An obscure live recording surfaced back in the 2000s. This was supposedly from The Rotter's Club in
Manchester, taped in 1979, but no record of that gig could be found. But the set-list was definitely from
that era: probably when Simple Minds were supporting Magazine in early 1979.
The greatest surprise on the tape was the first song, a mysterious frenzied piano piece, driven by
Mick MacNeil's synths. When I asked
the song, he said it was called Hell, and had been specially written for the band's first
BBC Sesion on the 2nd April 1979.
The session remains unreleased and unbootlegged; and all that currently exists of this song is a badly recorded fragment.
Hell [Live Edit]: Apollo, Manchester, UK: 23rd April, 1979 (152K, .WAV format, 23 seconds)
The lyrics have never been published.