Playlist - The Answer's "Favourite Irish whiskey drinking songs" featuring U2, Thin Lizzy, Shane Mac Gowan & more
With a new EP, Rise, out on July 2 and having just performed a special gig celebrating 150 years of Ulster Hall in Belfast where they performed with the The Ulster Orchestra, Northern Ireland's The Answer are currently in a celebratory mood. So what will they be toasting this current purple patch with? Irish whiskey naturally, if this Playlist from the band's Cormac Neeson is anything to go by...
Damian Dempsey - Jar Song
"The perfect song to kick off a good whiskey drinking night. Over the course of this short song Damo manages to evoke the spirits of Christy Moore, Brendan Behan, Shane Mac Gowan and ,b>Luke Kelly. Four Irish legends who were as famous for their love of the bottle as their feats of artistic genius. In our band if you haven't started drinking by the time the chorus kicks in then you've got some catching up to do. Take me out on the jar today/ We'll drink stout and we'll be ok... kind of says it all!!"
Rory Gallagher - Goin' To My Home Town
"Never has a mandolin and a bass drum combined forces with such devastating effect. This song is best played while sipping whiskey in an airport departure lounge before boarding a flight back to Belfast after a long and gruelling tour. Apologies to any fellow passengers for maybe getting a bit carried away from time to time..I blame Rory."
Shane Mac Gowan And The Popes - Nancy Whiskey
There's a few killer versions of this Scottish folk song including a belter by the Dubliners but Shane's version would be the band's favourite. I actually have a tendency to recite a few verses of this one myself if there's been enough drink taken. But I get the feeling Nancy Whiskey has cast a few more spells on Shane Mac Gowan than myself thankfully.
U2 - Until The End Of The World
"U2 get a bit of stick from time to time back in Ireland. But there's no doubt that these boys know how to write a good song ...and if there's whiskey being drunk on our tour bus a song or two from Achtung Baby will inevitably get cranked out of the back lounge speakers. This will automatically spark a heated discussion over whether Bono is a genius or an eejit. Whoever's had the most to drink normally wins the argument."
The Bothy Band - Fionnghuala
"This traditional Irish song has blown my mind since I was a kid and is the kind of tune I'd stick on when everyone else is too drunk to notice. This is an accapella sung in Gaelic and even if you can't understand it..if you turn that song up loud at a whiskey drinking party it's safe to say the language barrier is not a problem."
NB The Bothy Band's Fionnghuala is currently unavailable
The Horslips - Dearg Doom
"Celtic rock as it was meant to be. This song is guaranteed to stir up any latent Irish national pride within the band that has been quietly brewing only to be released upon a poor unsuspecting public in a random Irish pub in some far flung corner of the world. I'm talking bar stools suddenly becoming makeshift uilleann pipes and certain members of the band realising they should have quit the rock'n'roll business for riverdance."
Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song
"Let's face it when there's enough drink taken and Thin Lizzy are blasting from the sound system we all start behaving like cowboys. There's been many's a night that I can't make out a word Phil Lynott is singing. Not because I'm too drunk but because everybody else in the room is standing on a chair whooping and howling like John Wayne in his heyday."
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
"I would hazard a guess that there's very few Northern Irish bands of any genre that wouldn't have this song on their whiskey drinking playlist. I clearly remember a couple of members of Anthrax quietly retreating from a festival VIP area because ourselves and another fellow Norn Irish band got a bit carried away when the DJ decided to give this one a spin."
Therapy? - Knives
"I'm gonna get drunk, come round and fuck you up! If thats a line that takes no prisoners I don't know what is. I should point out that at this stage of the evening, the night could go either way, people may start breaking stuff. In house feuding over the most minor of details is common and may get out of hand. But thankfully on the majority of occasions such as this we just pour ourselves another one and listen to some more Therapy?"
Christy Moore - Delirium Tremens
"Every successful whiskey drinking session needs a successful comedown tune. A chance for the band to become re-acquainted with normality and any vague notions of sobriety that they may still be harbouring. The dulcet tones of Christy Moore will normally suffice. The humorous yet mildly threatening message of this particular song serves as a sufficient reminder that its not all fun and games. There wouldn't be enough whiskey in the world for that kind of behaviour!"
For more on The Answer, including their own music, head to Theanswer.ie.
10:36 AM | 12/06/2012
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