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midnight walking


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill / Gillespie


publisher
JKMC–Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Brothers Music Ltd / Copyright Control


background
"Almost a year ago Simple Minds travelled 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Our destination was the Norwegian city of Tromso; the mission was to take part in the city festival. We spent a few days only, but it was sufficient time to know that thanks to the natural environment etc - we were in a remarkable part of the world."

"On arrival, we had immediately made plans to try and get out into the countryside later on that evening. Reason for this, was that we had been told that although no guarantee, there was maybe a chance to see the mysterious and spectacular Aurora Borealis, perhaps more commonly known as "The Northern Lights"."

"The idea of witnessing this cosmic event from within the artic circle has huge appeal to me and I was really excited with the prospect of meeting up after dinner to go out "Midnight Walking". Oh I should mention that the temperature was well below the rather mild zero that we frequently experience during Scottish winters. Man, it was cold!"

"In any case, after heading up into the hotel gym, and then after having a chat with our lighting engineer Steve Pollard, I went back to my room to listen to a piece of music that Andy Gillespie had let me hear earlier that day. Not much more than a loop that ran for a couple of minutes, but it had a great upbeat feel, it was insanely catchy also."

"I recall not much more after this as I then fell into the deepest sleep, only to be woken a few hours later by none other that Charlie Burchill informing that we had been told that if we jumped into a car and drove out of town, the "chances of seeing the lights" were 95%."

"That sounded great. But being so tired, groggy even, I could barely move. I told Charlie to count me out, no other option other than to wish him well with "The Midnight Walking", freezing cold, as it would be. I put down the phone and immediately went back to my obscure dreams."

"I may have then "slept the sleep of a thousand sleeps" and was grateful for it. But at 4AM I was wide-awake, which no big deal really, as usually I get up between 5 and 5:30AM most days. However it is not every day I wake with music pounding through me as it was on this occasion. Neither is it everyday I grab a notebook and start writing words – before I have even showered. But I did on this dark Tromso morning and I am ever so glad about that."

"Later that day, after soundcheck and before the show, Andy Gillespie brought a microphone to my room. We recorded some of the words I had written that morning and matched to the music that he had given me only 24 hours prior."

"Sometimes an idea takes a while to take over, and to be honest, with so many musical ideas flying around, it is common that some ideas get lost a while. It is then that fate sometimes takes over, or more realistically, an idea somehow forgotten magically turns up randomly on an MP3 player that has been lying around untouched for months."

"Making you then stop in your tracks, and thinking, Wow! Such was the recent case with that "Tromso Tune."

"Yesterday in Real World studios, along with some other songs, I finally got to work a little bit more on Andy's tune. Unfortunately I did not get to see nature do it’s most wonderful show that night in Tromso. Charlie and some of the rest did though. Lucky guys."

"But I did come out of it with the backbone of an exciting new song. It is called "Midnight Walking" and it is buzzing around my brain as I write."

Jim Kerr
7th February 2013

Midnight Walking was mentioned again by Jim during his interview with Todd Richards for Some Sweet Day 2013. Written by Andy Gillespie, the track was recognised as a potential lead single for the forthcoming album.


"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." - Jim, 17th February 2014

Midnight Walking became the third song to be released from Big Music when a full preview appeared on consequenceofsound.net on the 21st October 2014.


JK: "One of the things I've enjoyed most about the album is the collaborations outside just the songs Charlie and I write. And as usual, we had a large pool of songs – more than one album's worth – and although the vast majority of them are ideas that Charlie comes up with and then feeds me – this time around there were two or three other writers involved and one of the main writers is Andy Gillespie who – although he has been playing keyboards for Simple Minds for a long time now – it's the first time Andy has, however, been involved in writing."

AG: "Midnight Walking is a track I had been working on with Jim. Charlie came up with an absolutely blistering guitar line – and it transformed the track, it just gave it an edge. The kind of edge we were looking for at the end. It's classic Burchill."

JK: "We were on tour – we were in a place called Tromso which is just inside the Arctic Circle. It's an amazing place because you can see the Northern Lights very clearly there – in fact, it's a big part of the local tourism. We'd arrived the night before the gig and it was arranged, literally, for everyone to go out midnight walking, to see the lights. Unfortunately, in my case, I fell asleep and never made it. [Laughs] But when I spoke to the guys in the morning, they'd had the most amazing time going out into the wilds and they'd seen this cosmic light show."

JK: "Then I thought 'I'm going to write a song inspired by the idea of going out midnight walking.' Not particularly in the Arctic Circle."

AG: "And I think that's the thing I'm most proud of. When you sit down at a piano and play then it's most obviously a piano. OK, it has an inherent atmosphere but it maybe hasn't got the atmosphere of Aurora Borealis or walking about in the Arctic Circle at midnight and you have to conjure up soundscapes that might – in some way – reflect that. So if I've managed to achieve that then I think that's job done."

Band Interviews
Big Music Deluxe DVD


MH: Moving through the record Big Music we're onto track number two. I really like this track. It's a song called Midnight Walking. And I notice on this that the writing is Kerr, Burchill and Gillespie. Can you tell me a bit about it?
JK: Yes. Andy Gillespie - it's funny because we still call him one of the new guys, but Andy Gillespie has been playing with Simple Minds now since 2002 so we're talking about the best part of twelve, nearly thirteen years, actually. And Andy is more than just than just a muso. He's a creative person and we've been encouraging him to come up with stuff and to come up with ideas and it's taken a long time but as soon as I heard the music to Midnight Walking – which chiefly was Andy's – I thought "This is a beauty" and it had a sort of dancey element to it. It does a great little logo at the start of it – to me it was very much like a Kraftwerk logo – but not just like it, I think it was as good as some of the Kraftwerk logos. I mean a real great, great pop hook. But we had a problem in a sense that coming out of just being Andy's – there was a little bit of an identity crisis because – it wasn't that it was generic but it wasn't until when Charlie came in with the second half of the song – I think Midnight Walking features one of Charlie's best guitar breaks for years – that it truly became a Simple Minds song. The great ballads of the classic Simple Minds that I was mentioning earlier but you had this electro dance beat that – some would say – is contemporary.
MH: Talking about Andy being the new keyboard player is like saying Mel Gaynor is the new drummer, who came in on the fifth record. He is a real big part of Simple Minds in terms of everything he does. And I know – luckily enough I've got to work with Andy – and his work rate is just incredible. He really, really puts a lot into it.
JK: Yes, it's funny you say that, I just left him about an hour ago – we're currently in the studio in Glasgow, rehearsal studio, because we're about to tour next year and we thought we'd get some rehearsals in this side of the year, allowing us a break over Christmas, and then we'll pick it up again. Anyway, Andy's a kind of a band leader, in that situation, he's a sort of group leader – he's very organised, he's very much a tech-head as well, he's been a great, great player and dependable. I mean – the likes of Charlie and I – we're much more spontaneous, we'll fly in, we'll turn things upside down – but you need a real great nuts and bolts guy then Andy's the guy and he can... if there's something going round and he'll analyse the rhythms or he'll have a good dialogue with the rest of the musicians, he's very good that way – he's almost like a sort of school teacher in that sense – in the line-up next year we've got a girl called Catherine AD who's joining us for the first time for this tour and Catherine's from a younger generation, she's never worked anything on this scale – and it's just been great to see how Andy talks to her and encourages her and puts her at ease and gets the best out of her – so all of those roles rather belong to Andy, but it's great that he's mov ing into coming up with melodies as well.
MH: It's funny you say that – talking about Catherine AD coming in and Andy doing that – and the thing about Simple Minds is that you always invest in the people Jim – we've talked about this before – and it keeps on giving this extra life to Simple Minds. I mean you and Charlie – you're the driving forces – and it's great that you bought Catherine in and Andy – and I saw you bring Andy in and you and Charlie did with Andy and now he's doing the same with Catherine and that's that constant investment. It's a great thing.
JK: Well, that's right. The down side about that – let's be honest, very few bands retain the same line-up for more than ten years, some do, but very few do. And the ones that do – there will be strengths within that – but there must be great frustrations as well, playing with the same people. But, anyway, in Simple Minds' case, as you know – as many people who know Simple Minds story – our lineup started to fragment – our original lineup started to fragment after about ten years. And that was tough for us for about the following decade because you're – when you lose original members, it's always hard to get out of the prejudice when a lot of people think of you as a zombie band or something. You just going around because you don't know what else to do. But in our case, what we did was, we do invest in people, even going back to the Lisa Germanos, Robin Clarks and stuff, we really do.
JK: When we play live, we want it to be a great gig but we also want it to have an element of show. And it's great to bring in these people, especially when they're more than just appendages, they're stars themselves, let's face it. We're quite often bring them to an audience that has just, until then, not heard of them, other they're on the verge on being stars, after the experience with us they grow wings and they off and do their own solo albums and that stuff. But it really benefits the band – it benefits, we get tons out of it, the show gets tons out of it, and again we were brought up with sport and in our case football but you could use it for basketball, you could use it to baseball, you could use it to American Football - it's about the team, it's about having a great squad and it's about investing in new talent. Because that energises, refreshes, gives you something you haven't got and why wouldn't you?
MH: Before we go on to the next song, we're going to play the track we've been talking about, Midnight Walking. And before we play it – we talked about Andy being a co-writer, and I know you won't admit to this – but all this happens because of the generosity of yourself and of Charlie. And that generosity pays back into Simple Minds. And you'll hear it in this track – so this is a track written by Charlie Burchill, Jim Kerr and Andy Gillespie. This is Midnight Walking.

Martin Hanlin
The Real McCoy
KX 93.5




lyrics
In the age where it’s essential to make it transcendental,
We're going out Midnight Walking,
Going through heatwave and through snow.




discography
Radio Edit (3:35)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Programming by Andy Gillespie
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown, Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Andy Gillespie

Midnight Walking Promo CD Midnight Walking Australian Promo CD Midnight Walking Japanese Promo CD
Album Version (3:53)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Programming by Andy Gillespie
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown, Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Andy Gillespie

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 CD Big Music Limited Edition Deluxe CD Big Music Limited Edition LP Midnight Walking Promo CD
Instrumental (3:53)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Programming by Andy Gillespie
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown, Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Andy Gillespie

Midnight Walking Promo CD
Live Version (February-May 2015) (5:01)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015 Live Big Music Tour 2015

Johnson Somerset Remix (9:07)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Programming by Andy Gillespie
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown, Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Andy Gillespie
Remixed by Johnson Somerset

Big Music Johnson Somerset Remixes Promo CD Big Music Johnson Somerset Remixes Dutch Promo CD



videography
Album Version (Segment) (1:41)
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

Midnight Walking promo DVD

Radio Edit (3:35)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown

Midnight Walking promo DVD Midnight Walking promo DVD

Live Version (7th April 2015) (5:06)
Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


Midnight Walking YouTube

Johnson Somerset Remix (9:07)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Additional Programming by Iain Cook and Steve Osborne
Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety
Remixed by Johnson Somerset

Midnight Walking Remix promo video



downloads
Radio Edit (3:35)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Programming by Andy Gillespie
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown, Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Andy Gillespie

Midnight Walking Download
Johnson Somerset Remix (9:07)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Programming by Andy Gillespie
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown, Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Andy Gillespie
Remixed by Johnson Somerset

Midnight Walking Download Big Music Johnson Somerset Remixes Download
A2A Remix (4:18)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Programming by Andy Gillespie
Additional Engineering by John Henry
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown, Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Andy Gillespie
Remixed by A2A

Midnight Walking Download



live history
Big Music European Tour: 2015
Big Music Summer Tour: 2015
Big Music Winter Tour: 2015
Big Music Western Asia: 2016