Rather Reptilian

Today at St albans market I spied this! (See pic below) And well…how could I resist getting it? Actually, there were TWO of them, and I dithered over which one to get (the other had more colourful facets to it – but I was worried it might clash with some clothing)

Of course, it instantly made me think of something…

Minds Music Monday – Manchester, 1982

I was a mess yesterday. Never really used to get this “PGD” thing…but I have rarely been exposed to it in terms of there being gigs still happening in the UK that I can’t attend.

Last year, for example, I was at the final two Acoustic shows in England…and then I flew over the Irish Sea for the final two Dublin gigs. The PGD didn’t hit so hard because of that.

The two times it has hit really hard were….the autumn arena tour of Big Music in 2015. Having a ticket for the O2 in London but being out in Oz. But at that point in time, I couldn’t be anywhere else. The other time was SMs tour of Oz in early 2017. The Hordern Pavilion gig and Jim’s description of it being “like a home gig”. But I was consoled by my nine Acoustic tickets…knowing that a few months down the line, I’d be seeing nine amazing shows.

And then there’s now. And because it ended on such a high…but there are gigs “local” and within reach – geographically anyway…but I am utterly skint to buggery – it’s just making the comdown harder.

BUT….I have 21 gigs under my belt in the space of four years – 18 of those in the past 18 months. Countless meetings with Jim and various other band members. How on earth can I complain?! I’m not! I’m definitely NOT. I know how fortunate I am…but it didn’t stop those “woe is me” feelings yesterday.

It’s a drug. It’s a buzz…and you just keep wanting it.

ANYWAYS! In an attempt to combat the PGD, I watched some of the Rockpalast gig from 1982 in Cologne. Then, through the night…sleep eluded me, so I went to YouTube and listened to the Manchester gig from November, 1982. It’s such a fab gig and the audio quality is brilliant. Like it was recoded yesterday.

Did it help combat the PGD? Not really. Did it help me sleep? Eventually…

Classic Scottish Albums Podcast – New Gold Dream

BBC Radio Scotland “Classic Albums” host Davie Scott talks us through New Gold Dream, with input from Jim Kerr, Bruce Findlay, and “rent-a-gob”, Paul Morley (among others).
And…there’s not even a single mention of the bath…even though Jim’s lyrics are discussed quite heavily. (Yep…the old Prip is slowly returning…ever happy to ogle) And you KNOW what I was visualising when we all had to use our imaginations for the visuals of their debut TOTP appearance? That bloody white suit and those black boots. The dyed hair. The pasty make up. Sadly, no nipples on display. Perhaps the BBC didnae allow such FILTH to be aired on a Thursday night? *sigh*

I digress…

Anyway, you can access the podcast HERE – fairly short at around 23 miniutes in length. Roughly Side A of NGD itself. Enjoy!


UPDATE:- I got to thinking…why just sit about imagining it when you can watch it?! Here we go! Mr Snake-Hips on TOTP! HEY, JIM! SHOW US YA NIPS! Lol

Magazine Clippings – 1982 – Touring The New Gold Dream

All things New Gold Dream in the touring schedule. It’s 1982, and us antipodean types are still being deemed “colonial”. Lovely! Now, where’s my convict’s outfit? 🤔🤔🤔


Group photo clipping dated Nov 3rd, 1982 – NME

Lyceum gig ad – Nov 20th, 1982 – NME

“Return from the colonies” clipping date October 30th, 1982 – NME (someone’s about to have their 12th birthday!)

He’s So “Made Up”! – A Mini Kerrsday Thursday

I, just a few days ago, bought a bunch of clippings on eBay. Some things within I already had copies of (the whole NME December 4th, 1982 edition with Jim on the cover, taken by Anton Corbijn, for example). There are actually a number of good things…gig reviews, album and single reviews…some Belgian magazine articles, etc…but I primarily bought them for THIS!

If you have visited this blog regularly, you’ll know how much I have coveted this picture, and wanted it in colour. The only other colour copy I had seen of this was barely 2 x 3 inches in size. This one is approximately 8 x 10 inches. Oh…that make up! Look at him! Beautiful beastie he is! I mean…yeah, he’s alright. Lol

Ahem. Decorum, decorum.

Anyway, I am “made up” to have myself a colour copy of it.

It’s only just a snap of it on my iPad for now. I will take a proper scan later and upload…and will share some of the other clippings too. (Not many other pics, really…mostly just text.)

UPDATE: Proper scan now here…

Sadly no idea on photographer because it isn’t mentioned on the clipping. Wish I knew.