Published on April 19th, 2009 | by Peter2
demands for 21 demands …?
In 2007 RTE, which hasn’t really got a great reputation for making the greatest of programmes…. possibly had a chance to prove its worth. A young band called 21 demands made it down to the last 2 of the reality tv show ‘your a star’ finals.
But did the better half win? No. Of course it went to some chap who was more a karaoke king. No offense; but the lads really were/ are a great band. They are still on the go, local sources tell me…but they haven’t *made it* so to speak.
Surprisingly, a quick google search brought me to their wikipedia page. Surprised is not the word. What I had forgotten since I last saw them was the following fact…
On the 9th of March 2007 the band made chart history by releasing a download single called Give Me A Minute which reached the number one slot in the Irish singles chart – making them the first ever unsigned band to reach number one, and the first ever act to reach number one in the Irish singles chart based on downloads sales alone
I always remember John Peel speaking about The Undertones [the band who brought you ‘teenage kicks’]… a band who sent a DJ a ‘demo’ cassette. A Dj who as he said it listened to every single demo he was sent. A man who received literally thousands of tapes by the week by young hopefuls…
But DJ-ing has changed. Music has changed. We have a gizillion Lady GaGa’s, pop idols and spice girl look a likes popping out of the microwave like instant dinners to suit *our taste*. Who is encouraging the ‘hard working bands’ of Ireland… ? Lets be honest, there are a few but how many rolling stones, Dylans or Led Zepps do we *really* have… I’d say one…
We have blogs, twitters and the days of the cassette in an envelope may well be over…. but nothing, nothing beats the shiver up your spine of a live hard working band who truly are great. These guys for me are just be one of those who deserve that little bit of something… Is there something *we* can do…?
What do you think… ?