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Here Comes The Summer: A BBC Four Undertones documentary

Posted in documentary, Music, TV with tags , , on April 5, 2013 by Fanning Sessions
Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

I finally got round to watching the recent BBC4 documentary ‘Here Comes The Summer: The Undertones Story‘ and a very enjoyable experience it was. Directed & produced by Chris Wilson and narrated by actor James Nesbitt it features interviews with all band members bar Feargal Sharkey. Of particular interest were the interviews with friends and family members including the Kevin of ‘My Perfect Cousin’ fame. I found it enlightening and poignant and a worthy addition to the Undertones canon. Music agent Paul Charles makes an appearance, testifying to the power of the band’s live show. Rebroadcast on BBCFour on the eve of St Patrick’s Day 2018.


Andy Kershaw ‘No Off Switch’

Posted in Music, radio with tags , , on January 19, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

I’ve just finished reading Andy Kershaw‘s autobigraphy ‘No Off Switch‘ and wanted to say how enjoyable it was. I first came across Andy as a DJ on BBC Radio 1 on who’s shows you never knew what to expect, he played anything and everything from African folk to US new (and old) country. I also knew his as a TV presenter on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ which I still remember fondly watching of a New Year’s Eve. Andy introduced me to Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett and that US new country segment is still etched in my mind. But Andy’s career is much longer and wide ranging than this as I was to learn when reading this book. Living in Ireland means that I was thankfully spared the media attention for which many probably think they know Andy and thankfully this book does not dwell on those times. The book does recount trips to the US to track down Ted Hawkins and other forgotten musicians, Andy’s days as Leeds Ents officer, trips as intrepid reporter to the homelands of loony dictators, the list goes on. If you enjoy a fascinating read, do yourself a favour and get this book. Then go and check out some of his shows which is what I am doing now, listening to Andy on ‘Desert Island Discs‘. Here’s a track from a band who I remember being blown away by in Limerick’s Savoy in the 80s and who I probably first heard on Andy’s show.

The Real Sounds of Africa ‘Wende Zako

St Vitus Dance – Meet Mohamed (1986)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 26, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

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We don’t usually do back to back posts on the same artist but we found a second St Vitus Dance track and it didn’t quite fit with the earlier post. This we believe was recorded off Radio Ulster, probably ‘The Bottom Line’ with Mike Edgar. It sounds quite different from the album version so we’re guessing it’s a demo or the version on the Helden flexi disc mentioned in the earlier post. For us though this one nails it, is that just because it’s the verson listened to all these years? As usual if anyone would care to add more detail, anecdotes corrections etc please leave a comment below.

Meet Mohammed (1986)