Breaking News: The Anchoress Announcement Tomorrow!

Catherine will be on BBC Radio 6 Music making an announcement on Steve Lamacq’s show at 4pm GMT tomorrow!

And…I just realised I might miss it! I’ll be leaving the house some 10 mins later to get to the city. Oh, bum! I’ll have to catch up! And I’ll share all the details here, of course.

Stay tuned! You can also check Catherine’s various social media too, either as herself or as The Anchoress.

EXCITING!

Recent Radio Offerings – New Gold Dream Album Club and Ged On Radio Scotland Arts Show

Firstly, Steve Lamacq played the entire New Gold Dream album as part of Radio 6 Music’s album club. It also includes an interview with Jim and Charlie recorded and aired in July, 2016, as part of the box set release of NGD at the time.

On Wednesday (Sept. 30th), Ged was on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show with Grant Stott, discussing the new orchestral versions of songs from The Bard’s Tale, plus about Simple Minds and the state of the live music industry during the Covid pandemic.

Old Gold Dream?

I felt rather disheartened by yesterday’s 6 Music “Album Club”. The remit for BBC Radio 6 Music when it started was to be “indie” and “alternative”. It seems to have edged away from that over the years. I mean…it was fabulous that they gave exposure to Walk Between Worlds in 2018. No one was more surprised than me. I really thought it would be Radio 2 that would give it the exposure.

The fact that Simple Minds can straddle getting airplay from both stations is testament to the lasting legacy and style of the music they have produced. GOOD ON THE MINDS!

But the disappointing things about yesterday were – the repetition of the interview. At least 6 Music alluded (or even ELUDED) to it being a repeat…but with a modicum of uncertainty I tuned in anyways but once it got under way, the interview was sounding pretty familiar.

The other was the fact that they – 6 Music – ONCE AGAIN chose to concentrate on New Gold Dream.

Now….DON’T GET ME WRONG! New Gold Dream is EVERYTHING that the lasting reverence and esteem it is held in by all and sundry is worthy of. It is as near to perfection as Simple Minds ever got, aurally. And you all know well enough how I feel about Jim in 1982. The album and him…both near perfection in 1982. He is as aesthetically beautiful as the album work itself. The album is art and Jim right at that point is Michelangelo’s David for me.

Back to that 6 Music remit. “Indie and alternative”. It makes me wonder then WHY…why not highlight EMPIRES AND DANCE? It was its 40th anniversary, FFS! Or…Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call – which is absolutely CRYING OUT for a box set reissue, but looks as if it will never get it – to my (and quite a number of others fans) eternal consternation.

It just had me perplexed. New Gold Dream is constantly lauded. Constantly gets the praise. It’s almost as if, sometimes in the eyes of many, that Simple Minds made only one great album and it’s that one thing. For me, it almost falls into the danger zone of Don’t You (Forget About Me). Except it is far more superior to that (sorry for the Don’t You lovers – I once was a lover of it too, many moons ago…and then I became a Simple Minds fan). Simple Minds only known for ONE SONG and ONE ALBUM. It just sucks arse!

And I am ssooo disappointed that there wasn’t more to celebrate and applaud Empires And Dance. On this milestone anniversary year, it REALLY deserved it. I hate how both EAD and Sons/Sister are just deemed creative precursors to NGD. Never really seen as the amazing sonic innovations they both were.

At times I can be left with a kind of desensitised feeling after having listened to NGD – like it just washes over me because it’s kind of “too good”. I can’t explain it right. But…I NEVER have that feeling with Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call. It ALWAYS leave me floored, in awe, astounded and like I have been on the most amazing sonic journey. And Empires And Dance just floors me thinking about their age and ambition and how they pulled off such a sound. Drawing on so many influences, but finding their own musical identity.

Anyway, that’s just how I felt about yesterday’s Album Club. Once I heard that the interview was indeed a repeat, I switched the radio off.

Yesterday I wasn’t much in the mood to hear more praise heaped upon NGD.

Another Chance? Steve Lamacq’s Album Club

I’m not sure if this is going to be a brand new thing? I did seek clarity on this but no reply (so far) has been forthcoming, so I have no idea. The blurb would seem to imply it might be…but it just maybe worded that way in readiness for it being on BBC Sounds for playback. I dunno.

They did do this four years ago when the New Gold Dream box set came out. I have a sneaky feeling it MIGHT be a repeat of that…but we’ll see.

Either way, it’s an opportunity to grab it and put it on the blog to be available permanently. In the meantime, click on the image to be taken to the BBC page. Listen in “live” at 6pm this evening – or on playback.

The Anchoress – In Session (and Interview) With Steve Lamacq On BBC Radio 6Music

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Here is the audio excerpt of Catherine’s interview with Steve Lamacq and her performance as The Anchoress (and band), performing a great version of Long Year and What Goes Around, live from the Southbank Centre as part of day one of Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival. Enjoy! (Pic taken from Catherine’s FB page.)

Fresh Kerrsday Thursday Treat – And Summer Gets Numanised

…for your delectation, courtesy of Miss Cherisse Osei 🙂

Sir posted this morning of a new remix of Summer produced by Gary Numan and his long-term collaborator Ade Fenton. It got its first play during the Roundtable segment on Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

CLICK HERE to listen to the show (Summer plays from around the 32 minute mark).
I, sadly, wasn’t really won over. I feel so bad for saying that. I had such high hopes for it…but it takes away all the beauty I get from the song. The song actually SOUNDS WARM on the album! The images I got with it. A heat haze setting-sun scene…a fesitval…slo motion bodies bouncing up and down, hair swaying about in the breeze. I know Jim sings of rain and lightning…but I rarely see that imagery with the song…and if I do…it’s a sun shower. Not a downpour.

But that is now what I get with the Numan/Fenton mix…a damp squib. A rain on my parade. A shading of my sun.

You guys know I love dark songs and imagery…but it just feels the wrong fit. An anthemic, bright, upbeat, warm, pulsing, thumping song…well, rained upon.

Oh, I wanted to like it! And as I was listening to it, I had this sinking feeling. The sinking feeling it was not going to be liked…and, well. Ouch! I do feel if the panel had heard the album version, they’d have not slated it like they did.

A shame. I think maybe if things had been swapped around? Had Johnson Somerset remixed this, and Numan and Fenton were given The Signal And The Noise, then…well, that could have been interesting. I do love JS’s remix of TSATN, don’t get me wrong! But the mix of Summer just didn’t gel for me. I’ll give it one or two more listens but…I’m not hopeful I’ll be won round.

Sometimes opposites attract. Juxtapositions work. I just don’t think it does on this occasion. But I MAY change my mind. Stay tuned!

Call Me Prip…”Hey, Prip! There’s Been A Murrrrderrrrr In The Ballroom.”

I love it! Steve Lamacq called me Prip! Cos we is like besties and stuff, yeah. Lol

I’m being silly…but it was actually really cool.

Normally I’d beat myself up for a typo like that…but it kinda worked…made it Scottish. Lol

And you can hear the snippet at the end below. I’ll link to the full program in a separate post shortly.

A Kerrsday Thursday On 6 Music

How very remiss of me not to mention that during the 6 Music Festival that’s happening in Glasgow this weekend, that Mr Kerr himself will be on on Thursday evening with Steve Lamacq – finally going back for another dose of being on the Roundtable by the look of things. AT LAST! Well, at least Sir says he’ll be on from early evening, that would seem to indicate he is on for the Roundtable slot. Time will tell…

I will tune in early to make sure I don’t miss a thing! Steve Lamacq’s slot for 6 Music kicks off at 4pm.

Noel on David

Just touching upon January and sharing Jim’s review of Blackstar reminded me to share this. I was listening to BBC Radio 6 Music most of the day yesterday and caught Noel Gallagher in conversation with Steve Lamacq. Noel had chosen a Bowie track to play (well, not actually a Bowie track, per se, but a cover of a Pixies song that Bowie did called Cactus). They spoke about David’s death, and how Noel first got into him.

Towards the end of the excerpt I recorded, Noel spoke about Heathen, giving it due praise, and going on to heap even more praise upon The Next Day.

The impression I got from Jim’s review of Blackstar all those months ago was…he didn’t really much like Bowie’s newer stuff. One of them “it’s all crap after Scary Monsters” types. So to hear Noel discuss Heathen and have a track played from it (albeit a cover) was great…and just the impetus I needed to get the conversation going with Sir about this. I have wanted to for MONTHS!

Thank you Noel!