Let’s hear it for Potato Rock!
Top o’ the afternoon to ya! OK, maybe you’re tired of reading about Irish-related things on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. But we can’t leave out a rundown of Irish rock bands!
Here’s a list that was put out by RedEye: http://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/redeye-14-irish-band-st-patricks-day-20150305-htmlstory.html
That list purposely leaves out U2, which is fine, but we can’t leave them out. They wear their Irishness on their sleeves, as do many Irish artists. Who could forget the time they were on The Simpsons, and Homer, to gain access backstage, simply had to declare he was the “potato man”, which was answered by “Where the hell have you been?”
The Cranberries have a distinctly Irish sound thanks to the late beautiful Dolores O’Riordan.
And of course, there’s Thin Lizzy. I actually saw them back in the late 70’s opening for Queen at Chicago Stadium! Everyone knows they’re Irish, but you might not know it just from listening to them. They just sound like great classic rock!
Also on the RedEye list is “Them”, the band that gave Van Morrison his start back in the 60’s.
If you want to step outside of rock, there are The Corrs, Sinead O’Connor, a girl band from the late 90’s called B*Witched (which had a member named Sinead O’Carroll!) and of course, who could forget The Irish Rovers and their crossover hit “The Unicorn”.
“Green alligators and long-necked geese”? Hey, maybe alligators are Irish too.