The line from Iggy Pop’s Five Foot One could not be a more appropriate title because, right now, I DO wish “life could be Swedish magazines”. Well, newspapers might be more accurate.
Anyway, that’s semantics.
This morning on the Simple Minds Official Group (or should that now just be “Simple Minds Group”?), a Swedish fan shared a few images from local newspapers featuring SM.
I commented saying how awesome they were and gave a thanks for sharing. He replied to me, telling me that the Swedish National Library’s archive is open to the public during April and he’d be searching the archive and found some things.
And there is SO MUCH MORE than he shared on SMOG! A veritable treasure trove of previously unseen photos, articles and gig reviews, etc. It’s a pain in the bum to go through on a Smartphone or tablet/mobile device, so I’ll fire up the laptop tomorrow and see what I can find and try and get a better copy of the things I’ve seen so far – and more.
But for now…here is a small rough sample of the treasures in the Swedish Newspaper archive. The first pic is a very early one from 1979, all the rest are from 1981-1982.
If you are wanting to, you can search through the archive HERE. A huge thanks to Micke for posting about this today.
Am I dreaming this or is Jim wearing ANIMAL PRINT LEG WARMERS???!!!
Kenny or Jim? The tussle is real. Erm…THREESOME?! I WISH! Then again, Kenny’s troosers are worryingly high. Lol. Jim’s are not much lower to be fair…
It is very rare for me to stumble upon a photo that had been previously unseen by me…but last night it happened with a couple of pics of The Mister whilst looking about Facebook.
This is the first of the two. The sharer says it’s from 1985…but I definitely disagree with that date. His hair cut is the biggest reveal that date is wrong. Secondly his clothing. Still in loose, tailored trousers and a jacket. Boots and a belt…I would definitely say it’s more 1983. Not that I’m any Jim Kerr photographic expert or anything(!)
But…def, 1983. Anyway…enjoy. It’s lovely! (I need some new content for this blog!)
This time, as about as cleaner/clearer copy of the 1983 Bologna gig as you’re ever gonna get. No Celebrate, sadly…but pretty much all of New Gold Dream bar Somebody Up There Likes You and King Is White And In The crowd (geez, Jim loved a long song title back then! Lol). I was hoping to make it the return of the Weekend Whirligig Wish…but the gig is on a Monday. Drats! Let’s make it a Kerrsday Thursday special instead! Happy Kerrsday Thursday, peeps. He even flashes his tits off in this (okay, it’s a “taking heart” gesture during Glittering Prize. Lol. Run with me!)…I’d be MORE than happy for him to bring back the open jacket with no shirt on underneath look. MORE. THAN. HAPPY. Right! I’m gonna shut up now. Laters!