New Warm Skin

The early 80s back catalogue of Simple minds continues to reveal new wonders to me. I’ve said before that my prejudices about Jim Kerr’s band were formed in the mid to late 80s when their wind swept stadium rock did nothing for me. But in recent years I’ve had my head turned, first by Theme For Great Cities and then it’s parent albums Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call. Over theĀ  last eighteen months I’ve picked up various Simple Minds records second hand, albums and singles. Then JC at the Vinyl Villain undertook a weekly trawl through the singles and B-sides of the group released between 1980 and 1984, a series of blogposts and comments that educated and entertained me while filling in umpteen gaps. This one has really struck a chord with me in recent days…

New Warm Skin

Riding in a fantastic backbeat and then covered in New Wave synths, the playing on this, the synth lines and jagged guitar fills, all sound weirdly contemporary to me. Jim Kerr’s vocal stylings date it a little and it does sound in debt to 1977- not the ’77 of the Sex Pistols but the ’77 of Kraftwerk, Berlin, Iggy, Bowie, The Idiot and Low, Mittel Europa- but John Leckie’s production keeps it really fresh, remarkably so for a record made in 1980. New Warm Skin was a B-side, the flip to single I, Travel. There was no room for it on the album Empires And Dance, a record I found in a stack in a second hand shop last week.