Its title could’ve caused confusion with the chipper Velvet's track, but the two songs are completely different.
This slow pub-plodder felt more like a
Abuser's punk left-over than a new song by the
fledgling Simple Minds.
The song was obviously hanging around in early 1978 as it was recorded for the band’s
second demo tape. But lacking any distinction or drive, it was
quickly replaced by the Abuser's demo of
Wasteland when further tapes were produced.
It showed its teeth live where the tempo was increased and MacNeil’s synths and
McGee’s drums were brought forward in the mix, but it failed to hold its own against
stronger material, and eventually disappeared into obscurity.
The demo was eventually released on the ill-fated The Early Years 1977-78
in March 1998.
European Son (Demo)
The lyrics have never been published.