Simple Minds Talk Iggy Pop Stealing Their 'Goodies' Back In the Day — And Singing With Bowie

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Simple Minds commemorated the 40th anniversary of its formation final yr with the discharge of a brand new album, Walk Between Worlds. Now the Scottish group -- which is on its first full-scale North American tour in a few many years -- is hatching plans to do the identical for the 40th anniversary of its first two album, the 1979 pair of Life in a Day and Real to Real Cacophony -- with much more new music.

"That's precisely what we're interested by," frontman Jim Kerr, who stays from that unique lineup together with guitarist-keyboardist Charlie Burchill, tells Billboard. "It can be nice that very month (April) to place one thing out and make a little bit of a nod in the direction of that -- probably an EP or one thing. It's received to be new (music), nevertheless it's received to be actually good. And it's received to evoke that first document, 'trigger that may convey the cycle round. So keep tuned..."

Flashing again to these first days in a recording studio additionally has Kerr experiencing reminiscence flashbacks -- together with how his relationship with David Bowie started throughout classes for Real to Real Cacophony at Rockfield studios in Wales.

After recording Life in a Day in London "overwhelmed us Glasgow boys," Simple Minds opted for the Welsh countryside for its sophomore set. The band arrange camp in Rockfield's small studio and was delighted to search out out that Iggy Pop, a private hero, was making his 1980 album Soldier with former Stooges mate James Williamson producing. "It was unimaginable to us that Iggy Pop can be within the Welsh countryside, the place there's nothing occurring besides sheep and hills," Kerr remembers. And it received even higher when Pop, who had pledged to remain clear and sober and be "an excellent, good boy" throughout his classes, began hanging round with Kerr and firm, who have been underneath no such self-restraint.

"We turned up with quite a lot of goodies," Kerr remembers with amusing, "the type of goodies that aren't good for somebody who's making an attempt to maintain on the wagon. So we had the goodies and quite a lot of younger ladies as properly. Iggy received phrase of this and, like a tomcat when his studio classes have been completed and everybody there had gone to mattress he would creep round to our little scene. Every night time he would come and take all our goodies and all our ladies and head into the night time -- and we nonetheless love him for it."

About every week into the classes Pop introduced Bowie with him, who Kerr remembers being wearing a full-body black jumpsuit and holding "an enormous piece of cheese -- he clearly had the munchies -- and a can of Heineken beer, seeking to see what else we had on the go. For a couple of half hour he sat there, and it was simply nice, after which they disappeared." Or so Kerr thought; Bowie had apparently commandeered Pop's session away from Williamson (who subsequently deserted the venture) and was engaged on a monitor known as "Play It Safe," recruiting the group from Simple Minds' studio to come back in and supply football-style chants for the refrain. "We ran by way of the monitor a couple of occasions, and really diplomatically Bowie mentioned, 'Not dangerous, however why doesn't all people who doesn't sing for a dwelling take a couple of steps again from the microphone.' Of course, that simply left me sandwiched between (Bowie and Pop) on the microphone and we did it and I received a credit score on the album and it was simply...incredible. Quite a lot of tales develop legs and arms as they get previous, however that one's true."

Kerr remained pleasant with Bowie after that and likewise remembers one telephone name wherein Bowie requested about utilizing the studio Simple Minds had constructed for itself and likewise looking for a reference for an Italian promoter who had supplied Bowie some dates. "It was some huge cash," Kerr remembers, "and (Bowie) mentioned, 'I hear the man and you're employed with him, however I additionally hear he's one of many mafia.' And I mentioned, 'Well, the mafia don't go round telling you they're one of many mafia, however I believe there could be one thing to that. But we're not speaking about horse's heads in mattress; In Italy, to get stuff finished you've received to know individuals.' Lo and behold (Bowie) did work with him and have become nice associates with him. The man in query was invited to Bowie's wedding ceremony a couple of years later -- and I wasn't!"

Simple Minds present tour, which simply kicked off Sept. 24 in Bethlehem, Pa. options two units with an intermission and a wealth of fabric each new and previous. "We really feel we've received to go the additional mile after such a very long time away," Kerr says, "nevertheless it gained't drive individuals loopy like Springsteen. We know they've a life to get on with." The tour runs by way of Nov. 11, ending on the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla.