Archive for 2011

Paul Charles on ‘ABC to XTC’ with John Connolly

Posted in interview, Music, radio with tags , , , , on August 25, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


Seeing the interview with Paul Charles in this week’s issue of Hot Press magazine reminded me of the special ABC to XTC show John Connolly hosted just over a year ago when he spent an hour talking to the author and music business insider. If you don’t know who Paul Charles is this interview is a perfect starting point. Charles’ latest book ‘The Last Dance’ which “tells the fictional story of an irish showband” is out now on New Island.

ABC to XTC is an RTE 2XM radio show hosted by author John Connolly. I have yet to read any of John’s work but I am a fan of his radio show which takes a look at the less travelled side of 80s music, with an occasional excursion right up to the present. My favorite shows are those where he looks at post punk or US independent music but his show is always entertaining thanks to John’s anecdotes.

ABC to XTC Paul Charles interview (2011)


Derry Journal review

New Philip Lynott documentary

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 30, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

As part of their 50 year celebrations RTE has commissioned a new documentary on Phil Lynott from producer/director Dave Heffernan. Titled ‘The Philip Lynott Archive’ the one hour documentary includes rare footage of Thin Lizzy as well as the first screening of a fully restored version of the promo for the 1982 single ‘Old Town‘. The documentary features interviews with John Kelly, Dave Fanning. Jim Lockhart, Eamon Carr, Jim Fitzpatrick, Brian Downey, Philomena Lynott, Dave Geraghty (Bell X1), Thomas Walsh (Pugwash), Declan O’Rourke, Stuart Clark (Hot Press) and director of the ‘Old Town’ video Gerry Gregg. Tony Clayton Lea speaks of this very video in his recent book ‘101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die‘:

“You could argue that Gregg’s video did more to raise the song’s profile and to generate emotional warmth for the singer than any amount of radio play at the time”

The documentary airs on Monday Jan 2nd 2012 at 10.55pm on RTE1. RTE promises to publish further footage from their 50 year archives on their website throughout the year, follow @RTETV50 on twitter for updates. Update: The show can now be viewed on the RTE player here. Overseas viewers check out the new RTE player for the iPhone/iPad/iPod which I believe does not have any regional restrictions.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2011)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , on December 19, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

The 1986 Fanning’s Fab 50 was surely much more interesting but we’re a sucker for lists so here goes. PS If you have any old Fanning tapes in the attic we’ll give them a good home..

Update: Well the final result is in and we’ll let you judge for yourselves. One entry in the Fab 50 from 2011 is pretty telling. Can’t really see us going to the trouble next year.

Listen back on the RTE radio player: part 1,part 2, part 3.

50. R.E.M ‘Nightswimming’
49. Bob Dylan ‘Hurricane’
48. Neil Young ‘Heart Of Gold’
47. Elbow ‘Grounds For Divorce’ (48)
46. Florence & The Machine ‘Cosmic Love’ (34)
45. Lykke Li ‘Sadness Is A Blessing’
44. Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’
43. Joy Division ‘Atmosphere’ (41)
42. The Beatles ‘I Am The Walrus’
41. Thin Lizzy ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’
40. The National ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’
39. The Verve ‘Bittersweet Symphony’
38. The Pixies ‘Where Is My Mind’
37. The Doors ‘Riders On The Storm’
36. Radiohead ‘Fake Plastic Trees’
35. U2 ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
34. Jimi Hendrix ‘Purple Haze’
33. The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now’
32. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl ‘Fairytale of New York’
31. The Stone Roses ‘I Wanna Be Adored’
30. The Beatles ‘A Day In The Life’
29. New Order ‘Blue Monday’
28. Arcade Fire ‘Wake Up’
27. Oasis ‘Live Forever’
26. Bob Dylan ‘Like A Rolling Stone’
25. Arcade Fire ‘Intervention’
24. Kings Of Leon ‘Sex On Fire’
23. Radiohead ‘Paranoid Android’
22. Bruce Springsteen ‘Thunder Road’
21. Johnny Cash ‘Hurt’
20. Pink Floyd ‘Comfortably Numb’
19. Elbow ‘One Day Like This’
18. Jeff Buckley ‘Hallelujah’
17. Foo Fighters ‘Everlong’
16. Radiohead ‘Creep’
15. Snow Patrol ‘Chasing Cars’
14. Bruce Springsteen ‘Born To Run’
13. The Pixies ‘Debaser’
12. Pearl Jam ‘Black’
11. Pink Floyd ‘Wish You Were Here’
10. Smashing Pumpkins ’1979′
9. The Smiths ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’
8. The Rolling Stones ‘Gimme Shelter’
7. The Stone Roses ‘I Am The Resurrection’
6. Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway To Heaven’
5. U2 ‘With Or Without You’
4. Joy Division ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’
3. U2 ‘Bad’
2. U2 ‘One’
1. Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

And some of the ones that got away.. Yes these numbers don’t all add up I need to go back and double check. Dave seemed a bit all over the place, maybe he’s lost interest as well?

100. Derek & The Dominoes ‘Layla’
99. Avi Buffalo ‘Remember Last Time’ (2010)
98. Wilco ‘One Sunday Morning’
97. Metronomy ‘She Wants’ (2011)
96. The Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy In The UK’
94. The Buzzcocks ‘Ever Fallen In Love?’
93. Led Zeppelin ‘Kashmir’
92. The Smashing Pumpkins ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’
91. PJ Harvey ‘Let England Shake’ (2011)
90. Blur ‘Tender’
89. The Jesus & Mary Chain ‘April Skies’
86. Bon Iver ‘Skinny Love’
85. The Avalanches ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’
84. The Jam ‘That’s Entertainment’
83. Jape ‘Lying On A Deathbed’
82. TV On The Radio’Family Tree’
81. ? The Beta Band ‘Dry The Rain’
81. Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’
80. The Pixies ‘Here Comes Your Man’
80. The Only Ones ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’
78. The Frames ‘Fitzcarraldo’
77. Bon Iver ‘Holocene’
76. Bob Marley ‘Jammin’
75. The Waterboys ‘Glastonbury Song’
74. Massive Attack ‘Teardrop’
73. Nick Cave ‘Into Your Arms’
67. Bon Iver ‘For Emma’
62. Rage Against The Machine ‘Killing In The Name’
57. The White Stripes ‘The Hardest Button to Button’
58. Manic Street Preachers ‘A Design For Life’
??. Sigur Ros ‘Svefn-g-englar’

Tony Clayton-Lea

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , on December 13, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

The author of the recently published 101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die Tony Clayton-Lea is doing the promotional rounds and last Saturday appeared on Dave Fanning’s afternoon show. Here’s what he and Dave had to say on the subject..

Tony Clayton Lea


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