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Last week, with a Twenty Five Euro Voucher for Golden Discs on offer, we asked you to dedicate a tune to YOUR father to mark Fathering Sunday this Sunday.

You answered in your tens.

Many moved us to what can only be described as a soggy, lachrymose state.

But, alas, a father can only have one ‘favourite’.

In reverse order then…

SOQ writes:

Please play The Wild Colonial Boy by Margret Barry for my late dad/da this Father’s Day because I wrote off three of his cars in a row at the age of 21- and every time his first question was:  ‘Are you OK?’

seanydelight writes:

Please play “The Nightfly”, by Donald Fagen especially for my da this Father’s Day, because 25 years after he animatedly explained to 7-year-old me why he plays it on every car journey, long or short. He was right. The entire album is a masterpiece! Steely Dad, etc…

Bertie Blenkinsop writes:

Please play “Father” by The Christians for my best pal, my Da

Fairy Queen writes:

Please play anything from Makem and Clancy for my recently deceased Dad.He just loved them and in 1990, he loaned me his Volkswagen Passat to get 6 o clock Mass on a Sunday evening (I was an early driver). When I came out (in my state of grace) I discovered that the passenger window had been smashed in and the stereo stolen.

I drove home in tears and Dessie (my dad) said ‘not a bother’ and replaced the window and eventually the stereo. I was very apologetic cos his “Best of Makem and Clancy” tape was in the tapedeck (no CD players in those days)… it solved my next Father’s Day present, but now I can only give him a few flowers…

Specific Gravity writes:

Please play Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone for my dad this Father’s Day, because it is his all time favourite, and while he would pretend to have no time for poetry, this captures him nicely and I get the chance to relay it here without his knowing: ‘With hands like spades/And a heart full of love/My father, my father’….

theo kretschmar-schuldorff writes:

Please play something by Doris Day for my Dad. I select this, because I would never select this.When I was an obnoxious teenager, my Dad took me to work with him and taught me to drive for a whole Summer. I made him listen to some terrible 90s crap on the radio, and looking back I think what a wonderful patient man he was for putting up with me. If I could, I’d go back and remove the fuse from the car stereo so we could have talked more. Thanks Dad.


Lilly writes:

Please play ‘The Tumble Down Shack in Athlone’ especially for my dad this Father’s Day because for some reason he taught me the lyrics to it. He would accompany me on the piano as I destroyed it. It wasn’t his kind of music; it wasn’t my kind of music, I was only ten or eleven. I can only surmise it was because he wanted to see his ould mother once more. He would only ever have seen photos of her as she died bringing him into the world. May they both Rest In Peace.

Thanks all.

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Every Friday, we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EURO to spend freely at any of the many Golden Discs branches across the country.

All we ask from you is a tune.

Today’s theme: Father’s Day

Yes. ‘Fathering Sunday’ falls on June 16 this year. If you would like to dedicate a song to your pater – dead, alive or missing since ‘popping out for cigs’ 20 years ago – now is an ideal chance.

To enter, kindly complete this sentence:

‘Please play______________________especially for my dad/da this Father’s Day because_______________________’

Lines MUST close at 3.45pm EXTENDED until 5.45pm MIDNIGHT.

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Every week, we give away a voucher worth Twenty FIVE EUROS to spend at and of the many Golden Discs branches nationwide.

Usually we ask for a tune.

But today is a little bit different.

The first person with the correct answer to the following question bags the voucher.

What is the name of the biggest-selling album to include an Irish voice?


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That’s liquid football.

Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth Twenty Five Euros on offer, we asked you to name the finest ever soccer-themed song.

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner (at the end of the day).

In reverse order then…

Ouch writes:

Hard to go against ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’, but the Liverpool comeback against Barca reminded me of the line from the Anfield Rap..’ nobody knows quite what to expect, when the red machines in full effect’……Also had John Barnes getting some rapping practice in before cutting loose on ‘World in Motion’…

Ivan Lyons writes:

Strachan by The Hitchers…any song that captures the wonder of watching Mr Strachan perform his art in juxtaposition to a domestic with the missus is special! great chune too!

Liam Deliverance writes:

Italia ’90, two words that conjure up magical memories, summertime and the living was easy, we had hopes and we had dreams. It was like Ireland was 18, she had just finished her Leaving Cert and now had two glorious, sunny, stress free months stretching out in front of her all the way to the horizon. The work was done, the exams taken,results day was unimportant for now.The 80’s were gone, a distant memory. The 90’s were here now, a new era, a new dream. The beautiful game, the beautiful man and his beautiful voice.

yupyup writes:

The greatest ever football song is “Sunshine on Leith” by The Proclaimers because it’s just a perfect fit for football. The song is a very emotional one. It very much evokes hope and heartbreak. It’s rooted in place. Just as the band are of Leith so are the football club that has made it their own.

That connection to place and belonging is what football and it’s tribalism is all about. I’m not a Hibs fan but I tip the hat to them and their use of this song as a football anthem in particular. They are not an overly successful club. They’re from an area that has had it’s deep problems in the past.

They famously broke a 114 year ‘curse’ by winning The Scottish Cup in 2016 and that relief, ecstasy, the underdog having his day is all entangled with the song and for those reasons I reckon it’s a beauty. Watch this and you’ll just want to sing and sway along.


Penfold writes:

The greatest-ever football song is “Give Him a Ball (and a Yard of Grass) by the Sultans of Ping F.C because as they put it, “a man can have no greater love than give 90 minutes to his friends”.

Thanks all.

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Liverpool supporters in the Kop (top) and Spurs fans at White Hart Lane (above)

Every Friday, we give YOU a chance to win a Golden Discs voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS.

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

This week’s theme: The Beautiful Game

Following a week of enormous success by English teams in Europe, what soccer-based song leaves you swaying in the terraces, scarf held jauntily aloft?

To enter, please complete this sentence:

”The greatest-ever football song is………because………….’

Lines MUST close at 5.45pm EXTENDED until Midnight!

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In Cork?

Dublin’s perennial pop stalwarts Aslan are Cork-bound  when they appear in The Vinyl Lounge at Golden Discs on Patrick Street at 3pm.

Christy Dignam and the gang will play live in store and be interviewed by 96FM ahead of their  headline gig in the Rebel County on June 9th when they play Live at the Marquee with special guest Damien Dempsey.

Fans who turn up tomorrow will also be able to win tickets to the show, which are on general sale here.

It’s still a crazy world, boy!

Suit yourselves.

Aslan at the Vinyl Lounge (Facebook)


Tomorrow is International Record Store Day.

Your annual reminder that music is available for sale as chunky spherical objects in sexy gatefold sleeves in real-world geographical locations staffed by actual living humans… Crazy, right?!!

Yes, once upon a time there was no such thing as YouTube, Soundcloud, BandCamp… all music was offline.

As a teenager growing up in the 1980s in Dublin, record shops like Golden Discs, Dolphin Discs, Freebird, Sound Cellar and Comet were like lighthouses dotted around the city, offering a sacred place to hear new music and maybe meet like-minded souls.Then the UK chain stores Virgin, HMV and Our Price Records came to town. We never had it so good.

My favourite store, however, was Tower Records on Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 (above) – its hallowed aisles contained an eye-popping amount of records. Fancy an obscure green coloured vinyl Japanese import of the latest Smiths single? No problem.

Many shops are hosting live in-store gigs for the day that’s in it and offering special discounts and selling exclusive bespoke releases.

Nick Says: Support your local record store – you’ll miss it when it’s gone. Consider this your vinyl warning.

Record Store Day


We have a Golden Discs voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS to giveaway to one platter-cherishing Broadsheet reader.

What is your favourite record store EVER in Ireland or ‘abroad’?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘My favourite record store ever is__________ because________________’

Lines MUST close at 5.15pm extended until MIDNIGHT!

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Last Friday, we asked you to dedicate a song for your mother ahead of Mothering Sunday.

You answered in your tens .

But there could be only one winner.

Bertie Blenkinsop’s ma wins the Golden Discs voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS.

Dutiful son Bertie wrote:

Please play Kate Bush [with Donal Lunny) – Mná na hÉireann for my mother because it’s beautiful and so is she…


Thanks all.

Last week: Your Ma’s Playlist

Did you forget?

To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, we have a Golden Discs voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS to giveaway to a mum-loving Broadsheet reader.

All we ask from you is a tune from you dedicated to her  – the best of which we will PLAY this Sunday at midday.

What song does she love?

To enter, please complete this sentence:

‘Please play__________for my mother this Sunda because________________’

Lines MUST close at 5.15pm extended until MIDNIGHT!

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Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS on offer, we asked you what Pet Shop Boys’ best song might be.

You answered in your tens

But there could be only one winner.

In reverse order then…

The Deadly Calzone writes:

Pet Shop Boys’ greatest moment would have to be ‘Being Boring’ owing to its subject matter of love, loss and life in their own eloquent and melancholic style. ‘Tis Axl Rose’s favourite song too.

The Bad Ambassador writes:

“Love etc.” owing to its central message that I…

(Don’t have to be) A big bucks Hollywood star
(Don’t have to drive) A super car to get far
(Don’t have to wear) A smile much colder than ice
(Don’t have to be) beautiful but it’s nice

As a result I’m now much more than content with my meagre salary, rust-bucket 1994 Nissan Micra, Shane MacGowan teeth and a face that looks like it caught fire and was subsequently extinguished with a shovel Life is good.

Bertie writes:

‘Pet Shop Boys’ greatest moment would have to be Left To My Own Devices. I always thought listening to it is like speeding along in a car….AND it’s got the line: ‘Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat‘. What more could anyone want?!


Yupyup writes:

Pet Shop Boys’ greatest moment would have to be performing You Are Always On My Mind  on the ‘Love Me Tender’ TV special commemorating the 10th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death owing to their absolute genius ability to cover someone else’s work and make it their own.

It was a great tribute to Elvis but they tweaked the harmonies a bit and synth popped the ass out of it. It shouldn’t have worked but it really did and 30 years later it still sounds great.

They got so much praise for the tribute performance that they decided to release it as a single and it went on to be a UK Christmas number 1 keeping the first release of ‘Fairytale of New York’ off top spot.

Thanks all.

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