Three things that matter with Ann Blake


In episode 6 of the second series, Ann talks to musician Niall Quinn. Niall is the drummer and main songwriter of iconic Limerick band, The Hitchers. The band just released their 1997 debut album on vinyl for the first time. www.thehitchers.ie for a listen.
Niall’s Three Things take the listener on a journey from warplanes to cymbal symbolism and whether the 1990 penalty shootout against Romania counts as a victory anywhere but in our hearts.
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Anne Blake

Three Things That Matter is hosted by local playwright, performer and musician, Ann Blake. In each episode, a different guest will be interviewed and asked to “contribute” three things that matter to them. These can vary from books and plants to places and occasions. The three things provide a starting point for discussing the extraordinary in everyday life.
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Tune theme by Ann Blake. Recorded by David Blake.
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About the Hitchers:
Releasing two albums and a host of EPs in the late 90s, the Limerick band caught the eye of legendary BBC DJ John Peel, who championed the band’s UK debut album It’s All Fun & Games Til Someone Loses An Eye and had a session recorded for the band. his show which is rebroadcast to this day.
The double single ‘Strachan/You Can Only Love Someone’ garnered many more friends, applause and award nominations (on the gong of Best Irish Single by ordinary Ash’ A Life Less… no shame in that) just as bands followed through to LP ‘For The Want of Some Better TV’ and the band were still present on the concert circuits of Ireland and Britain, earning a reputation for sharp punk-pop, lyricism acerbic and witty, from a choir of songs on the terrace ‘and finally for a fiery live performance.
Although The Hitchers officially decommissioned in 2001, they have, over the years, banded together for one-off shows and mini-tours. Media interest in the band is reignited every two years on the occasion of the World Cups and European Championships, leading Guardian readers to vote ‘Strachan’ as ‘the greatest song in football’ all time”.
In 2019, the BBC’s Steve Lamacq curated “Lost Alternatives”, a 2×12 inch album of his favorite bands from his time on wireless and marking his 25th anniversary with the BBC. He chose The Hitchers ‘Strachan’ to close the album – placing them alongside, among others, Teenage Fanclub, Snuff, Sleeper, Travis, Compulsion, Cornershop, China Drum and Suede.
Similarly, Warner Bros Germany approached the band for permission to use the song on “11 Freunde – the album” where The Hitchers would find themselves in an even more rarefied aerial storyline – alongside some of their greatest heroes, including Billy Bragg, The Wedding Present, The Proclaimers, New Order and Half Man Half Biscuit.
In their own words: Niall Quinn – “In the UK, the Hitchers are best remembered for Strachan. It is the song which has been played the most and which is always played and shaken up and which arouses interest when the World Cup or the Euro are taking place.
Then in Ireland, despite the fact that Strachans’ “Fun & Games” single, Killed It With My Bare Hands, gave us our highest chart (an unassailable #58!), I sometimes think it’s rather the era Red Mohair Jumper/She’ll Be Sorry. stuff that immediately preceded Strachan and the two very strong sounding albums. Then, more locally still, when you get home to Limerick, there’s this palpable thing about the “teenage” Hitchers – the one with Eoin and Benny and Bombs in Baskets of Fruit. So I tend to think of The Hitchers less as a band and more as Dallas. There are characters that are integral to the story that are only there for the first two seasons. But the story continues…”

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Three Things That Matter will be published fortnightly on Wednesdays on Limerick Post Podcasts.

If you like the podcast, please rate it on Spotify or Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
Twitter @limerickpost #ThreeThings™
Tune theme by Ann Blake. Recorded by David Blake.
Follow Anne on Twitter @annblake78 and Instagram annblakeplay and his group The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra on twitter @BPLO
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