Jim and Charlie will be on Virgin Radio UK at 9pm GMT tonight (Sunday, Nov. 17). Tune in for the patter. Jim and his bloody “la la las” – and there I am extolling the virtues of his amazing songwriting. Lol
Jim talks extensively about his memories of a recording career spanning 40 years as Simple Minds frontman and lyricist and touches on his working partnership with Charlie Burchill, Live Aid and the Free Mandela concert in the summer of 1988, plus the first Simple Minds concert in Satellite City, Glasgow on January 17th, 1978.
Here they are on the sofa this morning…
Short but sweet!
Last night I was in Oxford seeing Kelly Jones on the final night of his “Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day” solo tour of the UK. I will review the gig in a dedicated post shortly.
But while I was at the gig last night, news of this broke out within the fandom…
Now I had known something was coming out in November as Virginia had told me she had one of her photos being used for a release coming up. I didn’t quiz her any further on it as I knew it would all be announced by the band in due course.
There’s an extra buzz within the fanbase as this new compilation seems to include a completely new song called For One Night Only. I first read about this track a very short time ago on the Dream Giver Redux site. It was sited as a Walk Between Worlds track that didn’t make the final cut and lyrics were listed for the song.
The link to the info on Dream Giver Redux can be viewed by CLICKING HERE
So now it would appear that FONO will get an airing…albeit as a carrot on the stick of yet ANOTHER compilation album. And a rather strange and curious tracklisting this new “best of” has too. Before it disappeared off Amazon it said the album’s tracklisting had been put together in conjunction with “the band” (aka Jim and Charlie, I’m guessing). It’s a bit non-linear to say the least. And this same treatment that the Bowie “best of” Nothing Has Changed got has been deployed with “edits” of songs all over the place. I don’t get it. WHY have an edit of a song on one disc to have the full version on the next? I mean…what the fuck IS that about? I do not understand what goes on in the minds of record company execs any more. I’m not even sure THEY know how to sell product any more.
So, curious, perplexing and something to push onto us leading up to Christmas with the tasty little morsel of ONE SOLITARY NEW SONG. Okay…keep them keen, I guess.
More on this to come in the ensuing weeks, methinks.
News of a Caezar gig towards the end of November was revealed today. Joe and JJ will be playing Saint Luke’s on November 23rd, with King Of Birds once again as support.
I couldn’t turn back round after two weeks to make their date in February but I’ll pull out all the stops to try and make November’s gig. Who knows? With any luck, might even be living up there by that time (I will continue to dream…though it feels like it slips further and further away).
Fingers crossed, by hook or by crook, I’ll make it…money, health, etc permitting (asterisk, asterisk). If I’m not up there and/or can’t make it, I’ll pray that Joe will have a hometown gig somewhere around Windsor way again.
Tickets go on sale on Friday. This time round, I think these will sell like hot cakes! Get in quick, peeps. That’s my advice! Find tickets HERE