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utopia


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd


background
Utopia was first mentioned by Jim in June 2012.

He played with the idea of debuting it at Vienna but it was not to be. "The new songs always take over me. "Utopia" - not even finished written yet but feels so powerful. I reckon we should play it when we turn up in Vienna in a few days. Who cares if it's not perfect - especially when it feels like it is?" - Jim, 19th June 2012

It was eventually recorded for Walk Between Worlds.

Definition : An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. Utopia is also the title of one of the new songs that feature on Simple Minds' forthcoming album Walk Between Worlds. Rated highly by all involved in the making of our latest album, for a number of months Utopia was destined to become the album title. However a recent release from Bjork titled Utopia, and an inevitable throwback association with Todd Rundgren, one of which we could not shake, pushed us into reconsidering. That said and for the sake of being fully informed - the term/word which is based on a Greek formation - was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More.

Yet another great Charlie Burchill construct. His initial demo, presented a world that felt apart from one that I have ever known, except in dreams.

For the sake of setting the scene, if pushed, Iíd say confidently that although symbolic of Simple Minds in the here and now. Utopia undeniably has roots that clearly reach deep into the territory of some of the more ďshadowlandĒ tracks that feature on the second side of New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84.

Failing that as a notion, I might also suggest that our Utopia would not be out of place stylistically on Roxy Music's classic Avalon. (Avalon itself being a sort of Utopia - according to Celtic myth - being an island paradise based in the western seas.)

Jim Kerr
6th December 2017

Initially the band were considering recording and releasing two separate albums simultaneously. The first album would've been named after this track. The second album was going to be called Nostalgia. This idea was eventually abandoned and the single album Walk Between Worlds was released instead.

AW: "Utopia is probably more typical of their process. Charlie initiated it in Holland and sent it to Jim who brought it in to the studio to record a guide vocal. I played it to Gavin, who championed it from the off. I love the other worldly textures that Charlie creates and that moment of pure drama where the music just explodes is sublime. Itís a very trippy song Ė and I think one of Jimís best moments lyrically."

Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
Producers Interview
March 2018


NOTI: "You prefer to take the artistic route through it?"

JK: "Yeah, thatís what it is. Itís escapist, but escapist in a more profound way. Thatís why I love music. Because when I put the needle on and I write about it - thereís a song called Utopia on the new album, and the utopia Iím talking about was falling in love with music when I was a teen, and it transporting me to another place. Glasgow was on its knees at that time. The Industrial Age had come and gone. All the industries were closing, unemployment, it was just bleak, bleak, bleak. And Rock And Roll took us to a place. Color came through the music. There was a sense of something else out there. A sense that the world could begin at the end of your street, as opposed o ending at the end of your street. It liberated us from the gravity! And I think Iím back at that level of understanding again."

Jim Kerr
North Of The Internet
March 2018





lyrics
Utopia, Utopia

Couldnít take it, last song
Had to listen, I put it on
Body trembled, needle fell
Music played, somewhere else
High above, the air is free
Utopia, welcoming me

Did you see the light show? Did you feel the falling snow?
Feel it on your skin? Dancing to Arcadia
Did you feel the cold flakes? Catch them in your hand?
Kissing in a solar storm? Kissing like there was no end?

Oh would you wait for me?
Cause I canít tell, if these memories, belong to
Utopia, Utopia, Utopia, Utopia

Earth was shaking, got dragged along
On the dance floor, was not alone
Feeling breathless, I couldnít tell
Was transported to somewhere else
High above, the air is free
Utopia, welcoming me

Did you see the light show? Did you feel the falling snow?
Feel it on your skin, thatís the way Aurora glows
Did you feel the falling snow?
Moving to Utopia

Did you see the light show? Did you feel the falling snow?
Feel it on your skin? Dancing to Arcadia
Did you feel the cold flakes? Catch them in your hand?
Kissing in a solar storm? Kissing like there was no end?

But would you wait for me?
Cause I canít tell, if these memories, belong to
Utopia, Utopia, Utopia, Utopia

Or would you wait for me?




discography
Album Version (4:14)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Walk Between Worlds Promo CD Walk Between Worlds LP Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Blue) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Pink) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Picture LP Walk Between Worlds CD Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe CD



live history
Walk Between Worlds: 2018