Aidin Vaziri | In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we catalog Ireland’s 17 most important contributions to rock ‘n’ roll since step dancers stopped moving their arms. Incredibly, there’s not a leprechaun in the bunch (unless you count Bono):
For St. Patrick’s: 17 Irish Albums That Rock:
My Bloody Valentine, “Loveless” (1991): Like staring at the sun, the melodies are so brilliant they can only be delivered through an ear-splitting psychedelic haze.
U2, “The Unforgettable Fire” (1984): That voice, those guitars, the sudden urge to grow out a mullet. This is where it all catches light.
Van Morrison, “Astral Weeks” (1968): He wanted to make a jazz album, but what came out isn’t even music – it’s better.
Damien Rice, “O” (2003): So intimate and unassuming it’s only after repeated listens that you discover your heart in a puddle on the ground.
The Pogues, “Rum, Sodomy and the Lash” (1985): Really, any album by the Pogues will do; this one that Elvis Costello produced just happens to be the best. Continue reading.