Rebellion 2015 day 1 I don't look like a punk, so perhaps I am not a real punk in the sense of living and looking the part. Yet punk has had a profound impact on the way I see the world, and even on the decisions that I make. If I am not a punk...punk … Continue reading Rebellion Day 1 – the wild hearted outsiders view
I have always really respected Cry Before Dawn.I first came across them when Mick McCaughan brought them to Trinity when he was Ents Officer. He had a real knack for spotting and supporting talent. And a great big heart that felt everyone should get a chance to listen to music they liked. And if they … Continue reading Cry Before Dawn. Review. Button Factory October 11 2013
First off the soundtrack was very evocative and captured the highly charged and equally fun times in college in the 80s. Three of the band featured played at Trinity either right before, or while I was there; The Smiths, The Cure and the Psychedelic Furs. It was also great to hear a bit of Paul … Continue reading Starter for 10
This was not the film I was expecting.I recall hearing vague pieces of information about it that make me curious.I knew that it might have something to do with a book called Bad Day At Blackrock, which I have not read. A book I suspect had something to do with a real life incident that … Continue reading What Richard Did
One of the highlights of working with the band the Pleasure Cell occurred when Mike Scott from the Waterboys came to the Underground and joined the band onstage.It was an act of incredible generosity on his part. Here was a little Dublin band doing their thing in the swampy, sweaty basement on Dame Street that … Continue reading Mike Scott (The Waterboys) new song about Arthur’s Day
Phil Chevron Testimonial, Olympia Theatre, August 24, 2013 Chevron reminding us of the celebration that life is never what we expected. And always worth embracing. What Irish artist of our generation chronicled more accurately that twilight world between despair and hope? Who gave voices to the margins? Who sliced through the haze obscuring chances and … Continue reading Phil Chevron Testimonial, Olympia Theatre, August 24, 2013
One of the most interesting things about the TOTP documentary was talk of the Clash and their notorious boycott of the show. They refused to appear and I am sure their record sales suffered to some extent. BBC had their revenge though…and put their troupe of dancers on screen to cavort to Bank Robber when … Continue reading Everybody’s On Top of the Pops….except the people not on it!
In 1978 two songs (there may have been more) that mentioned Top of the Pops were performed on Top of the Pops. Producer Robin Nash said it was nice to be remembered even if it was irony. Dublin band the Boomtown Rats located their song ‘Rat Trap’ in their native city, where watching Top of … Continue reading Everybody’s On Top of the Pops – The Rezillos
Music and Politics: Johnny Marr This is a really interesting interview with one of the great guitarists of our time. I always loved how Marr made the guitar sound and how he collaborated with such a variety of acts. I got to see the Smiths a couple of times and was really swept up by … Continue reading Music and Politics – Johnny Marr
I was reading about Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark on the Guardian website while eating my breakfast yesterday. In the comments section there was a link to this INCREDIBLE site. It looks like some Irish person has gone to A LOT of trouble to scan in copies of Smash Hits magazine from the 1980s. Most … Continue reading Incredible web sites for people who love music.