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Smells Like Teen Spirit: the Irish music tribes

Listen to Shane Galvin’s four-part radio series on six decades of Irish musical tribes

Wed, Feb 6, 2013, 14:10


Fans of documenting music tribes and street styles will be interested in Shane Galvin’s four-part series which recently ran on Phantom FM. Smells Like Teen Spirit looks at the evolution of music subcultures in Ireland over the last six decades.

Episode one looks at the birth of the youth cult in Ireland and focuses on teddy boys, rockers, mods and hippies. Episode two focuses on the Seventies chronicling the rise of skinheads, punks and the rockabilly revival. Episode three takes up the baton in the Eighties with the mod revival, psychobillies, goths, metallers, new romantics and b-boys. The final episode brings the story up to present with ravers, grungers, emo kids and hipsters.

Contributors to the series include Eamon Carr (who can join the dots from Horslips to Hotwire), Garry O’Neill (author of the awesome Where Were You? book on Dublin street style), Alison O’Donnell (Mellow Candle), Dara Higgins (The Jimmy Cake), Stompin’ George, Mim Scala (author of Diary Of A Teddy Boy), Laura Lee-Conboy, Daragh O’Halloran (author of Green Beat), Irish Jack Lyons (the legendary mod) and many more.

Irish Jack Lyons at large

All four episodes can be streamed or downloaded here.

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