Minds Music Monday – And The Mysterious Missing Vid…

I mean…what *did* happen to the video for Sense Of Discovery? And where’s Jim’s tour diary? And what dates will there be for Simple Minds gigs next year? And why has Cherisse not got back to me about drumming lessons yet?

Yes…my mind is full of pondering questions today.

How long is a piece of string? How soon is now? Do we actually celebrate Christmas at the correct time of year, seeing as some historians – with the theory of Jesus being a genuine figure in human history that actually existed, are mostly of the thinking he was more likely born in the summer, around August (given anecdotal evidence of astrological observations…positioning of planets, etc)?


Happy MMM

Minds Music Monday – Waterfront – Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles

Now…where was I? Yes! M3 (aka Minds Music Monday). I distinctly remember Waterfront being the first Simple Minds song I went “WOWZERS!” for when first hearing it on the radio in early 1984 (I know you Brits got it at the end of 1983…but we were a bit behind the time back then “Downunder”). That bass and those drums!! I was hooked…but still a much bigger U2 fan…and kind of set in my ways. Only took me another 31 years to finally give SM the time they deserved from me. Johnny-come-lately says, “better late than never”! Yeah…can I turn back the clock? Lol

Anyway…this is a pretty cracking modern day version of a classic. Thanks for this continuing musical journey, guys. Glad there was room on the bus for me. You’ll have to throw me off it now to get rid of me! Lol


Minds Music Monday – Street Hassle

Their best ever “cover”? I put it in quotation marks, for, speaking about it at the time Jim was reticent to call it a cover…more a reinterpreting. Whatever you decide to call it, it was wonderfully done.

I used to watch the live clip from Roskilde a lot. I haven’t for a while…and instead playing safe and choosing that clip again…I decided to go with a different live version.


Minds Music Monday – Criminal World

There’s always a bone of contention in the fandom about Good News From The Next World…well, I suppose that whole “wilderness” period for Simple Minds fans that seems to go anywhere from 1992 to 2005…depending upon your taste.

The “low” period, for my personal taste, happens much earlier. My personal “wilderness” period is when they are, seemingly, at the height of their power…from 1987 til 1992.

At least they have never, ever been afraid to experiment and try things. The mark of great artistry, surely?

Look at Bowie as a prime example of trying just about every genre of music.

It can be a scary process for an artist, I’m sure. You need to have cojones the size of watermelons – but, if you have that much needed self-belief in what you’re doing, you must have faith that the vast majority of your fanbase will see it too. And if not…if you lose some, you’ll gain others. The “swings and roundabouts” of life.

I’ve always been a fan of Good News since first listen. And Criminal World is my favourite track from the album. Sure, I love Hypnotised too…and She’s A River…though I got quickly fatigued with it. It’s weird how some songs just end up feeling overplayed and a weariness creeps in, where others you just never, ever tire of them (for me…Boys From Brazil, Wonderful In Young Life, New Gold Dream, Love Song, The American, Hunter And The Hunted…among others all fit that bill).

I kind of wish, due to being a Johnny Come Lately that other songs from Good News would get a live airing….but we’re at a point now that if any songs from it get an airing, it is most likely only going to be the singles from the album.

Jim continues to promise diversity in the set lists…but is it diverse enough, still? Again…it just has me mourning missing the 5×5 Live tour. What a complete stroke of genius that was. No one would be more pleased than me if there was a “hey, for all you Johnny Come Lately’s – here’s another 5×5 tour!” In my eternal dreams. I would sell my kidneys…MYSELF (lol) to be at every gig possible. But…it isnae gonna happen.

Anyway, this has turned into a bit of a diatribe…so…anyways…Criminal World. Enjoy!