This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to…Rollerskate Skinny, Shoulder Voices

Posted: June 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Cedar Lounge Revolution

Here’s an Irish group from the early to mid-1990s, Rollerskate Skinny, famous, or infamous, for having for a time a Shields (yes, brother of one K. Shields) as part of the line up. But to reduce them to that fact alone would be to do a serious disservice to a group that locked neatly into a musical discourse which seemed of a piece with musical developments much further afield than this island – and a fair bit more experimental than most of their contemporaries in Ireland or outside it.

I recall reading, I think in Melody Maker, a scathing review of one of their albums – I’m guessing the first – which suggested that they were mere Boo Radley copyists. I kind of see how one could see them sharing – to a very limited extent – a similar approach in some areas, but the thrust of the two groups…

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