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Reel To Reel Cacophony: Jim Kerr Of Simple Minds' Favourite Albums
Mark Eglinton , November 4th, 2014 13:44

With their sixteenth LP Big Music just out, the Glaswegian new wave veterans' frontman gives Mark Eglinton a Baker's Dozen of his top 13 formative influences


Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
Listening to music was always communal for me. Whether it was listening to music with girlfriends, listening with the guy that lives up the stair or listening to stuff with the band when we were travelling - it was always with somebody. I remember that on one of our earlier ventures through the States, Nightclubbing was a big one. Alex Sadkin produced it and it was all that Compass Point [studio] stuff that turned up around the same time on other records, like Joe Cocker's Sheffield Steel. We just loved the sounds and that's saying something, because I should say that we didn't always agree about what should be on our playlist. Of all the places to see Grace Jones in a club, it had to be San Francisco and we were there and it was mayhem. It was when she was doing the whole King Kong suit and all that. What an image!