Last year I wrote and recorded the original music for Williams Coles’s independent film ‘Rebel Rossa’, which concerns the life of Williams’s great-grandfather, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Continue reading “The Fools The Fools The Fools”
Last October, we finally cleared our schedules and went back to Seagrass Studio, with charts for each of the 14 songs. A few of the songs still needed vocals and backing vocals . .
Left to Right – Kieran Mulroney, me, Brad Wood.
We put together a list of the overdubs we had to do to finish the record - and then took no calls, made no calls, rescheduled all dental, mental, governmental, accidental, parental, sentimental and transcontinental appointments. Continue reading “Fat Lot Of Good”
Kieran, Dermot and I recorded an EP which was never released. The Cranky George Trio played shows in Los Angeles, The Double Door in Chicago and the Mercury Lounge in New York City. Once Brad Wood had joined, to play bass and the hatbox bass drum, the ‘trio’ bit didn’t make any sense, so we cut it off, and called ourselves Cranky George. Continue reading “Hat Box Bass Drum”
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I’ve been playing out, irregularly, for a couple of years, mostly at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles – because Molly Malone’s (birthplace of Flogging Molly, and where they played what seems to have been a years-long Monday night residency – hence the band’s name – in the early 90s) seems to breed that kind of loyalty. Continue reading “Paella-Western”
The San Gorgonio Pass marks the beginning of Coachella Valley. The San Bernardino Mountains to the north of Interstate 10 are draped into stream canyons. To the south, the San Jacinto range, luminescent with schist, looks like mounds of fire ash. Continue reading “Caps, Lats, Traps and Bitch Tits”
I’ve never come across such a deserted place as Bridgend on the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday Tuesday. Continue reading “Weather for the High Stool”
The Pogues flew back to London last Friday. Since then, I’ve been doing publicity for the book. First it was the Laugharne Weekend in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where Dylan Thomas lived, in the boathouse. His writing shed (with a tatty woollen jacket thrown over the chair inside and balled-up paper thrown on the floor – like what writers do – under the table) overlooks the heron-priested shore and the tidal estuary of the Tâf River. Every man needs a shed, and I’m told that a man with a shed tends to live longer. Thomas died at the age of 39.
I’m going to post up links to all the things I’ve done in the past week where there are links to things worth looking at or listening to. These include:
- the Laugharne Weekend, where I was interviewed by Mark Ellen, editor of The Word magazine (and presenter of The Old Grey Whistle Test when we played on that programme in the Spring of 1985).
- Faber Social Monday 16th April
- The Idea Store at Whitechapel Library
- Later with Jools Holland
- Interview with Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe for Radio 6
- A bunch of stuff in Dublin – RTE, Newstalk, TV3 among them
I don’t know how many bands have taken up playing, on St Patrick’s Day night, from beginning to end, Rum Sodomy and the Lash, the record we made in 1985, produced by Elvis Costello. In years past, Decemberists’ splinter group KMRIA (short for Kiss My Royal Irish Arse, a choice quote from Ulysses and a lyric from ‘Transmetropolitan’ from our first record Red Roses For Me) has performed most of the Pogues’ Rum Sodomy and the Lash – along with bits of Red Roses For Me and most of our third album If I Should Fall From Grace With God – in their home town of Portland. (Colin Meloy is a fan of the band and of Rum Sodomy and the Lash in particular.) This St Patrick’s Day night, KMRIA are playing at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland. Across the country, so are a few others. I made the mistake of thinking that the Conspiracy of Beards will be singing all of Rum Sodomy and the Lash at the Make Out Room in San Francisco, but it turns out that it’s a band called Brandy of the Damned (now called, amusingly, The Bogues) who will be covering our difficult second album again next March.
March 17th is the 10th anniversary of East LA Chicano band Ollin’s rendition of all of Rum Sodomy and the Lash, this time at the Satellite in Silverlake in Los Angeles. We came across Ollin playing in the bar at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 2006 and had them do a support tour with us. To celebrate the anniversary – coincidentally in the year of the Pogues’ 30th – KPCC-FM, a Southern California Public Radio, member-supported station, is devoting a programme to Ollin and their tribute to the Pogues. The show’s called Off-Ramp and it’s hosted by John Rabe. I’ll be doing an interview with John Rabe as part of the programme. I hope to go over to the Satellite on March 17th too.
Off-Ramp airs Saturday 12-1 p.m. and Sunday 7-8 p.m. KPCC-FM is on 89.3 in the Los Angeles area and streams live on http://www.scpr.org/listen_live/
I’ve been invited to join the likes of, so far, Simon Armitage, Howard Marks, Cerys Matthews, Robin Williamson, Simon Day and Robin Ince at the Laugharne Weekend which takes place the weekend 13-15th April in Camarthenshire, on the estuary of the River Tâf. I’m looking forward to making the long journey from Sydney – the day after the Pogues Australian (and a gig in Tokyo) tour – out to near-as-damn-it the Pembroke Coast.
Details are here: