Listening booth — Simple Minds, “This Fear of Gods”

OK I’ll admit it — I’m one of the many dumb Americans whose knowledge of Simple Minds starts and stops with “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and “Alive and Kicking.” But I’m been forced to dig deeper thanks to Slacker, which introduced me to this excellent song. It’s “This Fear of Gods,” from the band’s excellent third album, Empires and Dance.

This is some seriously thick, dark stuff. It has the same propulsive, eerie feel of early Talking Heads and seems to predict the indie dance-pop revival of the last decade. Don’t be turned off by the 7-minute running time. This thing goes by in a flash.

As a matter of fact, just get the whole damn album. But for now, enjoy “This Fear of Gods.”