Went to see RÃ³isÃn Murphy at Academy Manchester last night: absolutely brilliant. She held the sold out audience spellbound with a fantastic voice, and a dizzying array of hats, shrugs, batwing jumpers, capes, shades, eyemasks, biker jackets and crazy metallic puff dresses.
I’ve reconnected to Last.FM to capture what I’m listening to. You can see the results on the sidebar under “Recent Listening”.
I hadn’t realised that Richard Hawley was the guitarist with Pulp. Wikipedia’s article on Richard mentions his time with Pulp, but the Wikipedia article on Pulp doesn’t mention his involvement. I think he was guitarist on the tour in support of Pulp – This Is Hardcore, and maybe didn’t do any studio work with them… does anyone know more?
On careful and repeated listening, I have to prefer The Pogues – Rum Sodomy & the Lash. To me the songs seem more raw, the music more passionate and wonderfully ragged round the edges. The two opening songs are superb, and contrast brilliantly. The Pogues – The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn smashes in, and The Pogues – The Old Main Drag sucks you down. Brilliant stuff.
The prize for best song though has to go to The Pogues – Fairytale of New York, with Kirsty MacColl, which is a great mix of the maudlin and a drinking party. One song it’s worth looking forward to Christmas for.
How come Ramalama [Bang Bang] is less than a tenth as popular as Sow into You? I mean Sow is good, but Ramalama is great… the stand-out track on Ruby Blue by Róisín Murphy.