Original Post - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I am currently working on a project about second generation Irish musicians in Britain and here is an off the cuff Best of to challenge the usual Irish lists. At least one parent of the main songwriter in all of the following are Irish and they have openly declared their Irishness.
Relax these guidelines a little and The Beatles, The Faces, Elvis Costello and many, many more would be included..
The Pogues are the only band from England who ever seem to be considered in Irish listings but they are by no means the most Irish band and indeed only three of the original six members were of Irish descent.
The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
Never Mind the Bollocks - The Sex Pistols
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
Metal Box - PIL
Searching for The Young Soul Rebels - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Dusty in Memphis - Dusty Springfield
Goldfinger - John Barry
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash - The Pogues
Closer To God - The Television Personalities
Kissing to be Clever - Culture Club
Welcome to the Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
What's the Story (Morning Glory) - Oasis
Billy Idol - Billy Idol
Breaking Glass - Hazel O'Connor
In a Flat Field - Bauhaus
Sacred Heart - Shakespeare's Sister