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30 years ago today – the debut of Under Clery’s Clock September 23, 2017

Posted by Tomboktu in Commemoration, LGBT, Music.

30 years ago today, on 23 September 1987 (it was a Wednesday), the Radiators played Under Clery’s Clock for the first time in public. The band had reunited for a one-off gig in the Hawkins nightclub in Dublin to raise funds for AIDS.

Under Clery’s Clock was both of its time and way ahead of it. Written by Phil Chevron (who died on 8 October 2013), it condensed into just 117 words both his isolation growing up gay in Dublin in the 1960s and 1970s and — unlike many other gay songs of the time that set ambitions of coming out or escaping queer-bashing — envisioned a time of true equality: “All I want is to embrace / By the streetlight / Just like other lovers do”.

And it was comfortably Irish — Dublin, even: not only Clery’s (gone) and its famous clock (still there) or the last bus to An Lár (remember them before the electronic signs?), but also Burgh Quay (and the now gone public toilets which had been a cruising spot for gay men).

(PS: A recording was made of the 1987 gig, to help raise additional funds. I’ve not been able to find a copy. It anybody knows where I can borrow one, do pop me an email: cedarlounge.tomboktu@gmail.com)

This evening I’ll mainly be listening to … Micheál Ó Domhnaill and Kevin Burke September 12, 2016

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It’s the wrong day of the week, and it’s only one song, but when I saw the following in the Guardian, I had to get out this song

Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt

Exclusive: Perfectly preserved HMS Terror vessel sank during disastrous expedition led by British explorer Sir John Franklin

The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries.

‘Visual Eyes’ Paul Cleary Special August 6, 2015

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A 1987 show on Paul Cleary.

Philip Chevron testimonial August 26, 2013

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[The following is from a text message I sent today, that WbS asked me to post.]

I was at the Testimonial for Philip Chevron on Saturday night in the Olympia. He came on stage and looks very ill. Great gig. Each singer did two songs; one of their one and one of his, except Shane McGowan. Mary Coughlan pissed me off, as she hadn’t bothered to learn the lyrics off the song. It ended with three sets: Radiators, Horslips, and both together. Aidan Gillen was MC. He clarified something I’d wondered about. Song of the Faithful Departed on the album is slightly faster than the single version (which I’d heard on Dave Fanning’s show at the time).



[Roddy Doyle read a piece, a dialogue between two characters (Added on 30 August 2013: The script I posted is now replaced with the version posted on the Radiotors website.)]

-D’yeh remember Kitty Ricketts?
-I fuckin’ married her.
-The song.
-The song, the attitude, the whole fuckin’ shebang.
-The song – stop messin,. Yeh know what I fuckin’ mean.
-I do, yeah.
-You remember it.
-It was brilliant, wasn’t it?
-Yeah – brilliant. There were great songs back then.
-Great gigs as well.
-Yeah, yeah. The Blades, The Attrix.
-The Radiators from Space.
-Songs about Dublin.
-Made us proud, didn’t it?
-Still does.
-The fella tha’ wrote tha’ one, Kitty Ricketts.
-Philip Chevron – yeah.
-There’s a testimonial for him tonigh’.
-In the Olympia.
-Football in the Olympia? Fuckin’ brilliant. The Radiators from Space versus A Republic of Ireland Eleven – from space.
-Niall Quinn up in the gods.
-His natural fuckin’ habitat.
-Eamonn Dunphy on drums.
-Tha’ makes sense.
-Philip Chevron on the left wing.
-With his mazy runs an’ silky skills. Slashin’ at his opponents’ shins with his guitar.
-He isn’t well.
-Yeh know wha’ tha’ means – ‘isn’t well’? For men our age, like.
-I do – yeah.
-Chevron, but. What sort of a name is tha’?
-It’s Irish. He dropped the O.
-Exactly. It means son of the unfortunate fucker who couldn’t get the odds together to emigrate.
-Here, look it. We don’t normally do this. But we’ll lift the glass for Philip, will we?
-No – we won’t.
-Why not?
-Cos punks don’t do tha’ shite.


The Radiators – Ghostown (Full Album) August 1, 2013

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Thought this might be of interest…..

00:00 Million Dollar Hero
03:08 Let’s Talk About the Weather
07:19 Johnny Jukebox
10:08 Confidential
13:01 They’re Looting in the Town
17:02 Who are the Strangers?
20:17 Ballad of Kitty Ricketts
24:16 Song of the Faithful Departed
29:04 Walking Home Alone Again
32:10 Dead the Beast, Dead the Poison

Ghostown is a critically acclaimed 1979 album by Irish punk/new wave band The Radiators. Ghostown is something of a concept album, documenting the sense of social and cultural isolation felt by many Dubliners throughout the 1970s, sometimes noted as literary and “difficult”, especially for a snappy record from a punk band. In 2008 The Irish Times named Ghostown the third best Irish album of all time (jointly with I Am the Greatest by A House), behind Loveless by My Bloody Valentine and Achtung Baby by U2. At the time of its release the record had also received rave reviews. The ambition and literacy of Ghostown may have, however, impacted on its popularity on the charts and thus, the entry for Philip Chevron on The Pogues website ruefully notes that despite Ghostown’s positive critical reception, “unfortunately the reviews were too late, and shortly after the release the group broke up”

Philip Chevron Testimonial Concert – 24 August, Olympia Theatre July 25, 2013

Posted by Tomboktu in Culture, Music.

I am re-posting this from Come Here To Me.

Tickets (€30) are now on sale for Philip Chevron’s (The Radiators from Space & The Pogues) Testimonial Concert.

Philip revealed last month that the cancer he has battled since 2007 has become incurable and terminal. A life-long football fan, he has decided to hold his own ‘Testimonial’.

Artists confirmed so far for include Horslips, Luka Bloom, Declan O’Rourke, Brush Shiels, Shane MacGowan, Patrick McCabe, Gavin Friday, Duke Special with Fiona Shaw, Paul Brady, Joseph O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Paul Cleary, Aidan Gillen, Fiachna Ó Braonáin & Liam Ó Maonlaí, Roddy Doyle, The Radiators from Space, Michael O’Connor and family, Terry Woods and Camille O’Sullivan.

A feature of the show will be that performers will offer their own work along with selections from Chevron’s own songbook, including some items never heard before in public.

All at CHTM! were chuffed to see that Steve Averill (aka Steve Rapid) from The Radiators from Space and designer of U2′s album covers decided to use Mice Hell’s illustration of Philip Chevron which was first published in the CHTM! book last Christmas.

In April 2012, I sat down with Philip in Brooks Hotel and spoke for over three hours about his life, music and opinions on everything from Dr. Feelgood to the punk’s reaction to the Troubles. You can read that interview here.

Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements February 13, 2013

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If you’ve an hour or two to spare well worth a watch.

Over the The Replacements’ 12-year existence, the band’s live sets were magical. Gorman Bechard’s remarkable history of the ‘Mats takes us from their first show and everywhere in between. He relies solely on the fans; memories of their albums and antics. Material from Husker Dü, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls is included.

“You can experience a download but you can’t download an experience.” November 12, 2012

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Had the pleasure earlier this evening of watching Billy Bragg give the Annual John Peel Lecture on BBC 6. The post title comes from his lecture which covered Braggs early days pre record deal and the role Peel played in Bragg making the breakthrough.
Bragg also talks about class and musical opportunities as well as the way music is going with more and more of it being online.
Well worth a listen.
You can listen to it here as well as see a few clips from the lecture.

Jools Holland – London Calling (Full Documentary) October 28, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Music.

On this cold night… well worth a watch
via the ‘Come Here To Me’ Facebook

The blurb

Jools Holland embarks on a personal journey through the streets, historical landmarks, pubs, music halls and rock ‘n’ roll venues of London to uncover a history of the city through its songs, the people who wrote them and the Londoners who joined in the chorus.

Unlike Chicago blues or Memphis soul, London has no one definitive sound. Its noisy history is full of grime, clamour, industry and countless different voices demanding to be heard. But there is a strain of street-wise realism that is forever present, from its world-famous nursery rhymes to its music hall traditions, and from the Broadside Ballad through to punk and beyond.

Jools’s investigation – at once probing and humorous – identifies the many ingredients of a salty tone that could be called ‘the London sound’ as he tracks through the centuries from the ballads of Tyburn Gallows to Broadside publishing in Seven Dials in the 18th century, to Wilton’s Music Hall in the late 19th century, to the Caribbean sounds and styles that first docked at Tilbury with the Windrush in 1948, to his own conception to the strains of Humphrey Lyttelton at the 100 Club in 1957.

Along the way, he meets musicians such as Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Suggs, Roy Hudd, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Brown and Eliza Carthy who perform and talk about such classic songs as London Bridge is Falling Down, While London Sleeps, Knocked ‘Em in the Old Kent Road, St James Infirmary Blues and Oranges and Lemons.

The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer -BBC4 Documentary October 25, 2012

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Some of the blurb about the Documentary from the BBC site

In 1978 the Undertones released Teenage Kicks, one of the most perfect and enduring pop records of all time – an adolescent anthem that spoke to teenagers all over the globe. It was the first in a string of hits that created a timeless soundtrack to growing up, making the Undertones one of punk rock’s most prolific and popular bands.
Unlike the anarchic ragings of the Sex Pistols or the overt politics of the Clash, the Undertones sang of mummy’s boys, girls – or the lack of them – and their irritating cousin Kevin. But their gems of pop music were revolutionary nonetheless – startlingly positive protest songs that demanded a life more ordinary. Because The Undertones came from Derry, epicentre of the violent troubles that tore Northern Ireland apart during the 1970s.

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