Thursday Tunes Week 3

This weeks tunes are based in punk rock then and now. https://youtu.be/hkic_L9XSzk Radiators Under Clerys Clock Much has been written about the Radiators releasing TV Tube Heart 40 years ago. Pete Holidai talked about it here this week and although Under Clerys Clock isn't on that album it holds a special place in many people's … Continue reading Thursday Tunes Week 3

Pete Holidai Interview

It is important for irish punk to be championed with all the other anniversaries this year. It is 40 years since the release of Ireland's first punk record, on chiswick records, tv tube heart, The radiators from space were our trailblazers back then.  Chiswick imprint Ace records has just re-released that debut album so I … Continue reading Pete Holidai Interview

In Concert – Contributors

The following is a list of contributors to In Concert and the gigs they chose   TED CARROLL (promoter, manager, record shop and record label owner) ROCK AND ROLL IN IRELAND AND BEYOND JOE WEADICK (Red Seven/Columbia Showband) RED SEVEN, LONDON, 1963 MARCUS CONNAUGHTON (broadcaster, author) FLEETWOOD MAC, DUBLIN, 1969 BRIAN O’KEALLAIGH (The Gorehounds) GOOSE … Continue reading In Concert – Contributors

Thursday’s Tunes: Songs of Inspiration

Petrol Girls Touch Me Again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8TZsBGgoMc Summer's almost over, sometimes we need a bit of a boost, a bit of inspiration to propel us into the colder months. This week’s playlist is a reminder of just how diverse and creative the music influenced and inspired by punk was, and is. There are some old classics … Continue reading Thursday’s Tunes: Songs of Inspiration

GRIT interview

Dublin Oi Punk DIY band Grit have been doing the rounds for over a year now.  Their fast snappy tunes almost coming across like an Oi X Ray Spex at times have seen the light of day on vinyl a couple of times on Distro-y-records.  They are a feature of the DIY scene throughout Ireland … Continue reading GRIT interview

Bear Trade Interview

  Anybody who has followed this blog will know of my respect and admiration for uk band Bear Trade. Last week I described as "think Leatherface, the replacements and wedding present getting together to write some songs with northern sensibility" for Thursday Tunes. Or when I reviewed their excellent new album, Silent Unspeakable and described … Continue reading Bear Trade Interview

The Future of Punk: Heavy Drapes Interview

Has punk lost its energy and direction after 40 years? Has it become a formula? Can you combine influences as diverse as Crass, the Damned, Hanoi Rocks and Morrissey? The new Scottish rockers, Heavy Drapes, combine a punky energy and style with a brash attitude and songs that pack a mighty punch. Live, as I … Continue reading The Future of Punk: Heavy Drapes Interview

Thursday Tunes

Thursday tunes This week we have mostly been listening to Paranoid visions - Rebellion Prolific Irish punks have another record out in tribute to the great punk festival that is rebellion. Of course the songs aren't about the festival, instead they are songs of rage Get the new record here Bear Trade Bleedin' Heart Trouble … Continue reading Thursday Tunes

I Am A Carcrash Interview

  The couple of times I've seen I am a car crash live have been challenging experiences. Definitely more post thank punk and angular rhythms aplenty but tunes sneaking in the back door. Once or twice I have been rocked from my comfort zone, unsure of where John is going with his lyrics. In anticipation … Continue reading I Am A Carcrash Interview

Interrobang‽ Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI_Mljg8DGg   How do you follow up on the most unlikely global hit pop song ever? A song, perhaps best known for the infectious chorus, ‘I get knocked down, but I get up again’, scorched across the global pop charts some years ago. Its title was Tubthumbping and the collective responsible for it were Chumbawamba … Continue reading Interrobang‽ Interview