Win Nick’s Voucher


OK my lovelies.

What’s your favourite song that names a specific town or city in the lyrics?

Here’s mine.

There’s a €25 Golden Discs voucher to be won for your troubles!

The winner will be chosen by my face mask.

Lines MUST close at 2am.

Please include video links if possible.

Nick says: Good luck.

Last week’s winner here.

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127 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

    1. eamonn

      That man sure can dance!
      It had me thinking, I am sure there is an Orbital tune called Belfast, I am wondering could really it be a cover of boney m. I don’t think it so, the brothers orbital could be fans of Boney M, that could be ….anyway back to Boney M.

      Orbital Belfast

      1. SOQ

        He turned me gay- well at least made me appreciate my gayness- same thing. Anyways- you posted the wrong link.

        Wonderful stuff which sent a shiver down the spine of many a chemically undressed person- surprise ice cubes to the back of the neck done the same thing btw.

  1. Johnny

    NY the city i love and choose to live in has been going through a very tough time, with many my friends and neighbors bailing and moving upstate or out off state,whenever i feel like leaving or get a little down with all the death and dead bodies stacked in trailers on side streets,I play this by Jigga who grew up around the corner in the Marcy Projects and fall in Love with my city all over again.

    Yea, yea I’m out that Brooklyn, now I’m down in Tribeca
    Right next to DeNiro, but I’ll be hood forever

      1. Johnny

        Hi Ben and thats fooking brilliant,I mainly wear old ‘rock n roll’ T-Shirts at work and proudly rock the classic SLF- T with the two fingers,you may have seen this,its a really good doc on the Beastie Boys.I’ve heard SLF were amazing live and and have listened Alternative Ulster once or twice late at night:)

        1. Ben Madigan

          Thanks I’ll definitely check that out! Love Alternative Ulster, used to listen to Inflammable Material a lot back in the day… Apparently it’s cover art inspired the cover of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines

          1. Shayna

            I was on a boat one Sunday morning a couple of Summers ago – from The Titanic bit of Belfast – a live band played aboard – booze and burgers type of cruise – anyhoos, I was with a couple of friends, one friend, a Canadian says, that’s Jim O’Reilly from SLF. He confirmed that indeed it was himself, when I inquired. A slendid afternoon ensued. He wasn’t the original drummer, but Ringo, similarly.

          2. Johnny

            Hi Shayna,I always enjoy your posts and thanks Ben for the Massive Attack background, one my fav joints for a while in NY was El Quijote at The Chelsea Hotel on 23rd St btw 6th and 7th Ave’s,its a run down block populated by meth dealers and junkies ,dollar and liquor stores, very old NY,sadly its currently closed and under renovation.

            Regulars referred to it simply as the Chelsea and its been home to many Irish literary greats including Brendan Behan and Dylan Thomas, recently Jospeh O’Neil wrote Netherland while staying there.Its probably most famous in Irl for where Sid Vicious GF Nancy Spugen was found stabbed to death.

            Other guests have included Arthur C. Clarke who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying at the Chelsea,Twain,Kerouach,Ginsberg and Burroughs were also guests.

            Madonna lived at room 822 and shot “Sex’ there,Ethan Hawke,Tom Waitts,Patti Smith,Jim Morrison,Dylan and Iggy Pop have also lived there, the Kills wrote No Wow here.
            During the late 60’s Leonard Cohen lived in room 424 and had an affair with Janis Joplin who was living in room 411,he immortalized this in two great songs Chelsea Hotel and Chelsea Hotel #2.

            This Lana Del Ray version with a nice cup coffee and a spliff is how I often start my Saturdays in NY…


            Here is Leonard giving some background to the song and a live version-Lana now owns it:)


      2. Rosette of Sirius

        SLF being formative to my musical youth in the early 80’s, the following lyric always gives me a giggle when it comes to the ridiculous and moronic Broadsheet profanity filter…

        ‘Cause he can play crap on the radio (on the radio)
        You can play crap on the radio (play crap on the radio)
        Be careful what you say
        And you can play shite all day
        ‘Cause you can play crap on the radio, radio, radio

        This was from almost 40 years ago lads. You gonna amend/delete this?!

    1. Rosette of Sirius

      A song of great beauty yet melancholically. My favourite GC song and yes, the Jimmy Webb version is iconic.

  2. Otis Blue

    Johnny Don’t Go to Ballincollig- Christy Moore/John Spillane

    The song offers sound – and topical – advice to avoid Carrigaline and the ‘Collig. As an added bonus caution is also urged about visiting Mallow and London.

    “Johnny don’t go to Ballincollig
    Where you always get so disappointed
    Johnny don’t go to Carragaline
    I’m not coming with you this time…”

    1. SOQ

      What ever happened to Jack L?

      Drowning in south Dublin debt as half a dozen brats wave cards in Dundrum shopping centre no doubt.

    1. Niall

      Back in the late 90s, Brian Kennedy sang this during Feile an Phobail in Belfast. Just him and a guitar in front of about five thousand people and you could hear a pin drop. It was magnificent and I love the song ever since.

  3. Pee Pee

    “Rollin’ down to Dublin Town
    Comin’ from the Northside, headin’ Southbound
    The glare of the city, you can see it in the sky
    See it in the faces when I’m passing them by
    Dublin Town
    Bright lights all around
    All the different sounds
    Concrete surrounds
    You need a few pounds or there’s nothing to do
    No muns, no fun in the foggy dew
    I be signing on, off Gardiner street
    See all the people struggling just to make ends meet
    The more unfortunate ones be begging at your feet
    We’ll have to send a warning to the socially elite
    And I repeat, if you keep a people down
    In any old town
    Or country
    They’ll rise don’t you see
    It’s the will to survive
    That keeps them alive
    And they’re starting to see through all the lies
    That they’ve contrived, so I say to you all
    To educate yourself, become well read
    And start to use the head
    Contemplate your own situation
    Find the true enemy and stop banging heads
    With the victims of its greed
    Am I getting too serious?
    Well this was meant to be a love song
    Well it is a love song because I love my people
    Not so long ago, back in the good old days
    I dreamed of Irish laws and Irish ways
    And saw that the present days weren’t so good
    And the only thing I could think about them that was good
    Was most of the people that surrounded me
    But still I call them good old days because of the craic
    That we had
    We refused to stay sad
    If you have your own around you and also possess your health
    At the end of the day you’ll discover that that is the most
    Essential wealth
    I throw my mind back
    And recall the days I used to have the craic
    Back in Dublin town
    Getting down to the Irish and Jamaican sounds
    Listenin’ and learning about life
    Helping me make it through the strife
    Suckin on a big fat spliff full of rocky
    Flagon in my hand
    Be makin me feel grand
    Discussing this and that
    And thinking about the now
    Thinking about the future, making myself a vow
    I wasn’t going to waste my life
    But I was going to live and love
    Do the best that I could
    I was going to bring some music to the people
    And tell them that they were equal
    But some of them wouldn’t listen
    And this is what is pissin’
    The rest of us off
    You would wanna start listening to us, you would
    Coz to you we aren’t going to be good forever
    Yeh maybe even here, in the Dublin Town
    Things could get turned upside down.”

  4. Kingfisher

    Gort a’ tSagart – sorry, can’t ever remember how it’s spelled in English – John Spillane’s lubricious, luscious canticle to his mother’s homeplace out over the sea in the hills crossing from Cork to Kerry, sung here by Christy Moore. Note: fuil na n-aingeal is how they call fuchsia in west Kerry

  5. Cú Chulainn

    Reading these comments is like visiting an old folks home.. have none of ye listened to something from this century let alone the past 5 years.. anyway: I don’t care, two towns for the price of one:

    1. f_lawless

      As talented as Versatile may be, is it worth pointing out that the style of music they make is essentially mid-90s era rap? That’s old-timer retro music Quarter of a century old. Welcome to the club, good to have you on board!

  6. Niall

    I love Harrisburg by Josh Ritter
    Americana at its best.
    The video below is from his Iveagh Garden gig in 2010 and comes with a helping of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game thanks to the impressively moustachioed Zack Hickman.

  7. Harry Warren

    The Dublin Saunter rather poignantly sung by Noel Purcell

    The song encapsulates how Dublin was once upon a time :)

    Dublin can be Heaven, with Coffee at Eleven
    And a Stroll in Stephens Green
    No Need to Hurry, No Need to Worry,
    You’re a King and the Lady’s a Queen
    Grafton Street’s a Wonderland
    There’s Magic in the Air
    There are Diamonds in the Lady’s Eyes
    and Gold-dust in Her Hair
    And if you Don’t Believe Me, Come and Meet Me There
    in Dublin on a Sunny Sunday Morning

    1. eamonn

      I went for a listen, thoroughly enjoyed what I heard.Thanks for that, must try it with wine & cheese.
      Some how i ended up here though, a people, not a town.
      The Israelites by Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin

      1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

        Nice cover of Desmond Dekker! (love his ‘007’)
        Glad you liked the Kelehan Quintet, there’s a fascinating RTE Doc on One podcast about the story of the recording.
        I was otherwise going to say Nina Simone’s Baltimore… Wonder have McNulty and the guys got it cleaned up yet..

  8. Harry

    The Dublin Saunter rather poignantly sung by Noel Purcell

    The song encapsulates how Dublin was once upon a time :)

    Dublin can be Heaven, with Coffee at Eleven
    And a Stroll in Stephens Green
    No Need to Hurry, No Need to Worry,
    You’re a King and the Lady’s a Queen
    Grafton Street’s a Wonderland
    There’s Magic in the Air
    There are Diamonds in the Lady’s Eyes
    and Gold-dust in Her Hair
    And if you Don’t Believe Me, Come and Meet Me There
    in Dublin on a Sunny Sunday Morning

  9. Gary Alder

    changed me mind. Buddy Rich “Norwegian wood”!!! different planet!!!

    changed me mind. Buddy Rich “Norwegian wood”!!! different planet!!!

      1. Ringsend Incinerator

        Except the Jennifer Warnes version doesn’t include the full lyrics of Cohen’s song, viz:

        And I thank you for those items that you sent me, ha ha ha
        The monkey and the plywood violin
        I practiced every night, now I’m ready
        First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin (I am guided)

        Ah remember me, I used to live for music (baby)
        Remember me, I brought your groceries in (ooh, baby, yeah)
        Well, it’s Father’s Day and everybody’s wounded (baby)
        First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

  10. Siobhan Hardiman

    Belfast Child Simple Minds
    One day we’ll return here,
    When the belfast child sings again
    When the belfast child sings again

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