Saturday, 15 November 2014

Simple Minds : New Gold Dream (badge)

Image : Simple Minds 'New Gold Dream' badge ©japanese forms

Getting away from the (mostly) Postcard Records stuff that I post for the moment and moving onto other Scottish bands that I've neglected a bit.  Bands like Simple Minds, The Associates, and Teenage Fanclub. Three great bands (at least for a few years for the first two) whom I really liked at some moment in my life. Of course, Teenage Fanclub and Simple Minds are still doing the rounds; the latter having released a brand new album just last month (Oct. 2014), but the much regretted Associates more or less fell apart when Alan Rankine left the band in 1982 shortly after the release of the fabulous 'Sulk' album. Rankine's departure leading to the late Billy MacKenzie more or less embarking on a solo career; albeit under the Associates name, until around 1990. Almost everything released after 1982 paled by comparison to the bands' previous output. A spent force in which; apart from a couple of Mackenzie's later solo efforts, I lost interest. Simple Minds, I lost interest in them shortly after the 'Once Upon A Time' album (1985). I like, and still do, most of the stuff released beforehand. Might have been the fact that they had turned into a stadium rock band, à la U2, that put me off them. I imagine though that it was some other band (more than likely The Jesus And Mary Chain) that had caught my fancy. I'd moved on to other pastures. As for Teenage Fanclub; that's another story which I'll come back to later.

More posts on these bands up soon. (japanese forms)


martin said...

Sons and Fascination is one of my top 30 albums of all time. Everything before is dull (except for the I-Travel) and everything after is turgid. That, of course, is only my opinion.

japanese forms said...

You appear to like only one single track by the band but, as you say, that's your opinion. Even though I disagree, it's one that you have every right to have. The "turgid" for me started appearing with the 'Sparkle in the Rain' album and continued from there on.
Cheers, and thnks for the comment.