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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
“Even the likes of ‘San Diego Song’ – say what you like about it, but it really put us on the map and gave us a foot in the door in terms of radio play. And radio play is the thing that helped us out, touring and being a live band in Ireland, and being able to make a living, doing what we do – which is amazing. That’s because of radio play, and that was all started by ‘San Diego Song’.”
Does it bother you the way the music industry’s been decimated by illegal downloading in the last few years?
“We’re new enough that we don’t really remember what it was like before (laughs). It’s not really like, ‘Oh, back in the heyday, our first record sold millions’. I’ve watched television online illegally, so I would never begrudge anyone for downloading music illegally. It’s not really something that we pay too much attention to. We kind of market ourselves as a live touring band and that’s where we’re at.
“The radio play is probably the thing… at the same time we always put so much effort into having a nice album and a good package and as long as there’s even a few people who want to buy an album we’ll always put that effort in. We do it all ourselves, everything right down to the sleeve. We spend ages on it.”
Although The Coronas could never be considered controversial, the video for their latest single ‘Won’t Leave You Alone’ features some rather politically incorrect images of a pretty girl doing her make-up using a silver Zippo as a mirror before sparking up a cigarette.
“Simon Eustace (of The Chapters – OT) is our director. He directed all the videos for the second album. He’s brilliant, so we sort of give him free reign. He did the first video for ‘Listen Dear’ and since then he's done them all. And he had an idea for this video where it was a bit darker, a bit more intense and we said ‘why not?’ It’s something different for us. When we first watched it we were like, ‘Jesus is this gonna end up on Joe Duffy or something?’ But it’s not that bad. I’m sure you can find much worse.”