Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gavin Friday

Dublin born, Gavin Friday is set to release his fourth solo album next month, entitled 'Catholic'.
Arguably one of Ireland's most avant-garde artistes, he has a long career in music which began in the late 70's when he fronted the punk band The Virgin Prunes for a number of years.
He is also a composer, actor and painter,and among other things a life long friend of the band U2.
It wasn't until 1989 that he recorded his first album away from The Virgin Prunes along with Maurice Roycroft aka The Man Seezer. It was titled 'Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves'  and is an excellent collection of haunting songs that received wide acclaim in Ireland and mainland Europe especially. It is available on Island Records and this is the title song.

Subsequent albums 'Adam and Eve' (1992) and 'Shag Tobacco' (1995) have brought Friday's career to more unlikely heights, for instance the first single from 'Adam And Eve', called 'I Want To Live' was a huge chart hit in Holland and Belgium. Also the song 'Angel' from 'Shag Tobacco' was used in the 1996 'Romeo And Juliet' film soundtrack.
Among other credits to his CV Gavin Friday has co written songs with Bono for the Neil Jordan film 'In The Name of The Father', with subsequent score work on films 'The Boxer', 'Disco Pigs', 'In America' and 'Get Rich Or Die Trying'.
He also starred in the 2005 film adaptation of  Pat McCabe's novel 'Breakfast on Pluto' playing the character Billy Hatchett.
His 50th birthay was celebrated in style in 2009 when he shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, U2, Anthony, Marie McKee, Shane McGowen, Rufus Wainwright and Courtney Love among others.
This is Friday and Seezer on Dutch TV in 1989 performing the Jacques Brel song 'The Port Of Amsterdam'..

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