Oh, wail. Oh, gnash. Oh, lament! Several months ago, I hypothesized the mash up of JF+TM and Simple Minds. At the time, I was considering a live pairing of the two, but had I been paying closer attention, I should have given even odds for what happened first. When I got home from the trip to Athens to see Television, arriving home meant more than relaxation. It also meant wi-fi was back! We stayed at a nice place my wife found on AirB&B right where it needed to be. The only caveat was that there was no wi-fi for the first time ever. I can live with that, I thought to myself. So I did! But back home I was catching up with the world and the news hit me like a punch to the breadbasket!
John Foxx + The Maths had been building a mutual admiration society with Simple Minds in press interviews from both sides of the equation in the last year or so. I was expecting a tour together but they jumped the gun and The Maths have instead gone straight to endgame and remixed a track by Simple Minds first! “Blood Diamonds” is one of three new tracks on the “Celebration – Greatest Hits” album and Foxx and Benge have given it an injection of their analog synth magic!
I still have not heard the original mix of the song since I’ve yet to purchase the DLX three CD edition of that fine set. That’s sad, but understand that I have been committing my entertainment dollar for most of this year to various and sundry concerts that have come home to roost far and wide in the last two months. And there’s still one more road trip left to happen next month! So the day when “Blood Diamonds” nestles in my Record Cell on a CD is still a ways off.
But what makes my blood boil is that this download, which seems to be available only at Beatport and Amazon.co.uk, is not for sale to anyone outside of the UK! If there was ever a more seductive concept than my all-time favorite artist remixing my second favorite artist, then I can’t say what would be! Adding insult to injury, is that the excellent Dream Giver Simple Minds fan site claims that the download is a freebie, to boot! To in summary, John Foxx + The Maths have given their magic to Simple Minds, following their stunning turn with OMD on the “Dresden” remix earlier this year. It’s free, but I can’t hear it because I live in the wrong country! While it’s true that Simple Minds probably have less to gain from the pairing than OMD did, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to own a copy!
My hope is that this will filter down into the physical realm within the next six months. At the very least, there is Record Store Day 2014 in April, but there’s also the next Simple Minds album which [hopefully] will filter out by that time as well. I wouldn’t say “no” to the mix being part of a DLX edition of that album when it appears. Until then, it’s sitting there on the web, causing me deep anxiety.
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