Friday, 29 April 2016

27 years is a long time

Hillsborough was horrendous, tonight's BBC documentary was a painful watch.
Here are two poems I wrote over the years.

A few recent articles here and here.

Great podcast here well worth a listen.

This one was from the 20th Anniversary in April 2009.

Hysteric Call

Can todays youth ever envisage
With their gadgets, football from a seat
Those old enough retain the image
A queue for a phone in the street

In Sheffield they queued for miles
The football not worth a damn
Faces pale, void of smiles
“I just need to ring me mam”

Back home the waiting excruciating
Minds racing, families concerned
That night some children walked right in
Others, they never returned.

This one is from September 2012

All Apologies

The youth of today just won’t understand
What life in the eighties was like
Food on the table was paramount
And very few kids had a bike.

England was being run into the ground
A battle scene version of Hades
Labour Left Liverpool cast adrift
By Margaret the Iron lady

What happened on that April day
Embodied that Tory decease
Third class fans in rundown grounds
Impunity for the police

Duckenfield, clueless, out of his depth,
Up to his neck in pain and death
In Devon where he lays his head
May that day haunt your every breath

Pitiless Poppers post-mortem
Deliberate, callous and cruel
Accidental death at three fifteen?
Who were you trying to fool?

Thatchers police had served her so well
Waving notes at the down trodden miners
Cover up, statements were altered
How evil was blood testing minors?

Tory Boy Patnick went to work
Casting shame on the dead and the dying
For planting lies a knighthood earned
We always knew you were lying

And now the truth is out at last
They spout their sickly faux sorry
They’ll get what’s coming soon enough
Justice will see them the quarry

Thatcher now old and quite senile
Still an icon of anger and hate
No rejoicing til she’s safe and sound
In the Hades she tried to create

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Autumn Arias

Some music I've heard and am liking of late.

Great to see Dave Gahan with some new stuff, this is his new single with his new arrangement the Soulsavers.

It's called All of This and Nothing and is from the forthcoming album Angels & Ghosts.

This is a nice tune from The Sherlocks, sounds very like the Courteeners
It's called Heart of Gold and is well worth a listen.

This is the new single from Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.
It's called Losing Touch from the New Album ‘Momentary Masters’ Out Now.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Book A Year For 2015

So here we are almost 5 months into 2015.

If you recall I vowed to read a book a month for 2015, here's what I've done so far.

1. For January I read Neal "Hoggie" Horgan's account of some extremely difficult times for Cork City Football Club. As we have come so far in the intervening years, I had actually forgotten a lot of it but no harm in remembering the difficult times.

2. For February I read Kevin Pietersens Autobiography KP.
He has a good moan about everything, the press, the players, the authorities and how everyone hates him. "Trust Issue" is right.
It's no surprise he isn't wanted back.

3. In March I went back to football, it was a book I had bought many moons ago but had never read.
It is written by an American author, Robert Andrew Powell, who moves to the most dangerous city on earth to find himself, it's called "This Love Is Not For Cowards - Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juarez".
Murder is an every day thing in Ciudad Juarez, human life has no value, it is a stones throw from the US border and El Paso. He begins to follow the local football team as they struggled in the top tier of Mexican football.
An Interesting book, worth the read.

4. April marked a move to my other great love, music. This was another book that was lying around for a while and is called "The Fallen"
Mark E. Smith is an enigma, making music with his band, The Fall since 1976, members have come and members have gone but Mark is there omnipresent, leading the line.
Dave Simpson is a Fall devotee who decided to take on the onerous task of tracking all those people who played over the years. It's in the region of 50 or so.
It's a fascinating take on the way Smith runs the band , treats new members, marries some and contains some crazy stories of the carry on throughout the years.
Marks quote on the front should be reason enough to read it.

5. May is the month of Morrissey.
A hero of mine, a man that spoke so vividly to me in the 1980's when in my bedroom writing poetry.
Len Brown (not the controversial Aussie mayor or the lad I went to school with) has spent an unbelievable amount of time with Morrissey over the years. Brown, like myself,  is a huge fan and intermingled Morrisseys career with the various meetings they have had. 
It takes one through his career piece by piece, interview by interview, album by album, controversy by controversy.
The reason it took me so long to read is that as Brown went through the back catalogue I kept going back to my Morrissey cd collection and started digging out all the albums to play over and over again.

And one we move to June.
I have Morrisseys own autobiography for later in the year so am always open to suggestions, please let me know if you have any book that may be of interest.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Fresh Start

Kind of forgot about the blog in the last few months of 2014.
There was lots to be done in work and with CCFC so could not dedicate the time.
EOQ Support, new kit launch, getting merchandise to the shop for Christmas. etc etc
A huge elongated build up to the festive season, then you blink and it's gone.

Here are my brief list of resolutions for 2015.
1. I have vowed to read a book a month in 2015.
For January I have started this.

2. I'm going to climb Carrauntoohil.
3. I'm going to learn how to use the Nespresso machine at home.
4. I'm going to take the Kick Start 1 course.
5. I'm going to re-issue my 2010 book Reflections from the Shed in e-book format.

Have also taken my eye off the music ball over the last few months. Then I came upon this nugget from last year by my old friends We Are Scientists. It's beautiful.

I heard this on the radio last week and thought I never knew We Are Scientists had a new single out.
Turns out it wasn't them at all but a new bunch of lads called Circa Waves, this is called Fossils.
Sounds very like them though.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Is The Summer Really Over?

Well, it's been a long summer and things have been busy.
Kids were off (are still off), we went to the South of France.
Cork City FC still consumes a lot of time, labour of love.
But in between all this I grab a few minute to listen to some music.
Here's a little taste of my current playlist.

My old pal Morrissey released a new album while I was away.
World Peace Is None Of Your Business is pretty good with the usual cutting lyrics and beautiful melodies.
It's like the mid 90's all over again, here is Staircase at the University.

There are very few bands who I can actually say that I own all their albums.
This is true about The Drums and after being away for 2/3 years have a new single called Magic Mountain.

Interpol are another band whose every album I own and they also have a new tune out after being away for a while.
It's called All The Rage Back Home.
And is taken from their new album El Pintor out next month.

The next few I heard on the 6Music and liked them all, three in a row.
Teleman - Skeleton Dance

Check out this lovely tune from Childhood - You Could Be Different

I also visited the UCC library over the summer to see the Sir Henrys Exhibition, it brought back some memories.
UCC FM also did a fantastic set of shows on Sir Henrys hosted by Jim Morrish.
You can listen here.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Britpop Revival

Lately there's been a huge Britpop revival, it being the 20th Anniversary.

No more so that on my favourite Radio Station BBC 6Music.
Steve Lamacq played the final Top 30 last Friday, best radio in a long time.

Have a listen

That BBC 6music Britpop Top 40 in full:

1. Pulp - Common People
2. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
3. Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
4. Oasis - Wonderwall
5. Blur - Parklife
6. Suede - Animal Nitrate
7. Blur - Girls And Boys
8. The Bluetones - Slight Return
9. Pulp - Disco 2000
10. Ash - Girl From Mars
11. Radiohead - The Bends
12. Ocean Colour Scene - The Riverboat Song
13. Supergrass - Alright
14. Mansun - Wide Open Space
15. The Divine Comedy - Something For The Weekend
16. Longpigs - She Said
17. My Life Story - 12 reasons Why I Love Her
18. Shed 7 - Going For Gold
19. Suede - Trash
20. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
21. Paul Weller - The Changing Man
22. Sleeper - Inbetweener
23. Space - Female Of The Species
24. Elastica - Line Up
25. Dodgy - Staying Out For The Summer
26. Catatonia - Road Rage
27. Echobelly - Great Things
28. Gene - For The Dead
29. The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo
30. Lush - Ladykillers
31. Salad - Drink The Elixir
32. Cast - Fine Time
33. 60ft Dolls - Stay
34. Menswear - Daydreamer
35. Denim - Middle Of The Road
36. Northern Uproar - From A Window
37. The Supernaturals - Smile
38. Marion - Violent Men
39. Powder - Afrodisiac
40. Strangelove - The Greatest Show On Earth

What do you think?

Monday, 30 December 2013

My Top 5 Albums of 2013

Top 5 albums of 2013 In reverse order of course.
At Number 5, Mosquito by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Here's the title track.

The Number 4 spot is occupied by Wavves and their album Afraid of Heights.
This track is called Sail to the Sun.

The Number 3 album for me was AM by the Arctic Monkeys, completely diverse for them but still fantastic.
This is track 3 and is called One For The Road.

For me this is their best album in a good few years, the Kings of Leon and Mechanical Bull at No 2.
This track is called Wait For Me.

For me the best album of 2013 was Swim Deep and their debut entitled Where the Heaven Are We?
Nothing better than a new band coming along with a breath of fresh air.
This track is called She Changes The Weather.