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Tuesday

CHELSEA GIRLS

After the long weekend it was time to return to this great city with an all round Scottish classic. One of my all time favourite bands (you may have guessed this from the blog title) so there may well be a few more of their “Themes” to come in the future.


Immediately, there's no real indication of the Glaswegians' past as punks Johnny and the Self Abusers. Life in a DaySimple Minds' 1979 debut – owes an undeniable debt to Roxy Music and the David Bowie of Station to Station and Low, mixing curt piano lines and glam rock but also hinting at a sense of fun that would later be wiped clear. Chelsea Girl even sounds like the hit that would nevertheless elude them for three years.

Simple Minds' astonishingly rapid ascent from humble and derivative post-punk to platinum and transcendent art pop is just as remarkable as the descent that followed it. More remarkable is the fact that a fair portion of the band's fans have such a strict discographical line drawn in the sand (right at the chart-crashing masterpiece that is New Gold Dream) where both sides overlap but don't dare cross. While fans of the band's earlier work essentially drop off with that record (and choose to live in blissful denial that the band existed after that), those on the other end are more or less oblivious to what's on the other side. So what's on that other, earlier side? Five studio albums released within the span of three years. Five studio albums that range from safe to bold, from impenetrable to accessible, from strange to puzzling, and from good to pee-your-pants phenomenal. Life in a Day, the first of the five records released during this fascinating pre-fame period of Simple Minds' career, is easily the least of the first five. Despite the growing pains, this is a skilled and assured assemblage of guitar-heavy post-punk, with Jim Kerr's over-caffeinated voice taking the lead role. The arrangements are full, direct, and sharply executed. The high points: the teeter-tottering title track and the J. Geils Band like swagger (honestly!) of "Someone." The low point: "Pleasantly Disturbed" an epic Velvet Underground inspired limp that lasts eight very long minutes.



Simple Minds’ debut album “Life in a Day” was originally released in 1979 on “Zoom Records” (the label run by their then manager Bruce Findlay), and distributed by Arista Records. The album was produced by John Leckie, and spawned the singles “Life in a Day” and “ChelseaGirl.”



Taken from the 2003 remastered edition to MP3 @ 320kbps



Track List 
01. Someone
02. Life in a Day
03. Sad Affair
04. All for You
05. Pleasantly Disturbed
06. No Cure
07. Chelsea Girl
08. Wasteland
09. Destiny
10. Murder Story


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