Definition : An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. Utopia is also the title of one of the new
songs that feature on Simple Minds' forthcoming album Walk Between Worlds.
Rated highly by all involved in the making of our latest album, for a number of months Utopia was destined to become the album title.
However a recent release from Bjork titled Utopia, and an inevitable throwback association with
Todd Rundgren, one of which we could not shake, pushed us into reconsidering. That said and for the sake of
being fully informed - the term/word which is based on a Greek formation - was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by
Sir Thomas More.
Yet another great Charlie Burchill construct. His initial demo, presented a world
that felt apart from one that I have ever known, except in dreams.
For the sake of setting the scene, if pushed, I’d say confidently that although symbolic of Simple Minds in the here
and now. Utopia undeniably has roots that clearly reach deep into the territory of some of the more “shadowland” tracks that feature
on the second side of New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84.
Failing that as a notion, I might also suggest that our Utopia would not be out of place stylistically on
Roxy Music's classic Avalon. (Avalon itself being a sort of Utopia - according to Celtic myth - being an
island paradise based in the western seas.)
6th December 2017