Is The “Four Letter Word” – Horn?

A batch of Simple Minds connected new releases today. Phunk Investigation and their multitude of mixes of Four Letter Word (which I am going to assume having listened to the lyrics a couple of times is actually the rather genteel “love” – perhaps I am being naive? At one point Jim admits to being “addicted to the four letter thing” – in that circumstance, I could NEVER imagine him meaning “love”) with Jim on vocals.

Secondly, the Trevor Horn “Reimagines The Eighties” version of Brothers In Arms, featuring “Simple Minds” – aka Jim, Mick MacNeil and (supposedly) Charlie (unless he’s playing violin – or in a strange homage to John Cage, without his Strat plugged in).

Anyway…all Spotify links follow…I am sure all tracks will be on YouTube as well.

Spotify 2018 Listening Stats

I really, really do lve Silent Kiss ❤️😊😚



The only pages I didn’t save were the ones giving me a link to my Top 100 Songs of 2018 playlist – which you’ll find a link to below – and the final “share” page to share your Spotify stats rundown via social media.


On A Lighter Note – The PM’s “Un-Australian”

Give me strength! Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has got it in the neck because his “Eighties Plus” Spotify playlist has only one Aussie song in it! Lol (They better not look at MY playlist then! Though, to be fair, I have plenty of other playlists that are Oz themed, with quite a number of antipodean acts. In amongst my 27 different Simple Minds playlists, and the several other Bowie ones.)

Bones of contention for artists deemed to be Australian rest on AC/DC (the Young brothers hailed from Scotland, as did Bon Scott – and Brian Johnson is a Geordie!), Jimmy Barnes (hello, Scotland, again), and John Farnham (actually English by birth).

You could almost say there is a second song in his 80s playlist that COULD be deemed Australian – Grace Jones’s Walking In The Rain was penned by Vanda and Young – and originally recorded under the name Flash And The Pan – Harry Vanda is actually Dutch…and, yes, you guessed it, George Young (AC/DC’s Malcolm and Angus’s older brother) is actually Scottish…so no luck trying to give Scotty a second song on his playlist there!

The PM has, however, gone for undoubtedly, identifiably Scottish by having Simple Minds on the playlist. Several times, in fact!

So…why some deem his 80s playlist “un-Australian”, I think Scotty, dear boy, has IMPECCABLE taste!

You can read the article about his playlist choices and the backlash on by CLICKING HERE

And you can see the Spotify playlist in question below…

Bristol Struck Paydirt!

Waaaay! Got to see not one but TWO buses in Bristol with the Spotify advert on. Here’s a bit of Facebook LIVE footage of the second…(couldn’t get the camera going fast enough)

Also a photo of it too 🙂

Aaaaaand! Look what’s at Weston station!

Simple Minds Spotify Bus Advert Featuring Virginia Turbett Photo!

Wow! This is just ssooo awesome! I don’t usually go gaga over advertising…but…just, the way I got into discovering them fully…it was all down to Spotify. And them using one of Virginia’s photos…it’s all just so…WOW! They are all over the country! People have been sharing pics from Bournemouth, Edinburgh, London and Leeds. I hope to spot a few myself when I travel to Worcester on Thursday.

Thanks to Martin Felton for use of the photo he took of the bus display in Bournemouth.

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#simpleminds a wee reminder of home on a Leeds bus

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The Leeds bus.

And, well, I bet when Jim was writing/saying these words that he’d ever actually see himself on a bus quite like this! Metaphor made manifest!

My 2017 On Spotify


There surely must be some kind of data anomaly because I really would have expected to see Wonderful In Young Life and This Earth That You Walk Upon in the top tracks…as well as Spirited Away being in the Top 100 playlist…but, hey, there you go.