A splash of colour in the grim monochrome Ireland of the 1970s
Donnacha Kavanagh from New Zealand
9 February 2006
Oh boy, who would have thought it? Quarter of a century after the band
split up, the Horslips is finally told in their own words. For anyone
who grew up in Ireland in the 1970s, these guys were rock 'n' roll.
Fusing rock sensibilities to traditional Irish tunes, they made the old
music accessible to a generation that yearned for American rock and
made people realise that Irish music didn't have to be diddly-eye
jiggery-pokery and ceilidh bands. The documentary contextualises the
band's progress through an Ireland changing from the dark, conformist
days of the 50s and 60s into a more open, challenging nation. Well
filmed,it is hilariously funny in places and even the presence of Bono
doing his usual grave "most important band/man/brand of chewing gum"
schtick doesn't detract. And the best bit is the second disc featuring
20-odd live performances of some of their best tracks including
Furniture, the immortal Dearg Doom and their homage to Get Back, King
of the Fairies played alfresco atop a Dublin building. Highly
recommended for music lovers or those who lived through those days.
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