Simple Minds Top Five

A surprising Simple Minds Top 5, I’d say but probably not from an American fan stand point. And nothing really discussed post 1986 which, well…given the broader subject of this YouTuber’s channel is 1980s music, it makes sense. But…SM did have the high selling Live In The City Of Lights and Street Fighting Years released before the decade was done.

I guess for me, sadly, most songs from Once Upon A Time feel overplayed now. So I do try and limit my exposure to them. I loooooved Sanctify Yourself at the time but I feel overexposed to it now. Which makes me sad that I don’t enjoy listening to it as much as I once would have. The same goes with Alive And Kicking. I need to be reminded of the greatness of some of these songs as the overexposure leaves me jaded. And the less we talk about Copenhagen and “ba-na-na-na”, the better! Lol. I’m sure Jim would LOVE that Otis Reading comparison!

But then there are other songs that I never, ever tire of. And two of the others in his Top 5 fall into that category – namely: Waterfront and Promised You A Miracle.

And there are tracks on Once Upon A Time I still love hearing: Ghostdancing, Oh Jungleland, I Wish You Were Here are the ones I still love to hear.

The thing I will say about Don’t You and all the crap urban myths that abound with this is – some time back (4-5 years ago) I saw Billy Idol tweet Keith Forsey with a question that read “did you offer me Don’t You (Forget About Me) to record?” Keith Forsey replied “No.” And then Billy Idol tweeted – “I REST MY CASE!” Lol

Anyway, see what you think. Do you agree with the Professor of Pop’s choices? Let me know what you think. What would be YOUR Top 5 Simple Minds tracks?

Simple Minds Reveal New Lead Singer!

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage…

Jim Cur! Lol (only meant in jest and for some fun, obviously. Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play with the “Kerr/Cur” homophone). 😊😊😊😊

We Passed Upon The Stair

I was feeling very tired still this morning, so I slept-in. While I slept the extra hour or so, I fell into a dream.

I was going to a gig. And I was seeing David Bowie. The venue from the outside looked quite grand. One of those ornate old style theatres, you know. The stairwell was kind of circular. Plushly carpeted. The stairs were short stepped, so they seem to go on forever. I must have gone up about 3 or 4 levels.

As I neared the top, there was David…just sitting at the top of the stairs, with an acoustic guitar and someone from the entourage. He was just softly strumming away. Just kind of musically noodling. He was softly chatting away with his mate and they were having a giggle.

I stopped in my tracks. Even still to this day and in my dreams I was awestruck and utterly gobsmacked to find myself in his presence. He looked at me with an expression that read, “Why be so awestruck? I’m just a bloke.” David…you were NEVER “just a bloke”. Lol.

I never came face to face with him like this in real life. I only ever saw him play live once, and I will be forever thankful of that.

Well, he smiles that amazing smile of his to me and I stand their on the steps listening to him strum away. The noodling now also includes some unintelligible vocal sounds.

Just behind me, over my left shoulder, something grabs my attention. Scurrying along and stopping just behind me is a tiny little mouse with the biggest ears. Very soon after, little mousey is joined by a friend. And they are both just stood there, looking at us looking at them. The three of us humans all smiling at each other over how cute these two mice are.

And then I wake up! Just like that.

A very surreal dream. And I awoke so happy, yet so sad that it was just a dream, and the dawning realisation that David is still gone and the only way I’ll ever experience anything like that ever again is in my dreams.

The dream just encapsulated everything that was David. Surreal, gentle and beautiful.

Jim’s Voice

Well, I had to say I was champing at the bit to share my 2p’s worth on Stephen Sinnett’s question to Jim about his voice…but Stephen posed the question to Jim…it’s not my place. I really hope he replies to Stephen though. From what I remember of recent interviews, Jim is more happy with his voice these days than in the past. I think he sells himself short though.
Stephen was a little brutal at times! I don’t think his voice on Life In A Day sounds “immature”. Jim’s just singing at a higher register, that’s all. But he deepens it quickly. I mean there are already deeper vocals on Real To Real…and they just get deeper still as we progress along. 
Personally, I think his voice was best in the early 80s…but then, you know, I think EVERYTHING about him is best then! I think there is a depth to his voice then that he can’t even get to now. Yes, it was forced back then to a degree, because you can hear on other songs his voice really isn’t that deep. Not as naturally deep as it seems now. He seemed to manipulate it back then. But even though it seems deeper now, I think he struggles to sustain that depth these days…whereas then, he had youth on his side…in his vocal chords…to manipulate, deepen and sustain that depth. I mean…just look at the way he ran around stage and he very rarely delivered a bum note. I by no means am suggesting he delivers bum notes now…but he doesn’t bomb around the stage like he used to! He still has energy, of course, but I think he is very mindful of what he can and can’t do. And that is consummate performance right there! 
I only recently read this comparison with Bryan Ferry in those early years. Yeah, I kinda hear it…but to me Jim sounds like Jim Kerr. Especially at that point in time. He had a uniqueness to his voice. The way he’d accentuate words. He kind of brought in that Scottish burr into his voice (Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel – “some should be seen, but never heard” – the end part of that line, the accent reveals itself. And with Hunter And The Hunter – “the greatest show on Earth is here tonight, love” – got to love the way those Scots say “earth”!).
Somewhere along the way, he lost that burr…possibly late 80s. Not much evidence of it on Street Fighting Years that I hear (and possibly revealing to all just how much I listen to SFY – oops!). And there is at times, esp. during the mid to late 80s and into the 90s, when performing live he’d do this weird manipulating thing with his voice. I think he was trying to sound crooner…but he doesn’t really have a crooner’s voice. And by that I am definitely NOT saying he can’t sing! I just felt he cheapened his voice doing whatever the hell it was he was trying to do with it. It didn’t work for me. He was trying to push it somewhere else, obviously, but for me it wasn’t working. He sounds good on Good News From The Next World…but it still was there in the live performances then. I think it took until Neapolis for him to just go back to a more “natural” approach and stop the weird warbling crooner stuff (sorry Jim…but it’s what I hear).
He still sounds good to me today. He certainly hasn’t got the strength in his voice he once had…and that’s ok. He’s doing the things he needs to do to take care of it and preserve it. 
Well, there you go. That’s my opinion on it anyway.