Jim Kerr – Alive And Kicking KX 93.5, Laguna Beach, CA – Show 6 (final!)

Well, here we are at the final of the six shows Jim has done for KX 93.5. Excuse me while I shed a genuine tear :,( 

And, so…here goes…

Patti Smith – Redondo Beach…Patti Smith does reggae? Well, it sounds very reggae to me! I’ve always loved what I’ve heard of hers, but never given her enough of my time. This track is awesome though. She’s great!

I love the passion he speaks with. Just such, such a fan of music. It just oozes out of him. Love it!

Moby – Natural Blues…I played “Play” SSSOO much. Really was just the music I was into at the end of the 90s/early 00s. I was really into dance music then…him, Fatboy Slim…lots of Chillout stuff. It was my “thang” then.

Alanis Morrisette – Hand In My Pocket…yep. “I’m brave but I’m chicken shit” – always thought that line summed me up well! Jagged Little Pill got played to death as well. And if you’ve never seen it, you MUST look up Ed Byrne’s routine on Ironic. It’s hilarious!

The Pretenders – Middle Of The Road… “The Wild Cat”! Lol. Man, he still loves her so much 🙂 Maybe I need to steal her balls? Lol. I wish! The talk about the harmonica was interesting. And I must admit that I, like him, do associate more with American music. But the harmonica plays an important role in my favourite David Bowie track, A New Career In A New Town. An amazing blend of synths, drums and harmonica goes on in that song (instrumental). And there is harmonica on the final track of Blackstar, I Can’t Give Everything Away…which sounds so reminiscent OF ANCIANT, that Iwas crying when I first heard the track. And that was BEFORE David died 🙁

Diana Ross and The Supremes – Reflections…mum had a Supremes album. Always played it for Baby Love. I think it had Stop In The Name Of Love on it too. Sooo long ago now, can’t remember well. But I loved listening to it.

The Velvet Underground and Nico – I’ll Be Your Mirror…I know it’ll seem like I’m just bullshitting now and being an UBER swot (I do have that badge!)…but I HAD the album. Getting into Bowie…loving modern art and Warhol…it all just links up, so I had it. And I love Nico. Femme Fatale has always been my fave. Always adored they way she phrased the those “down/frown/clown” lines. “No one’s ever said that to me” he said when relaying the story of Nico’s first meeting with Lou Reed in which she said the title of the song. I’ll gladly be yours, Jim. I suppose I kind of have been, in a way…reflecting back all those awesome lyrics you have written in my art. I’d like to think of it that way, anyway.

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes…had it on a compilation album of hits of … 1981, I think. I say it was *MY* compilation. Lol. It was my sister Cheryl’s. All my brothers’ records were mine too! As a kid, I kinda hated having older siblings because they were all grown up (esp. my brothers – the gap is smaller between Cheryl and I, at 6 years)…doing their own thing and I was the kid that dragged them down (what a clarn!). The spoilt kid that got everything. But…it was awesome on reflection. There was so much good to it. A bit of bad…but lots of good.

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog…wow!! What a voice! Thought it was a man. I bloody love that when that happens. I was there, impatiently waiting for him to tell me who it was. He was saying about Elvis, and how many times Hound Dog had been covered. I was almost shouting, “TELL ME WHO IT IS!!” Lol. Then when he said “that was Big Mama Thornton”, I was like…”Did he just say Big Mama Thornton? Like, as in, a woman!?” Yes…that was this show’s curveball for me! I remember the first time I heard Tracy Chapman. Thought she was a guy too. Actually remember thinking she sounded like John Denver! Lol. What the hell??! God I loooved her album.

Enya – Orinoco Flow…erm…surely she had her time in Clannad first, Jim? She was involved in Clannad in the early days…I’m sure. But I suppose few knew her for that.

The B52s – Give Me Back My Man…wasn’t quite so familiar with this one, but…just…ROCK LOBSTER! And Private Idaho. And Love Shack, among others. Have always loved them. Have always loved Fred’s “sprechgesang” style of performing.

The Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood…was shouting out to Em downstairs going “He’s playing The Tom Tom Club!” Lol. It would still be so awesome to hang out with him, playing music. I wish we had a half-decent house. I would sssooo invite him round for a vinyl day :-)) As if he’d come! Lol. Maybe one day, if he’s ever flying through Luton. A girl can keep dreaming, right?

Donna Summer – I Feel Love…going out with a bang, dear sir. A very SEXY bang! What a way to go out!

Oh, they have been wonderful. YOU have been wonderful, fine sir! The passion you exude for your “line of work”…your enthusiasm, is contagious. I do hope you have more chances to do it again. The Minds schedule is going to be SO hectic soon. Oh, such a bind. I’d love for you to have time on your hands to do this…but would I swap it for the chance of seeing several Minds gigs?? Probably not! In fact…NO WAY! I NEED MORE GIGS!!

Thank you so much for all the ones you have done, Jim. It’s been fabulous!


Jim Kerr – Alive And Kicking: KX 93.5 Laguna Beach, CA – Show 5

Only one show left now!!! Waaaaah!! 

I feel like I get to spend an hour just hanging out with him, playing music each week. It’s such an awesome feeling. And I would give ANYTHING for it to be a REAL LIFE experience…but, if it can only just be via radio waves…long may it continue. I love it! And you can hear that he loves doing it. The interaction of a RL experience of it though would be…awesome. I dare say, I would just want to talk over the songs…firing one billion questions at him and talking the leg off an iron chair. Lol.

Anyways…on with his choices this week.

The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows. Jim says after it plays…”The psychedelic Beatles. The Beatles I love the best. Some people say when they got into the psychedelic stuff, they lost the plot. I definitely don’t agree.” Me, neither, sir. Me neither. I love them from go to woah! (Not woe!) All because of David. The best brother a girl could ever have. I’m sure I’d have found them without him, no doubt. But growing up with big brothers with (mostly) fab music taste was great! 🙂

He touched upon an Italian film called Gomorrah. Now made into a TV series. Sounds all very underworld and grimey. I usually like violent stuff…when it’s fictional. I’m too “peace, love and understanding” to deal with ANY level of conflict out in the real world.

Planet Funk – The Switch. Connections. Planet Funk helping to produce the Cry album for Minds. Also, under the guise of Phunk Investigation, helping to produce the Neon Lights album.

Paolo Nutini – Funk My Life Up. Jim compared him to Al Green. Well, any great soul or blues singer. He has the voice of an “old soul”. Like he’s possessed by some 80 year old black man whose just lived through it all. And DANG! is that song sexy! Paolo’s sexy…let’s be honest!

Talking Heads – Take Me To The River. Nice segue, boy! Linking Paolo Nutini to Al Green to then move on to the Talking Heads cover. You’re getting GOOD at this radio DJ stuff! ❤️

My other brother, Quince, was into Talking Heads heavily. I didn’t start to appreciate them until much later and into adulthood. This Must Be The Place is my absolute favourite of theirs.

Bat For Lashes – Laura. Oh, it’s an awesome song. Beautiful. Damn waterworks! The more I hear, the more it just makes me want to cry. The sheer beauty of it. That chourus “Ooh, Laura. You’re more than a superstar.” And the way Natasha sings it…just…heartbreak!

Counting Crows – Mr Jones. Lost me there. Would hear it on the radio back in the day and would tune out. Sorry, sir. Can’t agree on everything. It’s rare we don’t. I mean. The song’s ok. I’m just not taken with it.

Kraftwerk – Computer Love. Electronic music can set off the waterworks too. Never found it cold and unemotional, but the opposite in fact, and highly emotive. Either extremely joyous and happy…or haunting and beautiful, sad, melancholic. But never cold. Never not emotional.

And after I had written that, while listening in, Jim said: “I love listening to that. It’s a pretty lengthy track coming in at around 7 minutes and the last 3 minutes it just seems to go round, hypnotically. And they say Kraftwerk had no soul…you can count me out on that one!” Well, ditto to that one, boy! We are back in sync.

Average White Band – Atlantic Avenue. Certainly has a groove! Wow. Really don’t know enough about AWB. But NO WAY did I think that sound would come out of Dundee! Sorry Dundee.

Everything But The Girl – Missing. Jim is speaking the endless praises of Tracey Thorn at the moment, and rightly so! It was a version of the song I wasn’t as familiar with. It was number one in Oz for weeks and weeks! And deservedly so. I know it drove some nuts, the number of weeks it stayed at the top of the chart, but never me. Never got bored of it. How can you?

JJ Cale – After Midnight. I am far more familiar with someone elses version of this, but whose, I couldn’t tell you! It’s not Eric Clapton’s, that I know. The only JJ Cale song I knew prior to this was Cocaine…and yes…Neil Young’s opinion on his guitar playing shines through on that. Oh, lordy!

Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream. Jim likes a good falsetto. And rates his own well?! Bold statement, sir! Lol. Can you even get there now? Without the aid of a vice? Sorry. I’m being cheeky! Well, of course, my favourite of yours is those “singing memories” lines in Wonderful In Young Life :,(

As I was double checking the title of the Empire Of The Sun track on Spotify…this happened…

Ah, Spotify…you know me SO WELL! 😉

Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us. Wish I’d seen FFS last year, FFS! And, well, continuing the falsetto theme, Russell Mael has probably one of the best there is! Of course, only recently did I read an article and interview with Jim (back in the day) in which his singing voice was being compared to Russell Mael’s. Say what???! Lol. That still makes me giggle.

See you next week for the final one :-(((((

UPDATE: We were informed by Sir last week that there would be a short sabbatical in broadcast…so show 6 won’t be on until June 11th.

In the meantime, show 5 is now finally available via podcast to listen to. Click the link below…


Jim Kerr – Alive And Kicking: KX93.5 Laguna Beach, CA – Show 2

Well, it started a little late. We got Alive And Kicking itself to begin with. Not sure that Jim actually chose that as the first song to play this week. It just didn’t come across that way to me.

I believe the opening track from Jim was the next song played…She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult. Only today was I scanning a review of their 1986 Milton Keynes Bowl gig and noticed that The Cult were on the bill. Strange bedfellows – Minds and The Cult. Can’t say I really know that much about them, but am more than familiar with the song Sir chose.
Next was Elbow’s Grounds For Divorce. Guy Garvey has a great voice and what a fab opening line, “I’ve been working on a cocktail called ‘Grounds For Divorce'”. Such a fab beat to that song. And that guitar riff! But, it also reminds me of a few years back, when a friend of ours was going through a marriage breakup, and he was staying with us in our pokey little one bedroom house. This place can hardly accomodate two people, let alone three! It was his song of choice at the time. And he played it endlessly. 

Then Sly And The Family Stone’s Family Affair. I am sensing a theme here, Jim? Lol. He obviously loves this song. I’ve heard it quite often…but never really LISTENED to it. Even tonight…it has a great groove for sure, but I just don’t take in the lyrics, apart from the obvious. Will really listen to it lyrically next time.

Psychedelic Furs’ Heaven was on next. I have always been a massive fan of Love My Way. But it is a song that tugs at my heart strings. It just gets to me! Heaven sounded very sweet and made me realise that I need to listen to a bit more Furs. Because other than Pretty In Pink (another John Hughes film) and Love My Way…I am very ignorant of their work.

The Police – Darkness. Inwardly, I was saying “That’s my boy! Top tune!” I ADORE The Police and I played their albums SSSOOO much in the 80s. And still do from time to time. Ghost In The Machine has been given the half-speed mastering treatment like NGD has…and I am ssooo tempted to get it! Probably will in the end. I can’t escape the thought of hearing Stewart Copeland’s drumming with that treatment! The drums on NGD sound awesome enough! I had to go off to the visitor wall and sing the praises of Stewart Copeland. He is the best drummer…ever! And I have several drumming heroes…but he is TOPS! I wanted to learn to play because of him…but kits were too expensive, and lessons, and I was already too old, I thought…when I was giving it serious thought. Too scared to try for fear of failure. Story of my life…

Jim expressed the desire that The Police had stayed together a bit longer…but I dare say either Sting, or Stewart, or BOTH of them…or Andy (wanting to kill both of them for some peace!) would have been up on murder charges had they tried to stick it out much longer!

Songs by Neneh Cherry, Tom Waits and Lloyd Cole were played.

And then he tells us the story of the Queen soundcheck. Goddamn you, Boy…you jammy jammy bugger! Lol. And he plays Killer Queen. Well, there will never be anyone quite like Freddie Mercury ever again. I mean…wow…THAT is a frontman! I love you, Jim…you know I do, but yeah…

He played Sinead O’Connor’s Fourth And Vine again. I say again because he played it on one of the Absolute shows. But it’s very worthy of a replay. It is a fab song! Thanks for playing it again, sir.

Finally, he played I’m Going Down by Bruce Springsteen. Probably not heard that in a good 25 years. I’m not the biggest Bruce fan by any means, but I don’t dislike him. I always like what I hear of his…for the most part…his version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is definitely an acquired taste!

It seemed a much shorter show this week due to the late start and early finish. We need a little more talk from him. Just a little. He should be hired to do the shipping forecast…do book narration…ANYTHING! As much as I love hearing him sing…I love hearing him talk. Especially so enthusiastically about the stuff he likes. 

Oh, just keep doing it, Jim! 

Listen Now: Show 2

He Never Disappoints! (Show One – Jim Kerr “Alive and Kicking” KX 93.5 Laguna Beach, CA)

Week one of Jim’s new radio show on KX 93.5 Laguna Beach. And the only thing that does disappoint is how quickly an hour moves when listening to him (only with you, life moves so fast – yes indeed!). I think I missed the intro cos by the time I got on, Lay Lady Lay by Dylan was playing. Dylan as an opener for a show was a bit of a given. He seems to be quite the fan.
I wasn’t really making notes while listening so it’ll just be what I remember. 
Early on he played Grace Jones’ Slave To The Rhythm. Anything off the Island Life compilation that came out in…1985…if memory serves me, transports me back to going down to the local library to borrow Island Life on cassette. I LOATHED cassettes but Island Life was one of these rare releases in that the cassette had BONUS tracks…On Your Knees was one of the bonus tracks. I think the other was My Jamaican Guy? I’m not sure now. But I would borrow that cassette SO MUCH! Had it on an almost permanent loan for about 18 months or something. I loved it!
This week’s curveball – Tiny Dancer! Never had Boy pegged as a Selt fan. But, there you go!
He played The Verve’s Love Is Noise and seemed to find it strange that people would Google “what is love?”. But, really…it’s a valid question. And the answer will be different for EVERYONE. How do you even answer it? Would love to know his answer! Won’t dare ask him. Think I’ve probably done my dash trying to strike up conversation with him.
He played a Doors song I was unfamiliar with…Crystal Ship. I thought I was relatively well versed with The Doors, with Steven (my bestie for 25+ years) being a fan and all…but that one escaped me. It was very pretty. Jim Morrison does have an awesome voice.
He played Massive Attack’s Protection. Has ALWAYS been a fave of mine. Gorgeously chilled and beautiful words. He ALWAYS HAS TO PICK A SONG THAT’LL MAKE ME CRY!
Iggy’s The Passenger was played. Can’t beat a bit of Iggy. Lust For Life is such a fab album…aurally and visually. I love that album cover!
He played John Grant’s Marz. Was interesting to hear his take on the song. I totally get what he means too. Cos the words are kinda kitschy. You do wonder if he is having a lend of you, John Grant. But I do feel the song is probably not meant to be taken too satirically. Just my interpretation. There are very obvious parodies later on on Queen Of Denmark. The whole album is awesome. The diversity of it! I told him as much (Jim) and thanked him for giving me the kick up the butt to start listening to John Grant. He really is fab! And John Grant 🙂
Sometimes by James was played. It is a great song. And rightly so he should be jealous of that line, “Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul.” But it’s not as if you haven’t written some stellar words yourself, sir!
And he finished with XTC’s Making Plans For Nigel. That gave me kinda mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong – I love the song! But…it just reminded me of some recent silly behaviour from me. I was obviously going through a bit of a crisis at that point. I don’t want to elaborate further…but yes. Yes, great song but was making me feel regretful.
And, with that, week one was done and dusted. But the good news is, we have next week! Yes!

UPDATE: Alive and Kicking with Jim Kerr – show one

And, I stand corrected. Lay Lady Lay was the final song played on the show prior to Jim’s. Oops.