Simple Minds Jim Kerr

In Glasgow in 1977, an iconic Scottish band was formed. Named after a David Bowie lyric from the song The Jean Genie, Simple Minds have released 19 albums, 24 top 40 singles and more than 40 years later they are still going strong.

In this special Forces Radio BFBS programme, broadcaster Hal Stewart meets Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr in an Original Music Special.

For Simple Minds fans it might be hard to believe that single ‘Let There Be Love’, was one of four top ten singles from the album ‘Real Life’, which was released in 1991.

Forces Radio BFBS presenter Hal Stewart had the pleasure of spending some time chatting with Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr. They talked about football, comedian Billy Connolly, the Armed Forces, the band’s 2018 album “Walk Between Worlds” and they talked numbers.

As Jim himself reaches the milestone of turning 60, they talk about the band he formed when he was just 20, and whether he had any idea that he would enjoy this much success?

Jim Kerr Simple Minds Credit Rudi Keuntje/Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/PA Images 2016 Night of the Proms TUI-Arena Hannover, 15.12.2015
Credit Rudi Keuntje/Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/PA Images

There are some acts from the 1970s, 80s and 90s still touring, but many of them simply fall back on retro shows and live in their musical past.

As you will hear in this special programme, Jim Kerr is always creating new work with Simple Minds and while their live shows celebrate their immensely successful back catalogue they also showcase new songs.

These days despite touring the world and releasing albums he can also occasionally walk the streets without being noticed. In fact, when he moved into a new flat in Glasgow his new neighbours didn’t even know who he was until they were surprised to see their neighbour Jim on TV performing alongside Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez at the Billboard music awards.