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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Taken February 7, 2015

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

I had thought being in a Boyband was a glamorous affair, playing support to all sorts of other Boybands , making TV appearances, mixing with the stars, bein g in Hello or VIP magazine, the gossip columns of the papers and so on…….
I picked my daughter up from her Primary School during the week…..
“How was school?”
“What you do at PE?”
“We din’t have PE, as the hall was occupied”
“What was on in the Hall?”
“A Boyband”
“A Boyband called Taken, I got two of their autographs, but not the guitarists which I really wanted!”
“Wow, were they any good.”
“They were brilliant”
“What did they play”
“Loads of songs you’d hear on the radio and one of their own”
“That’s mad, a boyband playing in the school hall during school hours!”

They had signed a flyer promoting a concert. So I had a look at the bands Facebook and Twitter and it appears that they have spent the last few months playing Primary Schools all around Dublin with many of them in Rathfarnham, Tallaght and Dundrum. In a way it’s genius as they now have name recognition from loads of girls in Dublin aged 5 to 12 (a bot bands target audience) but it must seem a long way from The Primary School to The Point Depot!
Either way if this crowd ever make it, they did it the hard way.
Anyway this is their one song… and whilst not my cup of tea, I’ve heard far worse, my daughter has been listening to it quite a bit this week.


1. Philip Ferguson - February 7, 2015

It’s a long weekend in New Zealand, Friday being Waitangi Day.

I’m chilling out with Seth Lakeman’s latest couple of CDs: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/seth-lakemans-workers-lives-review-of-tales-from-the-barrelhouse-and-word-of-mouth/

and some other ‘nu folk’, especially the wonderful The Imagined Village (‘The Imagined Village’), and also some good old late 60s and early 70s folk, in particular Shirley Collins, Dolly Collins, Ashley Hutching (‘Anthems in Eden’ and ‘No Roses’, in particular).

Hate English imperialism, love heaps of English culture.



WorldbyStorm - February 7, 2015

That sounds relaxing Philip!


Philip Ferguson - February 8, 2015

Take a listen to some Seth Lakeman, very, very good. At the review whose url I posted above, there are some links to a few excellent Seth numbers. But I like pretty much everything he’s ever done. Especially check out the vids of him live at the Minack Theatre in 2009 and him by himself at The St Pancras Station Sessions in 2011.

Btw, one of his sisters-in-law, Cara Dillon, does a beautiful version of one of my all-time favourite songs, ‘She Moves Through the fair’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CCi13tnW5o
Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman record and perform simply as Cara Dillon

His other sister-in-law is also a wonderful singer, Kathryn Roberts. She performs with the oldest of the brothers, her husband Sean Lakeman (who usually plays lead acoustic guitar in Seth’s band).



2. WorldbyStorm - February 7, 2015

Just on Taken, and by the way I’m tempted to say best This Weekend ever… it’s amazing how it locks into a certain age and gender demographic. The creature hates One Direction – off her own bat, my only function is to offer her the classics (AC/DC, Monster Magnet, you know the drill) but last year during the concerts in Croke Park we were coming back from voting and she saw the streams of people going to the – ahem – ‘concert’ and was gutted she wasn’t going, even though she still didn’t like them. The social aspect is huge, isn’t it?


irishelectionliterature - February 7, 2015

Yes, I actually Stewarded at one of the 1D concerts although not the same one as my wife and daughter went to. For stewarding concerts we are always given ear plugs. It was the first time I ever used them! between the noise from the stage and the high pitch screams I had to 🙂
I just thought it was amazing that a band would have a plan of building a base by playing primary schools and even nicer that the schools allowed it. Needless to say nothing like that in my day…. certainly not during school hours anyhow.


3. 6to5against - February 7, 2015

Of course, in ‘our’ day, they would never have gone after the 5-12 demographic. They would have aimed themselves at teenagers, and hoped that the status thereby gained would help sell a bit of merchandise to the teenies as well.
I saw a doc about the bay city rollers a while back, and their manager said their big mistake was aiming at too young a market in the US, losing all credibility in the process.


WorldbyStorm - February 7, 2015

+1 It’s a short life span for them one way or another. Unless like Take That they can move across to more mainstream success. But – like ’em or loathe ’em, there aren’t that many Take That’s.


Mark P - February 7, 2015

And even if they do “make it” for a bit and bring in substantial money for a while, most boybands / girlbands / pop acts of that sort are employees of their “management” / backers these days.

Still beats working in centra, mind you.


WorldbyStorm - February 7, 2015

Absolutely, and that’s an often vile relationship with ‘management’.


4. Philip Ferguson - February 8, 2015

More about reading than listening:

Given the excitement caused in Ireland, north and south, by The Pill folks might be interested in this new book called The Birth of the Pill, reviewed by a friend of mine here: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/in-review-the-birth-of-the-pill/



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