14th February 1981
Simple Minds #8
Simple Minds #8
Now free from Arista, and holed up in a flat in Edinburgh,
Simple Minds quickly composed the central core of the
forthcoming Sons And Fascination album
(including all three of its associated singles).
The five demos were recorded in the familar surroundings of Ca Va Studios in Glasgow with
engineer Brian Young at hand.
I've yet to see the tape box for ¼" reel recorded at Ca Va, but the track listing is given as:
Life In Oils,
Careful In Career,
Sweat In Bullet and
The cassette copy (illustrated) features the songs in a different order and reveals the original working
titles: Sweat In
Bullet was originally called Twenty One whilst
Careful In Career started off life as
The official story, especially when knowing the recording history of the album tape-by-tape, doesn't make sense.
It states that the band recorded these demos, shopped around various record companies including Virgin and EMI,
got a deal with Branson's label, went on brief mini-tour of
the USA and Canada, and then recorded Sons And Fascination with
However the dates on the tape boxes tell a different story. The Ca Va demos were recorded on the 14th February 1981
and then formal recording with Steve Hillage started a week later at
The Manor. An early version of The American and
the final cut of League Of Nations were committed to tape before the band went
So, I believe Simple Minds had just signed to Virgin, and these demos were prep work for the forthcoming
recording sessions with Steve Hillage later that month. They were not a set of
showcase demos for touting around various record companies.
Unlike many of the band's demos, these recordings did leak out, and were heavily bootlegged in the 1980s. They
were official released on the rarities compilation
Silver Box in 2004.
Producer: Simple Minds
Engineer: Brian Young
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth