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pleasantly disturbed


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing Limited: (1979 - 2007)
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music: (2008 - 2014)
© BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd: (2015 -)


background
This dark anthem was the first song Jim and Charlie wrote for Simple Minds.

It was written a week before their first gig (Satellite City, Glasgow, UK, 17th January 1978).

It was subsequently used as the climax to their 1978 gigs and also concluded their second demo tape.

It also finished the first side of their debut album Life In A Day, and although impressive, the newly polished recording (complete with slightly different lyrics from the demo) lost some edge.

However, the song remained a firm live favourite, and often closed the main set of their 1979 gigs. Whilst being often paried with Murder Story (the other monolith from Life In A Day), the band played around with the song on stage, often adding Bowie's Memory Of A Free Fesival to the second half of the song.


"The original version was recorded at Abbey Road in 1979 with a full orchestra playing Charlie's violin parts with a string arrangement by Haydn Bendall."

"My bass runs at the end were echoed by the cello players which made the track so much more grandiose and anthemic. We spent two weeks at Abbey Road - I went on to do six months at Abbey Road with Propaganda. Thank the Gods for The Beatles."

Derek Forbes
www.derekforbesmusic.com
June 2016




lyrics
Black lines call out from his face,
Oh his heart beats staccato pace.
She says he's not killing time.
I just don't want him for no friend of mine.
Meanwhile Susan goes out all alone,
So many reasons but they're not all her own.

Bend till you break,
Scream if you must,
Someone's in her room,
Someone she don't trust.

Can you see me? I'm in the lukewarm rain
Try so very hard,
You know I just can't explain.
Think of a colour,
Tell me what you see.
That colour's red,
You can take it from me.

Take it from me.
Take it from me.

I've seen the streetlights,
Shine on the underground.
I've heard the dead fight,
When there's no other sound.
I've seen the streetlights,
Shine on the underground,
I've heard the dead fight,
When there's no other sound.

Streetlight,
Streetlight,
Streetlight,
Streetlight sweetlight.



discography
Album Version (8:00)
Producer: John Leckie
Engineer: John Leckie
Arrangement: Simple Minds/John Leckie

Life In A Day Promo LP Life In A Day LP Life In A Day MC Life In A Day LP (Virgin Reissue) Life In A Day MC (Virgin Reissue) Life In A Day LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Life In A Day MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Life In A Day CD Life In A Day Disky CD Life In A Day Remaster Promo CD Life In A Day Remaster Limited Edition CD Life In A Day Remaster CD X5 Life In A Day Promo CD X5 The Vinyl Collection (79,84)



Demo Version (4:18)
Producer: Lex McEwan and Simple Minds

The Early Years 1977-1978 CD

Live Version (24th February 2012) (6:39)
Recorded: Academy, Birmingham, UK
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201416

5X5 Live Promo CD 5X5 Live 5X5 Live Irish Promo CD




demo discography
Demo Version (8:10)
Producer: Lex McEwan and Simple Minds
Simple Minds: 6 tracks



live history
Simple Minds: 1978
Life In A Day Tour: 1979
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1980
Cash For Kids: 1987
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012
South Africa / Europe: 2013