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summer: information

  • Summer was the fourth single to be released from Walk Between Worlds.

  • It was released to promote the start of the band's summer tour.

  • Rather than release a straight edit of the album track, Simple Minds offered remix duties to Gary Numan and Ade Fenton. "We were very happy to be asked by Simple Minds to rework their single Summer and considered it to be the ideal track for an electronic transformation in the style of Savage. We’re equally thrilled that the band are so pleased with the way our interpretation of it turned out."

  • It wouldn't be until the 3rd May that the remix was officially premiered on Steve Lamacq's Roundtable. An edit of Numan and Fenton's remix was digitally released the next day through streaming platforms accompanied by new black-backed artwork.

  • And word from the Simple Minds camp via Jim was "Simple Minds' connection with Gary Numan goes way back to the late ‘70s when we toured in Germany together. We are thrilled to reconnect currently via this impressive remix of Summer by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton."

  • The full length remix by Numan and Fenton was released as a separate MP3 later.

  • An edit of the album version was officially released on the 18th May. This time it was distributed with white-backed artwork. It's release was probably planned to ensure good Radio Two support, especially with the band's appearance at BBC Biggest Weekend. This worked with the single being added to the station's B-list that week.

  • Collectors were rewarded with best looking Simple Minds promos for many years. Two promo CDs were issued: one featured the Gary Numan remixes and used the black artwork; whilst the other featured various versions of the album track housed in the white artwork. The discs themselves also featured the colourful design. They didn't surface until late May and in very limited numbers.

  • The promo CDs each featured three versions: edit, full-length version and full-length instrumental. Luckily the full length Gary Numan and Ade Fenton remix was also made available through various streaming sites so wasn't limited to the expensive hard-to-get promos.

  • Further digital-only remixes turned up in June. The offical Club Mix was joined by the semi-official Johnson Somerset remix. Both dramatically reworked the original.

summer : quick reference
MP3   Summer BMG
1. Summer[Gary Numan & Ade Fenton Edit](3:51)

MP3   Summer BMG
1. Summer[Gary Numan & Ade Fenton Remix](4:36)

MP3   Summer BMG
1. Summer[Edit](3:58)

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