Last Friday, 16 August 2019, it absolutely pissed down from the heavens in Glasgow for what seemed like the 20th day in a row. It wouldn’t normally be anything that bothered or concerned me being another day to confirm the modern-era summers round these parts where we are experience a bit more heat, accompanied by bursts of very heavy and thundery showers, especially in August.

The down side on this occasion was that it coincided with the first Scottish gig, in 27 years(!!) by The Cure, with the venue being a park on the south side of the city, just a few hundred yards from my front door. The venue was bound to be a quagmire, and boots/sturdy footwear would be essential for everyone going along, as too would sensible clothing/jackets to combat the heavy rain.

The real down side was that the Simply Thrilled team, having at short notice requiring to cancel our planned event for July, re-scheduled things for 16 August, shifting the timings to 11pm – 3am so that anyone going to The Cure, with support from Mogwai and The Twilight Sad, could make it along afterwards. My great fear was that we would have next to nobody there, despite selling more than 150 tickets in advance, as folk would just go home to dry out or feel they weren’t dressed well enough to come into the city centre for a bit of dancing.

How wrong could I be? Loads came along, a fair number of whom couldn’t care less how they looked after spending hours in the open air. Quite a few dropped in without having been to the gig on the basis that we have earned a reputation for putting on a good night and there were also a good number of walk-ups on the night which meant we got reasonably close to capacity.

I did my usual stint, with great help and support from Carlo, of playing the opening set of the night – normally when we’ve done our few hours with an 8pm start, it’s just getting warmed up with folk getting onto the dance floor in dribs and drabs just in time for Robert and Hugh to cast their magic spells.

This time round, with the later start, there was a desire among the crowd to get things going more quickly, persumably as not everyone has the ability to last till 3am, especially if you’ve been out all day. As a result, we got the best reaction we’ve ever had and it meant when we exited the booth, our mates took over what was already a hot, excited and happy crowd for whom they cranked it up, turning it into party central, taking and playing all sorts of requests, veering away occasionally from the Scottish stuff, before finishing things off at the end of the night with a few numbers that got everyone emotional. Here’s the full playlist:-

1. There’s A Girl In The Corner – Robert Smith
2. VTr – The Twilight Sad
3. Sweat In Bullet – Simple Minds
4. The Kindest Heart – The Affectionate Punch
5. All The Records On The Radio Are Shite – Ballboy
6. Be Less Rude – Frightened Rabbit
7. Doing The Unstuck – The Cure
8. Wonderful Lie – The Hardy Boys
9. Surfin’ USA – The Jesus And Mary Chain
10. Fast Blood – Frightened Rabbit
11. His Latest Flame – The Motorcycle Boy
12. Queer – Garbage
13. The One I Loathe The Least – The Just Joans
14. Star Sign – Teenage Fanclub
15. Why Can’t I Be You – The Cure
16. So Good To Be Back Home – The Tourists
17. The Rattler – Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
18. Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson
19. Love’s Glory – Fruits Of Passion
20. Breaking Point – Bourgie Bourgie
21. Lost Weekend – Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
22. Inbetween Days – The Cure
23. Hot Hot Hot!!! – The Cure
24. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
25. Last January – The Twilight Sad
26. The Honeythief – Hipsway
27. I Travel – Simple Minds
28. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
29. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
30. Oblivious – Aztec Camera
31. Don’t Talk To Me About Love – Altered Images
32. Maggie May – Rod Stewart
33. You’ve Got The Power – Win
34. I’m Not Here – The Twilight Sad
35. Just Like Heaven – Dinosaur Jr.
36. Fast Blood – Frightened Rabbit
37. Live In A Hiding Place – Idlewild
38. Small Town Boy – Bronski Beat
39. The Mother We Share – Chvrches
40. Close To Me – The Cure
41. Enola Gay – OMD
42. A Little Respect – Erasure
43. Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
44. Somewhere In My Heart – Aztec Camera
45. I’m A Cuckoo – Belle And Sebastian
46. Rip It Up – Orange Juice
47. [10 Good Reasons For Modern Drugs] – The Twilight Sad
48. Hit The North – The Fall
49. The Drowners – Suede
50. Don’t Go – Yazoo
51. You Spin Me ‘Round – Dead Or Alive
52. Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
53. Atomic – Blondie
54. Groove Is In The Heart – Deelite
55. Testify – Hifi Sean
56. Movin’ On Up – Primal Scream
57. I’m Free – The Soup Dragons
58. Shoreline – Broder Daniel
59. The Modern Leper – Frightened Rabbit
60. The Shy Retirer – Arab Strap
61. Higher Than The Sun – Primal Scream
62. Atmosphere – Joy Division
63. And She Would Darken The Memory – The Twilight Sad
64. Keep Yourself Warm – Frightened Rabbit
65. Plainsong – The Cure (Exit Music)

I know I say this after each of these nights, but this was the best one yet. Yes, I’ve had a great buzz at previous nights standing alongside guest DJs such as Aidan Moffat, Stuart Braithwaite and James Graham, but the crowd last Friday night really made it an incredibly special and memorable night.

Hopefully, it won’t be too long till the next one.

Here’s my just under two hours of stuff (tracks 1-33 from above)

Various – Simply Thrilled (August 2019)



  1. Seeing Broder Daniel in the list put a smile on my face.
    “Spela Shoreline!” meaning “Play Shoreline!” has become a standard shout-out at any concert in Sweden. I highly recommend this great, albeit not so dancy, cover:

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