Whole Wide World – Phil Hope & John Byrne
Phil Hope and John Byrne are well-known names in Cork (and Irish) music circles, particularly vinyl circles. They are record collectors, music fans in the true sense, regularly to be found behind turntables in rooms filled with intriguing sounds, and purveyors of impeccable – and impeccably broad – tastes.
Tomorrow night they start a new venture called Whole Wide World at Gulpd Café. We asked Phil and John to give us a little background and they didn’t disappoint.
WHOLE WIDE WORLD.
The new wave of new wave.
The new wave of mod.
The new wave of power pop.
Playing punkoid pop from the late 1970s and early 1980’s.
We’ve decided it’s possible to rekindle a past without kneeling on any nostalgic…….
Welcome to a time when people could pen songs about real social and political issues AND their record label patronage could make bestsellers out of them. A time when serial murders, ongoing colonial wars, and state sanctioned killings in holding cells – these things could vie for attention along with the yowsa yowsa’s and the sexy eyes’s. Popstars could pen lines like ‘Only takes one itchy trigger, one more widow, one less white nigger.’ You also had penmanship whose only ephemeral raison d’etre was to pin a romantic usurper called Gordon as a moron, so it wasn’t anywhere near as principled as all that. Still, some ballast to the blast…….
It might seem that the censors were more archly active back then. The reality is that there was far more ‘action’ coming from the performing floor. Still, like life, it’s not all about politics. We’re just saying that defacto popular music from this time had a more robust spine.
Big Star – September Gurls
Sema4 – Semaphore Messages
Jellyfish – Now she knows she’s wrong
The Chords – Maybe tomorrow
The Undertones – Get over you
Chris Stamey – The summer sun
The Atrix – Wendy’s in Amsterdam
Snatch – All I want
Dogmatic Element – Just friends
Fish Turned Human – The International
Whole Wide World
9.30pm til late