- After touring supporting Magazine, the group started their
first solo UK tour in May 1979. Therefore
Chelsea Girl was issued as a single to promote the tour, and hopefully repeat the
chart success of the Life In A Day single
- Arista had always thought that Chelsea Girl
had the most chart potential of all the songs from Life In A Day.
For that reason, it was held back, so that those who'd made up their minds about the band's first single
would be surprised by the strength of the second.
- Despite still having album out-takes Rosemary's Baby and
Children Of The Game in the vaults,
Simple Minds decided to record a new song for the B-side.
Four takes of Garden Of Hate
were recorded on the 14th April 1979 at The Townhouse by producer
- Leckie also spent an afternoon at
Utopia Studios attempting to extended the title track for a proposed 12" release.
He abandoned the effort, certain that the track couldn't be lengthened.
- The title track was also edited for the potential release.
The master tape was compiled at The Townhouse
on the 17th April 1979.
- Bruce Findlay commissioned local artist Mary Ruth Craig for the artwork.
She was more taken by the Garden Of Hate title, and painted three miserable
clowns surrounded by palms and barbed wire for the sleeve.
- Meanwhile, Jim Kerr spotted a picture of
Jean Shrimpton hanging in the office of Arista lawyer
Robert White. This was ultimately selected for the sleeve, with
Craig's artwork being relegated to the flip.
- Arista financed a
studio based video.
Using state-of-the-art split screen effects and animation, it must have cost a fortune.
- A number of promo 7" copies were pressed for press and
radio. These used the tracks straight from the master tape.
However, for the commerical release, the longer album version of title track was used instead.
- Unfortunately the single wasn't the success everyone expected and it didn't chart.
- Surprisingly, the single was issued in Australia. However the record executives in that country chose
the album track Destiny to back their
their ultra rare pressing.
- Bob Geldof stated that if the Boomtown Rats recorded Chelsea Girl,
it would have reached number one.
- Garden Of Hate remained unique to this release until
the X5 boxset of 2012, whilst the edit of Chelsea Girl
wasn't issued on CD until the Celebrate: The Greatest Hits
compilation of 2013.