Rock Me, I'm Irish

Influenced by Bono and Sinead, malt liquor and hip-hop, a new wave of Irish rockers has arrived

In the cramped confines of Manhattan's Paddy Reilly's Music Bar, where signs such as PARKING FOR IRISH ONLY adorn the wall, patrons are lifting their glasses and raising their fists. On stage, the Irish-American rock band Black 47 is launching into a combustible version of the title song of their debut album Fire of Freedom. "Let's get this place moving," bellows lead singer Larry Kirwan. "These are songs of freedom, revolution."

Finally. Rock 'n' roll that means something again. What's Duran Duran doing + back on the charts anyway? Throw those pretty boys back into the junkyard of pop, along with...

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