Roxy Music At 50 – BBC Radio 2 Specials


I caught up with both parts of ‘The Band’s Story’ episodes last night. It has really ramped up my excitement for seeing them at the Hydro in October.

Their world tour starts in one month’s time (exactly one month away today!) in Toronto.

When listening to the various members of the band talking about the active years and their memories, I couldn’t help but find myself giggling over the fact that two Geordies were talking and only one of them sounded like one. I’d never heard Paul Thomson talk before.

Anyway, both shows are great and there is a “Fan’s Story” too and they speak to Jim for it. I wish he’d have been given more time. His part of it seemed short, so I’ll add my own little exchange with him about Roxy – just at the point when the bug finally bit me and I got myself listening to them.

I recommend all three shows. They’re broken up into three separate hour long shows, so you can time your time listening to them. I’ll endeavour to separate out Jim’s piece on Roxy so it’s quicker to get to.

Enjoy them, and roll on October 10th!

Vive la Roxy!

Links for programs below:

The Bands’ Story – Part One

The Bands’ Story – Part Two

The Fans’ Story

Jim’s piece starts around 17 min 30 sec into the show.

And then…back to a time when I’d not be quiet (thinking of him saying “you’re quiet” to me at the m&g in Paris) – and he’d respond. Our exchanges on music I miss. Loved those days…

(P.S. I always have to have the last word. Lol)


P.P.S I love sssoooo much more than just Over You and More Than This now! (There were a few more than that back then too, to be fair.)

Same As It Ever Was…Can It Change?

Last ditch attempt at getting him to engage in conversation. If this falls flat, imma gonna give up and go home.

I am genuinely intrigued by his thoughts.

(Ah, the old “Top Fan” badge. Seems to have as much meaning as being deemed “air-breather” or “basic humanoid”.)

Other questions I could ask, but feel rhetorical… Do I bore you senseless? Do you wish me to fuck off and die?

Does He Like It?

I want to ask Jim a question. I haven’t really had a question to ask him for ages. I used to be asking him things all the time – over exuberant with enthusiasm, wanting to learn, soak up and absorb all things SM as much as possible. And if I had a question, well who better to ask than Jim himself. Charlie doesn’t really ‘do’ social media anyway and mostly my enquiries would be lyrics based or be something that Jim would be more inclined to answer.

In the past I’d have absolutely NO hesitation in going to the Simple Minds Official Facebook page and posing the question on the visitor wall. Back then when I liked the FB page and started following them, Jim would engage a lot. Reply to people on the visitor wall if they shared something interesting, etc. It very rarely happens now, and the wall is all but lifeless.

And well, I have promised Maris Piper (surprised he didn’t call himself King Edward, or “Charlotte”, or Desiree) that I won’t be posting to the wall any more – and a promise is a promise! And well, if I couldn’t even have a bit of flippant fun and ask Jim if he would collect me from the airport with a doughnut without it being deleted – who knows whether a genuine question would even be allowed these days?

I’m not gonna chance it!

I just heard Brian Eno’s Baby’s On Fire recently playing on the radio and the thought just entered my head instantly of Jim’s altering of the lyrics in I Travel and I was suddenly curious as to whether he liked the song. So…that would have been the question…does he actually like the song Baby’s On Fire? Was it what prompted the lyric change…that he liked it? Or did he feel it was a little more cryptic to have that as the lyric rather than simply saying “Brian Eno”?

Like other questions I have posed to him in the recent past (SEMI-MONDE, ANYONE?!), an answer will never be forthcoming – unless I remember to ask at the meet and greet in Bordeaux. Pfffft! This I doubt. It isn’t even that important anyway. I’ll live without ever knowing…

But I miss being curious, quizzing him, and on the odd occasion getting a wonderful response.

Oh, halcyon days!
“Nothing lasts forever” – J Kerr.

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Michael Rother Be Solo

A great and rather open interview with Michael Rother in Uncut magazine, exploring his music career, focusing on his time working with Klaus Dinger on Neu! – a rather fractious and strained musical partnership by Rother’s own account, moving on to Harmonia and finally working solo.

It has given me more musical off shoots to explore…

Airport Playing Brian Eno

The latest edition of Uncut magazine has a one page review of four Eno albums that have had the half-speed mastering treatment. I have already got myself into Roxy Music in a big way this year…and I have been aware of Eno’s music for a very, very long time. I have listened to a full album here and there, but never have really immersed myself in the experience.

I think the rating “Ambient 1: Music For Airports” achieved is nothing I have ever seen before! Full marks! 10 out of 10! Wow.

I need to delve…properly…

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Bowie And Eno In Classic Rock

Two short pieces on David Bowie and Brian Eno in this month’s Classic Rock magazine. The Bowie piece talks to Ava Cherry (I never knew she was so young when they met!) and talks about their time together and Bowie’s musical influences of the period, producing the sound for Young Americans and legacy piece Golden Years (shifted on to Station To Station – which always seems an odd fit on there and very much feels like it always belonged on Young Americans).

The Eno piece is an interview, predominantly about his art installations, but of course touches upon all aspects of his career. And, lovely words from Steven Wilson on Eno as well.

Quite a few other things inside it as well, including a mediocre review of a Mick Ronson compilation called “Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story – Soundtrack” – compendium to the documentary, one assumes by the title? And, in another case of “you learn something new every day”…how the hell did I NEVER take in that Ronno plays on John (Cougar) Mellencamp’s Jack And Diane?

Well worth the outlay this month, peeps.

Repetition Is A Form Of Change

I always think my digital art has a “sameness” to it. I want it to have a style, a mark…not the “Priptona” mark I use…but a visual “signature” that when someone views it (without said “Priptona” mark in place) says “Yes, Larelle/Priptona’s done that one.” But equally I worry it veers on repetition and/or sameness. That it borders on bland. Banal. Safe.

Thank you to the other Brian for today’s inspiration…making me feel, at least for today…artistically…I am treading the right path.

(The quote comes from an article in the latest edition of Classic Rock magazine. I will post the full article later.)

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Roxy Reviews – All That Glitters In Glam Is Still Gold

I was listening into Billy Sloan’s show last night and he was talking about fellow music journo/music presenter David Hepworth and his belief that 1971 was the most creatively rich year in the history of rock music. But when I read this review of Roxy Music’s first two albums, it would seem – at least as far as the UK goes – that it would be more like 1972/3.

I have been fully aware since very early on in my mega Minds fandom what a major influence Roxy Music was on them…detectible in Mick MacNeil’s synth playing, and Jim’s crooning Ferry-esque voice – most likely indirect influences in sound rather than brazen pastiche.

But, unlike Bowie, who I explored via my own way to him, I never felt a huge urge to dive into Roxy. Until I read this review on their first two albums.

Only very recently (the day after the album signing at the HMV in Glasgow, in fact) did Jim share a picture of Roxy’s reissued debut adorning the vinyl section next to Walk Between Worlds and the “wow” factor of the inner 13 year old boy Kerr was wonderfully palpable with the words.

Even that was not enough of a pull to have me exploring their sound. I have been exposed to elements over the years, of course…Virginia Plain, Ladytron, The Strand all making enough impact on me to be able conjure them up for replay in my internal turntable. But having read this review this evening, I feel as though I must “pull my finger out” and sonically explore!

This is what good writing can do! It can open the mind to something it has been, until prior, closed off to exploring or examining. Even despite something usually intoxicating and magnetic enough to pique interest with things on all other occasions not being able generate the interest.

Congratulations on a stellar job Sophia Deboick – you have managed to achieve something that Jim has failed to do in almost 4 years on influence…get me interested enough in Roxy Music to explore their beginnings. You, my dear, deserve a medal! 🙂