After a long, dry spell… (the last new release from Simple Minds being the release of For One Night Only for the 40: The Best Of Simple Minds 1979-2019 release towards the end of 2019) THERE IS NEWS! A new release from Simple Minds in celebration of the band’s debut gig at Glasgow’s Satellite City on January 17th, 1978.
To mark the 44th Anniversary of the gig taking place, the band have re-recorded the first song they performed on the night, Act Of Love.
Act Of Love was previously recorded as a demo. The band’s CaVa demo that secured their initial recording deal.
I always consider it an “act of love” that these, let’s face it – barely adult boys (yes, screaming oxymoron there!) – would form a band and rehearse and play and that most gorgeous of those boys (bias!) would be the glue that acts as the cohesion to get it all to gel with his words and his voice and his drive and passion and just…yeah.
It’s an “act of love” for music, for life, travel, wanting to experience a world outside of Glasgow.
How can we, as fans, not be thankful for that?
Jim posted about the anniversary of the first “official” Simple Minds gig yesterday, a whole week before the date. Still showing that enthusiasm almost 43 years down the line.
He talked of the band of boys – Tony Donald (god bless his soul), Charlie, Joe Donnelly and of Brian. And their varying likes of music and where their influences in learning to play sprung from.
Jim himself? He seemed the one that just wanted to see it all come to fruition – whether he was actually part of the band or not. He just seems like that kind of man. An “influencer” if you will – long before the word became sullied by people on Instagram seeking fame for fame’s sake and living the Andy Warhol dream of being “famous for 15 minutes”.
Because that’s what Jim seems to do with people. He seems to, not only have his own astounding level of enthusiasm and drive and self-belief – he tries to pass it on to others or to deepen their own level of passion and drive. And he’s amazing with it. It’s almost a skewed act of altruism.
It’s early days, and early Minds. And there are others there that night too, not mentioned yesterday. Duncan Barnwell. David and Jaine Henderson (doing sound and lights, respectively).
Perhaps he meant to share this photo when talking of those early days when the guys were still learning to play before that first gig. (What happened to the guitar, Jim?) I first saw it when Jaine shared it and tagged Brian. I’m guessing Charlie’s the one that took the photo? He’s conspicuous by his absence.
Anyway….all journeys set out from a start point, or perhaps several smaller points that converge for one joint starting point – here’s one of Simple Minds’.
Firstly…Jim’s post late last night/early this morning re: the first Simple Minds gig on this day in 1978. I posted on the SMO FB visitor wall saying about making a “pilgrimage” there…to stand on the “hallowed turf”.
I looked up Satellite City to see the main site was once Green’s Playhouse and then later the Apollo. Upstairs was another venue, originally called Clouds, it was renamed Satellite City.
When I looked on Google Maps for the location earlier…I didn’t zoom out on the image…only just this evening did I do that to see…I had already viewed the “hallowed ground” with my own eyes back in November 2016! And in a further twist of irony, look what stands there now!
This was a picture I took of it back in 2016. LITTLE DID I KNOW the history of it then.
It kind of blew me away knowing I had been standing outside it some 14 months previous without even knowing the significance. All I thought at the time when I saw it was, “Oh, this is neat…an Aussie pub in Glasgow. Bloody Aussies! They’re everywhere these days! Lol”