Friday, March 21, 2014

Simple Minds - Somebody Up There Likes You (1982)

Somebody Up There Likes You
Simple Minds

Written by: Simple Minds
Produced by: Peter Walsh
Album: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (A&M, 1982)

I couldn't tell you why, but out of all the great songs on this album, I've always gravitated towards this simple, repetitive, moody, instrumental soundscape.  There's not much too it, not even noodling solos over the chords - the main feature seems to be the chord progression itself.

From the Simple Minds website:

The song was based around the Mahler Chords, an idea Charlie [Burchill] developed whilst jamming in a Fife farmhouse for the New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) album.

"We had words for Somebody Up There Likes You but we took them off - we felt that the music spoke more than the words did. Up until then, Simple Minds always had this ambient side" - Jim [Kerr], Sunday Herald interview, 2008.

I have no idea what "Mahler Chords" they are referencing.  If you have any insight, please comment below.  In the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy.

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