Just a couple of days ago, it was the anniversary of the release of Sparkle In The Rain. With that in mind, I decided to choose a track from the album for this week’s MMM.
The dawn had broke as I awoke this morning. It’s sunny today. It has an effect.
I want to be filled with the optimism to believe that we are, in a very real sense, leaving the dark days behind us.
I miss the city and I miss seeing that beautiful river.
I decided to go big and obvious, with a classic. And enjoy the video. Watching people having a great time in a great music venue. See images of that wonderful river, and have a bit of a gawk at Jim is his electric blue suit, looking like the mutt’s nuts…and even more lick-able! Lol
One year ago from today (yesterday) we “moved on up to the Waterfront” and arrived in our new home, and to Scotland, and Glasgow. And on that beautiful, crisp, clear morning – despite feeling so incredibly tired and a little violated, having been robbed for the first time in my life – I already within minutes of arriving had the overwhelming feeling that it was the right move and that this is where I’ll be for the rest of my days.
As tired and drained as I was that morning, I squealed with excitement as we crossed the Clyde, just knowing this place was now going to be home and I could spend time at the banks of this river any time I wanted to.
And I’m sure I’d have had Waterfront playing in my head. Or Speed Your Love To Me…or any plethora of Simple Minds songs.
Today is also St Andrew’s Day and although Waterfront is more specifically about Glasgow, it could easily apply to most of Scotland. It is such an anthemic piece. And it gets the blood pumping.
I do remember being turned on by it back in the day. Oh, the things that could have been had I become a “real” fan of SM back then. I’ll always have regrets.
A few days ago when I had Spotify on in the wee hours, this version of Waterfront played and I lost myself for six minutes…filled with amazement that I actually LIVE in this city now.
Only yesterday was I thinking that had someone told the 13 year old girl listening to that opening bassline in the summer months (in Australia) of early 1984 that, in years to come, she’d be living in the city the song was about. And not only that, but she’d OWN the house she was living in…she’d have scoffed! “No fucking way”!
But…here we are.
Happy St Andrew’s Day, everyone! GIE IT LALDY AND GAUN YERSEL!
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?
Well, I was freaking out that I wasn’t going to make it for the 6pm arrival time as I was still at the house waiting for a taxi to come collect me at 5.40pm. It’s Saturday night in Glasgow… traffic will be heaving! But it was mercifully fine. I still can’t quite get my head around the fact we are as far (or as close… depending on your perspective) from the city centre of Glasgow as we were in our old house from Luton Town centre. My taxi fare into the city was £6. We were at the Old Fruit Market in 10 mins.
I arrived and spotted one Mr Ronald Gurr at the bar. I sidled up and said hello. We chatted a bit. He asked me after a while “do you know where you’re seated?” “Nope. I have no idea.” “You could be seated with them”, he says to me. “Pfffft! I doubt that!” “Well… you never know”, he says.
As it was, I was seated at a table with Ronnie himself.
There wasn’t much of a view from my seat to be honest. £150 paid to see f*** all – it was starting well.
A couple of hours in Ronnie says to me “they’ll be on at midnight”. Whaaaa???! It wasn’t even 8pm!
I was also kept company by Rita and Nicolle. It was great to be with fellow SM fans.
A pit stop to the ladies halfway through the night and I walked by a table that some of the band was seated at. I waved to Cherisse on my way by and she stood up and stopped me to say hello. We chatted briefly and I chatted to Ged briefly also. It was so lovely of Cherisse to stop me and say hello. Much too kind.
Rita, Nicolle and I were just wishing the hours away until they received their award and would be performing.
Finally… after many awards handed out and quite a few auctioned off items for the Nordoff-Robbins charity, the final award of the night was given out.
Jim was gracious in his acceptance speech and then handed the mic over, rather unexpectedly, to Charlie. “I haven’t got anything to say. No one understands me anyway!” Lol. Bless him. Poor Charlie.
They then went straight into performing three songs – Waterfront, Love Song and Don’t You (Forget About Me). The crowd were loving it, and Jim had everyone (some ladies at the front in particular) eating out of the palm of his hand as usual (nothing ever changes).
Bruce Findlay was also there last night. He had earlier in the evening handed out the “Living Legends” Award to the Incredible String Band – one of his all time favourite bands.
He stayed on and was watching SM perform. And I could see Jim acknowledging Bruce during their set. It was a lovely moment to see.
I have no footage or photos. My phone stayed firmly in my bag all night.
There is some official photos around. Reports of the evening in the media, etc. I just wanted to just take it in and enjoy it.
It’s been a tough old week but this was lovely.
A little less of a feeling I am persona non grata once again by a few would be nice… but, you cannae have everything I guess.
Today my £250 target was met, so…this means the Somebody Up There Likes You/Waterfront print will be given away. On Jim’s birthday, I will Facebook Live the drawing of the winner from the list of names of the £10+ donors.
To all the donors so far, thank you! I am so happy to have met the target. I am still happy to accept donations though, of course.
Race day is Sunday and the Just Giving page linked to my Race For Life will be accepting donations up to July 20th, so if you’d like to donate, you still can.
And those that donate £10+ up til 23.59 BST on Sunday, July 7th, will go into the draw for the signed print.
I wanted to share something that isn’t so obscure in the Simple Minds canon today because – one: it was pretty much the first song of theirs I fell in love with way, way back in 1984 – two: on a reflective note, as we come to the end of 2018, I still have to pinch myself that I actually saw them where this video was made. That not only have I now seen them twice in their home city…but got to see them give a full live debut airing of a new album in this hallowed turf – the Barrowland Ballroom.
Now…where was I? Yes! M3 (aka Minds Music Monday). I distinctly remember Waterfront being the first Simple Minds song I went “WOWZERS!” for when first hearing it on the radio in early 1984 (I know you Brits got it at the end of 1983…but we were a bit behind the time back then “Downunder”). That bass and those drums!! I was hooked…but still a much bigger U2 fan…and kind of set in my ways. Only took me another 31 years to finally give SM the time they deserved from me. Johnny-come-lately says, “better late than never”! Yeah…can I turn back the clock? Lol
Anyway…this is a pretty cracking modern day version of a classic. Thanks for this continuing musical journey, guys. Glad there was room on the bus for me. You’ll have to throw me off it now to get rid of me! Lol