Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


The Dublin indie scene, Dylan Haskins and the UVF

In a column many years ago, Kevin Myers analysed the unorthodox power structures of the UVF. By his reckoning, he said, about half the members of that organisation held the rank of O/C or higher. In other words, the average UVF Officer Commanding could only have commanded one volunteer.

In some respects, the Dublin rock community reminds me a little of the UVF. It’s a vibrant scene, with a large coterie of enthusiastic devotees. But from the outside at least, the movers and shakers – that is to say, the band members, promoters, journalists, bloggers, photographers and assorted hangers on – have always seemed vastly to outnumber the actual punters. Read the rest of this entry »

March 4th, 2011. 24 Comments »

Hey Joe (1974)

March 4th, 2011. 5 Comments »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I Come Across #52


March 2nd, 2011. 1 Comment »

“I really admire any game that can go on for five days and not produce a winner”

EOIN BUTLER talks to Neil Hannon about cricket, Britpop and “Father Ted”.

What are you listening to these days?
I listen to far too much music that is not considered cool. I’m a lifelong fan of Cole Porter and Noel Coward. I also love Maurice Ravel. As far as pop music is concerned, it tends to be strangely commercial stuff. I’ll find I’m just mad about a Sugababes song or something. The new Jarvis Cocker album is brilliant too, much better than his first album. I was always a massive Pulp fan.

Do I recall that you and Jarvis once had an argument about an anorak?
That has a basis in truth. Jarvis and I once did a joint cover shoot for a French magazine. I turned up wearing an anorak, basically, because I had no clue. It got back to me afterwards that Jarvis had been outraged. The phrase he used was “You’ve got to live it” [referring to being a pop star, presumably]. Afterwards, I thought “Hmm . . . He was probably right.” But we never had a face-to-face argument. Read the rest of this article here.

March 2nd, 2011. Comment now »

This is funny

Forget this year’s boring Oscars, one of my all time favourite awards show moments is this clip of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert presenting an award at the Emmys, circa 2006. Requires no intro really. Also that year’s host Conan O’Brien did an intro bit that was pretty fuppin’ hilarious.

March 2nd, 2011. 3 Comments »

So I hear you’re a racist… Is this the new thing?

Egg Racism
“Ah for Christ’s sake… Who told you?”

“I met Tina in Tescos the other night.” Read the full article here.

March 2nd, 2011. 1 Comment »

Never Get Ahead (1997)

Wow, hadn’t seen this before. It’s a special clean version of Bobby Conn’s Couldn’t Get Ahead recorded for a kids television show in 1997. The singer recalled the performance on his blog many years later: Read the rest of this entry »

February 28th, 2011. 7 Comments »

And the Best Picture Award goes to… Let’s Just Go F**k Ourselves, Shall We?

royal cunts
Acclaim for The King’s Speech irks me for any number of reasons. It’s a nothing film that’s been done a thousand times before, but one that was nonetheless attracting Oscar buzz before anyone had even seen it. Now, inexplicably, it’s regarded as a shoo-in for Best Picture ahead of David Fincher’s far superior (and infinitely more relevant) The Social Network.

Does this sound familiar? In John Madden’s Mrs Brown (1997) an aloof monarch deigned to interact with an extremely helpful commoner. The viewer was expected to admire said monarch’s eventual magnanimity, rather than abhorring her initial imbecility. Read the rest of this entry »

February 27th, 2011. 7 Comments »

“I’m not necessarily making the comparison, but don’t Page 3 models usually say the same thing…?”


    I’m sure they do and I’m sure they enjoy what they do, otherwise they wouldn’t do it. But their work is primarily oriented to a male audience and it’s done to elicit a sexual response. Burlesque is all about the trimmings, the sets, the costumes, the storyline. It’s about feeling sexy, but also showing the personality behind it.Read the rest of this article here.

    February 22nd, 2011. Comment now »

    “It melts on my tongue like a snowflake, with a taste that is like hearing music for the first time…”

    Chamonix head
    There aren’t many onerous tasks associated with taking a luxury ski break in Chamonix Mont-Blanc. The trickiest, perhaps, is deciding which of the highlights best to rub in the noses of jealous friends and family members at home. Heli-skiing down the spine-tingling Glacier d’Argentiere? Husky sledding at La Vormaine? Lunch at the two Michelin-star Albert Premier restaurant?

    Winter sports are the main attraction, of course. But if you happen to be preposterously wealthy, the boutique chalets are well worth a visit in their own right. They’re not cheap. A week in Argentiere’s Le Marti costs €16,000 off peak, rising to well over double that amount at peak season. Read the rest of this entry »

    February 21st, 2011. 10 Comments »