Moving on from being the mod who fronted bands such as the Lower Third, David Bowie released a strange yet enchanting debut album in 1967, and became something of a folky troubadour in 1969, but ultimately was proving to be something of a one-hit-wonder after ‘Space Oddity’.
There’s a whiff of danger about Keith Barry. He bounces into the Republic of Work in Cork for this interview with his charming, boyish smile and warm hand-shake, but there’s an animal energy in his eyes and upper body. You’d follow him around just to see what he’d do.
Extreme times call for extreme pop stars and Annie Clark fits the bill perfectly. After four progressively more audacious albums as St Vincent, her latest, Masseduction, may be her masterpiece — and the first great record of the Age of Trump.
Kasabian are a throwback to when preening ridiculousness was part of every rock band’s job description. They write songs about vampires and dinosaurs and have a lead singer whose on the road excesses extend to an unquenchable habit for Monster Munch snacks.