I’ve been away from these parts a while - can’t quite remember where I’ve been - but the hangover is a monster one. For my comeback post I’ll continue in the same vein of triviality I was in before I disappeared.
My dearest and nearest often buys the quite decent French rock/culture mag Les Inrockuptibles which frequently comes with a compilation CD. A track on one of their recent compilations has had me reaching for the William McGonagall Award for incongruous end rhymes I was awarded back in 6th Class. I’ll let you judge for yourselves :
Yes, believe it people - he really did come up with the following (in the chorus) :
‘Stand by Me’ with Brian Ferry
The group comes in to Londonderry
Everything will be alright
There’s no fever on a Saturday Night
For my own part, I had to consult with the nearest fellow Irishman (by a happy coincidence, he had picked up the same compilation and had had an even more severe fit of apoplexy on hearing the track). All the more severe due to his being from the place that rhymes with Brian Ferry.
Our first suspicion was that the guilty party was Scandinavian - based on the slight accent detectable - but it turns out he’s a Parisian. Paco Volume’s debut album, Manhattan Baby, according to his MySpace ranges over the following territory :
A married TV presenter who falls in love with a woman who could be his daughter, dancing, killing wild animals, disappointment, Disco’s arrival in Belfast at the end of the 70s during the Civil War, Donald Trump, death, girls, THE girl, Judas, friends who take the train to work in the morning..
Ceart go leor… that auld Limerick zombie Dolly Cranberry has a lot to answer for… Having said that Mr. PacoVolume does have a certain touch with poprock composition, as I’m sure the people from Les Inrockuptibles would say (they don’t usually put any auld shite on their compilations). Next time he thinks of penning something about ‘De trubbles’ though, maybe he just shouldn’t - unless he can come up with something like this gem :
Many thanks to the charitable person that has put up a whole 1981 gig of the ‘tones from German TV on LondonTube…
I’m off again for another couple of months.