I just wanted to share with you this gallery from the Guardian website earlier this week, showing high school pictures of great US rock and pop stars as fresh-faced teens. It's compulsive clicking.
I was genuinely surprised to discover that this earnest-looking young man is actually Bruce Springsteen. Shouldn't the Boss be a bit more effortlessly cool, even at this age? I like that you can see so much clear-eyed intelligence under that extremely awkward hair. It gives us all hope that we too might be great oaks, grown from spotty little acorns.
The rest of the celebs are more or less neatly divided into self-possessed popular kids (Fergie, Axl Rose, Snoop) , beautiful and misunderstood outsiders (Gwen Stefani, Michael Stipe) and raging weirdos (Eminem, Iggy Pop). Sadly I didn't see many contenders for my personal category (wacky nerd, in case you were wondering), which I suspect means I won't ever be a rock 'n roll star of significance, or have my school picture featured in the Guardian (unless I go on a killing spree - there's always that chance).
Go and a look at the pictures, then tell me which gang were you in at school?