Cáit O’Riordan illustration by Sarah Matthews @bernysplace exclusively for Velvet Sheep

“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!