Great Moments In Irish History, Part 5

My apologies to the awesome Sinead O’Connor, as well as all the bands from Northern Ireland like Ash that I didn’t include on this list for not wanting to offend anyone, and also to My Bloody Valentine who I always forget are Irish even though one of them is named Colm O’Ciosoig, not to mention all the awesome Irish people that aren’t musicians, from Roddy Doyle to Dominic, the bristly lush that was such a dreamboat on the second season of The Real World, but I thought I’d end this year’s lesson in Irish history with something more contemporary.

[nb: Despite the fact that my previous sentence has 99 words in it, I’m not actually drunk. I guess today just made me a little Joycean. Sorry.]

Everyone, I’d like you all to meet Dustin The Turkey, Ireland’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision is the annual festival of tackiness that has provided us with such (seriously) classic songs over the years as “Waterloo” and “Puppet On A String” and “Dinge-Dong“, and Ireland have won the contest more than any other country, despite the fact that you’ve never heard of a single one of their winners. And though they came in dead last in last year’s contest, I bet Dustin’s going to be pretty tough to beat.


4 thoughts on “Great Moments In Irish History, Part 5”

  1. that might be true. teenage kicks is a great song. but the undertones and stiff little fingers are both from the part of ireland that the english don’t acknowledge as irish, and i thought i’d try to stay unpolitical about it lest any english people reading this might feel inclined to get worked up about it.

    but yeah, early undertones. woot!

  2. The best band ever to come out of Ireland (in terms of both quantity and quality of output) are Stiff Little Fingers.

    The greatest rock’n’roll record ever to come out of Ireland (and perhaps anywhere else, for that matter) is Teenage Kicks by the Undertones.

    Nuff said.

    Another Harp Lager, please.

  3. Ooh, yes. Although I never liked Thin Lizzy as much as I liked it when other bands mentioned Thin Lizzy in their songs. Like Belle and Sebastian and, um, Elastica.

  4. GMIIH PART SIX: For God’s sake… go out and get drunk!

    PS. What about Thin Lizzy?

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