I know I've written about You Am I somewhere on here...but to cut a long story short, there was a time in Sydney that we would all sort of travel around the same circles. And when I say travel in the same circles, I mean me and my art school friends and boyfriend at the time used to follow the band around their circles. It was back in the day when Mark Tunaley was in the band and you would see them out and about in Sydney - mainly at pubs and gigs and at Waterfront Records. I even remember walking down George Street Sydney wearing a You Am I tshirt (probably with black tights, denim shorts and doc martins) and Mark Tunaley drove past, yelling out the car window, so excited. Then he parted ways with the band and Russell Hopkinson from Nursery Crimes joined, which at the time brought together a holy trinity of crush worthy musicians. Sadly, Russell never yelled out a car window at me. I guess there is still time.
Anyway - you don't really need to know any of this except to say that when I walked into the National Portrait Gallery and saw these photos it struck me that there was just no way in this world anyone would have thought these three misfits would feature on a wall at Australia's National Portrait Gallery. But then again, who in the world would have thought I'd be doing what I'm doing in Canberra? Not me. But here I am, and there they are and I'm kind of happy for all of us.