by / March 23rd, 2015 /

Music Is My Radar: Dan Hegarty

One of the great heroes of Irish radio (as well as one time State columnist), Dan Hegarty is now moving into the world of books with his debut publication Buried Treasures, exploring the world of overlooked, forgotten and uncrowned classic albums. Published on Thursday, the book features an array of reviews, stories and reccommendations from Dan Hegarty and individuals such as Cillian Murphy, Imelda May and Aidan Gillen.

We asked Dan to pick us five of his favourite tunes….

Buck 65 – ‘Zombie Delight’

From the ridiculously talented Buck 65, this is one of those tunes that you instantly connect with. It’s one of those that slips all sorts of sounds, genres, and influences in, but sounds very individual. It’s on his 20 Odd Years record, which was one of the first albums that I wrote about in my book.

Lethal Dialect X Jacknife J (feat: Jess Kav) – ’26 Laws’

1988 is one of the best Irish albums in years. The combination of Lethal Dialect, Jacknife J, and Jess Kav on this tune works perfectly.

Santigold (feat Karen O) – ‘Go!’

The perfect example of a modern day anthem. This song always reminds me of seeing her play at Electric Picnic three years ago – one of the highlights of over a decade of the festival.

Gavin Friday – ‘Dolls’

Shag Tobacco was the first album that I covered for the book. I didn’t know what to make of it when I heard it first back in 1995, it was so different to everything else. ‘Dolls’ still sounds as wonderful after all these years.

Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’

I only got to see Bitch Falcon play live for the first time the other week. It’s brute force with pop tunes hidden somewhere in their midst. They’re one of the best Irish bands around at the moment.