Late Late Laughter

Book: Black Swan Green

Author: David Mitchell

Music: Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

Composer/Artist: The Police

The Police were massive in the late 70s/early 80s so it was a big coup for RTE’s The Late Late Show to get them as guests. I remember watching it. I wasn’t a huge fan but, like I said, they were very big names and, in any case, everyone in Ireland who wasn’t in the pub watched The Late Late Show on Friday nights. That was before Gay Byrne flexed his muscles and got it moved to Saturday night. Anyway, that night after the interview Gay turned to the audience and asked for opinions. One brave teenaged girl opined that she didn’t like them because their music didn’t have a message. Sting, good-humouredly, asked the girl what bands she liked to listen to. Her response has stayed with me to this day. The Electric Light Orchestra. Deep.

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