Mr Before And After

In January last year I went and visited Virginia Turbett so I could take a proper and extensive view of her archive of Simple Minds images. She has something like 1000 images or more of the band so you can imagine what total fangirl heaven I was in just even TRYING to view over 1000 images in just a few hours.

One of the vintage prints she had there that I fell in love with was this one below of Jim. As you can see he had just had his make up done, ready for the gig that night in Edinburgh at the Odeon on August 28th, 1981.

In November last year, I visited Virginia again and noticed in the contact sheets that there was a “before” shot of Jim – well, technically a “during”, I guess. There was one of him having his make up applied. I have been wanting a copy of it ever since so I could display them side by side.

FINALLY I received the other photo today (see below). I don’t think I will ever stop seeing this man as the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life.

I have them both on temporary display in a frame together but they are different sizes. The vintage print (the “after”) is 10 x 8 inches but “the before” is A4 size. At some point soon I’ll put them in seperate, dedicated frames and display them properly.

But for now…I am “made up”! Oh, Mr Kerr. You are beautiful.

And if you want to check out some of the other prints Virginia has (a very small selection of what is in her archive…just of SM alone, let alone the plethora of other bands and artists she’s photographed!) see www.virginiaturbett.com

Mangled Magazine Interview With Jim

A quick interview with Jim from 1979. I feel vindicated about my thoughts on cassettes. Lol

See…I don’t get the comparisons to Magazine, either. But I’d have died to have seen one of those gigs now!

As for the “Secondhand Simplicity” review title? A lazy alliteration…that’s all it was. I seem to remember it was a pretty good review otherwise. I’m sure I have it posted here on the blog somewhere.

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The Water Babies – Part One – Cruelty

I do like to listen to various things at night. A radio comedy of varying types, usually the Friday Night comedy podcast (which for the past six weeks has been Dead Ringers – so will assume we must be back to a series of The Now Show) and repeats of Cabin Pressure…audio books, read out as “The Book at Bedtime” or similar, and various radio plays and novel adaptations.

I’ve had this one on my list for a few weeks and looked at how much time I had left to listen to it late last night. When I saw “2 days” on the time left, I thought I better get cracking!

The trouble is, I have a tendency to drift off to sleep when I start listening to these things as I tend to start listening to them at rather ungodly hours, like 2am in the morning.  As it went with The Water Babies…though it wasn’t quite that late last night, and I did manage to stay awake some way in.

But I was enthralled. Enchanted. Bewitched by it. Beautifully sad and poignant, it hooked me in immediately. I couldn’t miss out on listening to all three episodes properly, so I downloaded them and will share them here over the next few days.

You’ll find part one below…

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