I know, I was much the same till I heard the Irvine/Brady record and some of his Planxty stuff, and I realised he is a singular talent. What a voice.. To be honest, Welcome Here Kind Stranger is the only thing on a level with the Irvine record though, It's only other record he did that's solid as a full LP. I have a few of his records with the Johnstons, but they're fairly saccharine stuff, not recommended.Will keep an eye out. I avoided him for years because I only knew his later pop stuff.
I’m the opposite. The Residents are less accessible but they’re still really catchy. “Constantinople”, “Smelly Tongues”, and “Harry the Head” are all toe-tappers. Plus the eyeballs and tuxedos look is way cooler than red Lego hats and yellow boiler suits.I'm not huge on either of them but Devo are a bit more listenable than The Residents, no? More of a fun band than a conceptual art piece, there's definitely place for both in this world.
Like, I'll play the Residents doing Satisfaction once a year and go "hmm, interesting" while i'll play the Devo cover 50 times a year and do a jerky dance around the room to it.
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