18-18 was composed between July 1977 and November 1977 by Johnny And The Self Abusers
whilst they spent the summer gigging around Scotland. It was described
as "an old favourite" by Peter Campbell when they played the Art College Club in Glasgow that November, so
was obviously a highlight of many previous concerts.
The line "You're eighteen, you're eighteen, just look at your hair" was probably a reference to
Jim's dyed green hair.
It was formally recorded at CaVa Studios in Glasgow
on 9th November 1977 under the band title of Simple Minds
and, due to its popularity and for its attention grabbing briefness, was given pole position on the tape's running order. It
showed more dexterity by the band, featuring both guitar and saxophone solos.
The song was limited to Johnny And The Self Abusers and was never carried
forward by the fledgling Simple Minds.
It was formally officially released on the The Early Years 1977-78 CD in
March 1998. Questions over legalities, especially the financing of demo tape,
saw the CD being swiftly withdrawn.
The lyrics have never been published.