Simple Minds Breaks Down 40 Years Worth of Music

Frontman Jim Kerr revisits their humble beginnings and their epic political years

Kyle Meredith With, Simple Minds, '80s

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On the latest episode of Kyle Meredith With…, Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr revisits the band’s humble beginnings, their sudden UK success with their 1979 debut Life in a Day, the political timelessness of 1989’s Street Fighting Years, their great lost 1999 album Our Secrets Are the Same, and their 2009 comeback effort Graffiti Soul. Catching a trend there? Find out why 2019 will be just as memorable as the other 9s.

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via iTunes.


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