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Phil Murphy

U2’s Songs of Innocence – the real problem

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

“Here, perhaps the frightful expression ‘consumption of music’ really does apply after all. For perhaps this continuous tinkle, regardless of whether anyone wants to hear it or not…will lead to a state where all music has been consumed, worn out. In [Wilhelm] Busch’s time, music was still often (at least, not always!) ‘found disturbing’, but […]

J Roddy Wolston and the Business

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Take doses of Jerry Lee Lewis, AC/DC, Lynnrd Skynnrd – add a couple of gramms of Paul Westberg’s crisp ear for a tune, and mix with a dancing dervish and you’ll come close to getting the good-time boogie and blues of J. Roddy Walston and the Business – officially this Monkey’s favourite new band. The […]

Hurling the little streets on the great – Gorbaciof

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

While everyone’s getting caught up in the buzz about The Artist, I have a shameful confession to make:  silent movies have always bored the bunions off of me – as a child I gnashed my teeth in despair when Charlie Chaplin or, god forbid, Harold Lloyd came on the television. That’s not to write off […]

Get Away from Me by Nellie McKay

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Smooth, strident, bold and beautiful. Three Monkeys like the debut album from Nellie McKay.

Top Seven Songs Namechecking Jesus

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Words launch other words, and names have a way of establishing themselves as footholds – nothing could be truer than with the name Jesus, which –  thanks to the centuries of teaching, tradition, imposition and imperialism which have used him as currency – has come to mean whatever you earnestly wish. The devil may have […]

Heads Roll Off – Frightened Rabbit

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

“Jesus” And that’s the way the song starts, leaving a man-god hanging as an insistent but quiet guitar chisels rythmically in the background. All the more potent for the Scottish accent blunting the edges of the singer’s troubled voice. “Is just a Spanish boy’s name” And that’s the bit when the chisel breaks off a […]

Shake The Devil – Antony and the Johnsons

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Slouched hidden beside a fire-exit, Antony Hegarty looked neither courageous or a star, clutching his notebook and looking nervous as he waited for his driver to arrive. This was back in 2005, backstage at a festival in Italywhere Antony and the Johnsons were due to headline that night. He averted his gaze from all passers […]

Fallin – De la Soul and Teenage Fanclub

Monday, January 19th, 2009

There may be some artistic value hidden deep in the mix, but the prime concern with 99% of hip-hop collaborations is marketing ‘synergy’.  Like fancy fashion houses developing perfumes, the important thing is establishing the logo, and then attaching it to as many different markets/products as possible. Naomi Klein’s ground-breaking  No Logo may have established […]

Seven songs that rocked my year – 2008 (Phil Murphy)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

O.k here’s the deal – I’m asked to get seven songs together that rocked my year (why seven? Maybe the editor is on a Madonna Kabalistic tip – who knows?). My clause – these are songs that I’ve played obsessively throughout the year, but they’re not necessarily released this year. Now, with that out of […]

Comeback Girl – Republic of Loose

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Paraphrase the famous ‘I may not like what you say, but I’ll fight to the death to defend your right to say it’ into ‘I think your sexual politics are more than a little dodgy, you look unpleasant (and decidedly unwashed), but you’re the first Irish band in history to whose music you can imagine […]