sometimes when it rains (demo)
Words and music: Simple Minds
© 1989 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd
One of the more euphoric demos from this period, Sometimes When It Rains is a lengthy
instrumental demo. Very much in the style of
the Street Fighting Years material, it features
Mel. The track does have a discernable
verse-chorus structure and is classic Simple Minds.
It first appears as the second track of the first reel of the Street Fighting Years library
in the Virgin Archive. However, it is not a good recording, and suffers from distortion and lack of clarity. The second
version, which appears as the fifth track, is a slightly better recording and features lots of different ideas - including
the lengthy new coda which is instantly recognisable as Take A Step Back.
Monitor Mix #1 moves the song on with more instrumentation. Unlike other songs at this point, it still
doesn't have lyrics although it has a basic song structure including verses, choruses, middle-eight and
Take A Step Back coda. It starts coming to a faltering end before the
recording suddenly cuts out.
Rough #2 Instrumental is further recording of the track which is still brimming with new
ideas and improvisations. It's missing the Take A Step Back coda (as
the band were probably concentrating on it as a separate song now) and
just features the verses and choruses of the original song. The mix is rather unbalanced and it fades quickly before the end of the song.
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