Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hey y'all,
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, 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 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


Blogger Bruce said...

Great blog Fearn, see you soon
yours Vannessa lol

11:03 am  
Blogger kim said...

Hi Derek!
It's Bob Thackers wife , Kim!!Love the site!So down to earth and straight forward.Nothing too fancy and so informative.Great seeing Bobs photo of you on there too and some with Mick on aswell!!I want to ask you something , a huge favour so can I email you privately?? Take care

11:30 pm  
Blogger Rob said...

Hi Derek

8:07 am  
Blogger Rob said...

Hi Derek,

I'm from Holland and eager to hear the afgm songs. Any chance that there will something to download, or better...will afgm play in Europe??


8:10 am  
Blogger mimmo said...

Hi Derek, good to see you and Mick on stage agin, any chance to see you in Italy? You can count on me if you need someone to organize and promote a gig!

4:29 pm  
Blogger Derek Forbes said...

Mimmo, if you can let me know how, where and when you could promote AFGM in Italy, i'd love to hear it. We are looking to play in Europe next year, so if anyone knows of a promoter to get on board with us please tell them to get in touch.

8:39 pm  
Blogger Derek Forbes said...

Kim, I have lost Bob's number, so could you ask him to call me?

8:40 pm  
Blogger grant said...

met you at Ivory blacks, you signed ma chelsea girl single,was a happy man, great gig,great bass,and superb to meet one of my all time idols! cheers mate and good luck with AFGM! Grant,fae Cumbernauld!

5:22 pm  
Blogger mimmo said...

Hi Derek, I can tell you all the details, please contact me privately at
Cheers, mimmo

9:22 am  
Blogger luc said...

Hi Derek,we (the belgian Simple Minds Fanclub "Sparkle through the years) can do some promotion for "a few good men"

6:22 pm  
Blogger Derek Forbes said...

Good man Luc...Fire 'em up.
Give me a contact number or e-mail and we'll get on the case. AFGM into Europe. Mimmo from Italy also wants to help us play there. We are definitely up for it.Exciting times...thanx Derek

9:24 pm  
Blogger luc said...

Well derek,next month we've got a meeting and with the other staffmembers.We hope we can help AFGM.THX for replaying so fast.Good to hear from you.Give my regards to Mick.

7:01 pm  
Blogger kenny said...

Hi Derek,
re: 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.
I Dream to Sleep was a minor hit for H2O...of which Ian Donaldson was one of 6 members who co-wrote the song - wouldn't want anyone to be under the illusion that Mr. Donaldson wrote this on his own!

1:47 pm  
Blogger paola said...

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12:01 pm  
Blogger paola said...

Hi Derek !
also Italy is a lovely place to play !!!
U've been near my hometown in 1998 ...Trieste gig
but the best venue in north Italy is Arena di Verona!
Anyway if U need a place on the sea , I suggest Grado ( also a very famous italian singer, called Vasco Rossi played his number 0 - 2005 gig , here)... the place where I live ;-)
sun , beach, good italian food !
so that think about it!
the promoter was:

ciao from Italy

Paola aka bellatrix

12:03 pm  
Blogger Adrienne said...

What has happened to the delightful Ian Donaldson, has he left 4GM?

1:31 pm  

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