Podcast 102 features three tracks from our recently released tribute to Celtic-rock originators Horslips.
Band – Track – Album
The Tossers – Erin Go Bragh – Smash The Windows
Bill Grogan’s Goat – Dearg Doom – The Poxmen of The Horslypse / Horslips Tribute
Ferocious Dog – Gallows Justice – From Within
The Mahones – Down the Boozer – The Very Best (25 Years of Irish Punk)
Sharks Come Crusin – Three Score and Ten – Kettle Jane
BibleCodeSundays – Pittsburgh Kid – New Hazardous Design
The Gobshites w/Richie Ramone – The Man Who Built America – The Poxmen of The Horslypse / Horslips Tribute
The Larkin Brigade – New York Wakes – The Poxmen of The Horslypse / Horslips Tribute
Handsome Young Strangers – Poor Ned – Battle of Broken Hill
Cranky George – Tunnel of Love – Fat Lot of Good
Nick Burbridge – Song of a Seafarer – Resolved
The Poxmen of The Horslypse a tribute to Horslips is available here:
As some wag pointed out The Poxmen of The Horslypse was longer in the can then Guns’n’Roses’ Chinese Democracy but unlike Chinese Democracy this was worth the wait.
For those unfamiliar with the saga, The Poxmen of The Horslypse is a vinyl only tribute to legendary velvet loon pants wearing original Celtic-rockers, Horslips, the first band to successfully merge traditional influences with rock.
Track listing / Contributions:
1. Sword of Light – The Langer’s Ball
2. Dearg Doom – Bill Grogan’s Goat
3. The Shamrock Shore – The Mahones
4. Warm Sweet Breath of Love – Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers)
5. Fantasia (My Lagan Love) – Mark Cunningham (The Marshmen)
6. The Lady Wrestler – The Radiators from Space (Phil Chevron / The Pogues)
7. Trouble (With a Capital T) – The Indulgers
8. Speed the Plough – Dun Ringles
9. Come Back Beatles – The Teraways
10. Ferdia’s Song – Gerard Smith
11. The Man Who Built America – The Gobshites (with Richie Ramone)
12. New York Wakes – The Larkin Brigade
The LP with bonus 7″ and download card is available from Bandcamp and CDbaby.
Our long on-going (5 years in the making) tribute to Celtic-rock originators Horslips is moving forward. All tracks are in and mastering is about to take place in Montreal under the expert supervision of Mr. Finny McConnell of The Mahones.
We (Shite’n’Onions) are running a kickstarter project to raise the funding to press on vinyl the latest album from legendary Irish punk band THE RADIATORS FROM SPACE. We’re nearly there but the last stretch is always the most difficult so please help us if you can.
Guests on the album include Terry Woods of THE POGUES, Eamon Carr of HORSLIPS and Henry McCullough of Joe Cocker & Paul McCartney fame. Philip Chevron of The Pogues is if you didn’t know already is the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of The Radiators.
Last summer, I was invited down to NYC to meet Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin of Horslips fame. The boys were over making a documentary for Irish TV based on the travels of Mickey McGowan, whose 19th century autobiography Mór an tSaoil (“The Big Wheel of Life”) documents the hardships of Irish immigrants in the USA and Mickey’s travels from NYC, to the steel mills of Pennsylvania to the Klondike gold rush. Mór an tSaoil was a major inspiration to Horslips on the albums Aliens and The Man that Built America (ok, can anyone say Cornelius Larkin?)
Both Jim and Barry were fascinated to hear about the Celtic punk scene in the US and the ever expanding global scene and one thing lead to another and on St. Patrick’s day, Jim broadcasted a short documentary on Irish national radio on Celtic punk, interviewing yours truly.
The story of the Horslips comeback is a great rock’n’roll tale. Horslips went their separate ways in 1980 – 10 years together as a band was a long time in those days and it was time for the various members to move on and do other things with their lives – drummer Eamon Carr became a successful journalist and ran a record label, bass player Barry Devlin, a music producer, screen writer and director, organist Jim Lockhart became head producer at Ireland’s national radio station, while fiddler Charles O’Connor became an antique dealer in his native England. Guitar play Johnny Fean was the sole member to keep slugging away treading the boards.
The legend of Horslips in many ways faded in the 80s and 90s and the band were forgotten by all but a few diehard fans – it didn’t help that the band – one of the most independent minded bands of the ‘70s had lost control of their catalog and then disassociated themselves with the shoddy LP and CD reissues of their back catalog. Eventually after many years of court battles the band were able to get control of their music again.
2004 saw a exhibition of Horslips memorabilia in Derry, Ireland put together by some uber-fans; posters, flyers, velvet loon pants, mustaches and Barry’s legendary shamrock bass. The band of course attended and but happiness of seeing each other in the same room other than a court room quick turned to fear when they released they would be expected to actually play something – they did oblige and a short acoustic set was performed to a small audience, none of whom expected to see Horslips ever play together again.
That brief set lead to an acoustic album of Horslips favorites – Roll Back – in 2004 and finally in December 2009 something that I don’t think anyone ever really imagined would ever happen again, Horslips playing live again for real.
Live at the O2 documents one of the two December gigs (the other gig was in Belfast)- the O2 in Dublin is by far Ireland’s largest venue and the 10,000 capacity arena was filled to capacity and the two disk live album captures the excitement and enthusiasm of a fan base who had waited an awful long time……
Haven’t heard Horslips, Live at the O2 is the place to start – you get 29 of their best tracks played by a band that is feeding off the enthusiasm of an audience that would put Bieber fever to shame and all with top notch 21st century production and recording. Sure they are an unashamedly 70s rock band and at times unashamedly prog rock but that are also the original masters of Celtic rock and at the O2 there is no doubt that they are still the masters of Celtic rock as the shook the very foundations of the O2. And to quote Phil Chervon of the Pogues, Dearg Doom is still “the greatest Irish rock song of all time”, nuff said.