tempobet yeni adresi
like this album classics review

20/08/2015 : SIMPLE MINDS - New Gold Dream

SIMPLE MINDS

New Gold Dream

MusicAlbum Classics
New wave

[100/100]   

Virgin Records
20/08/2015, Didier BECU

In 1982 I was fourteen. Life still had to start, and everything still looked innocent. Everybody was wearing a band’s T-shirt and as I only had one at that time (David Bowie), I bought a second one without knowing who was on it. Is was Simple Minds. Why? Everybody was wearing one and as a kid you still don’t care being sheepish. I remember the T-shirt was quite ugly, created by someone who wanted to earn quick money because New Gold Dream was at that time the record that mattered. Mind you, I won’t bore you with stories about my T-shirts, because soon after I bought the album and felt in love and…to quote our beloved series…an album that changed my life (completely)!

It certainly isn't hip to say it now, but in 1982 everybody wanted to look like Jim Kerr. He was cool and became the godfather of the new wave generation, he was the one who invented new wave dancing. Just watch Absolute Body Control on stage now and you still see what the Scot taught us (sorry Dirk!) It was Jim Kerr who made us realize that wearing a white shirt was cool. In those days you only had the option to like Bono (stupid sleeveless shirts and a silly ponytail) or Kerr (so don’t forget the hair gel). But there’s the music too! Simple Minds were so much better. Bono was talking about Nelson Mandela, while Kerr caught Patsy Kensit in bed, so what’s the best?

But of course there is the music too. It’s hard to describe their sound as it was so original that there are simply no words for it. It was a fashionable sound with New Romantic influences, it was melodic and above all extremely melancholic. New Gold Dream was their fifth album, and although there are only 9 tracks included, it is probably their best one, because you really could hear that they were a league on their own.

The album is just like a box of memories. Everyone who lived in the 80s had a Simple Minds moment. Everybody loved the band and tracks like Someone, Somewhere In Summertime or Promised You A Miracle were simply an anthem of a generation. Jim Kerr’s voice was cool, the guitar play by Charlie Burchill perfect, the bass of Derek Forbes went to your heart and then there were those haunting synths by Michael MacNeil. Forgive me, when I once said that We Could Go Far by The Sound is the best track ever written. It is Hunter And The Hunted. It is the song with the most excellent intro ever, from the very first second you know something big is going to happen. And of course, every Simple Minds album needs an instrumental classic. There is nothing that will beat Theme From Great Cities, but Somebody Up There Likes You come close it!

New Gold Dream is short, but simply perfect. Two albums later the thrill was gone, just like the magic never happened. Maybe you can blame Patsy for that. And even worse, at that time life was no longer innocent…

Didier BECU
20/08/2015


Music reviews

28
07
WULF7
I don't want (Anymore)
06
07
TRAGIC IMPULSE
Distant Worlds
04
07
RAMMSTEIN
Zeit
27
06
BALVANERA
Courses of Action
14
06
TERMINAL SERIOUS
Gift For You
10
06
SAMHAIN
Experiment

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

15
08
Futurepop Act, Voicecoil Reflects On Strange Days With New Album
14
08
Darkwave Duo, Male Tears Addresses Nightlife Hypocrisy & Abuse With New Single
10
08
Today, it’s exactly 35 years ago Nitzer Ebb released Join In The Chant!
09
08
Electronic Band She 1 - Him 2 Addresses Breaking Free With New Single
08
08
32 years of Head/Down with MOEV
07
08
Neo-Fanfare/Darkwave Band, Crooniek Reflects On The Concept Of Time With New Album

Concert reviews

05
07
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN
40 Years Einsturzende Neubauten at Ancienne Belgique - Brussels - B (20+21.06.2022)
14
06
WULF7 + THE JUGGERNAUTS
11/06/2022 - LIVE AT THE BAROCK - BRUGGE
14
06
'N TALES, INTERZONE, GROUND NERO
At B52 Club Eeernegem
24
05
STAATSEINDE
Staatseinde live @Kinky Star - 14 mei 2022
13
05
WUK
A try-out that became a book...
21
10
NICK CAVE
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - 2021 Tour - Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp- 20/10/2021

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

05
08
MOTOR!K
I have to admit that I often still find it strange and difficult to grasp: people going crazy on three weirdos playing some repetitive music
12
07
FERALIA PLANITIA & DAS AUGE
'Thanks to our overlapping tastes in music, we became good friends; music was our cement, sort of speak…'
18
05
PUSSY RIOT
Unfortunately, everyone only understood what Putin is like when he started a war in Ukraine.
18
05
HAGAR THE WOMB
Now we know the audience will help us out when we forget the lyrics.
18
05
HETZE
We all work with homeless people on a daily basis and we try to be actively involved in their struggle.

PHOTOS

17
08
SISTERS OF MERCY
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
17
08
THE MISSION
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
16
08
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
16
08
SCHANDMAUL
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
16
08
ROTERSAND
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
16
08
VNV NATION CLASSICAL
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim
16
08
COMBICHRIST
Mera Luna Festival Hildesheim

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

19
08
THE DEVIL & THE UNIVERSE
Kali's Tongue
18
08
CASPIAN
Arcs of Command
17
08
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
Moonchild
16
08
0KONTROL
Lullaby
15
08
AUSTRA
Utopia
14
08
THE SMITHS
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
13
08
DRAB MAJESTY
39 By Design