I’m only posting this here because I’m surprised no-one has got in before me to do so.
First off: Limerick’s Rubberbandits with Horse Outside;
Then Willie O’Dea going in to bat for them heroically on Joe Duffy’s show: “Someone needs to give that man a dictionary to look up ‘irony'”
And, lastly, a near-perfect Christmas artifact; Shane MacGowan & the Priests with The Little Drummer Boy:
The thing that is sometimes overlooked about Shane is the terrific timbre of his voice. A lot of producers have cashed in on his dissipated veneer, but when he puts his mind to it, he’s a unique vocalist. From what I can gather, he’s a good deal more religious that you’d imagine – maybe he’s on his best behaviour in this company?
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