Desert Island Discs - Jeemo - May 11

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Desert Island Discs - Jeemo - May 11

Postby Jeemo » 11 May 2012, 23:58

Hopefully I wont let the side down with my effort, some brilliant submissions so far

My parents were both from Irish backgrounds. My grandparents on my Dad's side were from Fernangh in the North and my great grandparents on my Mum's side were from Sligo in the South. Irish music was always played in the house.

Due to illness, my Mum had meningitis my parents married later than they had originaly planned. My Mum was 36 when she had me. My Mum had a cold while pregnant with me and was given a cough bottle that shouldnt have been given to someone in her condition. As a result she was told that I would in all probability be still born. I was born 2 months early weighing less than 4lbs and with asthma, jaundice and was put straight in an incubator, it was touch and go for a while but three months later I got home.

Due to their age they had no real concept of pop music or teenagers. My Mum was 30 when Elvis released Heartbreak Hotel. This caused some friction later when music became all important. My mum Sadie just didnt get it at all.

The earliest memory of music was when I was 2 and a half and the the Tokyo Olympics were on. One of the tunes used for the tv was Tokyo Melody. For the past 47 years this has been a tune in my head, I had no idea of the title or anything about it apart from that it was to do with the Tokyo Olympics. I came across it a few months ago on Youtube when looking for something completely different. When I played it I knew ever single note from start to finish



My first gig ever was by a crowd of drunken Irishmen which is funny as my Dad was a pioneer and Sadie didnt really drink, the odd sherry was her limit. I was 5 when I saw The Dubliners

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The only time I heard pop music growing up was on the radio, if you managed to get it away from RTE, the Irish radio station.

When I was 9 my Dad had a heart attack, he was 42. Although he recovered, he was never quite the same, his failure to stop smoking didnt help and a doctor how would judge my Dad's health on how low his golf handicap was. In all my life it was never above 5, so very fit then. He died aged 48 when I was 14.

Although he loved music he was never into buying records. However he did for some reason buy a top of the range stereo, all separates, cost him a fortune. I was still using it when I was in my 20's. I hope he knows how much pleasure that stereo brought to both me and my brother Tony.

The whole family loved Irish music. I remember a family outing to see The Chieftains in Glasgow, there was 19 of us.



I never had much money to buy my own records so had to rely on friends and the radio for music other than Irish folk music. Not long after my Dad died I got a part time job and before my first wage was in my hand I was planning what I was going to buy. The Sadie informed me as to what I would be handing into the house every week, half of whatever I earned. So this curtailed me a bit.

From primary school I played the clarinet and played in local orchestras and so had another type of music to appreciate. However a monster was coming over the hill that would marry what I was trying to play and the music that I wasnt able to buy.



I got into ELP and the first album that was released while I was a fan was Works Volume 1, its release was delayed a few times and after another fruitless trip to the local record shop (which will crop up later) I bought an album because you cant go into a record shop and not buy anything, that married my love of folk music and rock.



By this time I had long hair and was getting into music in a big way. Smuggling records ionto the house, so that Sadie wouldnt know that I was buying them. School was difficult at times, my Dad dying happened the summer before O grades and Im sure it had some effect although a unwillingness to study would also play its part. If I did study it was with a pair of headphones on. I managed to get 7 O grades and 2 Highers over three years without really studying.

Punk rock came along, another type of music to get into, loved it all, still had long hair though which annoyed my punk pals.

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One day while avoiding school in my local record shop. I saw an advert on the wall looking for staff for the summer holidays. I was in my last unproductive year at school and applied along with my mate. I got a job my mate didnt, I passed the written exam :lol: . I would leave school at 12 everyday get a train into Glasgow to work into the main branch and get trained on how to be cheeky to customers and insult their taste at every possible turn. Hi Fidelity could have written about that actual shop. So many great memories from that times, great bands, great gigs, great records and as we were the biggest shop in Glasgow, we got most things free. This was before Virgin expanded and HMV became a huge presence nationwide.


I spent a lot of youth watching old movies with my Grampa. One that I remembered the theme from was Exodus, starring Paul Newman, bloody rubbish but the theme was brilliant. Years later I got into Jackie Leven and he used the theme from Exodus as the basis for his song Leven's Lament. I saw Jackie's group Doll by Doll twice. I didn't like them but they were very powerful and their performance stayed with me over the years. It was a bit weird to become a major fan of Jackie later in life. He died last year and his death last year was very sudden. My wife and son had enquired for a private gig for my 50th, it was too expensive and the conditions attached were a bit over the top, so it didn't happen. In any case Jackie died before my birthday and the gig never would have happened.



The one musician that has been a constant all through my life is my brother Tony. Over the years we have had our moments but I am very proud of him. Even allowing for the fact that when I was working shifts and had to be up at 5am every morning he would still be playing guitar in our shared bedroom at 1 in the morning avoiding everything I threw at him. So my last pick is my wee brother.




Luxury item - a nice Single Malt Whisky, Arbeg if it could be never ending that would be lovely.

Book - I read all the time but dont really go back and reread books, so I am not sure if I would take a book to read. Maybe a book of photographs of my family and the kids that stayed for a while.
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Re: Desert Islands Discs - Jeemo

Postby John_K » 12 May 2012, 00:16

Enjoyed that Jim, some sounds very close to home...

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Postby Hugh » 12 May 2012, 01:06

I don't have a brother who is a legendary folk guitarist but other than that, lots of parallels for me - both personally and musically.

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Re: Desert Islands Discs - Jeemo

Postby rorebhoy » 12 May 2012, 10:05

Really enjoyable read Jim. I'm from Sligo - where about was your Mum from?

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Postby Jeemo » 12 May 2012, 10:31

Sadie was born in Glasgow, her grandfather was from Sligo.
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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 12 May 2012, 11:39

really nice!
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Re: Desert Islands Discs - Jeemo

Postby the masked man » 12 May 2012, 11:54

Lovely, evocative writing. Bravo!

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Postby Jock » 12 May 2012, 12:07

Great stuff J.
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Re: Desert Islands Discs - Jeemo

Postby Polishgirl » 13 May 2012, 01:36

Very enjoyable and good to see your brother doing his stuff! :)
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Postby sloopjohnc » 13 May 2012, 04:09

One of my favorites so far. Short but sweet.
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Postby johnnydefault » 13 May 2012, 08:57

Really great Jim, thanks.

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Postby Moleskin » 13 May 2012, 10:21

Good stuff!
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Postby Seymore Porn » 13 May 2012, 11:30

An excellent read.
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Postby T. Willy Rye » 13 May 2012, 17:59

Nice one! Really enjoyed it.

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Re: Desert Island Discs - Jeemo - May 11

Postby Rory Bellows » 16 May 2012, 13:30

Really, really great Jim

I probably bought some records from you back in the day. And you were probably rude to me, in true Hi-Fidelity style :D
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Postby Six String » 16 May 2012, 17:13

Nice one Jeemo. I would have loved working in a record store when I was young and hungry for music. I would have never taken home in cash from the job though. It would have all been spent on music. I always enjoy watching a musician who plays at such a high level yet makes it look so easy. A sign of a true master. I am speaking of your brother not those other bands. :)

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Re: Desert Island Discs - Jeemo - May 11

Postby John aka Josh » 16 May 2012, 23:03

Enjoyed that.

So, are you finally seeing sense and admitting that Book of Invasions is better than The Tain?
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Re: Desert Island Discs - Jeemo - May 11

Postby Jeemo » 17 May 2012, 00:11

John aka Josh wrote:
So, are you finally seeing sense and admitting that Book of Invasions is better than The Tain?



No, but the BOI was the first one I bought, I bought The Tain the following week and sneaked it in the house.
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Re: Desert Island Discs - Jeemo - May 11

Postby Jeemo » 17 May 2012, 00:11

Rory Bellows wrote:Really, really great Jim

I probably bought some records from you back in the day. And you were probably rude to me, in true Hi-Fidelity style :D


Were You the wee cunt that bought punk singles? :x :lol:
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Postby Rory Bellows » 17 May 2012, 12:16

Jeemo wrote:
Rory Bellows wrote:Really, really great Jim

I probably bought some records from you back in the day. And you were probably rude to me, in true Hi-Fidelity style :D


Were You the wee cunt that bought punk singles? :x :lol:


Aye ;)
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