as lots of people have asked the question, "Why did they play that song" regarding Ivory Blacks the other night, I will attempt to enlighten one and all.
1. Waterfront/ Love Song/Someone,Somewhere in Summertime/Belfast Child/Don't You Forget About Me..........I think these are some of the best and most popular Simple Minds songs ever written, and Why Not? And Micks playing of the Squeeze Box is second to none everytime.
2. Real Gone Kid/Dignity..........we were lucky, and honoured enough to have Jim Prime from Deacon Blue tread the boards with us on our very first gig at Glasgow Green. He was on the list to appear at Ivory Blacks as a special guest, but unfortunately couldn't make it. Look out for him in the future.
3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World..........The bass and the drums are Mel Gaynor and Myself, which were sampled from Waterfront. I worked with Ian Stanley, keyboard player with Tears for Fears, and Chris Hughes, drummer with Adam and the Ants/Tears for Fears, and they both produced the second Propaganda album, 188.8.131.52.) at the Woolhall Studio in Beckington, near Bath. One day Ian said " oh Derek, forgot to thank you for Everybody wants to rule the world", then told me the story of them sampling Mel and myself from Waterfront.
Need I say more?
4. Chance/In a Big Country/Fields of Fire..........the Bruce Watson fella, legend that he is. This was the first time Fields of Fire has been played since Stuart left us. Also, AFGM are the first band to use the bagpipes on In a Big Country. They were played by Carrie MacNeil, Micks' niece, and what a player she is.
5. Duel..........Taken from my happy days with Propaganda.. This song was a hit in Britain, but was number one in a few European countries. We may add another hit from the Props next gig.
6. I Dream to Sleep..........Huge hit for Ian Donaldson with H2O. Someone even remarked how well Ian sang that H2O song, not realising that it was Ian who sang it in the first place. H2O and Big Country played Top of the Pops together when 'Dream to Sleep' charted.
Your cahance has come if you missed us last time. We are playing at ORIN MOR in BYRES ROAD in GLASGOW on the 27TH of DECEMBER 2005, tickets in advance at usual outlets. We are handing over the AFGM website to a new operator so, be patient with us. We have fantastic footage to show you all, and will have it on the site asap. Check www.afewgoodmen.info often for up to date information. On behalf of Ian,Bruce,Jane,Smiley Mick, Carrie,Steve,Malk and me , Derek have a good Xmas and hope to see you on the 27th at Orin Mor, Glasgow...................A Few Good Men ( and a couple of 'Stoatirs')
Derek 'Big Dan' Forbes