Monday, March 14, 2016

These Guys Are Big in Japan Uruguay

In our second post in 2016's runup to St Patrick's Day, we have the County Wicklow-based band Bagatelle. While very popular in their home country, the band never reached the heights of international superstardom that their contemporaries U2 gained, the band did have a big hit in Uruguay with their song Second Violin:

The song's production values are a bit slicker than I typically like, but as long-time readers will know, I tend to prefer songs that have pessimistic lyrics to overly twee songs. I listen to a song like "Endless Love" or "I Will Always Love You" and I can't help but think, "You say that now, but relationships involve patience, perseverance and, frankly, work. Anything can happen over the course of the years."

If I'm not mistaken, the band's biggest hit in Ireland was Summer in Dublin, a song which has some great slice-of-life lyrics about the stink of the river, and a garrulous drunk on the bus:

With its theme of getting the hell out of the city to someplace quiet, it could have been written about New York... better yet, it could have been Summer in Yonkers. Apparently, the band is retiring, and are conducting a farewell tour... maybe they'll end up playing a venue in the City of Y______.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Anything can happen over the course of the years.

At one of the bird blogs, someone covering a long-standing nesting pair of eagles noted: The male eagle was involved in an accident, and brought to a rehabilitation center. In the meantime, Mrs. Bald Eagle seemed to be accepting the company of younger male. Finally her lover was better and released. The younger male killed him.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Damn, that is one stone-cold bird, old chum.