JK: "The record company must have loved us. After Once Upon A Time
came out, they were screaming out for more of the same. We came out with an eight-minute Celtic opus (Belfast Child)
and songs about South Africa (Mandela Day, Peter Gabriel's
Biko). Having had that, we went "Who cares?" We love America, but you really have to kiss arse -
we were too tired at the time. We have a lot of energy now! As Charlie has said, the only
time you saw us at that time, we were in front of crowds being fed fishes and loaves. That was the train we were on. If you're going to write,
if you're young and idealistic, you're going to write about the themes of the day. You're going to take a convoluted subject and turn it into -
in our case - a lengthy pop song. When I look back now, I'm glad that we had the balls or the madness to do those things. We did
"Good Morning America" and there were 30 million people watching us. I thought, 'Wouldn't it be amazing if you had something
to say outside of promoting a new tour or a new T-shirt.' The previous night, Charlie and
I had met a guy in the Mayflower Hotel who worked for Amnesty. I was asked on the show what I'd been doing and I talked
about Amnesty. THen suddenly, I had a cause! It did matter to us and it inspired the music. It was great in
2008 to play Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday."
Record Collector Interview
Record Collector #364
- "We were excited we didn't know what was going to happen. For the first time in
a long time we were out of control. Once Upon A Time was very controlled. I liked that about it,
but now we wanted to do something different." - Jim.
- "We were sure whatever happened it was going to take us by surprise. And it definintely did.
There is no logical progression between Once Upon A Time and this album." - Jim.
- "Trevor Horn, is of course yet another who produced
Simple Minds. It is he (and Stephen Lipson) who deserve
the credit for our Street Fighting Years album which featured
Mandela Day and
This Is Your Land. They both put so much thought and time into
Simple Minds - in a period where in someways we were sadly in the process of coming apart at the seams.
Trevor also produced so many of my fave 80's defining records. Including
Grace Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Yes, ABC, and
Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Particularly Frankie - what a sound that debut album had!
In any case Trevor, who also plays bass and has his own touring band, is currently
adding our very own Waterfront to his live set which also features
much of the songs that he produced. Known more as "a studio beast" a recent article in Glasgow's Herald newspaper
detailed how Trevor, whose music somewhat defined the 1980s, says that now
playing live is therapeutic after the death of his wife Jill - who incidentally was also a great supporter of
Simple Minds, someone who we also admired very much." - Jim, 21st July 2017