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Old 16-03-2010, 03:11 PM
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Default Top 20 Irish Rock/Indie Songs

This is a copy of Freakscene's most recent mail-shot featuting Irish Top Indie/Rock 20 as chosen by DJ Alan Fadd;

Hi folks,
We've something very different for you this week, I'm going to put my neck on the block somewhat and suggest as to what in my humble opinion are 20 of the best Irish Rock songs ever. I put my cool hat aside along with my personal prejudices and tried to pick 20 songs that I feel at the very least should be contenders. I've ignored a few sacred cows because it would be dishonest of me to include them. So here goes, I hope it fuels a few pub debates on Paddy's Day but no fisty cuffs !

Thanks to Emmet and Jenny Glitt who helped me with some of the tie breakers !

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGu2lu5XWE8

Teenage Kicks started life as a song about going solo with the one eyed snake but thankfully evolved into something special. The legendary anecdote
regarding this song probably best sums up just how catchy it is and always will be! The band struggled greatly to get airplay and attention until John Peel played the demo, after playing it for the first time, he announced that it was so good, he'd play it again which he immediately did! It apparently remained his all time favourite pop song.


The Pogues - A Pair Of Brown Eyes



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=421pZgg-vlY

Fans and non fans alike often miss the point when it comes to Shane McGowan, he is one of the greatest songwriters of the modern era, many people fail to see beyond the image and his drinking. Several Pogues songs are real contenders for any top 20 poll.
A Pair Of Brown Eyes is a song about love and the absurdity of war, the central character comes face to face with an enemy soldier and despite his hatred for the man realises that he too possibly has a pair of brown eyes waiting at home for him. The video is a bit nuts, 1984esque featuring Thatcher posters and an Elvis Costello cameo.
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Old 16-03-2010, 03:14 PM
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Rollerskate Skinny - Speed To My Side



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sRer0LKn1k

I remember it took us weeks at Freakscene to make this song a hit, it eventually went on to become a Freakscene anthem and remained so for years!
Taken from a really good album 'Horse Drawn Wishes', sadly neither this band, this album nor the song received their just rewards.
Even on YouTube, it is just a 30 second sample of the song which symbolically sums it up.

Van Morrison - The Way Young Lovers Do




[No YouTube for Van unfortunately]

Tom Dunne once described Astral Weeks as music's equivalent to literature's Ulysses, <i>'a book that many name drop but few have read as it is such heavy going!'</i>
This viewpoint says more about Tom than it does about Astral Weeks, it could be used as elevator music if it wasn't for the fact that it is so bloody good.
Anecdotally it is famous for the fact that the musicians playing on the album only heard the songs at the very last minute and had little or no time to practice.
All 8 songs sound great on this classic album. Personally I don't like Van (the man), he strikes me as a rude ignorant person and yet he is capable of making such beautiful music!?


My Bloody Valentine - When You Sleep



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9-NOIalUYU

A Ulysses comparison might be fairer for this album (Loveless) but I can't be sure as I haven't read the book. However I do think this album isn't for everyone and it certainly took me a long time to fully warm to and appreciate this fantastic album.Layers and layers of gorgeousness, sometimes hidden behind distortion and a wall of noise with the end result that it is a bit of an acquired taste, but is no less of a masterpiece as a consequence.
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Old 16-03-2010, 03:17 PM
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Frank & Walters - Fashion Crisis Hits New York



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0vK7Vaiv14

I remember being so proud the night that the <b>Sultans of Ping</b> and <b>The Frank & Walters</b> featured on Top of The Pops (thanks to the Cork Rock Book I can confirm it was January 7th 1993, The Sultans video for 'U Talk Too Much' was shown and the Franks played 'live' with 'After All'), the show still had iconic status and for 2 bands from Cork city to be in the British charts and on TOTP was huge; what made it all the bigger for me was that these guys drank in my local, The Liberty! The drummer from the Sultans, Morty, was on our primary school's chess team which initself was a bit of a Dead Poet's Society phenomenon, as it was a very working class school and we had no right to have a brilliant chess team who could beat secondary school teams, but we had Brother Aiden!! Where was I, oh the pride, it was like watching Cork win an All-Ireland,
Ireland winning a grand slam, kissing your puppy love for the first time ever, it was epic! The Franks deserved to be bigger than they became, they had loads of really good songs, this is just one example, in this song the 'Emperor's New Clothes' gets the 3 minute pop treatment with a live 'We-are-the-Frank-&-Walters' intro!
Fred - Good One



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM-qI7hX3Fo

Half a drum roll and all the white girls sing <i>'Good one, I heard that line before, I hear it all the time'</i> and boy can they sing, this song grabs you within 10 seconds and it doesn't let you go, the clever word play on 'good one', the conversation style lyrics, the fabulous harmonies, the energy and the sweet innocence of it all. Fred have it all, great musicians, great song writers, charisma, a real love of it all backed with a work ethic, let's hope this good one doesn't get way!


Sinead O'Conor - Mandinka



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JugUQ...0172ED&index=1

This YouTube features a 21 year old Sinéad O'Conor performing at the Grammys back in 1989. Significantly she sings loud and proud the line <i>'I don't know no shame'</i>, since then she has proved this over and over again. However for her golden voice, her exquisite beauty and her inextinguishable spirit, I forgive her everything, she might be a bit off the wall but she is real in a phoney ol' world. She was one of the highlights of last year's Electric Picnic.
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Old 16-03-2010, 03:23 PM
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U2 - One



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjEcrrf7r0

Bono is a nob, but a well meaning nob so I am inclined to give him some latitude. However that has nothing to do with his music, I'm trying to separate the artist from the work. I like U2 but I'm not a huge fan, however not only do I think that this is one of the great Irish songs of all time, but that it is one of the best songs written in the last 20 years by anybody. It is a bold statement but try and think of 19 songs better than it written since 1990. To back up my argument, Johnny Cash thought it was good enough to cover and what a great rendition he did!

Rory Gallagher - Daughter Of the Everglades



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVB_9jTC1IU

Rory Gallagher belonged to an era when guitarists were a bit like Wild West Gunslingers, the fastest gun in the west had a lot in common with the greatest guitarist in rock. Adult men (mostly) would argue passionately over who was the greatest! When Hendrix came to London first, Eric Clapton rang Pete Townshend to go the cinema, never before or after did they go out socially again, the unspoken reason for their meeting was that a dangerous gunslinger was coming to town. Gallagher was fast with a gun, real fast, one of the fastest!
I could have picked several songs but after a memorable visit to Everglades where I saw a racoon, bald headed eagles and a baby alligator (sorry I just love that kind of stuff) and my companion was almost arrested for jogging in his underpants (long story!), it had to be Daughter Of The Everglades!


Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Gov4tTB7M

Alternative Ulster most definitely belongs to the top 20 Irish songs but also to the top 20 Punk songs of all time! The riff from this song is just pure brilliant, I've seen other bands just playing the riff for fun [<b>Engine Alley</b> and <b>Therapy?</b> to be precise like!]
The song sounds fab today, imagine how it sounded to people living in Northern Ireland in 1979, 'Suspect Device' was another politically charged single by SLF.
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Old 16-03-2010, 03:26 PM
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Divine Comedy - Lucy



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4OvQlTwsHs

Neil Hannon was the son a Church Of Ireland clergyman, "The Divine Comedy is Neil Hannon," and Hannon is quoted in an interview as saying, "The Divine Comedy will always be my band because... I thought of it first!". Divine Comedy were 'arty farty literary types' (check out The Booklovers') writing pop songs and did it brilliantly! I bought the albums
Liberation and Promenade on the same day and fell in love with them both. He wrote some great songs later but (sorry) I do prefer the early stuff.
Lucy is a classic.

The Frames - Revelate



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf6vnnkcloQ

A really good question at a music quiz would be: Who is a bigger nob, Bono, Van Morrison or Glen Hansard? It's a tough one isn't it, a real 10 marker! However I do have respect for the guy, he has written some great songs, he was worked so incredibly hard to get where he is today and he grasped every opportunity that came his way, he busked near a hotel that Dylan was staying in and opened for him the following week in London, he semi-gate crashed a Van Morrison party and jammed all night with him. He re-invented himself some years back by supporting loads of credible underground guys playing to tiny audiences, it was if he was building himself up from scratch. He did a lot of splicing covers into his own songs, he worked on banter with the audience. So credit where it is due! Steve Albini is on record as saying that Revelate is one of the best songs he ever heard, you can't argue with that !

Engine Alley - Mrs Winder



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaKU6eRQZ48

Engine Alley were a bit out there, their lead singer Canice had a Ziggy Stardust type thing going on, they had a couple of great musicians and had their own sound. For some reason this particular mixture produced a cocktail that never really took off, then and now I felt it was just a bit too exotic, too flamboyant, you were allowed to be mad once it was in a demented way, ultra-confident and flash was another matter altogether.
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Old 16-03-2010, 03:28 PM
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Surely http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5G8AJf4Xzw
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Old 16-03-2010, 03:29 PM
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Ash - Uncle Pat



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBWd8R8rjF8

If I may be bold enough to draw a parallel with the Oscars, the inclusion of this song is based on life time achievement rather than the brilliance of this song on a stand alone basis!? They were only 15 when they wrote this song, 15!! They've written loads of really good songs since and are releasing a single every fortnight at present and one or two of them have been quite good. Hoorah for Uncle Tim!


Thin Lizzy - Dancing In the Moonlight



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unnh0T2Ftro

I suppose I have to include Phil Lynnot/Thin Lizzy, Sarah was my first choice but it wasn't a typical Lizzy song, I considered 'Yellow Pearl', the theme music to Top Of The Pops, but settled on Dancing On The Moonlight. The songs were simple, take Jailbreak for example <i>'Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak / Somewhere in this town'</i>, I wonder where??
However they had a style to them and some very catchy songs!



The Golden Horde - 100 Boys



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPwrmBDFxYI

By coincidence I think I did my first ever stage dive at a Golden Horde gig in Sir Henrys on St Patrick's Day ! Golden Horde gigs were a big event, they knew their limitations, they were the Irish Ramones, what they lacked in talent they made up for in posturing and rockin' out. Girls loved them so Golden Horde gigs had the added attraction of you knowing that there would be loads of gorgeous girls there, it was all good! Their biggest hit was 'Friends In Time' which was a really sweet song.
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Whipping Boy - We Don't Need Nobody Else


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwJmPlj8IUU



Whipping Boy dwell on the darker side of things, Ferghal Mckee was a notorious frontman who was known to cut himself on stage, strip naked or at the very least give it is his all. Sometimes Ferghal gave us too much Ferghal, even in this song which on one level is incredibly romantic, but it is a perverted romance as the central character hits the girl for <i>'no good reason'</i>!? Whipping Boy like to delve into the underbelly and shock.

Johnny Cash - 40 Shades Of Green


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0oTDS9ur_U



Johnny Cash traced his roots back to Ireland and wrote this song back in 1961, a little bit of research later and he discovered he was actually of Scottish descent but none of that matters as he was ours for 3.5 minutes and during that time he became more Irish than the Irish themselves!

The Nolans - Panic


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WLR4bhLjic



Jonathan Ross introduces this song so much better than I possibly could. The Nolans were a bit wilder than their innocent image might suggest, the great news is that they are back, re-united !
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Paddy's Day

Obviously quite a few of the above songs will be featured this Wednesday night, we'll also be playing non-Irish songs. Danascene will be featuring a Ceilí Beag for about 20 minutes or so, hope to see you there!




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Old 16-03-2010, 10:26 PM
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Cheers Nico It was a song I gave consideration to alright, we'll definitely be playing it in the club tomorrow night.
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