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 (101 Irish Records..) – Dave Fanning Interview

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 (2011)

Donal Dineen: An Ode To Radio

Posted in radio with tags , , on November 25, 2011 by Fanning Sessions


Stayed up way way too late last night but was fascinated by this special broadcast on Donal Dineen‘s TodayFM show ‘The Small Hours’. Aoife has kindly posted the show on Soundcloud so if you missed out here’s your opportunity to catch up. Donal talks of his early RTE career with ‘No Disco’, moving to Radio Ireland with his ‘Here Comes The Night‘ show, working alongside John Kelly and finally the transition to TodayFM and ‘The Small Hours’.

Donal Dineen took part in a very special event as part of Culture Night 2011 .It was part of an overall night called Sounds Alive which was put together by Julian Clancy as something of an ode to radio; featuring special guests, interviews, stories, talk and performance from the world of radio.

For Donal’s contribution to the night he hosted a special live version of his Small Hours show, celebrating his adventures in broadcasting with his fans, some very special guests, and some incredible music.

The live show took part at Hello Operator and special live guests included Si Schroeder, Patrick Kelleher and Angkorwat- who dropped by for a chat about Arthur Russell. The show also features a rare interview with Donal – conducted by Julien- where he talks about his love of radio as a medium, what made him want to work in radio and memories of those early days at Radio Ireland.

This special radio event was sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Donal Dineen: An Ode To Radio (2011)

Here Comes The Night

Posted in radio with tags , , , on November 23, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Donal Dineen originally came to our attention as host of RTE2 TV music show ‘No Disco’. Since the launch of Radio Ireland in March 1997 he has been a stalwart of the Irish airwaves first with his show ‘Here Comes The Night’ (which followed the John Kelly hosted ‘The Eclectic Ballroom’) and latterly with his now TodayFM show ‘The Small Hours’. 14 years later on Thursday December 1st this show will come to an end. Tonight at midnight will see Donal’s last regular show playing records because tomorrow a recording of his “An Ode to Radio” show for Culture Night will air. Next week promises to be very special as Donal has lined up a long list of guests in studio including; Lisa O’Neill, katie kim, Cian Nugent, Sean Carpio, Sean MacErlaine, Niwel Tsumbu, Patrick Kelleher, catscars, Moths, Si Schroeder and Sunken Foal. The Small Hours Wake will take place on Friday December 2nd at The Joinery. Check out pieces from harmlessnoise, On The Record, Mick Heaney and a Hot Press interview from 2002. If anyone has any ‘Here Come The Night’ recordings they would like to share please drop us a line we promise to give them a good home. There are some ‘Small Hours’ shows and playlists on Donal’s TodayFM page as well as some ‘Fresh Air’ podcasts on iTunes. For the “Dineen motherlode” however check out

101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die

Posted in Music with tags , on November 21, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Irish Times journalist Tony Clayton-Lea is set to publish a book that is sure to interest readers of this blog. Titled ‘101 Irish Records (You Must Hear Before You Die)‘ it promises to:

“document and highlight the great, the good, the forgotten, the lost and the hardly-ever-listened-to of Irish music over the past fifty years”

As details emerge we will update this post but for now we await the end of November with anticipation. The book will be published on 29th November by Liberties Press .

Tony is an alumnus of Hot Press magazine and has published 5 novels including ‘Irish Rock: Where It’s Come from – Where It’s at – Where It’s Going’ with Richie Taylor. In the 18th Dec 1986 issue of Hot Press Tony listed some of his highlights of that year:

1986 was an excellent year for Irish bands. Single released were aplenty, but the ones that took my fancy included Brush Shiels’ elegaic ‘Old Pal’, Dorian Mood’s ‘It’s A Funny Thing’, and Something Happens!’ debut EP ‘Two Chances’, which also happened to feature my favourite song released by an Irish group in 1986 ‘Shoulder High’. Something Happens! Will sin a major in 1987. Remember where you read it first).

On the live front, performances from The Golden Horde, A House, Blue In Heaven, and Something Happens! (again!) roused a weary body into something resembling motion. More reflective sets from Mary Coughlan and Flex And The Fastweather roused a weary mind into something even more urgently resembling thinking.

Read a 1981 Tony Clayton-Lea Hot Press interview with Stiff Little Fingers Jake Burns and manager Gordon Ogilvie ‘The Odd Couple‘.


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