You can always rely on Young Dubliners for fun, up tempo, Irish-flavored rock, even while being personal or political. First saw them on Mike & Maty, a long gone daytime talk show, in the late '90s singing "Blink" from Alive, Alive 'O. Couldn't get them out of my mind after that and found the song on the internet. Sadly, I can't find that performance. Wish I saved the tape, so I could put it on YouTube.
From then I put them on wish lists, but they weren't always easy to come by. Finally got 2009's Saints and Sinners from SwapaCD this week. I still don't have all their music, so I guess I'd call them a fallback favorite. You can blame that on the other acts I loved first, who have released a lot over the years: Meat Loaf, Dave Matthews Band, Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran. And don't even get me started on the expensive, imported albums from Rammstein, Eisbrecher, In Extremo, Megaherz, Oomph!, Joachim Witt, Unheilig, Eisheilig, E Nomine, and more.
Here's the song that made me fall in love with them.
And here's one from Saints and Sinners.