The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
FINNEGAN'S FOLLIES: Today is St. Patrick's Day, so on my radio show I played a lot of traditional Irish music, a fair amount of untraditional Irish music, a few songs that might be called "Irish-related" music, and occasionally some English music that bore a family resemblance to the Gaelic sound. The latter tunes sparked a running gag about English-Irish reconciliation, which culminated at the top of the final hour with the sound of a bomb exploding and then a series of violent punk songs. After that the show's theme pretty much disappeared and I did a straight freeform program, though I did return to the holiday at the end with a Rory Gallagher track.

The Pogues: Bottle of Smoke
Flogging Molly: The Worst Day Since Yesterday
The Irish Tradition: Smash the Windows/Fred Finn's
Black 47: Rockin' the Bronx
The Bothy Band: The Kesh Jig/Give Us a Drink of Water/The Flower of the Flock/Famous Ballymote
Steve Earle & Del McCoury: Dixieland
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem: Mountain Dew
Bob Dylan: Moonshiner
The Oysterband: Rambling Irishman
The Chieftains: The Princess Royal/Blind Mary/John Drury
Richard and Linda Thompson: I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Van Morrison: And It Stoned Me
The Waterboys: This Land Is Your Land
Syd Barrett: Golden Hair
June Tabor: Bonny May
The Kinks: Harry Rag
Thin Lizzy: No One Told Him
My Bloody Valentine: Loomer
The Hot Club of Cowtown: Bonaparte's Retreat
The Chieftains: Did You Ever Go a Courtin', Uncle Joe/Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Christy Moore: City of Chicago
Liam O'Flynn: After Aughrim's Great Disaster
Don Walser: Danny Boy
Boys of the Lough: Sean Bui/Tommy People's/The Lark in the Morning
Gaelic Storm: McLoud's Reel/Whup Jamboree
Mary O'Hara: Wexford Mummer's Song
Jean Ritchie: Barbara Allen
Johnny Cash: Mary of the Wild Moor
Steeleye Span: Dark-Haired Sailor
Swim Two Birds: All I Want
The Clash: White Riot
The Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the U.K.
Buzzcocks: I Don't Know What to Do With My Life
Flipper: Sex Bomb
Prince: Kiss
Prince: Anotherloverholenyohead
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Cut That Line
The Exotics: Let Me Be a Part of You
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Rory Gallagher: Banker's Blues
Little Walter: Key to the Highway
Bob Dylan: Wigwam

While the first Chieftains medley was playing, I read a favorite passage from Flann O'Brien's The Third Policemen. And yes, I've played "Kiss" before. In theory I try not to repeat myself, but in practice I couldn't resist the segue from Flipper.

posted by Jesse 9:25 PM
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