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videos | waterfront

director
John Scarlett-Davis


genre
Live performance


comments
It becomes immediately apparent that some money was spent on this one. Not only did the director shoot masses of moody black and white 'waterfront' images on the Clyde, he also shot masses of footage of a moody Simple Minds freezing on the Renfrew Ferry, and then went on to shoot a multiple camera spectacular at Barrowland Ballroom where the band flung open the doors and played a free gig for the lucky crowd.

Completely at odds when viewed against their early videos, the Waterfront video stands the test of time (albeit the sea of mullets in the crowd) and gives a great indication of how the band looked and played live. Even the multiple-screen effects were sensibly kept to a minimum, which was a welcome relief.

And here's some trivia: that's Mark Kerr walking across the empty floor at the start of the video. And the band ran through the title track three times.




availability
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the kids said:
"A thousand kids with mullets can't be wrong!"


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Opening titles? Nice jumper?

Jim, blue suit, interesting microphone technique

Jim freezing on the waterfront, Charlie at the gig

Barrowlands Ballroom in all its glory

The first video for Mel

Derek Forbes, now standing on the left

Fleeing shot of Mick