NO ENCORE: THE REVISIT | 1984
Time once again to step into the past in order to weigh up the cream of the crop of the Irish music scene. This time out it’s 1984, a very special year indeed for NO ENCORE host Dave Hanratty.
He and Delorentos man Kieran McGuinness are joined by a panel of experts including Celina Murphy of the Irish Daily Star, Eamon Sweeney of Hot Press and the Irish Independent and James Byrne of Villagers, SOAK and AnyOtherCity Records fame.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview at the end of the show…
The five albums discussed on this episode are…
Chris de Burgh – Man On The Line
That artwork, though. It’s about time a Chris de Burgh album popped up on The Revisit and the resulting discussion does not disappoint. He’s a divisive figure, is Chris, but is he a misunderstood pop genius? We know what he’d say. Take the time to read his incredible interview with The Independent from a few years back if you haven’t already, it’s really quite something.
Microdisney – Everybody Is Fantastic
Very much the sound of a band ‘roughing it’, Everybody Is Fantastic is a typically challenging effort from the highly ambitious Microdisney. As ever, Cathal Coughlan makes for a wistful and often venomous social commentator, while his arrangements are peppered with scale and far-reaching structure.
The Pogues – Red Roses For Me
To be honest, James Byrne’s impassioned comments regarding this record on this episode say more than any short blurb here ever could, so go listen to him.
Silent Running – Shades of Liberty
The debut album from Silent Running contains an absolute knockout of a title track and emerges as a genuine treat for those who enjoy the more unabashed elements of no-holds-barred new romantic heroics. If you’re one of the brave souls who go to bat for that Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle song, you’ll be right at home here.
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Revisit regulars at this stage, U2 made a big, commercial-minded statement with their fourth album, not least on fan favourite ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’. The Unforgettable Fire represents an interesting footnote in the U2 story, acting as something as a transitional work and the lead-in to blockbuster follow-up The Joshua Tree.