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“AND THEN, BADA-BING!, YOU GOT HIS BRAINS ALL OVER THAT NICE IVY LEAGUE SUIT OF YOURS…”

murder-bears

I’ll never look at you the same way, polar bears.

March 9th, 2009. 3 Comments »

WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHMEN (…NO, SERIOUSLY?)

watchmen_smileyAfter some savage early notices, the critics seem to be warming to Zach Snyder’s Watchmen movie. Roger Ebert in the Chicago-Sun Times gave it this glowing review. Here’s my interview with Snyder from yesterday’s Ticket.

It wasn’t the forum to offer my own opinion on the film. (Donald Clarke was reviewing it.) But for the record, I thought it was tedious, overlong and preposterous. I saw it in L.A. and was jet-lagged at the screening. Frankly, it was a struggle to stay awake.

March 7th, 2009. 6 Comments »

“You’ve heard of the Loch Ness monster, right? The fact is that there are dozens of these lake creatures all over the world…”.

loch-ness-monster-photo2For the last year or so I’ve been doing a Q&A interview each week at the front of the Irish Times Saturday Magazine. This is the only one they’ve ever refused to print. It was with a preacher who was about to address a creationism rally in Lucan. The Irish Times refused to publish it on the grounds that the guy was clearly insane. My position was that of course the guy was insane, that was why I interviewed him in the first place. Sanity prevailed, unfortunately… Read the interview here.

March 7th, 2009. Comment now »

I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (1949)


My favourite ever artist. My favourite ever song.

March 7th, 2009. 4 Comments »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I’ve Come Across #1

Ireland for the IrishWas in Grogans for a sup earlier this afternoon and spotted this (it says “Ireland For The Irish) on the wall in the jacks. Now I don’t really mind that there’s some eejit going around Dublin with a marker in his pocket. But I hate to think of a foreign person going for a wee, seeing this and assuming that this is what all the Irish people in the bar are secretly thinking. So in a rare moment of inspiration… Read the rest of this entry »

March 6th, 2009. 9 Comments »

NORM MACDONALD ON CONAN O’BRIEN (1997)


When Late Night With Conan O’Brien finished up last month, much of its last week was devoted to re-showing old clips from the show’s 16 year run. One clip that wasn’t re-aired was this 1997 appearance by Norm MacDonald, in which the comedian hilariously sabotages O’Brien’s interview with Courtney Thorne-Smith, one of the then-stars of Melrose Place. Worth watching until the end.

For the full episode, these are parts one, two and three.

March 6th, 2009. 7 Comments »

A NEW HOPE

In these difficult times, the world is crying out for a man with fresh ideas…

March 6th, 2009. Comment now »

IRONY R.I.P.

backpage_shanelynch1The All-Ireland Talent Show… ha! Apologies to those of you who keep up to date with these sorts of things. I don’t really watch television, so I only found out about this today.

It used to be said that irony died the day Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. If that’s the case, then its corpse was exhumed, resuscitated and clubbed to death again the day Shane Lynch was asked to judge a talent contest.

March 5th, 2009. 3 Comments »

GET WELL SOON, OLLIE!

Best wishes to singer-songwriter Ollie Higgins, who suffered a smashed pelvis and broken ribs in an accident earlier this week. Many of you will remember Ollie as drummer with the acclaimed Kill City Snowmen, who were big favourites at the Sound Cellar and Baggot Inn back in the day.

True legends of Irish rock, the Snowmen were tipped in Smiley Bolger’s annual ‘ones to to watch’ list a record-breaking five times (1987, ’88, ’90, ’91 and ’93!) One of the nicest guys in the business, Ollie apparently fell fifty feet onto concrete while attempting to rescue a kitten from a tree.

[P.S. In 2004, I was lucky enough to be granted an interview with Ollie, which you can read here.]

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March 4th, 2009. Comment now »

EoinButler.com is live…

Eddie GogginsThis is me flying high on the soaraway success of EoinButler.com… Four hits so far, which is, coincidentally, the number of people in my immediate family – up, up and away!

As well as updating this blog, I’m going to be regularly updating the archive of older articles I’ve written, so make sure and check back from time to time. Also, if there’s any particular article anyone wants me to put up, email me, or text me, or or write me a letter, or whatever the hell you want to do, and I’ll see if I can dig it out.

March 3rd, 2009. 4 Comments »