This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Blades December 13, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Its mad to think that this time tomorrow night I’ll actually (along with others from this realm) be in The Olympia watching The Blades. Some of you may well be there on the Friday night …. and indeed I’d imagine theres quite a few going to both nights.
The Blades reforming is incredible, they were the one band I would have loved to have seen but never got to. There’s a whole generation like myself who just missed out on them and got into them after they had split. It will be interesting if the demographic at the gigs is all forty plus…..
6to5against put it very well here in comments the other day
You know I was thinking recently that the Blades are one eighties band whose CDs I still play regularly, and I don’t do it with any sense of nostalgia or of reliving the past. I play them because they produced really fine, witty songs that have always stayed with me, the killer brass section really brought something special to the production, and the politics resonates now just as it did then.
That’s very true and it wasn’t just the politics though, there was almost a mystique about Cleary himself. I dont know if its true but I once heard that Cleary wrote the questions to RTE’s quiz show ‘Blackboard Jungle’ ! For me too he had the added attraction of being a Shamrock Rovers fan! which funnily enough as I’ve been playing The Blades in the car the last while my son has recognised some of the tunes from the PA at Rovers games.
I’m sure I’m not alone in that I’m almost as excited about this as my children are about Christmas.
The first clip below gives a nice history of The band.
If you’re going enjoy
And RTE Archives put up the video for ‘Tell me lies’ which was made especially for ‘Anything Goes’ at RTÉ