The Stud Brothers interview Sinead O'Connor, 12th December 1987

The Stud Brothers interview Sinead O’Connor, 12th December 1987. Photos by Paul Rider

The problem with having supermodel good looks is that it’s impossible to make yourself unattractive however much you might want to. And crucially, although Sinead shaved off her hair, wore doc marten boots and generally did everything to divert attention away from her looks, she never tried to conceal her intelligence, and there’s rarely anything more attractive than an intelligent, feisty woman.

When you look like that and have a voice like this it’s a staggering combination.

The Troy video probably cost quite a bit of cash back in 87 but it’s horribly dated now.  The overexposed, revolving alabaster-like bust of Sinead recalls nothing so much as one of those alien shape-shifters you’d occasionally have turn up in an episode of Star Trek to seduce Captain Kirk.

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Sinead O’Connor on the cover of Melody Maker, 12th December 1987. Photo Paul Rider

By inexplicably popular request here’s some more Sinead. But it’s the 2 pager on Bill & Jimmy that’s got me excited.

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Barry Egan interviews Sinead O’ Connor, 29th October 1988. Photos by Kevin Cummins.
The Sinead cover continues to be very popular so here’s that cover’s interview. Pretty girls dig their own graves.

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Sinead O\'Connor NME cover 29th October 1988

Sinead O’ Connor N.M.E. cover 29th October 1988. Photo by Kevin Cummins.

“A breathless Barry Egan stokes the elfin inferno” reads the byline to the article inside this edition, where Sinead lays into Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and U2. Almost sacrosanct personalities at the time but now criticising these people seems reasonable, sensible even, given the perspective that a little time and distance provide.

Of course for Sinead, Nothing Compares 2U, the Pope incident and all her other traumas are still in the future at this point and given her long and tumultuous history it’s easy to forget what a great record her debut, The Lion and the Cobra, is/was.

Sinead’s wikipedia entry astounds me with the news that she recently came out on Oprah as having been diagnosed as bi-polar, apparently attempting suicide at the age of 33. I remember seeing Sinead on the Holloway Road around this time 98/99. It stuck in my mind because she just looked so, well, fucked basically. Now I know why.

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