Music, Videos & Info
✧ A modest collection of notes from one of her six brothers. ♫
- Bulletproof gets top billing here because Mimi told me it's one of her favorites. The musical genius of her old friend and collaborator Hahn Rowe (New York-based violinist, guitarist, composer, producer) shines through here. I like this particular video version because it also shows how she likes to just "play" with music and technology, sitting down at her computer to make demo tracks and videos.
- Cusp with Ben Neill includes stop-action film work by the amazing artist Christophe Thockler
- Into the Blue, a live performance with Moby, Jools Holland and Pablo Cook. In her collaborations with Moby, Mimi would write the lyrics and vocal melody to go with music written by Moby.
- Piece of Cake, shared by her friend Jo Andres
- Performing live with The Ascension Plan and The 50 Degrees Choir at the amazing Minack Theatre in Cornwall, England (an outdoor venue that is an experience in and of itself). This video by The Ascension Plan features her voice and a brief taste of her performance art at the beginning of the song.
- Mr. Peabody's wayback machine found this video of Mimi with Hugo Largo in 1988 singing "Eureka" featuring Hahn Rowe on electric violin. Turtle Song is from that same performance.
- Mimi's solo album "Soak" can be found here: https://mimigoese.bandcamp.com. I'm told that Bandcamp is the source to use if you want more of your money going to the artist (as opposed to those dipping their fingers into the distribution/promotion pie).
- Amazon.com selection of her tracks with Ben Neill available for sale
- Amazon.com CDs of her band Hugo Largo are still available
- Fire & Roses (my personal favorite, on YouTube), from her solo album "Soak"
- Into the Blue with Moby (audio version of live version above) featuring Jools Holland & Pablo Cook on YouTube)
- When It's Cold I'd Like to Die was recorded with Moby at his home recording studio in New York in 1994, but I heard it more recently while watching the credits of the Netflix series Stranger Things. That was a brilliant surprise gift from her music manager David Whitehead. An interesting aside was that our daughter Maddie's employer, casting company CAST IT TALENT, found and delivered the entire cast for that hit TV series. Here's an acoustic version of When It's Cold I'd Like to Die that Mimi & Moby did together.
- Clues of You and Time to Go Home Now on YouTube
- Mimi has some fun with covers of songs made popular by others, including Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden (RIP, Chris Cornell). My guess is that she'd enjoy the consternation of listeners impatiently waiting for a loud guitar crescendo as heard in the original version.
Reviews, Interviews, Etcetera:
You may have never heard of my little sister Mimi Goese or her first band Hugo Largo, but from my perspective she seemed to be somewhat of a darling within the music industry. Some musicians you probably HAVE heard of have enjoyed working with her in one capacity or another in the past...
- Michael Stipe (REM) co-produced her first album on Warner Brothers Records with Hugo Largo called "Drum" and sang back-up vocals on a few tracks. Mimi always did more than "just" write, sing & dance. For example, the cover of Drum features Mimi's art, incorporating a photo of our sister Jane's daughters Maureen & Margaret Cowan.
- Brian Eno (Roxy Music) reissued Hugo Largo's first album on his "Opal Records" label then co-produced their second album "Mettle" in 1989. If you don't know Brian Eno, you definitely have heard of some of the artists he's produced & collaborated with, including U2, Coldplay, Laurie Anderson, James, Grace Jones, and Slowdive.
- David Byrne (Talking Heads) produced Mimi's first solo album "Soak" [hear tracks on BandCamp here] on his Luaka Bop label (with distribution by Warner Brothers & Virgin Records l& creative help from Hector Zazou, below). David is a hero of mine and sort of a "friend of the family" as Mimi's husband David Whitehead managed David Byrne's business. At one time, Whitehead also managed David Bowie's business in the Americas and we referred to them using a biblical-sounding name "The Three Davids." David Byrne is a hero of mine for a number of reasons. If you know me, you know I'm a cycling nut. I was delighted to meet him for the first time in San Diego when he showed up a little late for his own concert's sound check because he had a flat tire while out on his ride around America's Finest City. I urge you to read his book Bicycle Diaries whether or not you are a cyclist. Through his stories about rides around the world, you'll join him in pondering people and possible futures (yes—we do have options) of the world.
- Moby & Mimi created beautiful music together and shared it with their fans on the road. "Into the Blue" was such a gem that Moby created a whole album of remixes, blending his music with Mimi's voice and the talents of DJs like Junior Vasquez.
- Pearl [Porl] Thompson (The Cure) sat down with Mimi to make a beautiful set of acoustic tracks that were never officially published. Porl's guitar and Mimi's voice still echo in my head to this day, and Mimi promises she'll get this set out on IT (the Interweb Thing) someday. Porl also played guitar on the song "Milky Way" on Mimi's album Soak.
- Hector Zazou was a French composer and record producer who produced and performed on a number of tracks on Mimi's first solo album. Mimi admired him for his unique creative style and talent.
At least one member of the Goese family (me, Dan) will let the world know when anything happens in his life. Mimi is not like that. Mimi just quietly does what she does, often without telling her own siblings. When I was working at MusicMatch one of my co-workers brought my attention to a whole CD of remixes Moby had done with Mimi's voice from her work with him on tour and on his album Everything is Wrong several years prior. Yes, we've pummeled her for this secretive behavior, and now she shares more information about her upcoming concerts.
This page was created in September 2017 and I'm always open to suggestions for edits. After referring interested friends to various links for decades, I finally woke up (while trying to find those links over and over again) and decided I could just send them to this page (www.goese.com/mimi) that will eventually include most of the links I'm aware of.
This is a photo of Mimi several years ago, sitting up high in the giant banyan tree at our parents' old Lakeshore Drive house in Sarasota. Even before special effects were added, the original photo was blurry and ethereal, which I thought was a good match with the typical listener's first reaction to her music.
My little sister Mimi has been making music for longer than I can remember. Like most of us nine Goese children, she would occasionally sing around the house. I knew our mom had a great voice, but I couldn't necessarily tell that Mimi had a great voice, too. Maybe she didn't know, either, because when she went off to college she focused on modern dance and performance art. Fortunately her voice developed and was discovered by others who ultimately made it possible for the world to hear.
The first concert I ever saw her in was when she came with Hugo Largo to San Diego, backing up Björk and her band the Sugarcubes. Later I saw her play backup to the Pixies in LA, where some pricks stole her band's whole cash haul for their performance that night. (They are dead now.) I've seen her play in New York, too. I wish I could have seen them all because she's definitely an interesting act to see "live."
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