Jim Carroll

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First-day-of-the-recession randomiser special

Here, forget about On The Record or even On The Telly, how about someone starting a blog called Recession Watch? It’s happening, folks. You know it’s happening when George Lee begins to talk with uncontrollable glee about economic downturns, belt-tightenings …

Tue, Jun 24, 2008, 11:12

   

Here, forget about On The Record or even On The Telly, how about someone starting a blog called Recession Watch? It’s happening, folks. You know it’s happening when George Lee begins to talk with uncontrollable glee about economic downturns, belt-tightenings and paranoid bankers. For the first time in 25 years, the country is in the grips of a recession, but we didn’t have blogs back then (come to think of it, we had absolutely nothing back then) so get blogging.

Anyone here at the Eric Clapton show in Dublin the other night? C’mon, there were 30,000 people (allegedly) there so some of you lot must have travelled to Malahide Castle and got soaked. The thought of the PA giving up the ghost during “Layla” is just too funny for words. Are people entitled to a refund if that happens? Apparently, lots of people were miffed that EC didn’t chat to the crowd about the weather, the hurling (we hear he’s a big Limerick fan) or the state of the traffic. At least he didn’t mention the recession.

Rock the Casbah! Given the price of a barrel of oil these days, it’s no wonder they’re planning to turn Dubai into Rock City

Slipknot are back and they’ve no love for festivals. Well, at least they’re honest. Here’s percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan talking about the Mayhem festival:

“It’s a bunch of bands opening for Slipknot. We’re headlining, as it should be. Sorry — it’s a Slipknot show, kids. We’ve been gone for two years, and you’ve all had the chance to do what you’re going to do. But now we’re back; step in line. That’s what’s up. We’re the DNA that keeps whatever cell this is moving. Period. We’re back, and it just happens to be this thing called the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival. That’s cool. But we didn’t want them, they wanted us. Everyone wants our fucking money and our kids. We’re playing a show, and a bunch of great bands are playing too. But we’re back, so get out of our way. Call it what you will, but we’re headlining. It’s our show, and we’re here to kill you.”

I reckon they won’t be playing Lovebox

Recession, what recession? For those of you with more cash than sense (and there are a few OTR readers who fall into that category), here’s an alternative guide to the summer festivals from Forbes magazine.

Say hello to Mongrel, the new band from ex-Arctic Monkey bassist Andy Nicholson. The debut album is “likely” to feature Pete Doherty, Saul Williams and M.I.A. if she can spare some time between the gardening and manicures.

Finally, seeing as it’s the first day of the recession, lets party like it’s 1983! Hey, it could have been worse. Kenny Rogers had a great ’83, you know.

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