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real to real


composers
Lyrics: Kerr
Music: Simple Minds


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing


background
The opening song of Real To Real Cacophony set the standard for the A-side of the LP; echoing synths in dub, abstract lyrics, and a complete loss of the poppy style and melodies of their previous album.

It was written before the album sessions started.

The shocking, unconventional start to their second LP wasn't featured live often, although Johnny Waller mentioned it being played at the Edinburgh gig he reviewed.

"The reverb on the vocal was meant to sound like Kraftwerk...it's "Radioactivity". The Reverb is zingey but deep; it's double tracked; and probably mix of all that and a 250 millisecond delay, and as it was 1979, it's just a EMT plate. I don't think Rockfield had echo chambers built at that time but they always had a selection of plates in the horse stable! It's the way it's sung too." - John Leckie




lyrics
Real to real cacophony.
Echo, echo; endlessly.
Satellites communicate,
Pick up signal,
Then translate.
Real to real cacophony.
Transmission for you and me.
Satellites communicate,
Pick up signal,
Then translate.

Real to real cacophony.
Echo, echo; endlessly.
Do you receive me?
Do you receive me?
Do you receive me?

"NO"



discography
Album Version (2:47)
Recorded and mixed: John Leckie
Arrangement: John Leckie and Simple Minds

Real To Real Cacophony LP Real To Real Cacophony MC Real To Real Cacophony LP (Virgin Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony MC (Virgin Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony CD Street Fighting Years Limited Edition MC Box Set Street Fighting Years Limited Edition CD Box Set Compact Collection Real To Real Cacophony Reissue CD Real To Real Cacophony Disky CD Original Gold compilation CD Real To Real Cacophony Remaster Promo CD Real To Real Cacophony Remaster Limited Edition CD Real To Real Cacophony Remaster CD X5 Real To Real Cacophony Promo CD X5 The Vinyl Collection (79,84)






live history
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980