Tag Archives: Golden Discs

Last week, with a TWENTY FIVE euro voucher to spend at any branch of Golden Discs on offer, we asked you to request a song for your father.

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one family favourite.

In reverse order then…

Count John McCormack – The Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)

Lord Snowflake writes:

Please play Count John McCormack singing anything for my (late) father because as a young lad the ritual on Sunday mornings in our house growing up was to listen to Mo Cheol Thu presented by the late Ciarán MacMathuna.

Dad taught me through listening to that program in particular that the delivery and the personality of the singer and how they reflected their own personality through a song was the key ingredient in delivering a valid and authentic performance IN THAT MOMENT, irrespective of your musical chops or previous reputation.

No Irish singer really epitomises this to the same extent that the late McCormack did. Fupp yous all and your tired, try hard hipster crap btw.

The Frames – Lay me Down

Odockatee writes:

Please play Lay Me Down by the Frames for my father Michael because the line reminds me of me Da where it goes “And lay me down, In the hallowed ground, Where my father waits I will stay, So lay me down”

He’s not dead, I got him a very sarcastic card for Father’s Day, we get on well. We even hug now. Its like one of those modern man relationships that we are really trying to be better at. There’s nearly 40 years between us. He asks me how I am, like really how I am when I’m home and I always appreciate it.

Queen – These Are The Days Of Our Lives

Paraic Elliot writes:

Please play -These Are The Days Of Our Lives- for my father Paddy because we are both huge Queen fans. I can still remember the day – November 24th 1991 – when my dad was giving me a driving lesson and the radio was on. Suddenly we heard the news of Freddie Mercury’s death and I almost crashed the car into a ditch – such was the shock of his passing. My dad was speechless and we abandoned the lesson to go home and listen to Queen. RIP Freddie.

Rory Gallagher – Tattoo’d Lady

Penfold writes:

Please play Rory Gallagher’s Tatoo’d Lady for my father Tommy because we used to listen to him loads, and he’d even let me put the needle on the vinyls, when I was little.
Himself and my mum went to heaps of his shows, bringing me and my brother to as many as possible, especially when playing in the north west. Dad even had a child seat on his motorbike to bring me to some of his gigs.

Christy Moore – The Voyage

Mildred St Meadowlark writes:

Please play The Voyage by Christy Moore for my father Anthony as he used to play it on guitar for my mammy when we would go on holidays. It brings back memories of a time lost, and brings to mind all the things I love best about my dear dad, as a man who has made many sacrifices for the happiness of his family and taught me the most about love, loyalty and family.


George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You

Boj writes:

Please play Got my Mind Set on You by George Harrison for my father Frank because a) he’s dead and sob stories usually win the voucher & b) That song is a happy memory of being with my dad going into Virgin Megastores on quays [Dublin] getting the new release George Harrison vinyl album (fyi. Cloud 9). Seeing him looking chuffed with his purchase was the closest I’ve seen him to being a kid. It was a sunny day too…

Thanks all.

Golden Discs

Every week, we give away a Golden Discs voucher worth a strong and stable 25 Euros, to a Broadsheet reader.

All we ask in return is a tune we can play this Sunday, Father’s Day at 11am.

This week’s theme: A song for da

Is there a song that bonds you and your father, dissolving in a few bars any musical differences you may have had over the years?

To enter, please complete this sentence:

‘On Sunday, please play______________________________for my father ___________[insert dad’s name] because_______________’

Lines MUST close at 6.25pm MIDNIGHT Saturday!

Golden Discs

Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth in the region of TWENTY FIVE Euros on offer, we asked you to select your favourite song by Nick Cave.

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

In reverse order then…


Nick Cave and PJ Harvey – Henry Lee

Penfold writes:

The Nick Cave track that has left the most indelible mark on me is “Henry Lee” because the guy’s voice is gloomily magnificent, with the added PJ Harvey the vocals here are sensual. You nearly feel like shouting “get a room” while listening to it.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Far From Me

Runlolarun writes:

The Nick Cave track that has left the most indelible mark on me is ‘Far From Me’ because it used to be the song that I lamented lost loves to – with my ever-consoling, unconditionally-loving cat Nudge in my arms; slowly circling the living-room-dance-floor together, tears and fur in my eyes, glass of wine to hand.

Then Nudge died and it was the song that I played when I walked into the sea on Sandymount Strand to scatter his ashes. It’ll always be his song now and lifts me up in such a bitter-sweet way in his memory.

Nick Cave – Peggy Gordon

Scottser writes:

The Nick Cave track that has left the most indelible mark on me is Peggy Gordon from the movie The Proposition it’s use in the movie is nothing short of genius. the song becomes the soundtrack to rape, murder, punishment justice and redemption at various times in the movie. it made me adore that melody to the extent that i sang it as a lullaby to my first born to get her to sleep each night when she was younger.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – We Call Upon The Author

Aido writes:

The Nick Cave track that has left the most indelible mark on me is ‘We Call Upon the Author’ because while plenty of songs shake their fist impotently at god, few go in to such detail as to why.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Distant Sky

Bertie Blenkinsop writes:

Distant Sky breaks my heart, in fact the whole album is a hard listen, it’s like you’re intruding on private grief I don’t know how anyone copes after the death of a child, it must be the most devastating event for anyone to suffer, it’s difficult to even contemplate let alone live through.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Ship Song

Andrew writes:

The Nick Cave track that has left the most indelible mark on me is The Ship song. It perfectly echoes my relationship with my now wife. We actually used the song for our wedding. There are so many though; Straight to You is outstanding, Red Right Hand and a brilliant cover of “By the time I get to Phoenix. Not forgetting The Mercy Seat. It really depends on the mood I’m in…


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Into My Arms

Paraic Elliot writes:

The Nick Cave track that has left the most indelible mark on me is IInto My Arms because:
I have always struggled with the fact that I had been raised catholic and, from an early age, was told to believe in a “personal” god who had a unique relationship with me.

I struggled as an adult to express what I now believed as a skeptical, lapsed catholic. Suddenly, one day driving the M50 motor way I heard Into My Arms by Nick had a light bulb moment –  that was it in a nutshell – Nick expressed it for me :”I don’t believe in an interventionist God!” Just proves how much a lyric and a performer can play a large in someone’s life.

Thanks all.

Golden Discs

Last week; Cave of Earthly Delights

Every week, we give away to a ‘sheet reader a voucher for Golden Discs worth 25 Euros on the open market.

All we require from you is a tune we can play next week.

This week’s theme: Nick Cave

To mark the release of Lovely Creatures; The Best Of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, what song from the three decade Cave canon stands apart from the rest (probably smoking French cigarettes)?

To enter, please complete this sentence:

‘The Nick Cave track that has left the most indelible mark on me is________________________because____________________________’

Lines Must close at 6.25pm MIDNIGHT.

May include solo work, Grinderman, soundtracks, etc.

Golden Discs

Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth Twenty Five euro on offer,  we asked you to choose a cover of a Beatles song that improves on the original.

You entered in your Beatlemaniacal dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

In reverse order then…

Kermit and Robin – Octopus’s Garden

Daily Chainsaw writes:

Why? It’s the Mupppets, you muppet!

Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Dhani Harrison and Prince – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Leopold Gloom writes:

From 3.30 on Prince takes over…There are times when the others on stage don’t look as if they can believe what he is doing, and what he is capable of. In those few minutes he snatched the solo from Clapton’s bigoted hands and made it his own. A masterpiece of a song, improved by a genius.

Ramsey lewis – Cry Baby Cry

f_lawless writes:

A real slce of funky moogy coolness! Great arrangement and production by Charles Stepney. It’s off a covers album of White Album tracks – loads more gems on it – made all the more impressive considering Lewis recorded the album (called “Mother Nature’s Son) just a few weeks after the White Album was released…

Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends

Cool Hand Lucan writes:

Because it’s soulful, clawing, desperate and despite Joe Cocker’s appearance, it’s a damn sexy tune.

Dangermouse and Jay z – Long, Long , Long/Public Service Announcement

Baron Von Botter

Not strictly a cover, but DJ Dangermouse’s meshing of The White Album’s Long, Long, Long and Jay Z’s Public Service Announcement from his Black Album highlights the quality of this generally overlooked track. Supposedly a hymn to Harrison’s spirituality, Dangermouse somehow manages to make Jay Z recollecting his coke dealing days (“I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z”) fit like a glove.

Aimee Mann and Michael Penn – Two Of Us

Bertie Blenkinsop writes:

She’s class…It’s a good album (I Am Sam soundtrack] actually


The Cure (featuring James McCartney) – Hello Goodbye

Harry writes:

a glorious joyous version,most importantly the always wonderful Robert Smith gave it a straightforward treatment respecting the original song, watch out for Macca’s son playing keyboards!

Thanks all

Golden Discs

Last week: Better Than The Beatles

Every week we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE euros to use at your LEISURE at any of the 14 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we need from you is love (and a tune).

This week’s theme: Beatles covers

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s, what original song from John, Paul, George and Ringo was significantly improved upon by another artist/band?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘The best example of a Beatles cover sounding better than the original would  have to be_________________________by___________________________’

Lines MUST close at 6.15pm MIDNIGHT! Deadline extended until Midnight Sunday due to popular demand.

Golden Discs

Mudhoney (top) the happy grungsters

Last week, with a tasty voucher worth 25 big ones to spend at any of the 14 Golden Discs stores nationwide on offer, we asked you to name the most defining song of the grunge era.

You entered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner/loser, baby.

In reverse order

Alice in Chains – Rooster

‘Penfold’ writes:

The most outstanding song of the Grunge genre is undoubtedly Alice in Chains’ “Rooster” because the subject is treated with a gentle reverence with the choruses rising to an intense roar. (It’s a brilliant tribute to Cantrell’s Dad)…

Soundgarden – The Day I Tried To Live

Michael Holland writes:

The most outstanding song of the Grunge genre is undoubtedly The Day I Tried To Live because it sums up excellently the depressing cloud overshadowing the grunge scene and how a lot of us feel from day to day and just push on. R.I.P Chris Cornell


Melvins- Honey Bucket

Deadly Calzone writes:

The most outstanding song of the Grunge genre is undoubtedly ‘Honey Bucket’ by Melvins because King Buzzo is a god (Kurt Cobain also co-produced). The video is also absolutely hilarious…

SoundgardenMy Wave

Scottser writes:

My Wave from album Superunknown was the song I practiced to learn how to play in 5/4 time. Soundgarden’s music meant so much emotionally to loads of different people but to me, they were exquisite musical technicians. they were the ‘bar’ when I was starting out getting halfway decent on drums. Chris Cornell, as well as being an absolutely savage singer was also a criminally under-rated guitarist.

Winning entry

Mudhoney – I’m Spun

Me writes:

I was too young, rural and uncool to see the 91/92 Nirvana (Sonic Youth) gigs but after a lot of negotiation with the mother it was agreed for my 17th birthday I could have a trip up the country and a ticket to their RDS gig. Like so many others here those few years were absolutely central to developing my musical tastes and my attitudes and ideas of the world.

Obviously that gig never happened (so my 1st concert experience was instead Feile ’94 which just blew my mind). After I finished my LC that year I took what is now referred to as a gap year. I lived in a chambre de bonne in Paris and had an absolutely incredible time.

Every Saturday and Sunday morning at about 7am my neighbour used to blare Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, waking me and adding to my hangover damage. In return I would lean across and press play on my cassette player and reply with the song I had ready and queued up for her; Mudhoney’s I’m Spun.

Over that year I got to see Mudhoney, STP, Beck, Foo Fighters and others live and as now 40 year old it’s impossible for me to hear many of the songs from that period without a shock of nostalgia. I cannot be objective at all to say what is the best of the time but for the purpose of this exercise; The most outstanding song of the Grunge genre is undoubtedly I’m Spun by Mudhoney because nostalgia is a hell of a drug…

Thanks all.

Golden Discs

Last week: And The Band Plaid On

Every Friday, we give away a Golden Discs voucher worth TWENTY FIVE big fellas to spend at any GD branches in the country (14 in total).

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at an unspecified time next week.

This week’s theme: The Pogues

Care to celebrate the news of a musical collaboration between The Pogues and Wire creator David Simon with a song?

To enter, please complete this sentence

‘Not including Fairytale, the finest song The Pogues ever recorded is_____________________________’


Golden Discs



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.”

Thanks all.

Golden Discs


Every Friday, we give away a TWENTY FIVE Euro Golden Discs voucher to use at any of the record giant’s 14 branches throughout Ireland.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at some unspecified time next week.

This weeks theme: Ultimate Irish supergroup.

What fantasy line up of quality, home made musicians would constitute your ultimate Irish supergroup? And what would they be called?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘My ultimate Irish supergroup would comprise_______________ [on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, etc.] and I would call them___________________________’

Lines MUST close at 5.45pm Midnight SUNDAY!

Golden Discs