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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Irish Music on St. Patrick’s Day

Some of my favorites:

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

This is a performance on Nightshift circa 1979 of singing Brown Eyed Girl:

Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town

The Boys Are Back In Town, a classic hard rock song from the 70s by .

The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays

I Don’t Like Mondays was the ‘ biggest hit. Released in 1979–20 years before Columbine– the January 29, 1979 shooting at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego by 16 year old Brenda Ann Spencer, who killed two men and wounded eight students and a cop. Spencer explained to a reporter, "I don’t like Mondays. This livens things up."  The Boomtown Rats were lead by , who might be more famous for his role as Pink in the screen version of ‘s .

U2 – I Will Follow

I Will Follow was ‘s first track of their first album, the 1980 release Boy, and their first hit. They had such a unique sound when they first hit the music scene:

– Streams Of Whiskey

– Drunken Lullabies

– Nothing Compares 2 U

Her first album was fantastic but then she just go progressively weirder and though she had her moments, the music tailed off. Nothing Compares 2 U was from her first album and a huge hit; the song was written by .

Hothouse Flowers – I’m Sorry

The are one of my very favorite bands. I like ’em so much, I’m including two of their videos:

Hothouse Flowers – This Is It

– Realise

– Zombie

– Barroom Hero

– Whole Of The Moon

This is an acoustic version of . I saw them at shortly after 9/11 and they apologized for a song of theirs that was critical of America. It makes me sad to think about it because the world was with us back then.

Steve Hogarth – Whole Of The Moon

This is a lovely acoustic version of the song by ‘s :

Hurra Torpedo – Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

claims to be "the world’s leading kitchen appliance rock group," and, really, who can argue? rose to prominence on the strength of the following 1995 performance of Bonnie Tyler‘s . (The stirring of the pot at the beginning of the song–brilliant!)

Here’s another version; this time, with kids!

And that was a scence from the mockumentary movie which was sponsored by and is part of their viral marketing campaign for the . Here’s the trailer:

Hurra Torpedo on Monday, fifteen bucks at the door.

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The Replacements Videos

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

, the great Minneapolis band of the early 80s, have a new Best Of compilation () out today that includes two new singles.

You can listen to the new album online because is streaming ( or or ) it for free.

about the album and them as well.

Check out for some high-res photos of the band and watch some video of at .

for some MP3s of a 2004 Paul Westerberg show at The Pantages.

Finally this bit of trivia from the cute and infamous Minnesota shoplifter, , comes from a :

" is the most amazing piece of literature ever. It’s one of those things that you take out and read every year. Dan Waters told me that he listened to the Replacements and the Cocteau Twins while he wrote Heathers. You can tell that when you read the script. It becomes really obvious…I wonder if Paul Westerberg ever saw Heathers. God, the Replacements are so great."

The movie is set at Westerburg High and many of the lines from the movie are taken from Mats songs.

This playlist consists of music videos for both The Replacements and Paul Westerberg as well as two sets worth of live music from a 1981 show at ‘s 7th Street Entry:

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