Archive for Scotland

See the Light – Simple Minds

  • First Appearance: May 11, 1991
  • Weeks on the Chart: 2
  • Album: Real Life
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No?
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

Just when I thought I was out of the 80s, Simple Minds bring me right back in.

Best known for “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” from The Breakfast Club soundtrack, this Scottish band was a staple of the 80s, and this album feels incredibly 80s. Strong on the synths, and soaring vocals, it’s a stark departure from Out of Time.

The charting track, See the Light, was not particularly more memorable than the rest of the album. It’s interesting that it was chosen to be the single.

Blues from a Gun – Jesus and Mary Chain

  • First Appearance: December 30, 1989
  • Weeks on the Chart: 3
  • Album: Automatic
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

I listened to Blues from a Gun before going back and listening to the whole album. My first thought, during the intro, was that it was kind of like Depeche Mode (who we’ll see later). Then the guitars kicked in more and I thought it was like Depeche Mode minus sadness. Also, I love their drum machine programmer.

Jesus and Mary Chain is made up of two brothers, Jim and William Reid, from Scotland. They sing without pronounced accents. Automatic is their third album, and I will certainly be going back and listening to more of their catalog. While I wouldn’t go as far to say that their music is timeless, it doesn’t shout out that it’s from the 80s and 90s.

Overall: This album was quite good and if you’ll excuse me I’m going to listen to their whole back catalog now.