Ronan’s Track of the Week (21 May 2018)

Track of the week for me could easily have made it to the previous week’s ‘Ska Special’ shortlist – the track is Dennis Brown’s version of ‘Man Next Door’, a song originally recorded by John Holt in the late sixties, and covered by others, including Massive Attack on the ‘Mezzanine’ album with the distinctive vocals of Horace Andy. The Massive Attack version has a particularly ominous feel to it, helped by the drum sample from Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’.  On the previous week’s show we played another Brown track, ‘Make It Easy on Yourself’, a song released in 1971 which demonstrates well how rocksteady was evolving into reggae. We also mentioned that Brown, like his greatest musical influence Delroy Wilson, began recording as a young teenager, and sadly suffered a similarly premature end to his career.



The podcast of today’s show can be listened back here in its entirety.

Our playlist via Spotify can be listened to here.

Martin’s track of the week is an excellent fun cover of a Ramones track – We’re a Happy Family by Japanese rock legends Shonen Knife. Want to know why? Click here.

Ronan’s track of the week comes via Dennis Brown – the very dark ‘Man Next Door’ Click here to see why.

Our recommended UCC Library resource of the week is especially for those requiring images for their work Artstor. (You can access this via logging in through your UCC library portal) 

Our recommended read this week is the Spring issue of Multimedia Information and Technology and not just because there is an article on Shush! Sounds from UCC Library (pages 28-32) in it – the issue is an exciting special on how libraries are making innovative use of Sound & Vision and it is great to see so many exciting ideas being realised in libraries all over the UK and Ireland 


My track of the week this week is from my favourite Japanese band – mind you, it is not such a long list – the legends that are Shonen Knife and a track taken from their 16th album Osaka Ramones –  a tribute to another legendary band The Ramones. My track is We’re a Happy Family. 

Shonen Knife are a band I have played many times on Shush and if one of the roles of rock music is to make you feel better about the world then Shonen Knife are my definite make the world a better place band. Every time I listen to them they make me smile – their joy when playing is infectious. And when playing this track in the studio – and Ronan can attest to this – I had to stop myself laughing when the track finished and I had to do my ‘DJ chat piece…’ .

Now listen here, and I dare you not to be smiling at the end… (and do check out the rest of their stuff if you haven’t heard them before.)