Author Archives: Nick Kelly

Van Morrison – Where Have All The Rebels Gone?

Where have all the rebels gone?
Hiding behind computer screens
Where’s the spirit? Where’s the soul?

Why don’t they come out of the woodwork now?
One for the money, two for the show
It’s not very rock’n’roll
Where have all the rebels gone?

Were they really all that tough?
Or was it just a PR stunt?
They’re not saying very much, are they?
Where have all the rebels gone?

Van The Man comes out fighting with a j’accuse of his fellow rock stars who have stayed conspicuously silent on the tragic effects of the lockdown.

No doubt those hiding behind computer screens will snipe back at his stance. Starting in 3, 2, 1

Fans of Van will be delighted to know that they can buy tickets at nugs.net for his virtual gig from the Real World Studios in the UK which takes place tomorrow at 8pm.

His new album Latest Record Project Volume 1 is out today.

Nick says: This is a rebel song.

Van Morrison

Meanwhile….

Um.

Meanwhile…

G’wan the Van.

Keeley – The Glitter And The Glue

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”

This quote from Cicero is found at the start of the video for the recent single by Keeley Moss (top)

The Dublin-based psychedelic dreampop artist is set to release a concept album about Inga Maria Hauser on the UK indie label Dimple Discs, with whom she has just signed a deal.

Inga was a German teenager who was murdered on holiday in Northern Ireland in 1988 and whose killers have never been brought to justice.

Keeley is also the author of a popular blog whose mission statement is to keep the memory of Inga alive. She deserves great credit for her Trojan work in shining a light on this heartbreaking human tragedy.

Keeley’s band includes Marty Canavan, Martin Fagan and Pete Duff. The Glitter And The Glue is the follow-up to last year’s single Last Words.

Nick says: Magic and loss.

Keeley

Ireland’s Olympic HQ,  Howth, county Dublin

This afternoon.

The athletes and support teams, which number in the low hundreds, will receive the Pfizer jab thanks to an agreement between the pharmaceutical company and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The development has been welcomed by the Irish Olympic and Paralympic federations who believe the measure will relieve “very high levels of anxiety that a lack of vaccination was causing among the team”.

Meanwhile…

Meanwhile…

Oh.

RollingNews

The votes are in.

Last Friday, with a €20 Currys PC World voucher redeemable in any Currys store on offer, I asked you to name your favourite tune that refers to a month of the year.

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

September Gurls by Big Star

Andy Pipkin writes:

“Just brilliant from the opening riff till the end! Big Star at their best! Enjoy!”

Runner-up:

April Come She Will by Simon & Garfunkel

Gustavo Fring writes:

“I love the guitar tune and the subtle harmonies of their two voices. Perfection.”

Winner:

April In Paris by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Papi writes:

“Ella Fitzgerald, baby. I naturally think of this one as I have grown up with it played again and again with my dad. And even though we were geekholing up all year with our duo all year, putting on shows ( for basically mostly ourselves ), April hit hard because my dad’s birthday is in last day of April.

“Which obviously meant, when growing up , we had to interrupt the first barbecue of the year with this song on repeat. Every year. To everyone’s delight. So it being the end of April, it came just naturally to me. Not this year then, but next year, we will bother the crap out of neighborhoods with this. Out of tune. Obviously.”

Nick says: Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s PC Voucher

This afternoon.

Singer and model Nick Kamen.

Denim-washing dreamboat who, in one 30-second, boxer short-clad commercial, helped revive sales of Levis 501 jeans while killing off the y-front for a generation.

RIP.

Any excuse.

Brigid Mae Power – Head Above The Water

Let’s move to the country.

Gorgeous images of the wild western Irish landscape light up the video for the title track of Brigid Mae Power‘s excellent album on Fire Records.

The film was shot by Brigid (top) and Jonny Sanders aka Prehuman and “uses effects that replicate the cyanotype photo printing process”.

Brigid says:

“I shot some footage of the surrounding landscape where I live, feeling very drawn to filming the water and damp boglands around me.”

Nick says: Mae the roads rise with you.

Brigid Mae Power

Adrian Crowley – Northbound Stowaway

Don’t pay the ferryman.

A former winner of the Choice Music Prize, Adrian Crowley (top) is back with a new album The Watchful Eye Of The Stars, produced by longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish.

The eye-catching video was directed by Adrian and Niall McCall.

Nick says: Not waving but hiding.

Adrian Crowley