Saturday, April 21, 2007

Irish Blood, English Heart

Interesting article in The Independent regarding the massive influence of Irish immigrants on Brit pop culture. When you really think, it is quite staggering.
The Smiths- Steven Patrick Morrissey, Johnny (Maher) Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce

The Brothers Gallagher- Noel Thomas David and William John Paul

Shaun William and Paul Ryder

John Lennon

Johnny (Lydon) Rotten

I mean, look at that list. Some of the most iconic Brit frontmen ever!

Not to mention Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, whom you may know as Dusty freaking Springfield.

Great bit about Big Brother, too:

Noel Gallagher might be a Mancunian with football blood coursing through his veins but when Oasis were asked to record the "Three Lions" English football anthem seven years ago, he was unequivocal. "When push comes to shove, I'm in the Ireland end," he said. "If I'd done the England song and gone on at Wembley my uncles would have killed me."


Kazza said...

I think I'm in love with Noel. Like not the regal sort of love but the good god this man is a cool motherfucker sort of love.

He gets the horns up from me! \m/

Cygirl said...

It was reading interviews with him that did it for me. Funny bastard.

He's arrogant, but not without cause, and has a way with a verbal slam that is a thing of beauty to behold.

Add into that the adorable daddy thing, and the immense songwriting ability? For-get it.