Jim Kerr – Alive And Kicking: KX 93.5 Laguna Beach, CA – Show 4

Jim’s choices this week:

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye : Just a classic! Not much else to be said, really.

Take Me I’m Yours – Squeeze : Bloody love this song, and man alive I WISH! Dreams ARE made of this! Damn right! And…like the Minds, Squeeze really are a band I want to devote more time to listening to!

Unknown Caller – U2 : Couldn’t believe I actually recognised it…I tried with NLOTH but…they just lost me with that album. It does have some good tracks…but I dunno. Jim was right with his words about The Edge…and that intro is beautiful. Forgot how lovely it was. Unknown Caller actually was one of the songs from NLOTH I liked.

Duel – Propaganda : linkage! Linkage…Brian and Derek playing with them, of course. The OH is a BIG ZTT follower. Loves most acts that were on the label, Art Of Noise in particular.

Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash. Billy Preston on piano there. Found it in seconds! (All will be obvious when you listen to the podcast – if you weren’t listening in “live”) Sorry, sir :-)) But, yes, those later covers that Johnny Cash did…wow, he gives them SUCH emotion.

Mountains – Prince: Ouch…Prince! Jim’s words about seeing him live. 50/50 hit rate for him. Well, it isn’t the best, is it? But these things are always down to personal taste. Maybe Sir is being a little harsh? Who knows? I never saw Prince live.

Let’s Work Together – Canned Heat : How did Bryan Ferry not get dragged through the courts for Let’s Stick Together? Or did he? I have no idea…

This Is The Day – The The : I thought my life was falling into place…and then…well…we’re not meant to have regrets, are we? Pfft. Matt Johnson recording – he hopes! I’m sure many do. Another song that Jim finds happy and I find kind of melancholic. But, when you’ve had a blessed life, I’m sure it’s easy to hear it as joyous. Maybe one day it will be for me too?

Because The Night – Patti Smith : The first time I ever heard this was about 1984. Bono was on the radio in Sydney and he was choosing tracks to play while being interviewed. I was SSOO in love with him at the time. Think it made me cry at the time this song. Fast forward 31 years, not much has changed…just the man who has my affections andthat I’m 45 and not 14 (though I still can feel like one!) 🙁 I didn’t cry this time though. I’m a big girl now :,(

At Last I Am Free – Robert Wyatt : Beautiful voice…just makes me want to weep. I love his album Cuckooland. Haven’t listened to it for such a long time. I must do now. And much more. including the album this song is off.

(Let The) Good Times Roll – The Cars : Rick’s voice is great…but I LOOOOOVE Benjamin Orr’s voice. Let’s Go is my fave song of theirs. So sexy! “She’s got wonderful eyes and a risky mouth” – love that line! And of course the line before the chorus “I don’t want to hold her down, don’t want her break her crown when she says ‘let’s go'”.

Pink Houses – John Mellencamp : A song that sounds like a celebration but, it has a satirical tone…well, it does to me. Maybe I’m a cynic?

There was a copy of American Fool at mum’s. Not sure who owned it, whether it was Quince’s (my brother), or a “loan” from one of his friends, but I would play Jack And Diane to death!! The drumming on that song is AWESOME. I would play Hurts So Good as well. Small Town is probably my fave song of his. Love Cherry Bomb as well. Oh, Paper In Fire as well…yep, can’t beat a bit of Mellencamp!

I’ve created a Spotify playlist of this week’s show…just so you can at least listen to the tracks until the podcast is available, if you so wish. All but the Prince song are present. Just click the link below…

Jim Kerr’s KX 93.5 Show 4

LINK TO PODCAST – just click

What’s The Hold Up?

KX 93.5 are being very slow with their release of the podcast of show number three of Jim’s radio show. I actually don’t get why there is such a delay. It’s a pre-record anyway. Jim recorded these shows several weeks back…so why does the podcast take so damn long to be put up on the page?

Luckily this week I recorded it as a back up, so if KX 93.5 don’t pull their finger out soon, we’ll have it here to listen to.

UPDATE: HERE AT LAST! Alive And Kicking with Jim Kerr: Show 3 Podcast

Jim Kerr – Alive And Kicking: KX 93.5 Laguna Beach, CA – Show 3

Well, this week he started with Japan – The Quiet Life. Man, he loves that song! And rightly so! It’s very lush and synth rich. I get it.

Then, The Call – Let The Day Begin : It kind of felt like listening to a Minds song…someone COVERING a Minds song, not the other way round!

Focus – Sylvia : Now that’s the kind of prog rock I can appreciate! Some I find a little hard to take…Jethro Tull et al…but Focus are just OUT THERE! Really, the curveball of the week, that one. Loved it!

Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi : What’s not to like? Political, of course, but with a sense of humour. Cracking tune.

The Box Tops – The Letter : I was more familiar with the Joe Cocker version, I have to say. But wow! The singer, Alex Chilton, only being 16?! Knockout!

Dido – White Flag : Aaawww! The reason behind his choice! That was quite personal. Made me want to hug him! (Like he’d let me! But I wish!)

Never been the biggest Dido fan myself. The OH can’t stand her. I’m just kind of indifferent. One time back out in Oz, I think it was in 2003 or 2005…I hung out with my eldest brother, Roy, at his place for the weekend. We smoked some weed (it had been a few years for me! I got as stoned as!!) and he was playing music. We, of course, listened to some Bowie (Roy is the reason for my uber Bowie fandom!) and he reiterated his love for Station To Station (Roy’s favourite Bowie album), playing it then. He then put on a Dido album…No Angel, Life For Rent?? Dunno which one, I was too out of it! He was singing her praises and I was thinking “I’m not meant to like Dido”. It was ok – obvious mood music considering the state I was in…but frankly, I wanted more Bowie. That would DEFINITELY be my motto in life “more Bowie, less Dido”. Lol

Ian Brown – Stellify : Not heard this before – always loved F.E.A.R. What a song! That was my pick of the songs he played this week. Something I’d not heard that made me sit up and take notice. A good old aural smack round the chops! Thank you, sir! (God, I love you!)

Guns ‘N Roses – Paradise City : Who knew? Not me! Although him saying it could do with being 3 minutes shorter and Axl Rose could “pack it in” with the singing after a while made me giggle. I detect a love/hate vibe there.

Joe Cocker – Ruby Lee : That was like Joe Cocker does reggae, almost. He’s just a fab singer though. Always popular in Oz. And…well, I was thinking of him already cos of Boy playing The Letter.

The Pretenders – Thin Line Between Love And Hate : Originally by The Persuaders, he told us. Then relayed the story of Chrissie’s encyclopaedic music knowledge. Don’t give me any more reasons to be jealous of her, Jim! The biggest being that she has your eternal love. I would kill (NOT LITERALLY!) to be that lucky 🙁

World Shut Your Mouth – Julian Cope : nothing much I can say about Cope.

Then, finally, he played Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones : People always seem to think you are either a Stones fan, or a Beatles fan. There’s some unwritten law that you can’t be both. Well, fuck that shit! I’m both. My brothers Quince (real name Gary – NO ONE calls him Gary anymore. I still did until I started working at the same place as him. Everyone called him Quince. He REALLY didn’t want me calling him Gary in the workplace, so I reluctantly conformed…now it IS weird to call him Gary) and David were one each. Quince on the side of the Stones, David on the side of The Beatles. I naturally adopted both.

It’s the same with Simple Minds and U2. I’ve been a fan of both of them in varying degrees since the early 1980s. U2 had me first…then I dipped into the Minds…but they were always just on the periphery. But in recent years the polar opposite is true.

It was a fab week this week. In particular, thank you for the Ian Brown track, Jim. It was fab!

After Jim’s show ended the station played Life In A Day. Bet THAT would have been a curveball for non-Minds fans (what silly people are those????!) listening in!

Podcast link: Alive And Kicking with Jim Kerr: Show 3