Pack it up, pack it in…

…let me piss off…

The truth

Cheerio folks. I’m off back to the land of the Leprechauns for 9 days. Faithful followers of my adventures on here who reside in that particular part of the world can check me out this Friday (May 12th) tearing the club up (nh) in Skye, and next Wednesday (May 17th) in Thompsons. If internet access over there has progressed past the wind-up version available in Georgia, then there’s a good chance of some postings from the other side. Otherwise, this is it until May 20th.

I’m bringing THIS back to the motherland, baby boy!

6 Replies to “Pack it up, pack it in…”

  1. Hey, speaking of Ireland, here’s a question. Are there any Irish nationalist hip hop groups or Irish rappers that discuss the occupation of Northern Ireland?

    Kind of a touchy question I know, but I was wondering about that and figured you’d be the man to ask.

  2. Can’t speak for all the leprechauns but it was great having A to the L back in the cold and rainy land of alcoholics.

  3. Walt… depending on who you speak to, referring to it as an ‘occupation’ could well get you a smack in the chops alone…

    but anyways…

    As far as I know there’s not that many (if any) – I know Marxman touched on it a bit but that was years ago (like PE-era)… I also think groups like Scary Eire talked about stuff like that (I think) but I’m not familiar with them at all…

    for the most part, Irish Hiphop is fairly evenly divided into 2 sections – those who copy whatever comes out of the states (right down to the clothes, the accents, the slang etc), and those who try to keep their own identity while doing their thing…

    the first group are pretty much wack throughout because they don’t have a genuinely original thought in their music – there’s very few artists anywhere who can get away with something like that (London’s Funky DL is one exception though…)

    the second group are also pretty much poo (although its ADMIRABLE poo)… the Irish accent just does not lend itself to emceeing of any kind, as it instantly conjures up images of pots of tea, Guiness, and Aran sweaters, so its hard to listen to a lot of it without breaking into a wrinkle…

    I’ve saw a couple of decent acts (those cats who opened for Gang Starr in Belfast a few years back were good – check the live reviews part of this site), but for me at least ‘home-grown’ means the UK, which means London, Notts, Birmingham, Manchester etc… there’s not much good local Hiphop in Belfast, and while Dublin definitely has a bigger scene, I can’t comment on much of it (‘poo’ stereotypes aside) as I haven’t heard much…

    try hiphopireland.com or irishhiphop.com if they’re still up and about…

  4. So, what about the term occupation is offensive? I’m not trying to be a dickwad, I just don’t know much about the situation. I mean, isn’t the UK controlling part of Ireland a foreign occupation?

  5. big can of worms…

    let me speak generally (and I MEAN generally)…

    the Catholics WOULD view the UK controlling Northern Ireland as an ‘occupation’, however there are also the small matter of the Protestants who see themselves (and their country) as loyal to the British crown… to them the ‘occupation’ is actually just their day-to-day government… the population split right now is around 45% Catholic/55% Protestant…

    this is really really broad remember…

    in reality about 90% of people couldn’t care less whether they’re governed by Britain or Southern Ireland – they’re all still going to have to pay taxes anyway… but then you have 5% on the Catholic side who want Britain out of the whole island of Ireland and are/were willing to bomb the shit out of everything to make it happen (aka the IRA)… but then you also have 5% of loonies on the Protestant side who are willing to bomb the shit out of everything in Southern Ireland to get them out of ‘their’ country and be governed by Britain again (note – this hasn’t happened yet, but will likely do when the inevitable changeover of power does happen)…

    All you really need to keep telling yourself is that the whole place is a shithole and nobody really deserves it as they’re all as much of an asshole as each other. Oh and also keep in mind that this shit has been rolling since the 1600’s, so if they haven’t worked out their differences for over 400 years then they’re unlikely to any time soon…

    End. (And remember that was REALLY REALLY generalising. Apologies to all paramilitaries – I like my house unbombed, and my knees free of ventilation holes)

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