Saturday, March 29, 2008

They get parades, we get barbequed meat. Fuckin' Irish.

So. St. Patrick's Day was nearly two weeks ago. However, I did not post on St. Patrick's Day. Why? Because I'd feel like a fool, pulling off that "Irish for a day" business and putting up something green and patriotic when there's not a touch of Irish in me. And to be honest, I don't think I could explain St. Patrick without the help of the internet. Ignorant American am I!

However, long prior to St. Patrick's Day I'd been contemplating an Irish post. I've been on a big kick as of late, for the last year or so gobbling up as much Irish music as is available. What started this urge? Interestingly enough, it was rediscovering Fisherman's Blues by the Waterboys, a band fronted by - yes - a Scottish man. Christ. But in my mind, Fisherman's Blues epitomizes in sound what I've always imagined Ireland to look like; it's the audible interpretation of green, of stone, of...erm...water. And that sounds lovely to me, whether Ireland really is like that or not (if you have an idea, please clarify!).

In any case, I'm including all this BS as somewhat of an excuse for posting some of my favorite Irish artists, as well as some discoveries I've made while digging through My Space. Apparently there are a lot of softies in Belfast these days. Have at!

The Dubliners - Seven Drunken Nights
The Exhibition - The Gut
The Irish Rovers - My Old Man's a Dustman
Stiff Little Fingers - White Noise (a must-have)
Van Morrison - Slim Slow Slider (ditto)
The Undertones - Jimmy Jimmy

And this is what happens when you've got free time to lurk around social networking sites:

The Chakras
Fast Emperors
The Remains of Youth
We Are Knives
Tracer AMC

And if you haven't gotten acquainted with the Waterboys, try watching this and not falling in love!


Stephen said...

A significant percentage of Irish who immigrated to the USA in the 19th Century were from Ulster, and were actually only first or second-generation Irish. They could perhaps more accurately be described as Scots, depending on whether or not you view "Irish" as a title of heritage or nationality.

China said...

I go more by nationality. You can gush about how much you love America, but when it comes down to it, a lot of Americans are based elsewhere down the line, even if America has its own style and culture. So, yeah. I look at photos and swoon over stone and greenery.

That reminds me of a scene in the movie This is England, actually - you seen it?