If there was ever an excuse to fall down drunk, it’s today! Happy St Patrick’s Day from Gutter HQ!

Soundtrack your Paddy’s Day celebrations with our pick of the bands who define Ireland and who you simply can’t have St Patrick’s Day without . . .

U2 – Where The Street Have No Name

Taken from their now legendary 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree”, this is U2 at their stadium-status best; a rousing chorus, perfect for an 80, 000+ sing-a-long and clever use of a repeating guitar arpeggio, giving them their hook and ultimately one of their signature anthems. They enjoyed commercial and critical success with follow-up albums, “Achtung Baby” in 1991 and “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” in 2000, but “The Joshua Tree” was their perfect peak, with a memorable (and controversial) video, to boot.

Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town

Released as a single in 1976 (and again in 1991), “The Boys Are Back In Town” is a Thin Lizzy classic and the track the late, great, Phil Lynott is remembered for; he passed away in January 1986, at the age of 36. Since its original release, the track has been covered by many artists, including Bon Jovi, The Cardigans, Happy Mondays and Belle & Sebastian.

The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

The 1977 debut single from Northern Irish punk/new wave  band, The Undertones is the epitome of youth and is of course, synonymous with legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ, John Peel who cited it as his favourite all-time song and had the opening lyrics placed on his tombstone following his death in 2004. The song was recently defiled by One Direction who covered it for The Comic Relief official Single 2013.

The Cranberries – Linger

This 1993 single gave The Cranberries their first hit single, peaking at #3 in Ireland, #14 in the UK and #8 in the US. Frontwoman, Dolores O’Riordan later revealed in an interview that the song was about her first serious kiss.

The Corrs – Breathless

Sisters, Andrea, Sharon and Caroline Corr, along with brother, Jim single-handedly made Irish folk/pop cool in the late 90s with their sophomore studio album, “Talk On Corners” released in 1997 and spawning hit singles, “Dreams” (a Fleetwood Mac cover), “So Young” and “What Can I Do?” and earning them two Brit Awards for their trouble. “Breathless” was the lead single from their follow-up album, “In Blue”, released in 2000 and scored them their first UK #1 single. The song was co-written and produced by ex-Mr Shania Twain, Mutt Lange and the video was shot in the Mojave Desert.

Westlife – Flying Without Wings

Yes, the lyrics are nonsenical and they are just a boyband, but during their 14 year career, Westlife notched up over 50 million albums sales and 14 number one singles, including this smash from their early days in 1999. It remained a fan favourite until they disbanded in June 2012 and was the closing song of their final gig at Dublin’s Croke Park in the summer of 2012.

The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays

Self-confessed loudmouth and former music journalist, Sir Bob Geldof wrote this song about Brenda Ann Spencer; a 16 yeard old girl who fired a gun in the playground of Grover Cleveland Elementary School, San Diego in January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight kids and a police officer. She showed no remorse for her crime and only offered, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day” as an explanation for her actions. It was number one in the UK for four weeks in the summer of 1979. The band reformed and toured last year, the first time they had played together since 1986.

Boyzone – No Matter What

While the Westlife boys were singing into their hairbrushes and practising their poster-perfect pouts in the mirror, Ronan Keating and Co were Ireland’s answer to Take That. Originally put together in 1993 by Louis Walsh, the boyband went on to score six number one UK singles and sell over 25 million albums worldwide. “No Matter What” earned them a massive number one single in 1998 and is taken from the Andrew Lloyd Webber 1996 musical, “Whistle Down The Wind”. It has sold 3 million copies worldwide, to date. The band split in 1999, only to reform again in 2008. Boyzone have continued to release new music and tour since then and are now a four-piece following the tragic death of Stephen Gately in 2009.

The Pogues – Dirty Old Town

Originally written by Ewan MacColl in 1949 about Salford, this song was later a hit for both The Dubliners and The Pogues and has endured a few word changes along the way. The Pogues version appeared on their 1985 album, “Rum, Sodomy And The Lash”. It is a firm fan favourite and the band still play it at live shows today.

The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

The second single from The Script has gone on to become one of their signature tracks. Originally released in July 2008, it narrowly missed out on the UK top spot, thanks to Katy Perry’s cheeky debut, “I Kissed A Girl”. Since forming in 2001, The Script have scored three number one albums and enjoyed their first UK number single with their will.I.am collaboration, “Hall Of Fame” in 2012.

 

 

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