Sinead O'Connor: C/D?

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i love this song for reals

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

That's a ferocious performance. Her neck muscles when she sings "I'd kill a dragon for you" alone make this worth watching.

Euler, Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:16 (6 years ago) Permalink


For the first time I wondered what this song is about specifically (obv it's pretty clear what it's about generally). Is Sinead playing a woman who's in a relationship with a married (or at any rate attached) guy? That seems to be the only explanation that makes all the different bits scan consistently.

Tim F, Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that clip is unreal. The Troy performance on the bonus disc of the Do Not Want reissue is possibly even more intense.

Mark, Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

That line, "You should have left the light on," is so brilliant. That's exactly the kind of thing someone might say when they're overcome with anger and not thinking very clearly. If the light had been on, none of this would have happened. That's how the mind works.

Mark, Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

She performed it last year for first time in almost 20 years.

Mark, Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

x-post Totally. Except for the first time I've thought maybe the song is kinda rational throughout. She's been having an affair with him, he said he was gonna leave his wife but now he's changed his mind, she's furious that he ever encouraged her to the point that now she's totally lost in love/hate.

Tim F, Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

love that pinkpop clip. she did it the same way as a final encore when i saw her in '91. totally riveting.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

I've never thought of the song as being about an affair with a married man specifically. He's obviously an emotionally unavailable asshole, but there could be any number of reasons for that.

The soul-killing line for me is "but I knew you wanted me to be there" -- so, despite all her yelling and screaming and white-hot anger, she's still trying to convince herself that everything is really OK.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

This helps:

WHY should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great.
Had they but courage equal to desire?
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern?
Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 October 2009 13:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

that was an excellent read; she is an incredibly evocative writer

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Friday, 26 March 2010 17:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

Very heavy.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 26 March 2010 17:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

45 year old woman in not-looking-like-when-she-was-20 shocker

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jon/via/chia/pet 2.0 (kkvgz), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

tbf it's nothing to do with age, but more that she looks radically different from the image of her that many of us carry around in our minds. i know that i wouldn't have been able to identify her in the absence of clues

dell (del), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

tbf 45 yo Sinead looks more like she's 13

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wait... the woman in black is Sinead?!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 19:49 (4 years ago) Permalink


dell (del), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

A minute after that photo was taken she adjusted the mike down and started singing out of her bellybutton.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 10 August 2011 19:24 (4 years ago) Permalink


jed_, Wednesday, 10 August 2011 22:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

The singer has crafted a rather thorough list of musts ("Must be blind enough to think I'm gorgeous") and must nots ("Must not be named Brian or Nigel").

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the good times don't stop at the produce section.

"Let me now take time to make VERY clear that yes I 'do anal' and in fact I would be deeply unhappy if 'doing anal' wasn't on the menu, amongst everything else$$ So if u don't like 'the difficult brown'.. Don't apply..."

Also, women "will also be very much considered."

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Difficult brown?"

kkvgz, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 22:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

that's not how you seduce a man!

kkvgz, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 22:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

She is apparently touring soon!!! Feb 23-24 at Highline Ballroom. And I am totally hooked on "Fire on Babylon" at the moment; I cannot wait to go to this show

Sally Field hysterically shrieking "Gloria fucking SWANSON!!!" (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 5 January 2012 18:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Maybe you'll marry her for 5 minutes!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 January 2012 20:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

maybe you can sell her some weed!

The Silent Extreme (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 January 2012 21:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

true, then she won't have to resort to crack

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Thursday, 5 January 2012 21:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh jeez, Sinead. I hope she's OK and also that her show in NYC in a month isn't cancelled

lost ai weiwei (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's not really funny, I hope she gets help soon!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

I am always rooting for this woman

gord downer (Ówen P.), Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

I feel for her, she seems really ill.

Nicole, Thursday, 12 January 2012 21:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Great NYT profile/interview here, discussing the above and more:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 February 2012 15:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

this album seems alright, half of one song in

akm, Friday, 24 February 2012 05:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm so ready to want a good Sinead album (the last one I bought was the forgettable one in 2000). "Reason With Me" gives me reason to hope.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 February 2012 13:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Her most underrated record is that "Gospel Oak" EP. I think this is one of the most beautiful songs:

My wife used to sing it to our kids.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 February 2012 15:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

This is all time, my friends:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 February 2012 18:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...


With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder.

As you all know I had a very serious breakdown between December and March and I had been advised by my doctor not to go on tour but didn't want to 'fail' or let anyone down as the tour was already booked to coincide with album release. So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am.

I apologise sincerely for any difficulties this may cause.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 April 2012 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

There's all sorts of weird timing at work here. She's quiet for a while, semi-retired. Then she suddenly goes public via social media. Then there's the crazy wedding and breakdown and possible suicide attempt (from an artist who has had breakdowns and suicide attempts in the past). Then the new album comes out and gets good reviews. Then she schedules a tour - she was great when I saw her a few years ago - and at least here the venues get pumped up from smaller spaces to bigger clubs. And then she cancels. I can only imagine the pressure she is under to fill coffers or whatever, because even I could have told her taking some time off would be a wise idea.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 23 April 2012 16:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

She peaked creatively with "Troy" from the first album, y/n?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 February 2013 21:10 (3 years ago) Permalink


set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 25 February 2013 21:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

she peaked with that sound

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 21:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

and with the use of Yeatsian rhetoric

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 21:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

nah. Troy is grebt and easily makes any POV but IDNWWIHNG is pretty freakin strong start to finish.

inste grammophon (rogermexico.), Monday, 25 February 2013 21:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Her first album is my favourite but she does too many different things too brilliantly on that album for me to label any one of them her "peak".

Tim F, Monday, 25 February 2013 21:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

I would definitely agree that she peaked artistically with her first album, which I basically consider to be immaculate. Not sure I would agree with "creatively". All of her subsequent albums have at least one song on it I don't get at all.

This beat is TWEENCHRONIC (DJP), Monday, 25 February 2013 21:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I love her first album SO much, one of my all time favorite albums no question. But the followup has a lot of great moments in it and I kind of feel like a song like Emperor's New Clothes, for example is the culmination of the sound she explored in Mandinka. There's a lot of things she does on that first album that she explores in new ways on the second. The first works better because of the rawness, but her refinement is interesting and appealing to me also

I really am full of shit though lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 25 February 2013 21:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

What I meant to say: "Troy" was the height of using her voice in an inchoate manner in deliberately constricted atmospheres. O'Connor is too restless to have peaks. I loved last spring's record.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 21:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost no I think that's spot on.

Tim F, Monday, 25 February 2013 21:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

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