JK: "One of two from there would be on our all-time great list, but then we're biased. If there ever was a
time we needed a lot of love or a good A&R guy, then it would have been then. We'd made a lot of money for the business; we
needed a bit of love in return. Charlie and I did it wrong. We moved to this place in the
countryside, retreated there and licked our wounds. We should have put ourselves in the middle of everything. We weren't making
sense to the world anymore and the world wasn't making sense to us."
Record Collector Interview
Record Collector #364
- After taking a year off after the Real Life tour,
Charlie started work on what would become
Good News From The Next World in 1992.
- They had a head start as the productive sessions at Wisseloord, Olympic and Bonny Wee Studios in late 1989
and early 1990 had yielded a large number of ideas and songs which
were potentials for this new album. These included
And The Band Played On,
Tears Of A Guy,
Criminal World and
This Time, all of which had appeared as demos
for Real Life.
- As both Jim and
Charlie were living in Ireland, then the initial album sessions
commensed at Killiney between May and August. By the end of the year, they'd collected a potential fifteen new
songs for recording. New songs included Hypnotised (originally
called Cale Idea),
- The initial plan at this stage was to get them recorded and released for 1993, and then tour early in 1994.
- Preparation work then moved to Bonny Wee Studios in January 1993. The sessions were problematic,
thanks to the weather with blizzards sweeping through Scotland, but more new songs were demoed including
Great Leap Forward and
7 Deadly Sins.
- Producer Keith Forsey got in touch. He'd produced
The Breakfast Club soundtrack and co-authoured Don't You (Forget About Me)
and now had another proposal for the band. He was working on the soundtrack for the forthcoming
Super Mario Bros. film and wondered if Simple Minds would record a track?
- Sessions relocated to Conway Recording Studios in LA where the band worked on
And The Band Played On for the film. The short session,
which ran from the 24th March through to 31st March, concluded with a version of
And The Band Played On which sounded very similar to the final album version.
Jim and Charlie concluded that
the song was too good for the soundtrack album; but it had the sound and style they wanted for their next album,
and decided that Keith Forsey would be the producer.
- The schedule contrasted with previous album recording sesions. The recording was split into 4-6 week blocks with writing
and pre-production periods inbetween. (This is in direct contrast to the jam, demo, record, mix and release working schedule the
band usually adopted). By mid-1993, the plan was to get the album finished by the end of 1993, with the first single planned for
the spring, and a world tour to follow.
- To be completed...