Jim Kerr Interview – Q Magazine – March 1998

The caption on the first photo – There was so much talk about Jim’s “penny whistle” at the time. Bloody hell! Also…the end of the article…him going on about Mariella Frostrup. Tie a knot in it, Kerr! Surely you were already with somebody else by this point? You’re never alone for long, it seems. I could comment further…but I won’t.

Anyway, I guess you can’t keep a good man down….

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As a side note of what was discussed above is this (below). I stumbled upon it about a week ago. Don’t ask me how I got there – despite how it looks, rather bloody innocently, I can assure you! It was printed in the Sunday Mirror on September 4th, 2005. They obviously had Jim look at a bunch of photos of himself and comment on them. The article was titled “My Pap Pics: Jim Kerr” and I’m guessing he was shown a rather “revealing” photo of himself? The “Brussels banana” photo, perhaps? The photos of the article weren’t printed, just the text. Anyway…here are his MODEST words about it. He was rather more modest several years later….shrinkage? 😂😂😂

So…who are we to believe? Bragging Jim of 2005? Or modest Jim of 2014 interviewed in the Irish Independent newspaper?

Answers on a QR-coded postcard…

Join The Q For John

The latest issue of Q Magazine has an interview with John Grant in it. Just around a week to go for my two gigs – next Monday in Brighton, then Wednesday in Bath. A birthday in Bath! Very nice! Looking forward to it. Hope I can shake off this cold I am getting though…

Anyway…the interview…

Q Presents John Grant – The Making Of Love Is Magic

It’s lovely to hear him talk. And good to hear the descriptions of the songs from him. The interview was being conducted by Q’s Editor In Chief and he wasn’t the most natural of interviewers.

Not that I can pass judgement!

On the way back to St Pancras, I started to cry…which is just so ridiculous in itself…but…it all just seemed to go wrong.

It was open to questions at the end…and I thought..well, I want to know…I’ll ask him what he thinks of Simple Minds.

Bless him…I don’t think he wanted to be mean…

You know that feeling you get when you open your mouth and you instantly wish you hadn’t said what you just said?


He wasn’t unkind. He spoke fondly of The Breakfast Club and had praise for New Gold Dream…had said he’d met Jim and he was lovely.

I apologised for asking when posing for the photo with him. He was like “it’s okay. I was just being honest”. There was a guy next to me…oh, bless him! He was like “you know, if you liked New Gold Dream, you REALLY need to listen to the one before, Sons And Fascination. You’ll LOVE IT!” And that started me off and I was like “YES! You need to listen to EARLY Simple Minds.” Poor John, I think he felt hounded by this point.

So the first MAJOR faux pas was asking the world’s dumbest question. And then it was the exacerbated by me waiting patiently to just to say a brief word (the apology for such a dumbass question) and a quick pic and John wanting to go.

He made an apology and was about to go…but I had handed my phone to a lady and she stopped him and asked. I felt awful because he wanted to go but she stopped him before I could get my phone back and tell her not to bother.

It all just felt like I had been SUCH an imposition and that on top of the question…and yeah.

Oh, well. As far as social ineptitude goes, I fucking excelled myself tonight! Well done me!

Here’s a couple of pics…one from inside the venue before it kicked off, and the other, the best pic that my crappy phone managed to take of John.

Sorry, John. I’m best never to try to speak to you in future. I’ll just embarrass myself. I cannot apologise enough.

Simple Minds – Q Magazine Feature – May, 2018

This is now TWO journos who got to hang out with them around Glasgow, that I know of. Oh, dream, dream, dream. My three minutes at the WBW album signing was…a “blink and miss it” haze…even WITH the sherbet straws footage. Lol. (Cringe-tastic!)

Anyway…the new A3 scanner means I can scan double pages! Hell yes! Enjoy! (If viewing on social media, click the link to the blog for full visuals…and click on each image for full viewing page option at the bottom right of page.)


Q Magazine Story of Electro-pop Special – Simple Minds feature (shared previously, but now placed within the context of the magazine’s pages – and scanned at a higher res. than previously).

Simple Minds feature article in Q Magazine Special on Depeche Mode and The Story of Electro-pop from 2005.

I will be scanning the complete magazine in the next couple of days and sharing it in sections. I will put “Phase One” of the magazine up shortly.

The magazine has really great features…but of course I just bought it for the picture of Jim Kerr in the white suit. I mean…

*THE* white suit.