Author Archives: Nick Kelly

The votes are in.

Last week, with a voucher worth a princely 25 to spend at Golden Discs on offer, I asked YOU to name your favourite song that mentions another song or artist?

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Bagatelle – Summer In Dublin

Slightly Bemused writes:

“I was singing a song I heard somewhere, called “Rock ‘n’ roll never forgets.
When my hummin’ was smothered by a 46a and the scream of a low flying jet.” For those interested, Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets, by Bob Seger:

Runner up:

Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3

Danny writes:

Some of the singers and performers mentioned:
Buddy Holly
Good golly, Miss Molly
The Bolshoi Ballet
Levi’s and Scotty (Moore)
We’re Willy Harris (skiffle star)
Listening to Rico (Rodriguez) went on to play with the Specials
Smokey Robertson
John Coltrane
Adriano Celentano (Italian singer)

Lots more famous people, but all the above involved in music. Actually I saw him [Dury} perform in the ill-fated Stardust a few weeks before the tragic fire and when I was there the escape door were chained and locked.


The Replacements – Alex Chilton

Brian Ahern writes:

“Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round
They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”
Alex Chilton of Big Star fame or course!

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

Golden Discs

Thanks Bertie Blenkinsop

David Rooney – Home

Wait for it…

Sung and drawn by Wicklow-based illustrator and musician David Rooney, who writes:

I am better known as a visual artist but have in recent years released my debut album produced by Declan O’Rourke and now I’m working with God is an Astronaut’s Torsten Kinsella.

This is the first single with Torsten as producer and features Susan O’Neill on harmony vocals and Floriane Blancke on harp.

Watch to the end for a surprise ending!

Nick says: I’m strangely drawn.

David Rooney

Free tomorrow?

At 7pm in The Big Romance, Parnell Street, Dublin 1.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett will launch ‘Working for the Clampdown: The Clash, the Dawn of Neoliberalism and the Political Promise of Punk‘ edited by Colin Coulter, a senior lecturer in sociology at Maynooth University.

Colin says:

“Few bands can match the enduring influence and appeal of The Clash. The Clash broadened the cultural and political horizons of their audience and, for many, came to exemplify the power of music as a force for radical social change. Their musical tastes becoming ever more eclectic and their political field of vision ever more global…”

The dozen essays include those by Irish authors Coulter, Harry Browne, Kieran Cashell and Conrad Brunström.

Working for the Clampdown, published by Manchester University Press, costs £19.99 sterling and is now available in Irish bookshops.

This afternoon.

Kilcock, County Kildare.


This afternoon.

The launch of the Irish Heart Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Manifesto.

Aoife, Ishita and John (at front), members of the IHF youth advisory panel, joined (from left) Chris Macey, Head of Advocacy, Irish Heart Foundation, Tim Collins, CEO of IHF and Professor Francis Finucane, Professor of Medicine NUI Galway and Consultant Endocrinologist, Galway University Hospital

Through the Manifesto, the Irish Heart Foundation is seeking action to c”ut childhood obesity by 50% in the next decade which could save tens of thousands of our children from lives dominated by chronic disease and long-term ill-health before premature death”.

Childhood Obesity Manifesto

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Remedy Club True Hand True Heart

Are you ready for the country? Because it’s time to go.

Wexford-based husband-and-wife duo KJ McEvoy (top left) and Aileen Mythen (top right) aka The Remedy Club have just released the title track of their forthcoming sophomore album (due next year) as a single.

Recorded in Nashville with superstar producer Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle), the song features guest musicians Lex Price on bass; Lynn Williams on drums; and Rory Hoffman on harmonica.

Fans of Americana will love the pure rootsy groove. The video was directed by Aileen.

The Remedy Club play Wexford Arts Centre on Friday November 22.

Nick says: A Club worth joining.

The Remedy Club

It’s Friday again and that can only mean one thing: competition time.

Readers have a chance to win a highly coveted Golden Discs voucher worth a wallet/purse-popping €25.

To enter, simply reply below to the following question: what’s your favourite song that mentions another song or artist?

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my pet rabbit.

Lines MUST close at 3.15pm EXTENDED until 9pm MIDNIGHT 6am Saturday SUNDAY!

(Include video where possible)

Nick says: Good luck.

Golden Discs

Blink and you’ll miss him.

Dermot Lambert, erstwhile frontman of Dublin perfect pop practitioners Blink, steps out of the shadows to play a very rare solo show headlining the Alternative Sunday Social Club in The Wild Duck on Dublin’s Sycamore St at 4.30pm.

The only place to be…

Dermot says:

This Sunday afternoon I’ll be playing, joined by a few friends, in the afternoon. If you know the chords or the singalong bits of any Blink songs I won’t be offended, and there’ll be some new masterpiece exclusives.

I’m working on some Rex & Dino and Empty Shell stuff too, but not sure where I’m at with that yet, and I can’t play Cello on acoustic guitar, but again if anyone wants to roll in with an actual cello we’ll find a job for you!

Young kids are free (not like in the 1970’s, just free admission) – Super Special Guests on the day are Six Above Ground and Novatone – Peace out

Dermot Lambert


The Doctor will see you now.

That’s Dr Millar aka Dublin singer/songwriter Seán Millar who’s playing a rare solo show this evening in the DC Club on Camden Row, Dublin.

Expect to hear songs from his extensive back catalogue stretching back to the 1990s and he’ll be taking requests from the audience too.

Sean will be on stage at 9pm.

The atmospheric black-and-white video above, which was directed by Susan Gleeson, features Sean cavorting with actress Pom Boyd on what looks like Dollymount Strand.

Nick says: It’s Millar time.