Saturday, August 25, 2007

Logo #33: Simple Minds

Suggested by Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr in 1987 and touched up a bit by longtime Simple Minds graphic designer Malcolm Garrett, this ring design by Richard Joyce - artisan and slave to a Moorish goldsmith - dates from around 1689. The Claddagh ring comes from Claddagh, a suburb of Galway and purportedly the oldest fishing village in all of Ireland. There are various meanings to the symbol - from friendship to marriage - most of which can be found on dusty little cards in some of the finer souvenir shops. Simple Minds, a band that began life as Johnny and the Self-Abusers, soldiers on through the concert circuit, released an EP fairly recently and had one of the best of all possible songs of the 1980s. No, not that one.

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