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one step closer


composer
Written by: J Kerr / Planet Funk


publisher
© Mandarin Music / Copyright Control
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Copyright Control (Post 2013 credit)


background
With Jim settled in Italy, it wasn't long before he became friendly with the Naples based Planet Funk. A collaboration resulted in One Step Closer, one of the standout tracks from the Cry album.

A slightly different version of the song appears on the Album Sampler. This was intended to be the master mix, but was erroneously swapped with another at the last moment.

Planet Funk released the track on their own album, Non Zero Sumness, as the opener Where Is The Max? However, it appeared as an instrumental and was missing the opening majestic chords.

They eventually released the track as One Step Closer, with Jim's vocals, on their own single as Planet Funk featuring Simple Minds.

One Step Closer also appeared on the bonus version of the album, Non Zero Sumness Plus One, where the lyrics were reproduced in the booklet.

A funked up remix by Phunk Investigation was issued through Absolutely Records under the moniker Biba-Rom (the name of Jim and Charlie's first band). This was later reissued as White Spaces featuring Jim Kerr on Rare Mixes From Great Songs.

An extended version of the song appeared on Planet Funk's self-titled compilation album of 2009.

"I settle down, I watch the dust, I read the book with the rules that must... sets the time, sets the pace, then takes me closer, one step closer to that place" -

"Recall going all the way to Naples to work on this with the locals - Planet Funk. After working for about 12 hours in a dark, dingy, basement studio, we came out into the bright sunlight and went for a drive around city with this blasting out. I love Naples. Love all of Italy." - Jim, 23rd September 2015




lyrics
It's another way,
In a multitude.
Population,
Our neighbourhood.
I look for you,
So you look for me,
It's the only way you're gonna get up off your feet.

And I settle down,
And I watch the dust,
And I read the book,
All the rows that must.
Said it's the time,
To set the pace,
You take me closer,
One step closer to that place.

You take me one step closer,
Now I know we're there.
It’s better now than ever,
Now I know you’ll stay.

In another way,
It's a different world.
There's a shining light,
And a darkened word.
Anywhere there,
Takes a path,
To a different place,
Different time,
Different vibe.

You take me one step closer,
Now I know we're there.
It's better now than ever,
Now I know you're here.
You take me one step closer,
Now I know we're there.
Much better now than ever,
Now I know you’ll stay.

I found another way,
Another attitude.
There's a population,
In the neighbourhood.
I’m looking for you,
You look for me,
It’s the only way to get where we wanne be.

You take me one step closer,
Now I know we're there.
Much better now than ever,
Now I know you'll stay.
You’re taking me one step closer,
Now I know we're there.
It's better now than ever,
Now I know you'll stay with me.
You’re taking me one step closer,
Now I know you're there with me.
Much better now than ever,
Now I know you're here.



discography (simple minds)
Edit (3:55)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk
Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Ren Swan
Mastering: Simon Heyworth

One Step Closer promotional CD One Step Closer promotional CD One Step Closer CD
Album Version (6:06)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk
Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Ren Swan
Mastering: Simon Heyworth

Cry Promo CDR Cry German Promo CD Cry Album Cry Limited Edition Album Cry US Promo Album Cry US Album Cry Indonesian MC Cry SACD Black And White 050505 Eastern European CD Neon Lights - Cry European CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 3CD

Promo Mix (6:06)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk
Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Ren Swan
Mastering: Simon Heyworth

Cry (Promo) Promo CDR Cry Album Sampler

Phunk Investigation indaMix (6:40)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk
Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Ren Swan
Mastering: Simon Heyworth
Remixed by: Phunk Investigation

One Step Closer promotional 12"
Funky Junction & Mowree Mix (7:29)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk
Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Ren Swan
Mastering: Simon Heyworth
Remixed by: Funky Junction & Mowree

One Step Closer promotional 12"
Live Version (3rd November 2009) (8:59)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (5th November 2009) (4:03)
Recorded: Saschall, Florence, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (6th November 2009) (3:56)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (7th November 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (8th November 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Gran Teatro Di Padova, Padova, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (18th November 2009) (3:50)
Recorded: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (19th November 2009) (3:52)
Recorded: Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (22nd November 2009) (3:51)
Recorded: Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (23rd November 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (24th November 2009) (3:48)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (26th November 2009) (3:51)
Recorded: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (27th November 2009) (3:51)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (28th November 2009) (3:53)
Recorded: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (30th November 2009) (3:56)
Recorded: Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (2nd December 2009) (3:48)
Recorded: NEC, Birmingham, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (3rd December 2009) (3:47)
Recorded: MEN, Manchester, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (5th December 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (6th December 2009) (3:47)
Recorded: CIA, Cardiff, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (7th December 2009) (4:08)
Recorded: Arena, Wembley, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (9th December 2009) (3:54)
Recorded: 02, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (10th December 2009) (4:00)
Recorded: Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (11th December 2009) (3:54)
Recorded: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (12th December 2009) (3:50)
Recorded: AEC, Aberdeen, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (17th December 2009) (3:48)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (18th December 2009) (3:52)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (26th January 2014) (5:50)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (5:07)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (4:55)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (31st January 2014) (5:24)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:58)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (5:14)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (5:22)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (5:27)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (5:46)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (5:29)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (5:34)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (5:49)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (5:59)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (5:20)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (5:27)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (5:34)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (5:45)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (5:06)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (5:27)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (5:20)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (5:03)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




discography (planet funk)
Where Is The Max Album Version (4:41)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk

Non Zero Sumness CD
One Step Closer Radio Edit (3:46)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk

One Step Closer Promo CD One Step Closer CD
One Step Closer Extended (6:43)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk

Planet Funk CD



downloads
Phunk Investigation indaMix (6:40)
Played and produced by: Planet Funk
Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Ren Swan
Mastering: Simon Heyworth
Remixed by: Phunk Investigation

Rare Mixes From Great Songs
Live Version (3rd November 2009) (8:59)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (5th November 2009) (4:03)
Recorded: Saschall, Florence, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (6th November 2009) (3:56)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th November 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (8th November 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Gran Teatro Di Padova, Padova, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th November 2009) (3:50)
Recorded: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (19th November 2009) (3:52)
Recorded: Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (22nd November 2009) (3:51)
Recorded: Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (23rd November 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (24th November 2009) (3:48)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (26th November 2009) (3:51)
Recorded: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (27th November 2009) (3:51)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (28th November 2009) (3:53)
Recorded: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (30th November 2009) (3:56)
Recorded: Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (2nd December 2009) (3:48)
Recorded: NEC, Birmingham, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (3rd December 2009) (3:47)
Recorded: MEN, Manchester, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (5th December 2009) (3:49)
Recorded: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (6th December 2009) (3:47)
Recorded: CIA, Cardiff, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th December 2009) (4:08)
Recorded: Arena, Wembley, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (9th December 2009) (3:54)
Recorded: 02, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (10th December 2009) (4:00)
Recorded: Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (11th December 2009) (3:54)
Recorded: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (12th December 2009) (3:50)
Recorded: AEC, Aberdeen, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (17th December 2009) (3:48)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th December 2009) (3:52)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (26th January 2014) (5:50)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (5:07)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (4:55)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (31st January 2014) (5:24)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:58)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (5:14)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (5:22)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (5:27)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (5:46)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (5:29)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (5:34)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (5:49)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (5:59)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (5:20)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (5:27)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (5:34)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (5:45)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (5:06)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (5:27)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (5:20)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (5:03)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




live history
The Floating World Tour: 2002
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Festival Tour: 2004
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Australian Tour: 2010
Festival Show Tour: 2010
Final Shows: 2010
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014