even before mega fandom took hold.