Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]


Thank Fanny it’s Friday.

Are you all sitting comfortably? Then, let’s begin.

This week, the theme of our voucher-less music watercooler convo is stars. So what’s your favourite song about or mentioning stars in the lyrics/title?

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close on Saturday at Middnight

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week, thanks to a suggestion by Andy Pipkin, I asked you what song you’d like played at your funeral.

You all gave really great answers so it was very hard to pick a winner.

However, Fergalito won my esteem with this solemnly naughty entry.

Smog – Dress Sexy at my Funeral

Fergalito writes:

“Death is not something I tend to dwell on much any more, though when my thoughts are taken with it, I find I’m consumed more with the idea of losing love rather than countenancing the void. It’s almost too much to bear sometimes. Grief is the contraction of love as someone very dear to me once said.”

Nick says: Well done Fergalito, and thanks to everyone who wrote in.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Bunker Vinyl, Cork

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72 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

      1. Kin

        My one would be monty pythons sings
        Sit on my face and tell me that you love me you tube

  1. Broadbag

    Love Smog/Bill Callahan, great choice Fergalito!

    Your musings on love reminded me of something I read recently which was quite similar, it was Laurie Anderson talking about her partner Lou Reed’s death – ”I believe that the purpose of death is the release of love.”

    1. Fergalito

      Cheers BB and cheers Nick!!

      Love the Laurie Anderson quote, thanks for mentioning both Laurie and Lou in the same breath as me! Can the weekend get any better?


  2. Tarfton Clax

    Stargazer by Rainbow. Dio’s magnificent Voice singing those fantastic fantasy style lyrics, with Blackmore’s medieval stylings and coruscatingly magnificent guitar Solo underpinned by Cozy Powell’s perfect percussive power.
    Arguably the best ever hard Rock song on what is arguably the greatest hard Rock album of all time. Rainbow Rising.

      1. stephen moran

        Or even Space Truckin’ from the Purple people just not the OTT 20 minute version on the otherwise brilliant Made in Japan….the Machine Head studio version

        always bemused why didn’t edit Space Truckin and include Black Night which was the encore during those live shows on Made in Japan album

        Anyway Stargazer is a banger – excellent choice

      2. Tarfton Clax

        Absolutely Scottser. That guitar solo is for the ages. My favourite ever. If blackmore had done nothing except that he would ne immortal.

  3. Niall

    ‘I wanna shine in the eye of Orion, but I drove my soul through the Black Hole…….

    Bell X1: Rocky took a Lover.

    The story behind the song is explained here followed by a rather excellent acoustic version.

  4. eamonn

    Nightmares on wax – stars
    lightyears ahaed of its time (at the time imo.) still sounds fresh to my shell likes
    what bass, heartfelt words and a beautiful melody over jazzy/junglist beats.
    I hope I posted the right mix – can’t listen to tunes right now.

  5. stephen moran

    One of the definitive 3 minute hero songs – great guitar riff and inane lyrics – pale men of a certain vintage will doubtless recall that Dave Fanning (mis) used it as an intro weekday nights when it was a choice between him and Mr. Peel.

    The Only Ones – with what indeed proved to be their only one
    “Another Girl Another Planet”….a top tune….enjoy

    Space travel’s in my blood
    There ain’t nothing I can do about it
    Long journeys wear me out but
    I know, I can’t live without it oh no
    I think I’m on another world with you with you
    I’m on another planet with you with you

    1. Mad

      Interesting choice, thank you for that
      I don’t remember Fanning using that
      For as long as I listened to him it was “Oh, Well”

      1. stephen moran

        Fanning used it back in the very early 80’s for his late night slot – he was on air from the get go in 1979 “Comin at ya” was the cringeworthy catch phrase for the station at birth. I recall him playing “Bodies” by the Sex Pistols one night around 11pm and it caused an almighty poostorm at the time given the lyrics

        She was a girl from Birmingham
        She just had an abortion
        She was a case of insanity
        Her name was Pauline, she lived in a tree
        She was a no-one who killed her baby
        She sent her letters from the country
        She was an animal
        She was a bloody disgrace
        Body, I’m not an animal
        Body, I’m not an animal
        Dragged on a table in a factory
        Illegitimate place to be
        In a packet in a lavatory
        Die little baby, screaming
        Body, screaming fucking bloody mess
        Not an animal, it’s an abortion
        Body, I’m not an animal
        Mummy, I’m not an abortion

          1. stephen moran

            The main issue back then was the chronic lack of venues for gigs – there was the SFX, the TV Club and McGonangles (Dublin’s CBGBs) – I got to see the Clash and The Smiths (twice with James/ Housemartins) in the SFX and the Ramones at some stage, I think in the TV Club and a few other notables but its all a it of a blur. Craziest, most ironic gig ever though was Public Enemy at the Trinity Ball in the late 80’s (when I think they insisted on being paid in cash before they came on). But I digress – enjoy the evening – off listen to some proper music (The Replacement etc.)

          2. stephen moran

            The TV Club was in Harcourt Street – what I meant was I couldn’t recall if I saw the Ramones there – I’m fairly sure it was – 25 songs in 73mins

          3. Mad

            Thanks would love to know where that was exactly
            Listening to Damo Dempsey here myself, after a few blasts of Eno..

          4. stephen moran

            Oh sorry- it was demolished – the TV club was where the Garda HQ building is now – I saw The Fall there as well and to a guilty please Wishbone Ash ! Thin Lizzy were on regularly – I forgot about the National Stadium was the other half decent venue at the time – god I saw Uncle Leonard Cohen and Van, Dave Gilmour (Billy Bragg support), 10,000 Maniacs, Iggy Pop , Elvis Costello, John Martyn, The Blue Nile & Aimee Mann etc. there over the years

          5. Mad

            Thank you
            Tonight we are on heavy Ziggy stardust and then Emmylou Harris rotation – Wrecking Ball

        1. Slightly Bemused

          Oh wow! Memories.

          I remember the tune, but I did not know the name until now. Thank you!

  6. Slightly Bemused

    Well done, Fergalito. No offence, but I will not dress sexy for your funeral. There is only one lady I will dress sexy for, and as I am that bad at it, it is more for the sound of her giggles as she loses it than my turning into a sex god!

    For the song, I think I have to show my age a little. I had friends tell me that series such as Glee and others were just frippery (yep, someone actually said that), but back in the day we had Fame, and the kids could sing, proving that music has a home in every heart.

    But given the theme, I think I have to go with Starmaker, a tribute to the departure of Mr Crandall, beloved drama teacher, and a friend to all.

    In memoriam for a great actor, too. Kids From Fame.

    1. Fergalito

      Ah thanks SB, I won’t be in a position to be offended nor would I if I could. Giggles a good starting point I find, it usually ends well when it starts with laughter.

    1. Sara

      Sometimes you’ve got to leave behind a place
      you’ve loved since tumbling into time and go
      for good, that is forever, go goodbye
      without a looking back

  7. Otis Blue

    “Some say she’s from Mars
    Or one of the seven stars that shine after three-thirty in the morning
    Well, she isn’t!..”

    A staple of any half-decent indie disco back in the day.

    The B-52’s – Planet Claire

  8. Andy Pipkin

    Sorry I’m a little late to the party!!

    I’m going with this little beauty, from one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen,

    James – She’s A Star!

    Actually forgot how good they are and this song is a belter!!


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