Jim Carroll

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500 Words Of January – Peenie Man

I asked West Coast music and hurling sage Peenie Man for some predictions and hopes for 2013 and this is what he delivered. Case in point: “as part of the terms of our bail-out package, can the statute relating to …

Mon, Jan 7, 2013, 14:00


I asked West Coast music and hurling sage Peenie Man for some predictions and hopes for 2013 and this is what he delivered. Case in point: “as part of the terms of our bail-out package, can the statute relating to our draconian nightlife exemptions be immediately rescinded before the next tranche of monies is released?”

Things I’d like to see happen this year [part 1]: Entertainment

This year, 100 years ago, James Larkin (he’s the man in stone, by the way, on our capital city’s main thoroughfare with the outstretched arms) exhorted the natives to “rise off our knees” and so, in no clearer instance of the future being only forged through looking at the past, Ireland, Europe etc awaits 2013. Of course, that evocation is not only directed towards our current risible trade union leadership (note to self: if this piece gets published/uploaded, that’s the subject of the next one), but also to the wide breadth of creative talent, instigators, promoters and artisans among us. A shout out to forge a new vibrant, cultural entertainment blueprint and take on the forces of bureaucracy that stymie this – European? – outpost anytime someone thinks of socialising, dancing or having a drink in public after 2am legally.

With established music promoters understandably in cautious mood and the latest breed of independent festival do-ers stirring a new pot to an enthusiastic open minded audience, it seems time to exploit the follies of our recent spending largesse. Let’s take hold of some of this dormant commercial property market, at least temporarily, to use as locations for fresh, creative events. Btw, I know one ideal spot, but I may need some help so contact me below.

It’s ironic, considering our 40 year courtship with Europe, that we have yet to be impregnated by any seeds of a more liberal alcohol or dancing/entertainment licence beyond the present archaic cut-off point we endure. Look at how our youth or young at heart are provided for in France, Spain, Germany…even the UK realise the legitimacy of the legal all-nighter. Could someone tell the damn Troika to insist that as part of the terms of our bail-out package that the statute relating to our draconian nightlife exemptions be immediately rescinded before the next tranche of monies is released? If we have to go along with this three-ring circus, assuming no-one is willing or bothered to rise up, we may as well use them and dress it up under the job creation proposals banner.

Things I’d like to see happen this year [part 2]: Edutainment (with a nod to Boogie Down Productions)

Oddly enough, the superb Spike Lee documentary on Michael Jackson got me thinking on the ground rules for the future of music. BAD 25 was a tribute to the 25th anniversary of that album’s release but also, more generally, to a talent and musical colossus that 2013 and the future will never eclipse.

This is largely because of the ever more transient nature of how we engage with music, more transient now in this instantaneous downloadable era than the King of Pop could ever have imagined. Perhaps I’m wrong, but sadly music may just become an occasional fleeting pastime like taking a photo or creating a meme.

Mums and dads of this land, try leaving the doc lying around somewhere so your 10 year old, who already has the knack of using Fruity Loops or a KAOS pad or can strum a guitar, can find it. Maybe also leave a Bowie, Marley, Springsteen, Kraftwerk or Planxty masterpiece nearby as well. If he/she has asked for Beats headphones, give them Dr Dre’s “2001″ instead and tell them swearing is only ok in songs. What these will do is underline the fact that talent and creativity requires work and dedication. Maybe in 2013 the message will rub off that a musician or artist can’t rely on one good attribute. The whole package – production, publicity, the show, the repertoire – must be continually improved to nurse and maintain a following. Everything is required. We are always learning, in the words of KRS 1.

Things that may or may not happen this year [part 3]

St Thomas’s, Peterswell Co Galway to win the All Ireland Club SHC crown (editor’s note: this will not happen as they still have to play Thurles Sarsfields and our money is on the Sars)

Apps and music will get it on, big time

Slings will be big sellers in the youth market

Hackers will continue to titter (not twitter) at our naivety and stupidity. This is happening and will continue.

A freak lightning storm will immobilise the two main national radio centres in Dublin on a random Sunday morning and, without having to exert oneself to hit the off switch, RTE colleagues will not be heard talking to each other and independent (Independent?) journalists will not be interviewed by less independent journalists and that sudden burp followed by silence?……that will be the sound of the media eating itself.

Music tips

Ireland: Cian Finn, Fion, Orquestra, Tomo (formerly of Man & the Machine and a Dublin street rapper) and John Hoban, a folk musician who is long overdue recognition.

International: The Asphodells, China Rats, Lou Doillon, Madeon and Ryan Hemsworth

The credits: Peenie Man is involved in music, managing, mismanaging, production, recording, bands, Secret Records, Body & Soul, programming things, years, hurling, ceol agus craic.

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