Friday 15 December 2017

Commitments can revive our souls

It's utterly appropriate that The Commitments chose this week to announce their plans to reform as a group and tour next year.

I vividly remember the buzz around Dublin back in 1990, when it was announced that director Alan Parker was to hold open auditions and cast total unknowns for his big budget movie.

Everyone who was anyone queued up for a tilt at fame. It was 15 years before we'd heard of the X Factor, but the sense of hope and excitement lifted the entire city during a time when Ireland was still deep in recession.

And a year later, there they were on screen. A couple of guys -- Dick Massey and Rob Arkins -- that I knew from hanging around the Stags Head. A few jobbing musicians who'd previously been playing to 50 people in Whelans. A couple of proper actors -- Colm Meaney and Johnny 'The Lips' Murphy. And a random bird called Andrea Corr.

So here's hoping that 20 years on, the reformed Commitments can have the same affect all over again, and start to drag this country out of the gutter.

The Commitments -- they're back, and I'm proud.

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