Sunshine Jones – Big Sleep

After reading an interview with Jim Kerr from the Simple Minds I was reminded that this elegant electronic band from the late 70’s and early 80’s was so much more than a big hit off the sound track to “The Breakfast Club.” I really connected with what Kerr was saying about how fame was a surprise, and they were in no way prepared to handle it. I loved the musical examples given in the article, and fondly remembered swinging my long bangs to Empires and Dance. So I broke out my purple and gold and clear colored vinyl copy of ‘New Gold Dream’ and lay on my living room floor listening. It brought back a lot of lovely memories.

I looked at the original file of ‘Big Sleep’ as a potential re edit, but reconsidered and chose to do something more pure. I read up on Steve Lillywhite’s guitar production technique and discovered that he actually played a lot of the guitar on the records he produced.

I used a Juno 106 for the main melody, MiniMoog for the bass, Casio drums, and processed my acoustic guitar as per Mr. Lillywhite’s instructions. I think that it’s interesting in a vintage sort of way, having stripped the needy feelings from the original and left it electronic. It creates more of an open space for us, and so far I think I like it. Dunnoe. Gotta listen some more.

If this doesn’t appear as something to listen to, here is the link to the song.
You can also buy it here on Bandcamp and add it to your collection.
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One Comment

  1. So very good. So smooth. Simple Minds are truly undervalued. Great band and great version.