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To Here Knows When - Great Irish Albums Revisited

To Here Knows When - Great Irish Albums Revisited

By Paul McDermott

A music podcast about iconic Irish albums. Each episode takes a deep dive into the making of an album with one of its creators. Produced by Paul McDermott for Learn & Sing Productions. Info and episode notes: paulmcdermott.ie/podcast
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EP23 - ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes

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EP23 - ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes
EP23 - ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes
In this episode Gavin Friday joins me to discuss ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes. We chat about Dublin in the 1970s and 80s; the band’s A New Form of Beauty multi format releases in 1981; touring throughout Europe; pushing boundaries with performance; working with Wire’s Colin Newman on If I Die, I Die; Séan Nós (old style) and the other Irish influences on the album; working with the photographer Ursula Steiger on the sleeve art concept; gigs in the UK; the Irish journalist Bill Graham; the band’s Hérésie concept album; producing the band’s last album The Moon Looked Down and Laughed with Soft Cell’s Dave Ball and the ending of the band. We also chat about the latest album that Gavin is currently working on and how proud he is of the Virgin Prunes.
01:08:06
November 21, 2022
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A second short video preview of Episode 23 – ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes
01:40
November 20, 2022
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A short video preview of Episode 23 – ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes
01:30
November 19, 2022
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A second short preview of Episode 23 – ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes
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November 18, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 23 – ...If I Die, I Die by Virgin Prunes
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November 15, 2022
EP22 - Chemicrazy by That Petrol Emotion
EP22 - Chemicrazy by That Petrol Emotion
In this episode Raymond Gorman and Steve Mack join me to chat about Chemicrazy, That Petrol Emotion’s fourth album, but we end up have a long chat about the band’s entire career: forming in Derry after the split of The Undertones, moving to London, The Fast Show's Paul Whitehouse auditioning, Steve joining the band, the highs and lows of ten years together, recording Manic Pop Thrill with Hugh Jones, moving to a major label for Babble, signing to Virgin, touring the US and Europe, writing and producing Chemicrazy with Scott Litt in California, putting the soon-to-be released career-spanning Boxset together and much, much more.
01:29:55
October 21, 2022
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A second short preview of Episode 22 – Chemicrazy by That Petrol Emotion
01:44
October 19, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 22 – Chemicrazy by That Petrol Emotion
01:35
October 17, 2022
EP21 - Nurse by Therapy?
EP21 - Nurse by Therapy?
In this episode Andy Cairns joins me to chat about the writing and recording of Therapy’s debut album Nurse released on A&M records in 1992. In a long conversation we discuss: Therapy’s move from Wiija Records to A&M and accusations from the time of “selling out”; the band’s 30th anniversary and recent tours; early gigs with Babes in Toyland; the influence of Belgian New Beat; writing Nurse in a farmhouse in Co. Carlow; recording at Loco Studios in Wales; the release of ‘Teethgrinder’ as their debut single on A&M; early support from John Peel; the band’s background growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles; attending gigs in Belfast in the late 80s and early 90s; touring America with The Screaming Trees; the remastering of both Babyteeth and Pleasure Death; the SharpShortShock EP, Troublegum and working with producer Chris Sheldon; playing Monsters of Rock at Donnington Castle 1994; Therapy’s cover version of Hüsker Dü’s ‘Diane’ and Andy’s heroes Grant Hart and Pete Shelley and more.
01:13:56
September 10, 2022
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EP21 - Preview 2
A second short preview of Episode 21 – Nurse by Therapy?
01:18
September 08, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 21 – Nurse by Therapy?
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September 06, 2022
Bonus EP - Fail We May, Sail We Must, a tribute to Andrew Weatherall
Bonus EP - Fail We May, Sail We Must, a tribute to Andrew Weatherall
A bonus episode before Season 2 begins. This episode doesn't revisit an Irish album, but instead details an incredible Irish music story. Fail We May, Sail We Must – the story of how a chance meeting in 2008 between Andrew Weatherall, the world-renowned DJ, producer and remixer, and Gerard Sheehy, a Co. Cork fisherman inspired Weatherall to use the phrase “Fail We May, Sail We Must” as a personal mantra and get it tattooed on his arms. The documentary tells how the phrase, in turn has become an inspiration for thousands of others. It details how in 2021, on the first anniversary of Weatherall’s death, Sheehy was identified as the source of the phrase and tells how the two disparate worlds of the music and fishing industries collided. First broadcast on UCC98.3FM, 17 February 2022 with sound supervision by Kieran Hurley. Recently this documentary was broadcast on Australian radio and at the end of the episode you’ll also hear me chatting to the Australian broadcaster Axel Moline all about this production. 
01:08:29
August 19, 2022
EP20 - The Clock Comes Down the Stairs by Microdisney
EP20 - The Clock Comes Down the Stairs by Microdisney
Season 1 ends with the story of Microdisney. For this episode I revisit Iron Fist in Velvet Glove - the story of Microdisney, my documentary from 2017. It tells how Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan met in Cork at a New Year’s Eve party in 1979 and formed a band. Microdisney went through several incarnations before Cathal and Sean upped sticks to London in July 1983. Over the course of the next five years they released two albums on Rough Trade Records and a further two on Virgin Records before disbanding in 1988. One of those records was 1985’s The Clock Comes Down the Stairs. The album topped the UK Indie Charts upon its release and has regularly featured at the top of “the best Irish album of all time” lists. Contributors include the members of Microdisney and key figures in their story including: Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Richard Boon (New Hormones), Elvera Butler (Downtown Kampus at the Arcadia in Cork), Jamie Lane (producer of The Clock) and many more. Cathal Coughlan sadly passed away on 18 may, 2022 and this Episode is dedicated to his memory.
01:09:56
June 30, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 20 – The Clock Comes Down the Stairs by Microdisney
01:30
June 26, 2022
EP19 - 1977 by Ash
EP19 - 1977 by Ash
This episode focuses on 1977 by Ash, released on Infectious Records in 1996. Tim Wheeler joins me to talk about: the band's earliest days, recording demo tapes, signing to Infectious, recording with Owen Morris in Rockfield, the writing process of the songs on 1977, supporting Therapy? and Babes in Toyland, revising for A-Levels while doing press interviews, the rollercoaster of touring between 1995 and 1997, playing small clubs and eventually headlining the Point Depot, the culture shock of touring in Japan, performing 'Girl From Mars' on Top of the Pops, the success of 1977 and its singles, the 'Give Peace a Chance' concert before the Belfast Agreement Referendum and much, much more.
01:05:57
June 24, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 19 – 1977 by Ash
01:00
June 21, 2022
EP18 - Grand Parade by The Frank & Walters
EP18 - Grand Parade by The Frank & Walters
This episode focuses on Grand Parade by The Frank & Walters, released on Setanta Records in 1997. Paul Linehan and Ashley Keating join me to talk about: the band's initial success in the UK; touring in support of their first album; returning to Cork after two and half years; recharging their batteries for a few years in the mid-90s, writing songs for Grand Parade, working with producers Edwyn Collins and Dave Couse, Polygram buying Go! Discs and returning to Setanta, the song-writing process, the renewed resurgence of interest in the band, touring abroad, the power of songs, the enduring popularity of 'After All' and much more. 
01:07:07
June 20, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 18 – Grand parade by The Frank & Walters
01:17
June 18, 2022
EP17 - I Want Too Much by A House
EP17 - I Want Too Much by A House
This episode focuses on A House's second album I Want Too Much released on Blanco Y Negro Records in 1990. Dave Couse and Fergal Bunbury join me to talk about: meeting producer Mike Hedges and recording I Want Too Much on Inisbofin off the Galway coast, the Abbey Road sound desk and equipment that Mike Hedges brought to Inisbofin, mixing the album in Abbey Road, signing to Setanta Records, working with Edwyn Collins on I Am the Greatest, releasing ‘Endless Art’, signing with Parlophone Records and reissuing ‘Endless Art’, the Pre Extinction Tapes – the archive project that Fergal and Dave have been working on to document A House’s entire recording career, and recording No More Apologies with Mike Hedges in France. Dave talks about working with The Frank & Walters on their Grand Parade album, and much more. Dave and Fergal also chat about reconvening in 2019 as A House is Dead to perform I AM the Greatest at the NCH. 
57:57
June 03, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 17 – I Want Too Much by A House
01:09
May 28, 2022
EP16 - Shoulder Voices & Horsedrawn Wishes by Rollerskate Skinny
EP16 - Shoulder Voices & Horsedrawn Wishes by Rollerskate Skinny
This episode focuses on two albums by Rollerskate Skinny. Shoulder Voices was released on Beggars Banquet sub-label Placebo in 1993 and Horsedrawn Wishes followed in 1996 on Warner Bros. These are two magnificent albums, the band also gifted us ‘Speed to My Side’, one of the greatest Irish singles ever. Rollerskate Skinny mainman Ken Griffin joins me for a discussion that takes in the band's early days; moving to London; scoring an NME ‘Single of the Week’ with Trophy - their second EP; being influenced by Ennio Morricone and Public Enemy; touring with Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, the Verve, the Afghan Whigs and The Flaming Lips; recording Shoulder Voices with Guy Fixsen; signing to Warner Brothers; Perry Farrell picking them for Lollapalooza 1994; recording Horsedrawn Wishes with Aidan Foley in Dublin; working with mixing engineer Anjali Dutt; meeting The Velvet Underground in New York; playing and recording with August Wells; the writing process; and recording an album as High Leaves, Ken’s latest musical project (with Graham Finn, Emperor of Icecream guitarist). 
01:10:44
May 20, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 16 – Shoulder Voices & Horsedrawn Wishes by Rollerskate Skinny
01:05
May 13, 2022
EP15 - A Fierce Pancake by Stump
EP15 - A Fierce Pancake by Stump
The story of Stump, the Irish-English experimental, rock band from the 1980s. For this episode I revisit Lights! Camel! Action! - the story of Stump, my documentary from 2016. The members of Stump and key figures in their story (legendary producer Hugh Jones, journalists Simon Reynolds and John Robb, Nigel Grainge from Ensign Records, Elvera Butler from the Downtown Kampus at the Arcadia in Cork, "Irish" Jack Lyons and others) tell how the band went from the NME’s C86 cassette to topping the Indie charts. Stump then travelled to the famous Hansa studios in Berlin to record the influential A Fierce Pancake, released on Ensign Records in 1988. Mick Lynch, Stump's enigmatic frontman and lyricist sadly passed away on 17 December, 2015, the documentary is dedicated to his memory. 
01:07:57
May 06, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 15 – A Fierce Pancake by Stump
01:30
April 29, 2022
EP14 - Ghostown by The Radiators
EP14 - Ghostown by The Radiators
"No Irish band has ever attempted anything as ambitious as Ghostown, and no one ever will. Why should it? It has been done and, like Pet Sounds, it's a monument forever" (George Byrne, Sunday Times, 1998). Ghostown was recorded in 1978 and released over a year later in August 1979. In this episode I’m joined by The Radiators's Pete Holidai to discuss Ghostown. Our chat covers a lot of ground: the early days of The Radiators; playing one of Ireland’s first big outdoor concerts at Dalymount Park in 1977 on a bill with Thin Lizzy, Fairport Convention, Graham Parker and the Rumour and The Boomtown Rats; touring the UK with Thin Lizzy; meeting producer Tony Visconti and recording Ghostown in his Good Earth studio; Visconti's recording techniques; the delay in releasing the album; the critical reception upon the album's release and lots more. We also talk about how Pete worked with the original master tapes to put together the 40th Anniversary edition of Ghostown. Pete now plays in Trouble Pilgrims alongside former Radiator From Space Steve Rapid and we talk about Blood, Glass & Gasoline, the band’s latest album.
01:05:37
April 22, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 14 – Ghostown by The Radiators
01:05
April 14, 2022
EP13 - Staros by Nina Hynes
EP13 - Staros by Nina Hynes
Released in 2002, Staros was the first full-length album from Nina Hynes. Staros celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and it's the youngest album I’ve featured on the podcast to date. In this episode Nina joins me to chat about the album and more: her earliest memories of music; writing her first song at the age of 8; taking up piano and later the guitar; busking on Grafton St; being introduced to  the French composer and producer Hector Zazou; recording with Zazou and touring throughout Europe with him and Harold Budd; writing and recording Staros; touring America; her creative life in Berlin and her most recent album ZAP! We even talk about that time back in 1994 when she sang onstage with Jeff Buckley in Belfast.
52:57
April 08, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 13 – Staros by Nina Hynes
01:01
April 05, 2022
EP12 - Immigrants, Emigrants and Me by Power of Dreams
EP12 - Immigrants, Emigrants and Me by Power of Dreams
In this episode we discuss the early days of Power of Dreams, Craig talks about learning classical guitar from the age of 11, the influence of an English teacher in school, buying his first electric guitar at 14, rehearsing in the bedroom he shared with brother Keith, recording a demo with Stano and releasing their first EP on Setanta. We chat about recording Immigrants, Emigrants and Me in London with Ray Shulman and touring with The Mission and other bands and recording recent album Ausländer, We also chat about Bill Doyle the master photographer who took the photograph on the cover of Immigrants, Emigrants and Me and I share with Craig some information I uncovered about the photograph. 
01:00:57
March 24, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 12 – Immigrants, Emigrants and Me by Power of Dreams
01:00
March 16, 2022
EP11 - Black River Falls by Cathal Coughlan
EP11 - Black River Falls by Cathal Coughlan
In this episode Cathal joins me to discuss Black River Falls, his second solo album released in 2000 on Cooking Vinyl. We chat about those years between The Fatima Mansions and the release of Black River Falls, touring Ireland with the Nine Wassies From Bainne in 1997, singing with Nina Hynes and Mimi Goese at two Hector Zazou shows, supporting Arto Lindsay, training his voice and recording with new collaborators. We also chat about Telefís his musical project with old friend Jacknife Lee and the release of the duo’s first album Telefís a h-Aon.
53:27
March 11, 2022
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A short preview of Episode 11 – Black River Falls by Cathal Coughlan
01:25
February 28, 2022
EP10 - Room to Roam by The Waterboys
EP10 - Room to Roam by The Waterboys
Episode ten focuses on Room to Roam by The Waterboys. While touring Fisherman’s Blues the four-piece Waterboys of Mike Scott, Steve Wickham, Anto Thistlethwaite and Trevor Hutchinson was augmented by Sharon Shannon, Colin Blakey and Noel Bridgeman and it was this seven-piece line-up – The Magnificent Seven as Noel Bridgeman named them – that recorded the fifth Waterboys album Room to Roam. In this episode I chat to Mike Scott about this line-up of The Waterboys, playing small towns throughout Ireland, recording Room to Roam in Spiddal House, the response to the album, putting The Magnificent Seven boxset together and the recording of his forthcoming album All Souls Hill. Mike also pays tribute to drummer Noel Bridgeman who passed away in March 2021.
44:58
December 30, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 10 – Room to Roam by The Waterboys
01:00
December 23, 2021
Pop Quiz Intro Round - Future Episodes
Pop Quiz Intro Round - Future Episodes
A short preview of future episodes in the form of a "Pop Quiz Intro Round"
01:60
December 15, 2021
EP9 - Chicks Dig Scars by Wormhole
EP9 - Chicks Dig Scars by Wormhole
Episode nine focuses on Chicks Dig Scars by Wormhole. Formed in the early 90s the band were a three-piece from Ringsend in Dublin and in 1994 released Chicks Dig Scars, their debut album, on Dead Elvis Records. Wormhole were Graham Blackmore and twins Anto and Dave Carroll. Graham played guitar and sang, Dave played the drums and sang, and Anto played the bass guitar. Wormhole became The Wormholes and to tell the band's story I'm joined by Graham and Anto, Eamonn Crudden (Dead Elvis), Marc Carolan (producer) and Stephen Rennicks (a longtime friend and archivist of the band and one of the writers of the sleevenotes of the new Wormholes anthology). Dave passed away in 2019 and this episode is dedicated to his memory.
56:57
December 14, 2021
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EP9 - Preview
A short preview of Episode 9 – Chicks Dig Scars by Wormhole 
01:00
December 10, 2021
EP8 - Revelino
EP8 - Revelino
Episode 8 focuses on Revelino's self-titled 1994 debut album. Revelino emerged in 1994 fully formed. They were an incredibly tight, professional unit with a three-guitar sonic attack, soaring harmonies and great, great pop songs. Revelino were from Balinteer at the base of the Dublin mountains and had formed after the demise of their previous band The Coltranes. On this episode I’m joined by Brendan Tallon to discuss the band’s debut album and much more.
01:11:36
December 03, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 8 – Revelino by Revelino
00:40
November 26, 2021
EP7 - Sacred Heart Hotel & Speak Slowly by The Stars of Heaven
EP7 - Sacred Heart Hotel & Speak Slowly by The Stars of Heaven
Episode seven focuses on The Stars of Heaven and their two albums Sacred Heart Hotel (1986) and Speak Slowly (1988). The band were formed in Dublin in 1983 and disbanded in early 1990. They released their debut 7” single ‘Clothes of Pride’ on Hotwire Records in 1985. John Peel picked up on the single and the band were offered a BBC session. Within days of the session being broadcast in January 1986 Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis had offered to release the recordings. The band added three more songs that were recorded with Chris O’Brien in Dublin and the resulting mini-album Sacred Heart Hotel was released by Rough Trade Records in September 1986. Speak Slowly, their second album, followed in June 1988. The Stars of Heaven were Stephen Ryan on vocals and guitar, Stan Erraught on guitar, Peter O’Sullivan on bass guitar and Bernard Walsh on drums. Stephen and Stan both wrote songs and Stephen sang them. They were once described as, “Ireland's answer to The Byrds, Gram Parsons and the Velvet Underground all in one package.” Stan Erraught joins me to talk about the highs and lows of the band's career.
01:06:18
November 18, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 7 – Sacred Heart Hotel & Speak Slowly by The Stars of Heaven
00:41
November 12, 2021
Bonus EP - The Restoration of Michael O'Shea's Mo Chara
Bonus EP - The Restoration of Michael O'Shea's Mo Chara
Following on from episode 6, this is a bonus episode - a short feature focusing on the restoration of Michael O’Shea’s instrument he called Mo Chara (my friend). After the reissue of Michael's album his family loaned artist and musician Stano one of two surviving iterations of Michael’s Mo Chara that they’ve had since his untimely death back in December 1991. The instrument had lain idle for almost 30 years when Stano asked percussionist Thomas Haugh to help restore it. Michael played the Mo Chara on Stano’s debut album and now almost 40 years later Stano and Thomas are recording with the Mo Chara again. It’s a spiritual story about how musical instruments have a life of their own.
16:29
November 10, 2021
EP6 - Michael O'Shea
EP6 - Michael O'Shea
Episode six focuses on Michael O'Shea's self-titled 1982 album. Michael O’Shea played an instrument made from a door that he called “Mo Chara” (my friend). His 1982 album, is regarded as a landmark cult classic. The instrument was inspired by the Hammered Dulcimer, but Michael added amplification and effects lending it a strong sense of otherworldliness. Its sound is steeped in Celtic undertones but also resonant with the cultures Michael had absorbed on his travels in the East. This is a portrait of a musician who went AWOL from the British Army, spent time as a relief worker in Bangladesh, supported Ravi Shankar at the Royal Festival Hall and played with some of the biggest names in jazz including Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry and Archie Shepp. First broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM in 2019. Interviewees include Michael's sister Rita, Graham Lewis (Wire), Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes), Stano and a host of others.  
01:04:27
November 05, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 6 – Michael O'Shea by Michael O'Shea.
01:00
October 29, 2021
EP5 - Under the Water & Churchtown by Into Paradise
EP5 - Under the Water & Churchtown by Into Paradise
Episode five focuses on the first two albums by Into Paradise - Under the Water (1990) and Churchtown (1991). Keith Cullen released Under the Water on Setanta Records and then the band subsequently made the jump to Ensign Records for its major label follow-up, Churchtown before returning once more to Setanta for two further albums. My conversation with Dave Long takes in: playing punk gigs in the Magnet bar with his first band Amuse; forming Backwards Into Paradise and recording various demos in Dublin; signing to Setanta Records; touring Europe with The Godfathers; signing a major record deal with Nigel Grainge’s Ensign Records; working with The Sound’s Adrian Borland; the writing of music journalist David Cavanagh; playing live with Into Paradise in the UK. We also chat about Moll & Zeis, Dave’s latest album with his old friend Shane O’Neill and we ruminate on the creative and artistic compulsion to continue to create new music regardless of its perceived success or popularity.
01:00:17
October 22, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 5 – Under the Water & Churchtown by Into Paradise.
00:35
October 14, 2021
EP4 - All the God's Men & Explicit Material by Blue in Heaven
EP4 - All the God's Men & Explicit Material by Blue in Heaven
This episode focuses on two albums by Blue in Heaven. The Dublin band released two albums on Island Records - All the God’s Men (1985) and Explicit Material (1986). These are very different records and sound at times almost as if they were created by two different bands. Blue in Heaven frontman Shane O’Neill, joins me for a discussion that takes in landmark Irish record label Mulligan Records (run by Shane’s father Seamus O’Neill and Donal Lunny); The Bothy Band’s live album, After Hours; his first band Amuse (with future Into Paradise mainman Dave Long); early punk gigs in Pearse Street’s Magnet bar; the original five-piece version of Micro Disney; the Edge producing Blue in Heaven’s first demo, signing to Island Records; playing gigs with U2 and New Order; working with producer Hugh Jones, Stiff Records boss Dave Robinson and Island Records boss Chris Blackwell; recording in Blackwell’s Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. A lot of our conversation is taken up with a discussion of Blue in Heaven’s time at Strawberry Studios when the band worked with the legendary Factory Records producer Martin Hannett. We come full circle and talk about the beautiful album Moll & Zeis that Shane released this year alongside his old friend Dave Long.
57:27
October 08, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 4 – All the God's Men & Explicit Material by Blue in Heaven.
00:35
September 30, 2021
EP3 - Viva Dead Ponies by The Fatima Mansions
EP3 - Viva Dead Ponies by The Fatima Mansions
This episode focuses on Viva Dead Ponies by The Fatima Mansions. Viva Dead Ponies - the second album by The Fatima Mansions - was released in late 1990 on Kitchenware Records. Cathal Coughlan discusses the writing and recording of what many consider to be the band’s greatest album. The conversation takes in: Microdisney ending and starting The Fatima Mansions; gigs the band played in Ireland and the US; circumnavigating American “meet + greet” events; kissing the runway at Knock Airport before handing out condoms at the Marian Shrine; and contemplating the songs on Viva Dead Ponies from a distance of 30 years. Produced by Paul McDermott for Learn & Sing Productions.
59:57
September 25, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 3 – Viva Dead Ponies by The Fatima Mansions.
00:30
September 22, 2021
EP2 - Another Day, Another Riot by Toasted Heretic
EP2 - Another Day, Another Riot by Toasted Heretic
Audience Warning: This episode contains references to child sexual abuse. Released in 1992, Another Day, Another Riot was Toasted Heretic’s third album. It was released by Liquid Records, a subsidiary of Solid Records. Toasted Heretic were from Galway and they preceded Another Day, Another Riot with two cassette-only albums, Songs For Swinging Celibates (1988) and Charm and Arrogance (1989). These albums were followed in 1990 by The SMUG EP, which included ‘They Didn’t Teach Music In My School’ a song about child sex abuse in Ireland. Toasted Heretic’s cassettes were distributed through book and record shops and via mailorder – a cottage industry both physically and geographically outside the Irish Music Industry. Toasted Heretic were: Julian Gough on vocals, Declan Collins and Breffni O'Rourke on guitars, Neil Farrell on drums and Aengus McMahon on bass. Q magazine once declared them, “powerful articulate and original”, while Mother Records described them as - too original. In this episode I discuss the album with Toast Heretic’s singer and lyricist Julian Gough. Our conversation includes a chat about all of Toasted Heretic’s recordings, a discussion about the nature of fame, and the oddity of looking back and re-evaluating art. A novelist, Julian resides in Berlin and is also the author of the successful children’s book series, Rabbit & Bear. Produced by Paul McDermott for Learn & Sing Productions.
56:57
September 13, 2021
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A short preview of Episode 2 - Another Day, Another Riot by Toasted Heretic.
00:30
September 10, 2021
EP1 - Heartworm by Whipping Boy
EP1 - Heartworm by Whipping Boy
Whipping boy’s second album Heartworm was released on 23 October 1995. I first saw Whipping Boy in the early 90s in Cork. I loved the two Cheree EPs and their debut Submarine. Their gigs were always intense, explosive tinderbox affairs. Then we heard that they’d signed a record deal with Sony. Well this’ll be interesting, we all thought. Heartworm was a revelation. In this episode I discuss the album with Paul Page, the band’s guitarist. We talk about: the influence of seeing of Echo & the Bunnymen at Dublin’s SFX in 1985; Whipping Boy’s early days; passing off songs from Pop Will Eat Itself as their own demo tape to get a gig in Dublin’s Underground; the early Cheree EPs; Submarine; signing to Sony; the writing and recording of Heartworm; touring with Lou Reed; and Heartworm’s reissue. Produced by Paul McDermott for Learn & Sing Productions.
51:28
August 22, 2021