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______.