Jim On Absolute Radio – Show 4

All good things must come to an end, as they say. Oh, but sometimes, don’t you just WISH they wouldn’t? Jim’s fourth and final (for now, perhaps?) show for Absolute Radio aired on what is Sunday morning for us here Down Under.

He threw me a slight curveball by playing Van Morrison’s Gloria as his opener this week. Didn’t expect that one! Was geared up for The Doors or some T-Rex…but there you go. Still great all the same. I was waiting for his “Who the f*** is Gloria?” remark, but it wasn’t forthcoming. Lol. Maybe he knows now? Do share if you do, Jim. 

Next up was All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople – a band name MADE for a Scottish accent if ever there was one! A bit more Bowie via the back door, so to speak, as the song was written specifically for the band by Bowie himself, as he loved them so and they were considering packing it in (or so the story goes). He didn’t want them to give up and so wrote All The Young Dudes for them…or at least surrendered it to them, as he might have already written it. Anyways, the song gave them a hit and they powered on! 

U2’s Desire was next. So glad he chose a track from Rattle And Hum. Rattle And Hum gets overlooked in my opinion because it comes in the wake of the absolute JUGGERNAUT that is The Joshua Tree, but in many ways, I PREFER Rattle And Hum. Desire is fab, When Love Comes To Town and Angel Of Harlem fab also. But two of my absolute favourite U2 songs are on R&H and they are Heartland (Adam Clayton’s bass on that is just beautiful) and Hawkmoon 269. 

He couldn’t help but have a little jibe at the end. “…Harmonica. I don’t know who plays the harmonica. I know in the video Bono gives it an old blast, but I have my doubts. That sounded too good.” I love you, Jim, you bitch! Lol

Some Sly And The Family Stone and then Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World were played. Jim touched upon the Minds cover of Rockin’ In The Free World, which I must say I like. I know most Minds covers leave many SM fans cold and granted, not ALL of them have worked, but they’ve done some good ones. I love their version of Street Hassle (and yes, I told him, along with coming to the defence of the rest of the second half of Sparkle – he chastised me. Oh, well! Whip me, boy! I’m ever ready! Lol) and I also really like their version of Sloop John B. And The Man Who Sold The World, of course…minus Jim’s incorrect lyrics. Lol

Next up was Siouxsie And The Banshees’ cover of Dear Prudence. And he was right as he introed it. Yes, I’d heard it before, but also, not for a while. And I was listening…like, REALLY listening to it, I realised how stunningly beautiful and softly melancholically uplifting it was. That sounds like a crazy contracdiction…but that’s how it sounds to me. The music sounds sunny…it’s bright, but the way Siouxsie sings is sort of dour and melancholic, but still sweet. “The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you.” That is one heck of a simplistic but gorgeous line. And all the reasons why Lennon/McCartney are up there as possibly the best songwriting duo ever to exist. 

As it ended, Jim explained the effect it had on him. I’ve been writing replies to him about what feels like an ENDLESS stream of songs that make me cry. And as I was listening to Dear Prudence on Sunday morning, I could feel the waterworks coming, and I was thinking, “Oh, here I am on my own, AGAIN. Crying my eyes out. If I tell him, he’ll start to think EVERY song I listen to makes me cry!” And then he said at the end that the song has an emotional effect on him. It was bittersweet to hear. At last! I wasn’t alone.

John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts was played next. I’m sure I’d heard it before but if I had, it was like hearing it for the first time again. Knock out! Every bit of John Grant I’ve ever heard, I’ve liked and I STILL haven’t given him my full attention. Certain OTHER music has been taking up front, back and sides recently…and I have just not been wanting to let anything else in…but I must.

Being the “big boy” he is (his words, not mine…and no sexual innuendo intended…Oh, OK…It’s ME – sexual innuendo WAS intended!), he played The Cure’s A Forest. But considering he was feeling a little sorry for himself for not being “besties” with Robert Smith, maybe he should have plumbed for “Boys Don’t Cry”?

I have to admit to having a bit of fun on the SMO FB visitor wall and shared a rather infamous magazine cover (in the SM fandom, at least) that’s been cropped to have Jim and Robert Smith together on it, Robert posed in such a way that he appears to want to lick Jim’s face. Lol. Here is what I shared. 

Rebel Yell was next. Jim relaying the story of the connection Billy Idol has with them through Keith Forsey and the rather more dubious connection with Don’t You (Forget About Me).

Sinead O’Connor’s Fourth And Vine was next. Wow! Didn’t know she was still making such great stuff. I mean, I knew she was still making music…but, yeah. That was good! Loved that. 

Some Elvis then. I was glad it was ANYTHING but the Wonder Of You. If it had been that…I would have lost it. I’m not going to say why here. Just a deep, personal reason, suffice it to say. 

And then…he signed off with Waterfront…and all those past four shows became a blur :-(((

But they will be there on Mixcloud. And he was SO DAMN GOOD…I’m sure if Absolute continue to do these things, they’ll have him back. He was wonderful.


Jim Kerr on Absolute Radio – Show 4

Radio Bhoy – Show 3

Well, before this week’s show even started, I was theorising what he’d open it with. I thought, “Bowie week one, Velvet Underground week two. This week it HAS to be Roxy?”

Lo and behold! But I was having Internet trouble right up til the final minutes before the show started, so couldn’t put my prediction out there! Lol

I’m putting my prediction in for the final week(!!!) here now…The Doors. We’ve not had a Doors track yet. Will probably be L.A. Woman, but if he picked one of my two faves – Touch Me or Love Me Two Times – I will be made up! Having said that…it could be T-Rex…or Peter Gabriel (Brian Pern) or some early Genesis (Thotch).

Anyway, on to this week’s show. Some felt it wasn’t quite as…dynamic as the first two but for me it was just…different.

He played The Verve. Mercifully it was Lucky Man because if it had been The Drugs Don’t Work, I think I would have lost it!

We got Future Islands – Jim describing Samuel T. Herring as “part Columbo, part Groucho Marx”! Lol. Then went on to say that others have drawn comparisons between himself and Sam’s stage presence.

Golden Brown by The Stranglers was played. And he reiterated words he’d expressed before that, maybe without having gone to see The Stranglers play Glasgow in 1977 – his and Charlie’s career in music, and henceforth Simple Minds, might not have happened without them.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes. It just stands the test of time. Just knock out. I did say to him on the SM visitor wall that I’d had Welcome To The Pleasuredome…the track itself, stuck in my head for the previous 24 hours. And I had. Especially those “shooting stars never stop, even when they reach the top/there goes a super nova, what a pushover” lines.

He also chose one of Catherine Anne Davies songs from The Anchoress album Confessions Of A Romance Novelist.

And then…his intro to the next song had me in fits of laughter. He didn’t mean it as it came out, obviously – and if you know me you’ll know my love of innuendo and double entendre and you’ll get why I laughed so much. What he’d said was (referring to the varying ways he’d seen Billy Bragg perform live) “I’ve seen him standing in the street, bashing it out”. I couldn’t even then take in the song…I was in hysterics the whole time! I’m such a smutty, smutty cow! Lol. By the way, he played A New England.

I, of course, came back down to earth when I heard the opening chords to Blackbird. “Blackbird singing in the dead of night/take these broken wings and learn to fly”. I had been watching blackbirds in the back yard just that morning. I do love blackbirds and their song. When I’m at home, I get them to sing more by whistling back at them, mimicking their song. Blackbirds in Australia never seem to sing. Well, I’ve never heard them! I suppose they are competing with ssoo many other birds here, they just keep quiet. There are elements of the Australian magpie song, that, melodically, sound similar to the blackbirds call.

Songs by Chvrches and Pink Floyd and the show was over again all too soon.

I could seriously listen to him all day!

In the days leading up, he put a post on the FB page with a picture that was like a meme, it read “I may not have a pretty face, but I sure do have good music taste”. I replied saying I didn’t think the first part was STRICTLY true (and it’s not – he’s beautiful) but the second part DEFINITELY was. And it is! He has great taste.

Back in the Tumblr days of the blog, a survey went round with what things you’d like to do with members of your favourite band…go out partying with, go to the beach with, write poetry for, etc. One was “listen to music with” and my choice (quite obviously, I suppose) was Jim. Because, above all else, that would be the most awesome way to spend time with him. That, or going to an art exhibition…or both. It would be amazing.

Here is part three to listen to – Jim Kerr on Absolute Radio Part 3


Jim on Absolute Radio – Show 2

It was a lovely mix this week (week one was great too, and it’s only now do I realise I should have done a review of it. I’ll do one later today, perhaps).

There was a bit of everything. Sheer get-up-out-of-your-chair-and-have-a-big-old-dance with Nutbush City Limits. A 1990s protest and celebration of mediocrity and modernity from the Manics. Tender love and pain from The Pretenders. An ode to New York from Joe Jackson.

There was an obvious technical hiccup when it aired on Saturday night GMT, as the last 12 or so minutes got cut off. This was rectified with the podcast.

Songs missed were Bat For Lashes’s Laura, The Jam’s That’s Entertainment, and Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love (ooh er Mrs, what a way to end a show!).

The Boy does have very good taste in music…as if there was ANY doubt.

The standout this week was, for me, War On Drugs. He played Under The Pressure. And it reminded me of something. And it had been bugging me and it only JUST came to me! Musically, it reminds me of Lindsey Buckingham’s Trouble. (I’ve just gone off to tell him as much…like he needs to know!) But just in a musical sense. Just the melody.

But, yes. The show is very much worth a listen. I feel a sense of bereavement already that there are only two shows to go! That same sense of bereavement when I’m at a Minds gig and I know it’s going to come to an end…and we’ve only just got to the break…or halfway through the setlist.

Anyway, you can listen to show two here – Jim Kerr on Absolute Radio

Jim On Absolute Radio – Saturday Nights For Four Weeks!

Mentioned initially a couple of weeks back on the official Simple Minds Facebook page, Jim will be hosting four radio shows for the Absolute Radio network, starting next Saturday, February 13th, at 10pm GMT. 

I, for one, can’t wait. Jim exudes a real passion and enthusiasm for the line of work he found himself to be in. You can never accuse the boy of sitting on the fence when it comes to his opinions! And he (mostly) succeeds in airing them with diplomacy. 

I do enjoy listening to him on the radio (and not for, as he put it on a SM post, to be spared of his “ugly mug”! Such false modesty! You are much too handsome, and you know it, Mr. Kerr!). He seems to have quite a loquacious nature about him on radio, esp. these days. A man at ease with himself. I know he’ll pick great tunes and will have fascinating stories surrounding them.

Anyone reading this outside the UK who would like to listen in but is aware of Bauer Radio’s strict “outisde UK” broadcast laws…rest assured…you will hear these…even if it is only Jim’s dialogue and not the music he chooses…

It is going to be fab!