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Horslips - the punk rocker's friends

Mickey Bradley | 21:45 UK time, Tuesday, 15 March 2011

I will be unable to attend Thursday night's Horslips vs Ulster Orchestra showdown, unfortunately. The BBC arranged St Patrick's Night on a Thursday this year, which was inconsiderate of them as it is the night I have my After Midnight show.  An excuse surely, you suggest, as a  punk rocker of considerable vintage like myself would not be seen enjoying a Horslips concert.  Horslips ? Long hair , moustaches,  mystical melodies, concept LPs ?  Yes, but also a band who knew that punk rock was worth celebrating in 1976 and 1977, without jumping on to any bandwagon that was passing through Dublin. I remember being in a band that was part of a Punk festival in Dublin in May 1977 - UCD at Belfield, marred by a stabbing fatality - and being informed by a member of The Radiators From Space that Horslips were known to include 'Blitzkrieg Bop' in their repertoire, up and down the dancehalls of Ireland. As someone who had been a Horslips fan before the year zero of punk, I was happy to learn that they were early adopters. The cool big brothers of Irish punk. Have a grand night in the Waterfront. And take no lip from those proper musicians with the sheet music.

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