The Big Album Show
Songs for the Tempted by The 4 of Us: Interview with Brendan Murphy
Season 1, Ep. 18
The 4 of Us are a band hailing from Newry, Co Down. They released their first album, Songs for the Tempted on CBS Records in 1989, with the single "Mary", becoming one of the most played songs ever on Irish radio. the album went double platinum in Ireland and won Best Album of the Year at the Irish Music Awards. It's consistently on people's lists of Irish albums you must hear.
Stories from the Surface by Ham Sandwich: Interview with Niamh and Podge
Season 1, Ep. 17
On the latest pod, we are talking about Stories from the Surface by the amazing, dazzling Irish band Ham Sandwich.Originally formed on a good Friday in noughties, they have rightly built up a reputation as one of very best live acts.Their lives show and their 2010 White Fox built them up a supportive and loyal fanbase and Stories from the Surface rocketed right to the top of the charts when it was released in April 2015.Over the course of ten tracks, they bring you their unique house blend of indie folk rock, with infusions of disco and funk. There's tremendous fun and joy, perhaps best captured by the lead single Illuminate.The album's incredibly catchy melodies are paired with lyrics which are often equally rememberable.
Those Were The Days by The Blades: Interview with Jake Reilly
Season 1, Ep. 16
Paul Dillon and Dan O'Neill interview Jake Reilly, drummer from The Blades. The band formed in the late 1970s in Ringsend (known by locals as Raytown): An urband area in Dublin's docklands. The original line-up released two seven inch singles: "Hot For You" and "Ghost of a Chance", before a reshuffle in 1981 which saw Jake join the band. That would be the line up which would release the brilliant album Last Man in Europe which includes classic tunes such as Down Market, Got Soul and Pride. It’s a record every music lover needs to put on their turntable. The Blades have since gone on to reform, playing a number of gigs and releasing a studio album in 2016 called Modernised as well as an EP and a live album. They’ve also been inducted into the Irish Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. A snare drum belonging to Jake sits in the museum in Temple Bar. The drum has been, and I quote ‘to every corner of the country – Battered, beaten and bruised from Ballybunnion to Ballyshannon.” On this episode we look back at The Blade’s boxset Those Were the Day, released in 2000 - It features the tracks from Raytown Revisited and Last Man in Europe plus a few bonus tracks.
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
Season 1, Ep. 15
On this episode of The Big Album Show, Paul Dillon and Dan O'Neill delve into Amy Winehouse's album Back to Black. The Big Album Show is an independent podcast recorded in Ireland.
Heartworm by Whipping Boy: Interview with Paul Page
Season 1, Ep. 14
It was the year that Soccer hooligans rioted in Lansdowne Road, Jack Charlton retired, and Ireland voted to allow divorce. 1995 was also the year Whipping Boy released their stunning second album Heartworm.Recorded between September and November 1994 in Windmill Lane Studios, it included tracks such as Twinkle, When We Were Young and We Don't Need Nobody Else. It's an album that is highly respected by many music fans.It's emotional; it's powerful; it's timeless. And it’s about to be reissued on double vinyl and cd, featuring a number of b-sides and demos.Whipping Boy consisted of Ferghal McKee on Lead Vocals, Paul Page on Guitar, Myles McDonnell on Bass and Colm Hassett on Drums. Formed in Dublin in 1988, they initially went by the name of Lolita and the Whipping Boy before shortening their name when their female guitarist left the band. Throughout their career, the band released three albums on three different record labels. But it is Heartworm, released on Columbia records, that has cast the longest legacy.
1977 by Ash: Interview with Rick McMurray
Season 1, Ep. 13
We interview Rick McMurray, drummer of Northern Irish rock band Ash about their stunning album 1977. It was released on 6 May 1996 by Infectious Records, with whom the band had signed following the release of several demo tapes. Ash released the mini-album Trailer in 1994, and followed it with three singles "Kung Fu", "Girl from Mars", and "Angel Interceptor", all of which would reappear on 1977. 1977 drew comparisons to the Buzzcocks, Dinosaur Jr., and Sonic Youth.
We immerse ourselves in some of the biggest albums celebrating significant birthdays. The albums that mean so much to so many.
Nevermind by Nirvana
Season 1, Ep. 12
Nevermind is the second studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991 by DGC Records. Produced by Butch Vig. Paul Dillon and Dan O'Neill look back at this epic album.
Leisure by Blur
Season 1, Ep. 11
Leisure is the debut studio album by the English rock band Blur, released in August 1991. It often gets a hard time, with one journalist describing it as being like the unsavoury uncle of Blur albums that no one talks about. In this podcast, Dan and Paul discuss the album's merits.