The more I listen to it, the more I think it might just be. If not, then a very close second to Street Hassle. So…what is it about Simple Minds covering Lou Reed songs that makes them so wonderful?
Jim’s worship of Lou? Does it give an extra sense of “duty”? Does he just…care more? Wants to do an even BETTER job on a Reed composition than any other? Well…it’s not just down to Jim that makes these covers such gems. It’s the music of them too. Charlie and Mick making a gorgeous piece for Street Hassle and then Gordy doing his bit for All Tomorrow’s Parties.
It’s what I love most about ATP. There’s a beautiful melancholy to it…melodious melancholy. And I just ADORE Jim’s voice on it. There’s just such a tenderness in his voice. And a tone to his voice that harks back more to Sons And Fascination/New Gold Dream period Jim. The nuances and tone – just really beautiful.
Neon Lights gets shat upon so much by the fans. Most refer to it as “Neon Shites”. I was guilty of it too. I dismissed it rather quickly when I became a mega fan. But I decided to give it more of my time when it was reissued as part of the Rejuvenation box set. And I am glad I did. Granted, it still isn’t perfect – but it certainly isn’t the out and out turkey most fans seem to feel it is. The biggest gem of them all, for me, being this beautiful version of All Tomorrow’s Parties.
To me it gets more and more beautiful with each listen…
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.)
I use Spotify for the majority of my music listening. I still order and buy hard copy formats of artists! I buy vinyl, CDs, digital downloads too. I also buy merch and go to gigs. I support the artists I love!
But yes, because I listen to music mostly through the night and I can’t be arsed to deal with the torture that is iTunes to rip and store copies of my music catalogue on my devices, I use Spotify.
And it’s a bane, because things come and go. And when they disappear, I miss them because they end up not being heard by me.
High on the list of things I am missing from Spotify at the moment are these. They are all on the 5×5 box set which was taken off Spotify some time back. I miss hearing them! I really miss hearing them.
To be honest – even on YouTube, Garden Of Hate is not available as a good sounding track. The best is this, a live radio session version, which is damn good too.
Special View I find really sensual. Don’t know why. Just always have.
This is just synthpop perfection for me. Mick doesn’t get enough kudos for this song, and not many Simple Minds fans even talk about it or reference it but I love it! I had a bit of a smug moment one time when Jim was talking about Lostboy! and talked about Nail Thru My Heart and how it referenced an old SM track and like a shot I was like “YES! New Warm Skin!” and was commended for my knowledge from his Sirness of Kerrness. Teacher’s pet that I am. Lol
I miss these three tracks on Spotify. I wish that 5×5 was still on there. Never mind.
Some felt the need to diss the man and wonder what his purpose is in the band when someone shared a pictured of Gordy Goudie on SMOG. If you don’t see his purpose, more fool you!
He was partly responsible for THIS, for one. And Jim’s voice on this is just beautiful. I love the way he sings it…the nuances in his voice. How he accentuates certain words. I do think I fall more and more in love with this man (Jim) every day. (And he probably despises me more and more. Ho hum.)