Every once in a while you hear a song by a band you’ve never heard of and it knocks you out. This was one of those songs for me. A band from Ireland came out of nowhere (as far as the USA is concerned), got some radio play with a great song, and then is largely forgotten here. Same ol’ story. Should’a been a big hit, if ya ask me. But what do I know? Listen to this track along with me and see if you love it as much as I do.

“Hello Hello Hello Hello Hello (Petrol)” (Written by Something Happens) Copyright 1990 Virgin Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Sometimes, when times are tough and it seems like the world’s against you, a song like this can keep you going. A stunning mix of jangling guitars, sparkling harmony vocals, and a heart-wrenching lead vocal by Alex Chilton, this is my favorite song from my favorite album by the band often referred to as “the greatest band you’ve never heard”.

“The Ballad Of El Goodo” (Alex Chilton & Chris Bell) Copyright 1972 Ardent/Koala Music Inc/Birdees Music Corp./Irving Music Inc USA

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