Real to Real Cacophony

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Real to Real Cacophony
Studio album by Simple Minds
Released November 1979
Recorded September 1979 at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 40:46
Label Zoom, Arista
Producer John Leckie
Simple Minds chronology
Life in a Day
Real to Real Cacophony
Empires and Dance
Singles from Real to Real Cacophony
  1. "Changeling"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Monthly favourable[2]
Smash Hits 8/10[3]
Sounds favourable[4]

Real to Real Cacophony (sometimes incorrectly rendered as Reel to Real Cacophony) is the second studio album by Scottish post-punk band Simple Minds. It was released in November 1979, through record labels Zoom and Arista.


Real to Real Cacophony did not chart, nor did its only single, "Changeling".

Critical reception[edit]

Real to Real Cacophony has been generally well-received by critics. AllMusic praised the album, describing it as "where Simple Minds ventured beyond the ability to mimic their influences and began to manipulate them, mercilessly pushing them around and shaping them into funny objects the way a child transforms a chunk of Play-Doh from an indefinable chunk of nothing into a definable chunk of something", calling it "an achievement that's on a plane with other 1979 post-punk landmarks like Metal Box, 154, Entertainment! and Unknown Pleasures".[1]


The 2002/2003 re-issues by Virgin Records incorrectly render the album's title as Reel to Real Cacophony, and the opening track as "Reel to Real". The new spelling also appears in the discography section of all the inlays in the 2002/2003 Simple Minds remastered edition series. Subsequent editions render the title of both the album and track correctly.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jim Kerr, all music composed by Simple Minds (Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Brian McGee, Mick MacNeil).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Real to Real"   2:47
2. "Naked Eye"   2:21
3. "Citizen (Dance of Youth)"   2:53
4. "Carnival (Shelter in a Suitcase)"   2:49
5. "Factory"   4:13
6. "Cacophony"   1:40
7. "Veldt"   3:20
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Premonition"   5:29
2. "Changeling"   4:11
3. "Film Theme"   2:27
4. "Calling Your Name"   5:05
5. "Scar"   3:31



  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Real to Real Cacophony – Simple Minds : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Simple Minds 'Real to Real Cacophony' Articles & Reviews". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Starr, Red (13–26 December 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 29. 
  4. ^ Gill, John (1 December 1979). "[Real to Real Cacophony review]". Sounds. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

External links[edit]