Irish music has benefitted, but also suffered greatly at the hands of U2 and the shadow they’ve cast for the last 30 odd years. This series of ‘Lost Music’ (which I sort of gave up on a while ago, as it seemed a bit dull) is about the plethora of Irish bands who’ve been forgotten, or indeed never really managed to make an impact in the first place. There’ll be no Rory Gallagher or Planxty here.
Ideally I would have started with The Magic Children (I think that’s the right name), who won 2FM’s battle of the bands in, I guess, 1993 with a song called ‘God is in the Movies’. The band weren’t very good (I can’t imagine that any of them went on to a carer in music), but they supported American Music Club when they played in the Tivoli the day ‘San Francisco’ was released, and were standing behind us whilst Morgan ranted about just how bad they were. I’ve always felt a bit sorry for that, but there we go – I couldn’t find a clip on the net.
Instead, I thought I’d plump for the endlessly wonderful Rollerskate Skinny. Always seen as a companion band to My Bloody Valentine, mostly because Kevin Shields’ brother was in the band, the band only released a couple of albums (and an EP), though apparently there’s a third fully recorded album that may yet find its way into the shops at some point (presumably not through WEA at this stage though!).
I always liked the name, and was lucky enough to be damn near deafened by them several times in Whelans. Anyway, you can read the Wikipedia page if you’d like to know what the various members have done since: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollerskate_Skinny.
In the tradition though, some music. The first clip here is off their debut album, ‘Shoulder Voices’, and was the song that made me go and buy the album. Lovely stuff. Sorry I couldn’t find an actual video for it:
The second is a song from their second album, ‘Horsedrawn Wishes’, which is called ‘Speed to my Side’:
If you haven’t heard the albums I’d really encourage you to go and find them, both are great, though if you’re going to go for one, I’d try ‘Horsedrawn Wishes’, which has some really great moments on it.