These photos showed up in my Facebook memories today. Taken at my sister’s wedding on December 17th, 1988 – I only just turned 18 several weeks prior.

I shared them on FB last year because I had just taken decent scans of them, them having languished in a drawer for years. I brought them back with me from Oz in 2016.

I don’t have many early photos of myself – just the odd few.

I remember my sister’s wedding day being really lovely. I was her bride’s maid. Not sure why…other than it being purely for the reason of being her sister. Well…half-sister, strictly speaking. We have different dads. But we never spoke in “halves”. All the rest of my siblings – my sister, and my three elder brothers all had the same dad (and mum…obviously!). I was just “the odd one out”. With an age gap to boot.

Anyway, check the hair! Soooo 80s! Streaks, a mullet…WTF?! So Aussie!

I loved that bride’s maid dress. Love the colour. And the hat. I was always looking for a reason to wear that hat again. Kept it for years. Never really found another reason to wear it.

Visual Treats

Well, for me anyways. Quite a number of photos I hadn’t seen before in the pages of this little booklet.

I’m sharing most of the previously unseen (by me) photos within. A few of them have been around before but I just liked scanning them and having a perhaps better copy than I previously did.

I’ve tried to clean some of them up. The print quality of the booklet wasn’t the best so I’ll try to share good, clean scans of the photos.

For now though…

Jim Kerr Interview at Mandela Day Concert 1988

He is obviously very, very nervous in this interview. Even in the earliest of interviews, I’ve never seen him stammer or tick SO much. Obvisously the enormity of the event got to him a little…and being interviewed by the revered music journalist, Paul Gambaccini.

I feel like a voyeur for wanting to watch these clips – but it’s these kinds of interviews, that show the contrast between the man on the stage compared to the man here, that makes these interviews compelling for me.

This man is about to go on stage in front of 70,000 people – to look at him during the interview you think,  “no chance!”,  and then at the end of the clip he’s done just that.

I know he’d had 10 years of performing live under his belt by that time, but it is still an amazing contrast that I find continually fascinating.

Simple Minds News – Issue 23, 1988: Part Two

Simple Minds News – Issue 23, 1988: Part One.