Sunday, 6 November 2011

SONG OF THE WEEK #35: Whipping Boy - "When We Were Young"

Whipping Boy, one of Ireland's all-time best, have already appeared on these pages (in my Best Irish Albums feature). But they so clearly deserve a song of the week, too. "When We Were Young" is taken from their undisputed masterpiece, Heartworm (1995), an album of such craft and emotional power that it can almost leave cuts, scars and bruises. Musically, the song itself is an intense, anthemic rocker that U2 could never even dream of. Lyrically, this is pretty much untouchable. One of the best, most hard-hitting songs ever written about youth. "Nobody had a past that catches up on you..." And don't even get me started on that last verse.  

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