It had to happen I suppose, that my (usually) sunny disposition and sense of sang froid would sooner or later hit a speed bump on the cosmic highway. Narky? Grumpy? Yeah, just a little. What’s lit this fire under me is an item I saw on the ‘DJs of the Irish pirate radio era’ Facebook page proposing to set up a radio museum/gallery/exhibition in Dublin featuring pirate radio, encompassing all stations nationally and not just the Dublin ones, I assume. It’s a great idea and I’m all for it but what frustrates me is that this is something we could do here in Waterford featuring our own stations. We had five of them after all – WLR, Suirside, ABC, Crystal City Sound and NCR. There’s enough there and surely enough memorabilia to populate such an exhibition if the will was there…..Read
Daytrippin’ 2 The Blades
There’s a quote from Dave Fanning relating to the Dublin music scene of the late 1970s, I’m paraphrasing here but it goes something along the lines of ‘U2 weren’t the best or most talented band in Dublin at that time but they were the most single minded in their pursuit of success’. Whenever I hear The Blades’ music that quote immediately springs to mind…Read
Hey once again! A slight change to the blog this month as it becomes a three parter. The reason for this is the upcoming Daytripper Festival, taking place on the old Gasworks site on Waterside this coming weekend, August 25th and 26th….Read
‘In praise of the humble record shop…..’
I settled in during the week to watch ‘All Things Must Pass – The Tower Records Story’. I wasn’t disappointed. The story went like this – company founder Russ Solomon’s dad had what was essentially a corner shop selling everything from a needle to an anchor. Russ suggested that maybe they could sell second hand records too, there might be a buck to be made. His dad agreed and it went from there. The company grew from one store in Sacramento California to a globe spanning chain including a store in Dublin….Read
“It’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill….”
Trundling my way along through the hallowed halls of TCRfm the other week I was accosted by the station’s head of social media, the Supremo himself. “Oi CK, have you got a blog post for me, for the website?” he asked. “Yes, yes of course I do. It’ll be in your email inbox by the weekend, or soon-ish at any rate.”…Read
“THERE’S A PROTEST SINGER……..
………..he’s singing a protest song.”
Bob Dylan, I thought. But what was the song? To my surprise a quick Google revealed that it’s a line from Dire Straits’ ‘Industrial Disease’, which leaves me doubly surprised as this would be among my favourites of their songs. I should have known that. It is funny how the memory plays tricks but you must admit it does sound Dylanesque….Read
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED…..
In the early days of January, before the tinsel was down, I decided that this month’s blog would be one of love and romance, no matter what. The plan was somewhat similar last year with the piece half-written only for the death of David Bowie to blow it off its hinges. I promised to myself that I’d re-visit it a year on though, because with Valentine’s Day in the offing I want to put some irresistible love songs your way. Some may be familiar to you but I’m confident there are at least a few curveballs you won’t know but are worth your time to investigate so you can play them to your beloved on the Big Day. He/she won’t be disappointed, I promise!…Read
YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED…….
2016 took a phenomenal number of people from the world of entertainment prompting much hand wringing and cries of “Oh my God, what’s happening? The world’s gone crazy!” Well, no. Not really. Let’s be brutally honest here, the vast majority of those who died were actually elderly, in their late 60s or 70s. It doesn’t make their loss any less sad but it is a stark reality nevertheless. George Michael was different, aged just 53 is shockingly young….Read
THE GREEN GOD
Right, where was I? Ah yes, the guitarist whose career came off the tracks. This, you may recall, was the planned blog last month until the easily distracted yours truly went off in a different direction altogether. The man I’m talking about is Peter Green, the so called Green God and founder of Fleetwood Mac. I’d have thought it’s reasonable to assume there are a great many people unaware that there was ever a bloke called Green in the Mac…Read
IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL……….
The plan was to write a heartfelt tribute to a guitar hero from the past who, while he hasn’t exactly fallen on hard times, has the air of a man who got left behind somewhat. Not exactly tragedy but a bit of a sad story nevertheless, full of what-ifs. The story will be done, just not this month because while I was sitting chewing the top of my pen (those first few lines, always the hardest) out of the corner of my eye I noticed a headline on the computer screen saying something about a new Rolling Stones album, their first in over a decade, no less. So I was idly scrolling through this news with low expectations as the Stones hadn’t done anything to merit me getting excited in a very long time. By the end of the report my interest had risen sharply.Read