My Saturday Afternoon “Feels“

This is so dark, yet so sexy.

I’ve been listening a BBC 4 Radio play adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles and it reminds me of a scene out of it.

I’ve been reading interviews with Jim of late in which he says there’s beauty in fear. In addition to that I’d say there is sexiness in darkness.

Oh to have seen SM and Magazine on the same bill!

The Definitive “Celebrate” Search

For me…possibly the SEXIEST Simple Minds song is Celebrate…that low, reverbing bass…high synths and Charlie’s little solo riff…plus some of the sexiest words Jim has ever written (seriously…the way he delivers that opening “Act of love”….just makes me melt…let alone the “she rag doll / keeps him warm” lines (which have now been surrendered to Catherine – I love Catherine…but she doesn’t make my ovaries explode like Jim does).

I’ve been on a slow quest to find the most definitive live version of Celebrate.

For the longest time it has been the French TV performance from 1982. As much for the visuals as anything else. Jim head to toe in black leather, with slicked back hair…belted snake hips. The way he moves, the way he sings it…whatever the hell he is doing with that tambourine…it is pure, unadulterated SEX! It’s hard to beat!

swoon

A close contender is the 2012 Werchter one. Again…fast foward 30 years, and minus the leather and the tambourine (and the hips being not quite as “snaked” as they once were)…I am just in a puddle…different gestures, different annunciations to the vocal…but still absolute SEX!

My newest fave has been the Cologne Rockpalast ’82 version. He almost shouts and spits vemon with that version! Grrrrrr. Rraaarrrrr!!!! (Lol. I know…I must be ovulating. Lol)

Tonight, I was enjoying this new find…but it had me begging the question…which it ALWAYS does when I listen to modern versions of it – WHY WAS THE FINAL VERSE DROPPED?! HE’S ABOUT TO SING IT on this version. He actually sings “to a distant land” before he takes in where the arrangement is and quickly chimes in the “we can live”…

I would ask him…but given how he is at the moment, I’d no doubt get my head bitten off. And well, Celebrate is not on the Acoustic set list, so it’s all academic anyway, but I can’t help but be curious. The song retains the same length, essentially, so why the final verse is now no more is an even bigger mystery. If the song was shorter, it would be self-explanatory…but IT’S THE SAME LENGTH!

Anyway…it also highlights to me that I have never really delved into listening to ANY of the 2011 live recordings. This must change.

Enjoy the 2011 – almost full quota of verses – version of Celebrate…

Possibly my most favourite moment of the whole Simple Minds Rockpalast 1982 gig. Jim is just soaking in the moment. I hope he was thinking “this was a good one!” – because it was. The comments show on clips from this gig that it has its detractors, but I think it’s one of their best. 

It will forever be one of my faves.

This man SERIOUSLY gives me a microphone fetish! He has SO many ways of holding a mic – and, you know, mics are all phallic and stuff. 

JIM, JUST STOP IT! STOP MAKING ME HAVE UNSAVOURY THOUGHTS ABOUT YOU AND MICROPHONES!

My beautiful Goth Prince: Laird Dash Fandango

I’m the one needing a fan – for my “dango”. Lol.

Lesson Six at the Jim Kerr Dance Academy – The “Jimmy Jesus”/Cliff Richard (see any Cliff video for reference – esp. older Cliff).

Stretch those arms out, children!

Lesson Five at the Jim Kerr Dance Academy – The Crazy Left Arm Flail (mostly to be employ after the Left Arm Wrist/Fist Pump – but not exclusively).

Get those arms flailing!

Are you ready for another lesson from the Jim Kerr Dance Academy? Of course you are!

Lesson Four: The Left Arm Wrist/Fist Pump (watch wearing optional).

Welcome back to the Jim Kerr Dance Academy.

Lesson Three: The Microphone Punch and Finger Click.

This one takes a little more skill and co-ordination. I’m sure you’ll master it in no time 😉