Last week, we asked YOU to pick and choose from the historic roster of Irish musicians, artists and wanton noisemakers to populate your dream band.
In fact, we asked the following specifically.
‘My ultimate Irish supergroup would comprise_______________ [on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, etc.] and I would call them___________________________’
On the line was a cool and crispy €25 voucher for Golden Discs, redeemable at any of its fourteen locations around the country, including the brand-new Vinyl Lounge, upstairs in their flagship Cork city location.
The lines are now closed, and the choosing of a winner was especially tough going this week. But there can only be one…
PMCD, with this absolute cracker of a line-out.
Name of band: The Psychotic Reaction.
Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney/The Fatima Mansions) – Vocals. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) – Guitar. Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues) – Bass Guitar. Eamon Carr (Horslips) – Drummer. Jeremy Hickey (RSAG) – Drummer. (I’m going for the double drummer – full on Adam & the Ants “Burundi” effect)
Donnacha Costello – Vintage Synths/Electronic effects (check out last year’s “Mouvements” if you haven’t already done so). Brigid Mae Power, Lisa O’Neill & Katie Kim on backing vocals.
Named after “Psychotic Reaction”, one of the greatest garage rock anthems of them all by San Diego’s Count Five, fronted by Crumlin’s John “Sean” Byrne. In deference to the origin of the band’s name, The Psychotic Reaction will have to don full length high-collared vampire capes (I may have thought about this too much).
Other highlights from the running:
AMOS: “Moya Brennan on vocals, Declan O’Rourke on vocals and guitar, Neil Hannon on piano, lyrics, David Holmes on keyboards and decks, Martin Hayes on fiddle, Emmaline Duffy-Fallon (of the great Engine Alley!) on drums, Joe Wall (The Stunning) on bass. Their name: “Tonight We Fly”.”
Michael Holland: “My ultimate Irish supergroup would comprise Cormac Battle on vocals; Andy Cairns on guitar/vocals; Mark Hamilton on bass; Graham Hopkins on drums and I would call them “Kings of Tragedy”.”
Stephen: “Kevin Shields on guitar, Aphex Twin on drum machine, Enya on keyboards, Richard Egan on bass and Dustin the Turkey on Vocals. The band would be called That Poultry Emotion.”
Penfold: “My ultimate Irish supergroup would comprise: vocals, Tim Wheeler; guitar, has to be Rory Gallagher, just a genius. Can switch roles with Wheeler who’s a better than decent guitarist, Bass: Richie Egan (he could switch it up and do keys), on drums: Keith Lawler from Giveamanakick. Just mental on drums. And they would be called: Enjoy Your Hearing While It Lasts.”
Mark1: “Vocals: Sinead O’Connor and Luke Kelly. Guitar: Rory Gallagher. Bass: Phil Lynott. Drums: Larry Mullen Jr. Name: The Gaelic Aesthetic Association.”
From top: Bill Graham; BP Fallon; Dave Fanning; NPR‘s Bob Boilen; Lester Bangs; from left: Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, MayKay of Other Voices, and Donal Dineen
Last Friday we asked you to request a piece of music as a shout out to your favourite rock writers, jocks and other evangelists.
In fact, the specific sentence that needed filling was:
‘I would like to dedicate__________to ___________for sharing with me his/her impeccable taste and love of decent music.’
In the balance was a newly-minted voucher for twenty-five euro, redeemable at any of fourteen Golden Discs locations, including the brand-new Vinyl Lounge , upstairs in the chain’s flagship Cork location on Patrick Street.
The running was tough, but there could only be one winner…
Specific Gravity, with the clincher:
I would like to dedicate New Grass by Talk Talk to Donal Dineen for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. Insight, foresight, more sight, the clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight… And so would begin a few hours of nightly magic. Dineen’s shows remain the pinnacle of musical broadcasting in this country.
He just let the tracks do the talking and despite his obvious breadth and depth of knowledge, was never preachy or arch about introducing lesser known but massively talented artists from around the globe. It was like a muso mate sharing some recommendations they thought you’d like to hear.”
In other highlights:
OUCH: “I would like to dedicate Henry McCullogh by BP Fallon and David Holmes to both BP Fallon and David Holmes, for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music and this amazing tribute to a legend of Irish music. They’re two men whose recommendations have help me discover some amazing music, it was an interview with David Holmes that first made me seek out Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg, easily in my all time top ten!”
MCGENIUS: “I would like to dedicate this beer I’m supping to Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. And for introducing me to Puddles’ Pity Party and his unbelievably awesome Johnny Cash/Pink Floyd tribute.”
SCOTTSER: “I would like to dedicate Nobody’s Hero by Stiff Little Fingers to Lester Bangs for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. “A hero is a goddamn stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might wanna accomplish on your own.”
LIAM DELIVERANCE: “I would like to dedicate American Townland by Interference to the producers and researchers, and indeed the hosts, of Other Voices for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music. The series which has been running for fourteen years, continues to introduce music of a high quality from artists old and new, and to do so in a warm and reliable format. Great music, knowledgeable hosts, beautiful scenery and moments of pure magic.”
PAT WALSH: “I would like to dedicate Ballad of a Thin Man by Dylan to the late Bill Graham of Hot Press, for sharing his knowledge & passion for music with me & thousands of other readers.”
LIAM: “I’ll dedicate MBV’s Sometimes to Dave Fanning, whose evening Rock Show got me through secondary school and also introduced me to the likes of the Pixies, Primal Scream, REM and the Cure, way, way back in the day.”
Last Friday, we asked YOU, our Broadsheet commenters, to furnish us with your favourite tunes-you-used-to-hate, for us to pick from for playing today. In fact, we asked:
‘At one point in my life I sincerely could not listen to _____________________ but now enjoy their/his/her sounds, in particular__________________’
The competition as ever was stiff, but only one contestant could bring home the twenty-five-euro voucher courtesy of Golden Discs… Spaghetti Hoop, with a rather personal entry.
I played the album as a kid while the sister was out and I accidentally warped it by leaving it beside the radiator. The fall-out was terrible for me; I was in so much trouble and had to do so many errands to make up the price of the ‘LP’ . I never wanted to hear UB40 again. The only song that could be played after I warped it was 1 in 10; the disc was so contorted that the needle would fly off into space but would settle on 1 in 10 which was in the inside of the disc.
It was at the same sister’s funeral in 2015 that I heard 1 in 10 again; she was, coincidentally, the 1 in 10 that die of lymphoma cancer every year.
The song does not make me sad about vinyl-warping or death; I think it’s just about people who are under the radar and want to be. I want to be 1 in 10 not 9 in 10. I love the song now, for it’s darkness and eighties multi-racial band that UB40 were.
Other highlights from the running:
BROADSIDESKID: “I bought John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (unheard) in 1990. I was so excited to play it. I put it on, and to my young ears it sounded like a full dishwasher being pushed down a flight of stairs. Cut to 2016. I bought a secondhand copy on CD purely to see if it was really as bad as I remembered. I couldn’t believe how melodic, soulful and wonderful it was. Now, it’s an album I listen to all the time.”
HAPPY MOLLOY: “At one point in my life I could not listen to Kenny Rogers as I thought he was pretty naff, as was anything country and western related (this of course being pre-my Johnny Cash awakening), but now I love a lot of his songwriting, like the heartbreaking Ruby that I never really listened to, and the wonderful Coward of the County, that confirmed for me that there are certain, quite extreme, situations when you gotta fight to be a man.”
STARINA: “At one point in my life (when I was a spiky teenager who thought all female singers were either trying too hard to butch it up or were folky fartwads, with the notable exception of Shirley Manson and Courtney Love – I also thought feminists hated men, LOL what a dumbass) I sincerely could not listen to Tori Amos but now enjoy her sounds, in particular the first three albums. You can see her moving lyrically from viscerally-relatable coming-of-age lyrics through darker story-telling to being a battle-scarred but strong woman. I love her SO much now and I really wish I had given her a chance as a teenager cos her music woulda helped.”
CHRISTOPHER CARROLL: “At one point in my life I sincerely could not listen to R.E.M. I associated them with simplistic, sentimental pop like Shiny Happy People and Everybody Hurts – but now enjoy their/his/her sounds, in particular the early albums Life’s Rich Pageant and Fables of the Reconstruction, which have a raw, raging pulse that’s completely distinct, foreshadowing the grunge movement to come.”
MARK1: “At one point in my life I sincerely could not listen to Fleetwood Mac (post-Peter Greene) but now enjoy their sounds, in particular Go Your Own Way. I think discovering in later years what a crazy bunch of people they all were when making Rumours has endeared them to me.”
As part of our weekly contest for a crisp, freshly minted €25 voucher for Golden Discs, redeemable in any of thirteen locations around the country, we asked you to complete the following sentence:
‘The greatest ‘fupp you’ song in my experience would have to be__________________because_________________’
The competition was stiff.
But there can be only one winner…
Clampers Outside: with the clincher:
“The greatest ‘fupp you’ song in my experience would have to be Song For the Dumped by Ben Folds Five because the lyrics are brilliantly simple, real …and cutting with bitterness, and a tinge of humour. After all, no one wants to lose their favourite t-shirt in a break-up. Gotta love his priorities.”
Other contenders from the running:
Ivan: “Well, look, ordinarily I’m rather humble in my choices, and bow to other views but frankly there’s only one and so… the greatest ‘fupp you’ song in my experience would have to be Yes, by McAlmont & Butler because the lyrics, the voice, the swirling orchestra, the crunch of the guitars and production that Phil Spector himself would have called OTT”
Sham Bob: “The greatest ‘fupp you’ song in my experience would have to be Queen of Denmarkby John Grant because of the way it builds up to a completely devastating crescendo of defiance. If you were the target of this wall of fupp you-itude, you’d hide under a rock for six months after hearing it.”
Me: “The greatest ‘fupp you’ song in my experience would have to be Dead Kennedys’ (version) of Take This Job and Shove it because who hasn’t wanted to shout that at our boss at some point?”
Kenny U-Vox Plank: The greatest ‘fupp you’ song in my experience would have to be Philo’s Ode to a Black Man because it’s it sticks it to Ireland and anyone who can’t deal with the fact we are a multi-ethnic society. And because he’s Irish.
Mourning Ireland: “The greatest “fupp you” song in my experience would have to be Fupp Me Pumps by Amy Winehouse because it’s Amy saying that talking a walk in someone else’s shoes is skanky.”
Pearl: “The greatest ‘fupp you’ song in my experience would have to be Untouchable Face by Ani DiFranco because it’s a hate song about love.”