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moscow underground


composers
J Kerr, C Burchill


publisher
JKMC - Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music.


background
This song was recorded for Graffiti Soul.

"While doing a final overdub for opening track "Moscow Underground" I got a flashback. It suddenly dawned on me that I'd stood on that exact spot 29 years ago doing vocals for Premonition from our 1979 album Real To Real Cacophony. It was a surreal moment." - Jim

Jim joked that neither Charlie or him had ever been to Moscow. But Charlie had sent him this track fully of atmosphere with this subtle train riff in it, Eastern European strings and a bit of a "spy thriller" feel. Jim had also been looking at pictures of the Moscow Metro stations (which looked like palaces with their chandeliers) and that inspired the initial idea of the song.

The EPK suggests it was inspired by urban explorers burying deep into the bowels of Moscow and exploring the tunnels and rooms beneath the metro.

"I think the great artists have two or three themes: Springteen has his, Dylan has his and The Clash had theirs. Simple Minds also have this thing about transistion and movement; and it's no surprise to me that the opening track of the album is called Moscow Underground" - Jim.




lyrics
Descended from a world of darkened places,
Descended from a world thatís lost control,
Suspended between time and fractured places,
Iím waiting for the fall here on my own.

Please take me down where the rain drops,
Please take me down, down below.
Please hold me here where the dreams stop,
Please leave me here on my own.

It was fate that took me down into the place,
I want to cross the borders of control.
Take me to the shrine thatís in your basement,
And hold me in that place Iíll lose it all.

So please take me down where the rain drops,
Please take me down so far below.
Come take me down to where my dream stops.
I donít know where else I can go.

So please take me down to where the rain drops,
Please lay me down, down below.
Please leave me here where the dream stops,
Cause I donít know where else I can go.





discography
Album Version (5:01)
Produced by: Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Engineers: Arjen Mesinga, Simon Dawson, Mark Bishop
Assistant Engineer: Ben Cunningham
Pre-Production: Gordy Goudie, Andy Gillespie, Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain

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Live Version (3rd November 2009) (7:15)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (5th November 2009) (7:42)
Recorded: Saschall, Florence, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (6th November 2009) (7:20)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (7th November 2009) (5:20)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (8th November 2009) (5:13)
Recorded: Gran Teatro Di Padova, Padova, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (18th November 2009) (5:13)
Recorded: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (19th November 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (22nd November 2009) (5:15)
Recorded: Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (23rd November 2009) (5:22)
Recorded: Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (24th November 2009) (5:24)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (26th November 2009) (5:20)
Recorded: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (27th November 2009) (5:21)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (28th November 2009) (5:17)
Recorded: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (30th November 2009) (5:16)
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) (5:22)
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) (5:16)
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) (5:13)
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) (5:14)
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) (5:13)
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) (5:11)
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) (5:13)
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) (5:14)
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) (5:10)
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) (5:11)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (18th December 2009) (5:12)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (10th June 2011) (7:04)
Recorded: Bedgebury Pinetum And Forest, Gouldhurst, Kent, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

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Live Version (16th June 2011) (7:08)
Recorded: Hampton Court Palace Festival, London, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

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Live Version (25th June 2011) (8:10)
Recorded: Cannock Chase Forest, Near Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Triple CD

Live Version (7th December 2012) (5:12)
Recorded: Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
Produced by: Zach Bair
Recorded and Mixed by: Matt Dever

Live 2012: Sydney

Live Version (8th December 2012) (5:15)
Recorded: Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley New South Wales, Australia
Produced by: Zach Bair
Recorded and Mixed by: Matt Dever

Live 2012: Hunter Valley



downloads
Album Version (5:01)
Produced by: Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Engineers: Arjen Mesinga, Simon Dawson, Mark Bishop
Assistant Engineer: Ben Cunningham
Pre-Production: Gordy Goudie, Andy Gillespie, Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain

Graffiti Soul Download
Live Version (16th July 2009) (7:13)
Recorded: iTunes Festival, Roundhouse, London

itunes Live: london festival '09

Live Version (3rd November 2009) (7:15)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (5th November 2009) (7:42)
Recorded: Saschall, Florence, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (6th November 2009) (7:20)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th November 2009) (5:20)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (8th November 2009) (5:13)
Recorded: Gran Teatro Di Padova, Padova, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th November 2009) (5:13)
Recorded: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (19th November 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (22nd November 2009) (5:15)
Recorded: Falconer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (23rd November 2009) (5:22)
Recorded: Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (24th November 2009) (5:24)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (26th November 2009) (5:20)
Recorded: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (27th November 2009) (5:21)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (28th November 2009) (5:17)
Recorded: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (30th November 2009) (5:16)
Recorded: Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (2nd December 2009) (5:22)
Recorded: NEC, Birmingham, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (3rd December 2009) (5:16)
Recorded: MEN, Manchester, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (5th December 2009) (5:13)
Recorded: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (6th December 2009) (5:14)
Recorded: CIA, Cardiff, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th December 2009) (5:13)
Recorded: Arena, Wembley, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (9th December 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: 02, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (10th December 2009) (5:13)
Recorded: Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (11th December 2009) (5:14)
Recorded: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (12th December 2009) (5:10)
Recorded: AEC, Aberdeen, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (17th December 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th December 2009) (5:12)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download




live history
30 Years Live European Tour: 2009
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Australian Tour: 2010
Festival Show Tour: 2010
Final Shows: 2010
Greatest Hits Forest Tour: 2011
Australia: 2011
Festival Tour: 2012
Australia: 2012