Tuesday, 31 May 2011
I will happily resort to stereotype and say that the Irish need no excuse for festivities so should we really be surprised that Belfast celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated launch of the Titanic today?
While they're raising their Guinness glasses in Northern Ireland, I'll use the centenary as an excuse to share one of the four songs about the Titanic's fatal plunge from Trikont's wonderful Doom & Gloom compilation, subtitled Early Songs of Angst and Disaster 1927-1945.
MP3: Richard 'Rabbit' Brown - Sinking of the Titanic
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I would much rather hear this song, recorded in 1927, on repeat than sit through three hours of any James Cameron film. All we learn about 'Rabbit' Brown from the sleeve notes is that he was born "about 1880 in New Orleans where he played extensively both in brothels and on the street".
If this is the sort of music that floats (or sinks) your boat then do buy a copy of Doom & Gloom. As well as three other tracks about the Titanic you'll get songs about floods, the atomic bomb, World War II, car crashes and fires. Party time? Excellent!