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14th Feb '18 7:41:57 AM onionmaster
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* TitleOnlyChorus: "All For You", "Today I Died Again", "Love Song", "Let There Be Love", "And The Band Played On", "War Babies", "Home", as well as being taken to its logical extreme in "League Of Nations", where the only lyrics throughout the entire song are "League of nations, relief" (live versions, however, added a few verse lyrics).

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* TitleOnlyChorus: "All For You", "Today I Died Again", "New Warm Skin", "Love Song", "Let There Be Love", "And The Band Played On", "War Babies", "Home", as well as being taken to its logical extreme in "League Of Nations", where the only lyrics throughout the entire song are "League of nations, relief" (live versions, however, added a few verse lyrics).
14th Feb '18 7:40:02 AM onionmaster
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* TitleOnlyChorus: "All For You", "Today I Died Again", "Love Song", "Let There Be Love", "And The Band Played On", "War Babies", "Home", as well as being taken to its logical extreme in "League Of Nations", where the only lyrics throughout the entire song are "League of nations, relief" (live versions, however, added a few verse lyrics).
12th Feb '18 4:59:28 PM nombretomado
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** "Saturday Girl" left off "Street Fighting Years" and "Good Night" left off "Real Life" were both tracks with full lyrics omitted for being too similar to other tracks on already long albums that still had to fit on vinyl. In an odd decision, the vinyl version of "Street Fighting Years" omitted the last track "When Spirits Rise", yet reprised all three tracks from the Ballad Of The Streets EP (including the cover of PeterGabriel's well-known "Biko").

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** "Saturday Girl" left off "Street Fighting Years" and "Good Night" left off "Real Life" were both tracks with full lyrics omitted for being too similar to other tracks on already long albums that still had to fit on vinyl. In an odd decision, the vinyl version of "Street Fighting Years" omitted the last track "When Spirits Rise", yet reprised all three tracks from the Ballad Of The Streets EP (including the cover of PeterGabriel's Music/PeterGabriel's well-known "Biko").
11th Feb '18 12:17:06 PM onionmaster
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* CreatorBacklash: The group felt this way about "Life In A Day" for years - partly as it failed to capture their live sound -and partly cause critics continued to poke fun at its juvenile songwriting years after the fact. In the 2000s, the group reembraced it, with Jim feeling nostalgia for that time period and fans and newer members having shown an interest in reviving songs.
* CreatorBreakdown: "Street Fighting Years" is characterised by ballads about such bleak yet current subjects as gang violence in Scotland, apartheid in South Africa, and IRA bombings in the UK and Ireland. "Real Life" deals more largely the breakup of Jim Kerr and Chrissie Hynde's marriage and Jim's various failed attempts to rekindle her interest.



** "Bittersweet" and "Liason" are a subversion; they were liked and played live by the band, but only included on Big Music's deluxe edition as the group wanted to make the deluxe worth buying for fans (The previous LP Graffiti Soul's CoverAlbum Searching For The Lost Boys disc is largely regarded as inessential and didn't sell as well as the group intended).

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** "Bittersweet" and "Liason" "Liaison" are a subversion; they were liked and played live by the band, but only included on Big Music's deluxe edition as the group wanted to make the deluxe worth buying for fans (The previous LP Graffiti Soul's CoverAlbum Searching For The Lost Boys disc is largely regarded as inessential and didn't sell as well as the group intended).intended).
* DorkAge: The Neapolis through to Cry period, a time where the group was - by their own admission - not as excited about making cutting edge new music as they once had been. It didn't help that critics ravaged them as washed out during this period. Fortunately, Black And White 050505 restored their image.



** Jim addresses "Belle" in every verse of "Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel".
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, beginning with ''Themes For Great Cities'' and ''Celebration'', though the songs on there weren't hits. First hits album was ''Glittering Prize 81/92''.

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** Jim addresses "Belle" (French for beautiful) in every verse of "Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel".
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, beginning with ''Themes For Great Cities'' and ''Celebration'', though the songs singles on there those weren't hits. as great hits as what followed. First bonafide hits album was ''Glittering Prize 81/92''.
11th Feb '18 6:52:04 AM onionmaster
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** The 12" mixes of "Promised You A Miracle", "Glittering Prize" and "Someone Somewhere In Summertime" are actually uncut tracks that were edited for time reasons on the album. They have always performed them live as per the 12"s, and the versions on the DVD-A are like this too. In an inversion, the earlier "Love Song" is marked as an extended mix on its 12", though it ended up becoming the "Sons And Fascination" album version due to the fact that the group made the decision to make the record a DistinctDoubleAlbum (along with Sister Feelings Call) and thus had the space for it.
11th Feb '18 5:18:11 AM onionmaster
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* RevolvingDoorBand: Numerous bassists and drummers.

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* TheRemake: The live album and tour "5X5 Live" showcased the then-current lineup of Simple Minds reworking tracks from their first five albums, many of which they had not played in decades at the time. Jim Kerr's much-improved voice & Mel Gaynor's harder drumming give the tracks quite an improved feel, especially on tracks from "Life In A Day" and "Real To Real Cacophony" where Jim had a distinctive yelping vocal style as opposed to his more familiar croon.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Numerous bassists bassists, drummers and drummers.keyboardists.
10th Feb '18 12:12:23 PM onionmaster
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* GratuitousForeignLanguage: A female voice speaks lines in French throughout "Twist/Run/Repulsion" from Empires And Dance, adding to its unsettling atmosphere.
** Jim addresses "Belle" in every verse of "Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel".
9th Feb '18 11:31:08 AM onionmaster
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* CutSong: "League Of Nations" and "Sound In 70 Cities" were cut from the original CD release of Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call for space reasons, though reinstated on the remaster.

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* CutSong: "Kaleidoscope" and "Here Comes The Fool" were both recorded for 1979's "Real To Real Cacophony" and left off, without being used as B-Sides in its era. This recording "Kaleidoscope" was released in 1980 as one of the B-Sides of to "I Travel", as a bonus track on the 1982 compilation "Celebration", and then finally reunited with "Real To Real Cacophony" on the second disc of the X5 box set. "Here Comes The Fool" was attempted again both in a 1979 Radio Session and for "Empires And Dance", but the band felt it failed to capture its live energy in studio (also the Radio Session is hampered by distortion that would have prevented it from working on vinyl), so did not release it. A 1979 live version recorded by the BBC was eventually released on Silver Box in 2004.
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"League Of Nations" and "Sound In 70 Cities" were cut from the original CD release of Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call for space reasons, though reinstated on the remaster.remaster.
** "Saturday Girl" left off "Street Fighting Years" and "Good Night" left off "Real Life" were both tracks with full lyrics omitted for being too similar to other tracks on already long albums that still had to fit on vinyl. In an odd decision, the vinyl version of "Street Fighting Years" omitted the last track "When Spirits Rise", yet reprised all three tracks from the Ballad Of The Streets EP (including the cover of PeterGabriel's well-known "Biko").
** "Bittersweet" and "Liason" are a subversion; they were liked and played live by the band, but only included on Big Music's deluxe edition as the group wanted to make the deluxe worth buying for fans (The previous LP Graffiti Soul's CoverAlbum Searching For The Lost Boys disc is largely regarded as inessential and didn't sell as well as the group intended).
9th Feb '18 10:28:02 AM onionmaster
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* BoxedSet: Well known for their love of this trope:
** Themes Volumes (5 CD sets that cover the tracklisting of every 12" single they released under Virgin, from the reissued I Travel up until the Real Life era)
** Silver Box (a demo / live box set also featuring the unreleased 1999 album "Our Secrets Are The Same"),
** X5 (A 5CD box of their first 5 albums with all the relevant b-sides & remixes),
** Celebrate (3CD set of all their single edits and three recently recorded songs).
** Once Upon A Time, Sparkle In The Rain and New Gold Dream (Super Deluxe Editions, all 5 discs each).


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** The 1995 instrumental B-side "Celtic Strings" was sampled directly in 2018's "Barrowland Star", 23 years later. The group said they'd always wanted to develop the song further, but it just took that long.


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** Their 2012 compilation "Celebrate" has a 3CD version that compiles all their singles up to that point, as well as more stripped down 2CD and 1CD versions that have selected highlights.
9th Feb '18 10:02:49 AM onionmaster
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** Music/VelvetUnderground's "White Light White Heat", which the group would constantly use to close shows in their late 70s early days, revisiting live on various tours down the line, and finally studio recording in 2004 for an Italian compilation "Live & Rare" which required an exclusive track.



** In addition to their two cover albums they also released a lot of studio covers as B Sides in the ''Cry'' and ''Black And White 050505'' period, in addition to the non-album "Children Of The Revolution" released as a German exclusive.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In contrast with the band's 80s pop hits, they sounded more like Music/JoyDivision on their early albums.

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** Music/Prince's "Sign Of The Times" on ''The Amsterdam EP''
** Music/EwanMacColl 's "Dirty Old Town" (recorded in 2003 as a Scottish exclusive single), a duet with one of Jim & Charlie's childhood heroes, Celtic footballer Jimmy Johnstone, in order to raise money for his cancer treatment. They also recorded a solo version on "Live And Rare" and a live version on the special edition of "Walk Between Worlds"
** In addition to their two cover albums they also released a lot of studio covers as B Sides in since the ''Cry'' and ''Black And White 050505'' period, in addition to the non-album "Children Of The Revolution" released as a German exclusive.
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* ConceptAlbum: "Empires And Dance" deals with train journeys around Eastern Europe at the time of the ColdWar. It takes this trope into NightmareFuel territory on several occasions.
* CutSong: "League Of Nations" and "Sound In 70 Cities" were cut from the original CD release of Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call for space reasons, though reinstated on the remaster.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In contrast with the band's 80s pop hits, they sounded more like Music/JoyDivision and Music/Magazine on their early albums.albums. On their earliest material, they took a lot of influence from Music/TheStranglers.



* SynthPop: ''Life in a Day'', ''New Gold Dream''.

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* SynthPop: ''Life in a Day'', ''Real To Real Cacophony'' through to ''New Gold Dream''.Dream''.
** "Neapolis" and "Walk Between Worlds" bring the synths back in a big way



* WordSaladLyrics / WordSaladTitle: Most of the lyrics and song titles on Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call. "In Trance As Mission," "Seeing Out The Angel," "Wonderful In Young Life" and "70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall" are good examples, but even songs with easier to understand titles like "Careful In Career," "League Of Nations," and "Love Song" have gratuitous WhenIsPurple content.

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* WordSaladLyrics / WordSaladTitle: Most of the lyrics and song titles on Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call. "In Trance As Mission," "Seeing Out The Angel," "Wonderful In Young Life" and "70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall" are good examples, but even songs with easier to understand titles like "Careful In Career," "League Of Nations," and "Love Song" have gratuitous WhenIsPurple content. JohnPeel is quoted as saying that the titles sounded like crossword puzzle clues.
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