“SONG FOR EWE”
with CAIT O’RIORDAN of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Next up is a lady who joined The Pogues at 17 years old after a chance meeting with Shane MacGowan at a record shop. She played bass for the band on their first two albums including the legendary “Rum, Sodomy & The Lash” and The Pogues biggest hit “Fairytale In New York” was originally penned as a duet between her and MacGowan. After contributing a song to the soundtrack to “Sid & Nancy”, she went onto appear in another Alex Cox film “Straight To Hell”. As well as being a muse and partner to Elvis Costello who she met while he produced “Rum…”, she played in The Radiators and a band called PreNup with Hothouse Flowers guitarist Fiachna O’Braonain. Born in Nigeria of Scottish & Irish descent, a bassist, singer and actor, she is the original post punk triple threat Cáit O’Riordan.
One of the coolest people in rock music, I got in touch via Facebook and realised that Cáit is also one of the warmest (both cool and warm what a trick!) and wittiest.
When I apologised to her for my slightly “stunted” sense of humour in the punning title “song for ewe” she replied “Well I like your goofy humour so never apologise for that!” and I liked her even more. I was honoured she not only chose her “song for ewe” but picked an absolute peach by a singer of which I’m a huge fan (and someone who was written about a lot in Velvet Sheep’s original incarnation as an early 90s grunge/punk/riot grrrl zine). Without further ado…
It’s over to Cáit:
“I’ve been haunted these past 24 hours by Mark Lanegan’s song ‘Wheels’. As a song lyric, I don’t suppose anyone would claim it’s his finest, but it’s wonderfully impressionistic and atmospheric.
The recording has a fantastically sexy interplay between Lanegan’s voice (that voice!) and Mike Stinette’s baritone sax – as a recording, it’s deliriously cool, sexy, and beautiful.
I spent the past week driving some Californian friends on a tour around Ireland but yesterday I had to take them back to Dublin Airport and wave goodbye.
In ‘Wheels’, Lanegan sings “Won’t stop loving you baby, whichever way you go’ – I guess that’s how I feel about letting my friends move on, and ‘Wheels’ says it better than I can.”
Thanks Cáit! Much obliged!