year of the dragon
Words and music: Simple Minds
© 1989 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd
This instrumental started off as a home recording by Charlie after the
Once Upon A Time tour. Called The Beautiful Circle, it
was a side project he worked on. "I had a few versions of it on the computer, some with rhythms, some without.
I just kept adding to them all the time."
Everyone else called it Charlie's Thing.
"[It was called The Beautiful Circle] because it was a piano circle I played on it. Bits of it reminded
Jim of a Chinese thing, the pentatonic scales, and he came up with the
title Year Of The Dragon. It's just me and a synthesizer. It was probably the last song we decided to use
and probably the oldest of the whole lot. Like Mick's
When Spirits Rise, we'd have it for a long time and suddenly
Jim would hear it and his reaction would be the last step you
needed to really do something with it." - Charlie - Street Fighting Years book.
An early rough mix was anonymously added to the album's working tapes in late July 1988. It wasn't picked up again
until February 1989 when it was finally mixed.
Single Version (3:06)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant