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 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 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 Sick Bed of Cuchulainn smashes in, and The Old Main Drag sucks you down. Brilliant stuff.