NO ENCORE: THE REVISIT | 1981
The NO ENCORE flux capacitor fires up once more as host Colm O’Regan serves as guide on a trip all the way back to 1981, to examine the Irish musical fare of the day.
The four albums under the microscope are…
Paul Brady – Hard Station
Previously recognised as a titan of the traditional music scene, this LP was a leap into the great unknown for the Tyrone native, as he looked to make a name for himself as a pop and rock writer of renown. It won him a legion of new fans, and started a journey that would make him an international name.
Moving Hearts – Moving Hearts
Featuring a few of Brady’s old Planxty comrades, this was another departure – though instead of leaving trad behind, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and co. combined it with elements of jazz and good ol’ fashioned rock’n’roll. While they may not have been the first to attempt the mix – Horslips having beaten them to it – it remains both a pioneering work and a hugely influential album.
Stiff Little Fingers – Go For It!
Two years after exploding onto the scene with the suitably titled Inflammable Material, the Belfast punks were on their third album – an unashamed effort to write an LP packed with radio-friendly cuts. Reggae influences still present and correct, it’s a rapid-fire record with a softer edge than their rabble-rousing beginnings.
U2 – October
It seems altogether weird to describe U2 as fresh-faced pretenders – but at this point, the band were barely out of their 20s, and banking on their sophomore effort boosting their burgeoning profile. Largely dealing with the struggles of good Christian boys in the seedy world of rock, it also saw some lyrics hastily rewritten in studio after Bono managed to mislay a briefcase carrying the majority of his writing.