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human


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Brothers Music Ltd


background
First mentioned by Jim on the 17th February 2014. "New tunes - best live songs? Light Travels was played for the second time in the last three days. With this new arrangement it could perhaps become one of our best live songs. Similarly, Big Music and brand new tunes Human, Midnight Walking, Spirited Away, are all due to start featuring in the live set. We need to start airing them now in order to have them sounding great for the planned summer shows."

It was written by Charlie for a proposed Ultravox duet during the South Africa / European Tour of 2013.


JK: "A few years ago I was on holiday – it was on the other side of the world actually, I was in Bali, Indonesia – and I woke up in the morning and –as you do – I checked the e-mail and there was this MP3 from Charlie for a track he had titled Human. There's a lot of tracks called Human - I don't think I'd have particularly chosen it but within a few minutes I was already inspired to go to work on it."

JK: "It reminds me of the kind of track that was on Sparkle In The Rain: Up On The Catwalk or Speed Your Love To Me Big, brash drums, bombastic with an insidiously catchy chorus. Again I think it's one that people will only need to hear once – particularly live – Mel will go all over it and it's definitely the big pop song."

Band Interviews
Big Music Deluxe DVD


MH: Talking to Mr. Jim Kerr of Simple Minds on KX 93.5. Moving on in the record we're at a track, track five on the new record and it's called Human. I love the lyrics in this and there's a line – I was going to ask you about it – you say in the last line "I'm an exile searching for the right place." I mean that's been your story for many years. Are you ever going to find the right place or do you like the journey?
JK: I think I do love the journey and there are times in my life where I do think I've found the right place and then, a couple of years later, I've upped sticks both physically and metaphorically and spiritually moved on to something else. I guess I enjoy being restless. And even physically I tend to circle places – I'm speaking to you from Glasgow tonight which I don't remember ever leaving and I don't remember ever coming back [laughs] but we've spent so much time away. In my case, it feels right to be here a lot, I feel a strength from it, I don't know if it's to do with what we were talking about earlier about our parents moving away... I mean Glasgow made us, it made Simple Minds, we're from there, we're made of rock and rain that we were from here, although we were shaped by our journeys and our cultures and blessed to be shaped by both our experiences and the people we met and nethertheless we're from here , we're a product, we're from a people, we're from an outlook, we're big Glasgow boys, we're – for me just now it feels... We're rehearsing – I'm rehearsing literally a stone's throw from where the first house I was brought home to when they took me out of the maternity hospital. And there must be some reason for this – but I feel I'm getting a strength from it. I don't know, it seems right.
MH: It's weird. I'm the same as you. I got the bug – I remember you and Charlie disappearing off when we were younger and you ended up in India of all places when you were youngsters – and I remember you taking off to Italy. And it kind of affected all our friends, the people around you, and we all started to this kind of wandering thing that made us who we are. But I'm the same as you. I end up back in Glasgow and it's like you're coming up for air, you're coming up to get fed again, before you go on another journey. And it's just so rewarding. It reminds us of who we are and what we should be doing.
MH: Anyway, this is the track Human by Simple Minds from the great album Big Music.

Martin Hanlin
The Real McCoy
KX 93.5


The la-la-la like Don't You (Forget About Me) "was an afterthought. If I can't do that, who can? It's a little bit of fun, playing around with one of our trademarks."

Jim Kerr
Classic Pop Magazine #14
December 2014/January 2015




lyrics
I'm Human inside, a hunter in chase.
I'm an exile, searching for the right place.
I'm Human.




discography
Album Version (3:41)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Gavin Goldberg and Clinton Outten AKA Roachie

Big Music 5 Track Sampler CD Big Music Promo CD Big Music Promo CD Big Music French Promo CD Big Music French Promo CDs Big Music Hungrian Promo CD Big Music German Promo CD Big Music CD Big Music Limited Edition Deluxe CD Big Music Limited Edition LP



videography
Album Version (Segment) (1:47)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Gavin Goldberg and Clinton Outten AKA Roachie
Human promo video