That’s Entertainment – AND Inspiration!

Wow! What a story, Lesley O’Toole! Your first professionl journalist’s interview being granted by Jim…and from there?! I’ll let Lesley tell the story herself in these two wonderful posts shared on Instagram.

Thank you for sharing the story, Lesley.

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Jim Kerr and me: December 8, 1982 at London’s Lyceum. In 1984 when I was still a law student at Bristol University, and still wild about Simple Minds, I wrote my first ever professional magazine piece – an interview with Jim. All the Scottish bands and loads more used to stay at London’s (in)famous Columbia Hotel so I wrote to JK c/o the hotel, asked him if he’d do the interview, and included a stamped addressed envelope. He wrote back saying: “Yes, 2pm Sunday.” I already had my own fanzine but this was the start of my “proper” career as an entertainment journalist. I still wonder if I’d be a lawyer now were it not for this. I certainly wouldn’t be as blessed and happy as I am living in LA. So thank you Jim for saying yes, and thank you Simple Minds for 35+ years of pure joy. Breathless with excitement for more of it at LA’s beautiful Orpheum Theatre later. ❤️🙏🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🎤🎸🥁 . . . . . @simplemindsmusic @gedgrimesmusic @cherissedrums #simpleminds #jimkerr #orpheumtheatre #thewaywewere #myfaveband #columbiahotel

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#FBF Simple Minds have been my favourite band for too long to mention – since I was a kid anyway. Jim Kerr was also my first professional interview as a journalist and who knows if I’d even have become one were it not for that and him. Last month I found myself in the front row for their concert at LA’s gorgeous Orpheum Theatre. And then Jim spotted me and sang to me. Which song? Only my all-time Simple Minds fave – Someone Somewhere in Summertime. Gigantic coincidence or no? No in fact – but some sort of conspiracy perpetrated by my friend Ged Grimes, their brilliant bass player, who somehow remembered my fave song, saw me in the audience and conspired with JK. I have no photos or video (these were taken later that night) but it will be in my head forever. Ged and Jim – thank you! I adore you both and this meant the world. And Happy St. Andrew’s Day to all my Scottish friends. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️🎤 . . . . . . . @gedgrimesmusic @simplemindsmusic #gedgrimes #jimkerr #simpleminds #orpheumtheatrela #orpheumtheatre #someonesomewhereinsummertime #magicmoment #standrewsday #scotland #lovescotland

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What Can “I Say”? Jim’s a “Sampled Mind”…

Italian collaborative JS3 have released a video of a track called “I Say” which incorporates a vocal sample of Jim’s from the Phunk Investigation “4 Letter Word” outing.

I still can’t quite ascertain whether Jim’s vocal on these recently surfaced tracks are recent or not. Reading the translated blurb from the following article (click here for original Italian language article) – it appears to be a vocal recorded some time back, but used to release new material?

Anyway, I’ll link to the YouTube clip first and have the transcript of the article follow.

Twenty years have passed since the beginning of that project that brought the surname of the surnames of the brothers Valerio and Massimo, “A story begun and coincided with what was at the time the period of the” posse “, a movement able to conjugate the rage sung by punk, the infallible pen of rap and the energy of the Jamaican reggae, but above all the “message”, social or political. From those 99 Posse left from the industrial suburbs and that has outlined the characters of the scream of the Neapolitan counterculture and in general of the Italian alternative scene.

For Valerio, in that twenty years, there have been in the middle eight albums, poster songs reggamuffin, dancehall, pop etc, hundreds of concerts taking it also around Europe, a TV experience talent (remember the transition to “The voice of Italy “in the J Ax team), collaborations with numerous other artists such as O’Zulu ‘, Speaker Cenzou and Cor Veleno, Tony Esposito, Cico, Jah Sazzah, Don Skal and Itaiata de Salsa, Miase Pmk, Boom Buzz and Reddog, Ciccio Merolla also that special moment, at the beginning of his career, in which he found himself acting as a shoulder group at the Italian Simple Minds concerts.

History, like a big circle, could start right from here. In fact, the single “I Say” (which you’ll find among other things on Youtube and Spotify) has just been distributed under the acronym of the new project “JS3” (Valerio and Massimo Jovine with Alex Aspide) produced together with Stefano Silvestri (Phunk Investigation ), which samples a piece of the historical voice of Simple Minds, Jim Kerr “4 Letter Word”.

Starting from the new project Valerio tells us: “Js3, simple, Jovine Studio 3, starting right from the recording studio where we work, over the years Alessandro and I (Alex Aspide) have been producers of all the Jovine material and therefore c ‘is so much of our but with many other musicians and we decided to make this place the study of our own project and from there are also other productions. I tell you, for example, that we have almost completed the new Maria Nazionale album, produced with Js3, but also a new emerging project like Ventinove and Trenta, or the music for the latest Arteteca film. The productions that go beyond, far from my reggae world, we like to listen to completely different things, we first like to make music. For the song we met with the producer Stefano Silvestri, who has a great experience, one day brought us this voice of Jimm Kerr, the idea was, we take his refrain and write the verses. Obviously I wanted to wear a new dress, like the dancehall that belongs to me, but also the roots and the new roots. When the voice of the refrain comes in, something familiar comes back to the mind, but certainly with an entirely new aspect “.

We also remind those who did not know that you found yourself working with Jimm Kerr and Simple Minds: “We started just like their shoulder group, not even feeling up to the time, but it was a good test, do it to twenty years is not for everyone. ”
I also wanted to know something more than the video clip of the song (three young Neapolitan boys who, between quick and parkour subjects, chase each other around the city):

“We tried to show the city through another type of movement, we shot for example at the Policlinico but we were also in Bagnoli where I see a banner in front of” Free Palestine “. We wanted to give through other forms of communication how a video can also be a message, our basic principles are always the same, those who want a different world. ”

In fact, through the banner, or in any case paying attention to the text of the song, we find it right ?: “Yes, even if it is much more mental, even if a criticism about the social veil is there, like the total immersion that forces us a mobile phone. Even today, unfortunately, I have to think about music based on the web, so the first form of art, music and emotion, a little ‘getting lost, I feel a child of these times but often these times are tight. Sometimes it would just be nicer to get in the street and start playing there. ”

Taking a step back, I liked the previous single “Puortemecute” and the resulting video, do you talk about it?

“For me too, it was a very important piece. there on a sound that can reflect contents like no, like the trap, at least for the Italian example, a genre to which I do not belong, for me does not count the appearance and the image, this song despite sews on a sonority reggae-trap, goes very well with what I say, important issues, such as violence against women, or the lack of opportunity to stay in your city and have to emigrate. In general, I see a flattening in the search for issues and we lose ourselves in the virtual world. I tell you that now I’m working on a new album, my ninth, but it could start from different ideas, I do not know if these last two songs will be part of it “.
The previous album, “In the absence of gravity”, listening to him I found a lot of you, very personal ..

“Yes, a passing album that comes from a need, just familiar. I told my true story, a song like “Self Portrait” could only be there on that record, I became a father of two children, when my daughter will ask me what album I listen to I will tell you this. Delicate and introspective album, less reggae, instead in the next album I can say it will be very Neapolitan, reggae and with themes already identified “.

Compared to the “Terroni Unite?” Project

“It helped me a lot, also to unite the Neapolitan artists, like my friendship with Pepp Oh, who collaborated with me on the writing of the last piece. Music has already undergone the exchange, and if it happens between musicians it is even more beautiful. In this city we are many and we could even more, shame about the lack of infrastructure, here you make music and you get to certain levels but it will never be the same as those who leave elsewhere that has more possibilities. Also I made TV (The Voice) to have the opportunity to expand the message. I prefer to be a small artist but to say what I think “.

And the collaboration born with J Ax? (a duet on the last record of the Milanese rapper)
“A character who tries to make music at 360 degrees, even when seen on television, I knew that the project would not last long, but it has a lot to teach.”
You, however, who has gone through a generation, the one that goes from the Posse to the trap as you see the current scene changed? Especially here in Naples …

“The Naples scene is always very productive, during the Posse period, maybe someone does not know it, but here Article 31 left, there was a label” Flying records “, which started from Naples but to produce music worldwide , even the Massive Attack came here to record. Many artists came out thanks to a mechanism that worked. Even today there are many artists, also good, but they are small components that if you could join something really nice, the artists are very close but should also be those who work around, but they are not for bad will, you have to have a suitable infrastructure. ”
“The two last projects were beautiful, I say that there will be live events in December, but I say that in the first months of the new album we will be mainly focused on working on the new album that I would like to come out before next summer.”

Kerr Down Under – In NewKERRstle

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Oh, holy fucking shitflaps, he’s bringing up 2020 as the full itenirary tour year for Oz, again! I should have pulled out all the stops to go! I NEARLY did! I nearly booked a flight that would have had me out there by now. I was at the Etihad website, I was at the last page, cursor hovering over that “pay now” box…but, something told me not to. “No fall back” if the money doesn’t come in by January. It’s like permanently being on the crest of a wave…just waiting and waiting for the fucker to crash, but it just rolls and rolls and rolls, never crashing to the shore. WHERE’S MY SHORELINE SPUME, GODDAMNIT!?!

I wanted to “seize the moment” – not wait until the next tour. Because…life is full of uncertainty. Why wait for the next one, when I could have NOW!? Albeit it was just one gig, and not in Sydney? It was Australian shores, near enough to Sydney for me (still within my home state) and (most importantly) happening NOW…not in two years time.

The time has elapsed now. The opportunity (what small window of opportunity there was) gone.

Que sera sera…

Oh, yeah…here’s the article from local Newcastle paper, The Herald – click here to read

Sheer Art Attack – The Art Rock Side Of Glam In 1973

From the current edition of Record Collector – a look at the “men from outer space” art rock side of the glam genre at the peak of its power in 1973, as seen from the prespective of Kevin Godley.

Flickr-ing Memories

I’m starting to go through the process of tidying up my Flickr account. With something like 20,000 photos in there, it is getting to be quite a trawl looking through them for a specific photo.

Yesterday I started with a folder of all the black and white SM pics up to 1984, today I started a folder of all the interactivity with Jim (either myself, or with other fans) that I’ve screengrabbed from FB.

My own interactivity with Jim started much earlier than I thought. This is from Friday, 13th (an omen!) March, 2015. Well over three and a half years ago! I don’t know why but in my head I didn’t feel the interactivity really kicked off with him until after I started sharing the art…but it actually was happening before that.

Aawww! It made me all warm and fuzzy inside! Lol! Look at him telling me to “calm down”! Little did he know. Little did he know…

Not long now before I can ask him again. Lol

Thank you, Sir. I treasure them all. Every single one ❤️😊

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