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blindfolded


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
JKMC–Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Brothers Music Ltd


background
Blindfolded was first mentioned as a demo composed by Charlie in March 2011. It became the musical and lyrical signpost for the Big Music album.

The band met up with Steve Hillage after the 5X5 Roundhouse gig. He mentioned that he had a studio just around the corner and that it would be nice to work together again. They took him up on his offer and recorded several demos, including an early version of Blindfolded, at his London studio. (This version eventually turend up on the Deluxe version of the album.)

"Last day of rehearsals - new songs? Sarah, Charlie, Andy, Mel and Ged getting ready for the gig on Friday in Montereau, France. Not only classics in the set list - two brand new songs, Imagination and Blindfolded, set for live debut. Simple Minds - looking back - but always moving forward." - Jim, 4th June 2014

"We were all happy with the first gig of the tour last night in Montereau. (Well organised festival, congrats.) Weather was amazingly good, audience helped us immensely - thank you. New songs felt good also - Imagination can and will get much better. Blindfolded had an almost perfect debut. Went overnight direct to Netherlands in Holland. Met some fans who had travelled some distance to see us here. Thank you - all of you! We will do our best tonight. Now we have started, we just want to play." - Jim, 8th June 2014

The Steve Osborne mix was the first track on Big Music and selected as the album's teaser track. An earlier arrangement by Steve Hillage was included on the deluxe edition of the album. (It was first called the "Original Mix" on the album artwork but its title was changed to "Reprise" on the final proofs.)

It was the first "teaser" release from Big Music, gaining overall positive reviews on Steve Lamaqc's Roundtable on the 4th September 2014. The full track and its video were uploaded to YouTube the same day.


JK: "I think the first track many people will hear from the new album, in fact some people have already heard the track called Blindfolded because we've been playing that live, although there might be more – many more commercial tracks – I think Blindfolded is the track with the most magic, the most artistry, I think it's the most unique track."

CB: "I totally love the chorus riff – the chorus guitar riff. To me it's quite punky and there's a bit of an edge to it. It's very contemporary even though it's very retro in a way. I like that. And I just love the atmosphere of that track."

JK: "And in a sense it's a track that got things going because we decided three years ago to get in touch with Steve Hillage who produced our earlier albums and we hadn't seen Steve for decades so we thought 'let's just get the ball rolling.' We weren't quite sure at that stage whether we were recording or not but we thought 'let's go in with Steve.'"

JK: "What was amazing was when we worked with Steve all those years ago – at the time the whole of the UK seemed to be on fire. It was the time of Margaret Thatcher and there were riots in Toxteth and Birmingham and London itself where we were working at the time on Sons And Fascination was the scene of riots and all of this stuff. And here we were, about three days into recording, decades later, and you had the riots in Tottenham – just actually half a mile down the road from where we were in Notting Hill Gate. A lot of that scene had caught on as well. So we were going out in the middle of the night, and there were police cars everywhere, people running to and fro, and of course, our heads were full of music. It's was just like the world hasn't changed. It's like all those years after we made Sons And Fascination we were walking into the same scenes. Not only did it seem that the world had not changed, catching up with Steve after all these years, it didn't seem anything had changed either. He certainly hadn't lost any of his enthusiasm and Charlie and I's desire to continue being creative was wholly still intact and, if you listen to Blindfolded then I would hope that that comes through."

Band Interviews
Big Music Deluxe DVD


MH: Fantastic. And talking about throwing paint at the wall and getting to put the record together – we're talking about writing the record at the moment, we'll get to the music really quickly – how did you pick the first track, and of course the first track is Blindfolded. Can you explain why you picked that one and tell me a bit about it? And then we'll play it.
JK: First of all when you do a record – let's focus here, it's a record of songs. And you need not only what you think are great songs – good songs and great songs – but you need them in a shape or form, an atmosphere, a presentation that you think "This is where we should be right now." And that can be very, very speculative. But when we got to Blindfolded – and Charlie Burchill my song writing partner chiefly – he came up with the sound of it. We all sort of felt "OK, this is point 'A'. This is where we should be. This is the territory we should be in. If it was a movie then this is the opening scene – this tells you what this movie is going to be about, it gives you a flavour of what's to come. We just felt that Blindfolded, when that arrived, we thought "Right. This is where Simple Minds should be right now. "And if you were to ask me "Where was it we felt Simple Minds should be" then in an ideal world we felt Simple Minds should be classic Simple Minds, it should resonate with the great trademarks of the past, the early Simple Minds, but that's not enough in itself, it had to be more than that, it had to be contemporary, it had to be fresh. I mean some could say those things are a contradiction in terms – you're asking for it to be contemporary but you're asking for it to go back to the past – well, it is a kind of contradiction in terms but we like to think that the success of Big Music is encapsulated in Blindfolded, in particular, because it does both of those things.
MH: Fantastic. So this is Martin Hanlin, KX 93.5, The Real McCoy Radio Show, with special guest Jim Kerr from Simple Minds. And I'm going to play the track Blindfolded.

Martin Hanlin
The Real McCoy
KX 93.5


MH: So, last question then. Thank you very much for your time Jim, always a pleasure, amazing insight, great record so why Blindfolded (Reprise) to end it? What's the difference between Blindfolded, what's the reason for this being the last track on the Deluxe version of the Big Music.
JK: It just kind of bookends. There is something different about it. To say it's stripped down and it's a bit more of a David Lynch version of it, it's a bit more leftfield, it's a bit more guy and a guitar, the vocalist coming at you with these mysterious words. You open with one with this sentiment and you end with this sentiment.
MH: So opening with Blindfolded and this interview closing with Blindfolded.
JK: And that chorus: the sense of looking down. The sense of looking down so we all feel better, the sense of looking down so we must know. The sense of getting to never read this letter, it became Blindfolded long ago. It's cool.

Martin Hanlin
The Real McCoy
KX 93.5


  • The song was remixed Johnson Somerset who'd previously remixed War Babies and Space. (It was the first of four Big Music songs he'd remix). This remix first appeared on Johnson's YouTube channel in June 2015.

  • Somerset's remix later appeared on the official site on the 14th April 2016 where it was set to a remixed version of the video.




    lyrics
    Somewhere out there, darkened cellar, there a game called Mystery.
    There is a man, he stands blindfolded, that's his world, you'll never see.
    Somewhere out there... you'll never see.
    Somewhere out there, a girl called Sugar, dreams of bringing her fortune in.
    But every night she stands blindfolded, that's the way it's always been.
    Somewhere out there... you'll never see.
    It's somewhere out there... you'll never see.

    The saints are singing now so we'll feel better.
    The saints are looking down so we must know.
    The saints won't ever get to read this letter,
    Because the saints became blindfolded long ago.

    Somewhere out there, in the desert, there's a game called Liberty.
    There is a kid, who stands blindfolded, that his world, you'll never see.
    Somewhere out there, a darkened cellar, there's game called Mystery.
    There's a man who stands blindfolded, that's his world, you'll never see.
    Somewhere out there... you'll never see.

    The saints are singing now so we'll feel better.
    The saints are looking down so we must know.
    The saints won't ever get to read this letter,
    Because the saints became blindfolded long ago.

    The saints are singing now so we'll feel better.
    The saints are looking down so we must know.
    The saints won't ever get to read this letter,
    Because the saints became blindfolded long ago.

    It's somewhere out there, you'll never see.
    It's somewhere out there, you'll never see.
    Somewhere out there, you'll never see.
    Somewhere out there, somewhere out there, you'll never see.




    discography
    Live Version (9th June 2014) (6:12)
    Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Live Version (11th July 2014) (6:15)
    Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Live Version (24th July 2014) (6:13)
    Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Live Version (26th July 2014) (6:15)
    Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Album Version (5:22)
    Produced by Steve Osborne and Simple Minds
    Additional Production by Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
    Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
    Assisted by Lewis Chapman
    Programming by Steve Osborne
    Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety
    Backing Vocals by Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Sarah Brown

    Blindfolded: Promo CD Big Music 5 Track Sampler CD Big Music Promo CD Big Music Promo CD Big Music French Promo CD Big Music French Promo CDs Big Music Hungrian Promo CD Big Music German Promo CD Big Music CD Big Music Limited Edition Deluxe CD Big Music Limited Edition LP
    Reprise (4:23)
    Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
    Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
    Assisted by Lewis Chapman
    Additional Programming by Steve Hillage

    Big Music German Promo CD Big Music French Promo CDs Big Music Promo CD Big Music Limited Edition Deluxe CD
    Live Version (February-May 2015) (5:11)
    Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
    Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
    Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

    Live Big Music Tour 2015 Live Big Music Tour 2015

    Johnson Somerset Remix (10:11)
    Produced by Steve Osborne and Simple Minds
    Additional Production by Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
    Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
    Assisted by Lewis Chapman
    Programming by Steve Osborne
    Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety
    Backing Vocals by Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Sarah Brown
    Remixed by Johnson Somerset

    Big Music Johnson Somerset Remixes Promo CD Big Music Johnson Somerset Remixes Dutch Promo CD



    downloads
    Live Version (9th June 2014) (6:12)
    Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Live Version (11th July 2014) (6:15)
    Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Live Version (24th July 2014) (6:13)
    Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Live Version (26th July 2014) (6:15)
    Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
    Mixed By Bleecker Street

    Simple Minds Live Generic USB

    Album Version (5:22)
    Produced by Steve Osborne and Simple Minds
    Additional Production by Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
    Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
    Assisted by Lewis Chapman
    Programming by Steve Osborne
    Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety
    Backing Vocals by Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Sarah Brown

    Blindfolded Download
    Johnson Somerset Remix (10:11)
    Produced by Steve Osborne and Simple Minds
    Additional Production by Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
    Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
    Assisted by Lewis Chapman
    Programming by Steve Osborne
    Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety
    Backing Vocals by Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Sarah Brown
    Remixed by Johnson Somerset

    Big Music Johnson Somerset Remixes Downloads



    videography
    Album Version (5:22)
    Produced by Steve Osborne and Simple Minds
    Additional Production by Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
    Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
    Assisted by Lewis Chapman
    Programming by Steve Osborne
    Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety
    Backing Vocals by Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Sarah Brown

    Blindfolded promo DVD Big Music promo CD set Big Music French promo CD set Big Music Deluxe CD set
    Live Version (7th April 2015) (5:19)
    Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


    Big Music YouTube

    Johnson Somerset Remix (10:11)
    Produced by Steve Osborne and Simple Minds
    Additional Production by Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
    Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
    Assisted by Lewis Chapman
    Programming by Steve Osborne
    Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety
    Backing Vocals by Clinton Outten AKA Roachie and Sarah Brown
    Remixed by Johnson Somerset

    Blindfolded Remix promo video



    live history
    Greatest Hits + Summer Tour: 2014
    Big Music European Tour: 2015
    Big Music Summer Tour: 2015
    Big Music Winter Tour: 2015
    Australia - New Zealand: 2017