Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Fat Lady Sings: Arclight - the high watermark for 1980s Irish Rock

WHEN all is said and done, and the dust eventually settles on 1980s/ 90s Irish rock, one song will stand alone. I think anyway.
The Nick Kelly-led The Fat Lady Sings may not have had the same success in Ireland as Something Happens, The Four of Us or The Hothouse Flowers, or the global behemoth U2, but they produced the stand out song of their era: 'Arclight'.
An abstract, oblique and poetic love song - I think - it has stood the test of time.
I saw the band twice and they were great both times, despite Kelly's propensity for wearing what looked suspiciously like leggings with eight hole DMs.
Leaving all that aside, I think this is the great Irish pop song of a great era of Irish pop music.

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