Mick Produces Tales

Mick MacNeil’s show last night on Indy Live was the most brilliant one so far. If I had asked to interview him myself, I could not have asked for better. He literally picked up where I had finished off with my interview with Bruce – for Mick talked about the producers of Simple Minds albums, namely John Leckie and Jimmy Iovine, but he also brushed upon the Steves – Hillage and Lilywhite.

The anecdotes that came with them had me in stitches. I was enthralled with it all. I could listen to tales of the early days of Simple Minds for eternity and NEVER get bored. It’s the only way I have, personally, of getting a sense of being there and in amongst it. I find this stuff ssooo exciting and wonderful.

Thank you for last night, Mick (hmmm…that’s not sounding quite right…you know what I mean! Lol). I know you may not be able to continue doing the show EVERY week, but I hope we will still continue to present some kind of thing. Perhaps a monthly podcast would work? You definitely already have one subscriber right here! And I am sure you will have many others besides. Please consider continuing a show in some capacity or other.

I have truncated last night’s show for you guys here on the blog. Just concentrating on Mick’s chat, because that is, for me, the most interesting part of the show. Mick feels he waffles on and bores the listeners. He definitely doesn’t with me! The anecdotes. The technical talk. I find all of it fascinating.

UPDATE: All three of Mick’s shows can be heard in their entirity HERE – the audio below is an edited edition of last night’s show.

Flickr-ing Memories

I’m starting to go through the process of tidying up my Flickr account. With something like 20,000 photos in there, it is getting to be quite a trawl looking through them for a specific photo.

Yesterday I started with a folder of all the black and white SM pics up to 1984, today I started a folder of all the interactivity with Jim (either myself, or with other fans) that I’ve screengrabbed from FB.

My own interactivity with Jim started much earlier than I thought. This is from Friday, 13th (an omen!) March, 2015. Well over three and a half years ago! I don’t know why but in my head I didn’t feel the interactivity really kicked off with him until after I started sharing the art…but it actually was happening before that.

Aawww! It made me all warm and fuzzy inside! Lol! Look at him telling me to “calm down”! Little did he know. Little did he know…

Not long now before I can ask him again. Lol

Thank you, Sir. I treasure them all. Every single one ❤️😊


Simple Minds – RAM Magazine – Jan 20, 1984

There isn’t much to it, really. A review of a Barras gig from Adam Sweeting, then a short one page interview about Sparkle In The Rain.

On the back page was an ad for the Narara festival. There are two previously unseen (by me at least!) pics of Jim within the spread, which I scanned closeups of.


The closeup pics have been filtered to try and produce optimum picture quality. Photographers are: Tasso Taraboulsi, and Mark Green (Jim closeup).


Minds Music Monday – Bass Line (White Hot Day – Instrumental)

I am a word lover – a lyrics lover. But I also love Simple Minds instrumentals…but I tend to love the dedicated instrumentals most…Kant Kino, Somebody Up There Likes You, Androgyny, Year Of The Dragon, Theme For Great Cities…Veldt! (although it does have some strange vocalisation on it…so I suppose Veldt is not STRICTLY an instrumental) – and often avoid the instrumental versions of songs that ended up with vocals – Sound In 70 Cities, This Earth That You Walk Upon, etc.

But there are a few instrumentals of that ilk that I love as much as the lyrical version…ones that show what timing Jim has with his vocals. Like a lot of pop/rock singers, he may not be the strongest of vocalists, technically, but one of his strengths is impeccable timing. A case in point…White Hot Day. The time sequence of the song is…unorthodox. And each time I listen to Bass Line, I am floored by the timing that Jim keeps with his vocal to it.

So, this week for MMM I provide TWO clips. The first being Bass Line. The second being Jim’s isolated vocal on White Hot Day.


Lyric Of The Day – Street Hassle (Lou Reed)

It’s a cover, but I love it…and, well, if I am to make a piece for every track on every Simple Minds album…this must be included, for it is a track on Sparkle In The Rain.
Probably should have not used these particular lines, either…but in the context of the song, they hold the most resonance…and…are beautiful…bittersweet…sensual…painful (resonating on a personal level quite a bit right now too).