First word: Jim Kerr

Jim Kerr

With a new Simple Minds album out soon and some live dates approaching, Jim Kerr gives us the lowdown on tabasco sauce, sour grapes and being mistaken for Jimi Hendrix

First record you ever bought
David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.

Last time you were chatted up
This morning!

First film you saw that really moved you

Last lie you told
It’s been a while … honest!

First movie you ever went on a date to

Last time you cried

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Go for a long walk.

Last great meal you cooked
Now you’ve got me!

Last extravagant purchase you made
I am not really that extravagant. I think it was probably a black leather jacket.

First crush

Last book you read
White Tiger.

First great piece of advice you were given
What’s for you will not go past you!

Last time you were star struck
Quite recently. It was while watching our guitarist Charlie Burchill play guitar break on our track ‘Rockets’.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Put a roof over it.

Last meal on earth – what would it be?
A toasted cheese sandwich with tabasco sauce. Maybe two actually since it will be a long time before I eat anything else.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘My Way’.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Who me?

First time you realised you were famous
When a guy in Spain asked me if I was Jimi Hendrix!

Last time someone criticised your work
Better for them that I don’t know!

First three words your friends would use to describe you
A true Glaswegian.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Today. I bought a kilo of tasteless grapes and my heart is bleeding still.

First concert you ever attended

Last time you bought someone flowers

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
What time is it?

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Can’t remember.

Simple Minds play Edinburgh Castle on Thu 18 Jun. The single ‘Rockets’ is released on Mon 18 May.


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