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Doing it for the kids
FORGET WESTLIFE OR THE SCRIPT. THERE'S THOSE THAT SAY THE CORONAS ARE IRELAND’S NUMBER ONE HEARTHROBS. WITH A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL 12 MONTHS BEHIND THEM, THE STARS OF OUR CHRISTMAS COVER SHOOT TALK ABOUT THE TEMPTATIONS OF GROUPIES, THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND THE FRIENDSHIP THAT HAS HELPED SPUR THEM TOWARDS THE BIG TIME.
Olaf Tyaransen, 13 Dec 2010
There’s a bit of a love-hate reaction to the band if you go online. Do you read about yourself online?
“No, not all the time. It’s not something that bothers me, so I can read about it. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I have to stay away from that because I don’t want to see what people are saying’. Of course when you release a song like ‘San Diego Song’ it’s gonna divide opinion – it divided opinion amongst us as well.”
How do you mean?
“Before we released it, Dave wanted me to change the lyrics. And I said ‘no way, that’s what the song is’. He wanted to make it a little bit deeper and a little bit less about boozing on a holiday. I was like ‘fuck that, no way, that’s what it’s about and that’s what I wrote it about’. You have to separate yourself from the songs and separate your pride from the songs and people will say, ‘Oh, it’s another love song, another ballad’ or whatever. But that’s the song: it’s not about me, it’s about the song. I think the lads have come around to that as well, and they know that sometimes you put yourself out there and you have to do it.”
Are you reticent about the idea of baring your soul in a song?
“No, not if it needs it. There’s a danger of overdoing it and making it sound forced, and maybe that’s what gets people annoyed or makes people not like us. I think it’s funny, there’s a certain amount of… I don’t want to use musical snobbery because I think that’s a terrible word… but I think that some people, whatever about not liking us, consider that we’re pulling the wool over the masses’ eyes, and people sort of look down on us and say, ‘no I know what they’re doing, that’s just ballads and its generic or whatever’. And I just think that’s unfair.”
Does it piss you off that some critics deride The Coronas as musical lightweights?
“I suppose that would make me a bit angry,” he admits. “That sounds a bit like 'All the masses are wrong and I’m right: that band is shit'. You know? That type of thing would piss me off. My attitude is: 'Whatever you think is fine, you're entitled to your opinion – but to say we’re trying to manipulate people or something with our brand of music is just wrong'. We let the songs themselves live. That’s the way we look at it.”