Quickfire Questions #58: Paul Donoghue of Glasvegas

By on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Scottish band Glasvegas are on tour in Europe right now, supporting their latest album ‘Later…When The TV Turns To Static’, released in September. We were lucky enough to pin down their bassist Paul Donoghue to answer our Quickfire Questions. He tells us about a song his gran sang to him when he was small (aww) and readily admits to being a real man who does not cry (double aww). Paul gives a tip to all bands in the form of the soothing power of reggae. He even comes up with an album that God might like. This might possibly be the most thoughtful set of answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions we’ll ever receive. Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My mum playing ‘A Boy Named Sue’ by Johnny Cash to me in the car when I was about eight. I remember it was one of the funniest songs I had ever heard, although I didn’t listen to him again until I was around 18.

What was your favourite song as a child?
here is a song my gran used to sing, well, it’s more of a poem. It goes:

Eerie orie oot,
A tolie in the cloot,
I went to wash the dishes,
But the tolie fell oot.

I still remember laughing when she explained what it actually meant. I’ll leave it up to everyone’s imaginations as to what a “tolie” and a “cloot” is.

What song makes you laugh?
Almost anything. I have a sense of humour that is very dark and borders on macabre. Being on tour is lots of fun too, the last thing I laughed at on tour was when our merch guy asked for a pepperoni pizza and received a pizza which was “peppers only”. From carnivore to herbivore in one quick misinterpretation.

What song makes you cry?
The last song that almost made me cry (I’m a real man who doesn’t shed tears!) was ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’ by Leonard Cohen. It is a hauntingly beautiful track and stirred a lot of emotions I didn’t think it would.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I remember when Rab, James and I first started hanging about together. We went to see Oasis in Glasgow, and when we were all together listening to ‘Champagne Supernova’, I knew this was two of the great loves of my life. Apart from my wife, I have never been as close to anyone as I am to they two, and Jonna now too.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Any Bob Marley song will calm me down almost immediately. A good tip for any band who come offstage angry about their show, put Bob Marley on and see your anger dissipate.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Slow Burn’ by David Bowie. It’s such a simple song but so effective. The lyrics are amazing too, especially “there’s a price on our eyes, so squeeze them tight like a fist”.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I’m a big nerd so Terry Pratchett is probably my favourite writer. I have read every Discworld book, it took me about 2 years. Also Jo Nesbo from Norway, the greatest detective writer of recent times. My favourite songwriter is John Lennon, no one can hold a candle to his songs.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I am a fully qualified, although not very good, tiler. I would probably still be doing that just now if I hadn’t been sacked for being a cowboy.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
That’s a great question. I’d try and bring something God would like. Maybe ‘Raw Power’ by Iggy and the Stooges. I think he’d dig that, and heaven would be a better place for having a bit of Iggy in its ears. Different certainly, but better.

Massive thanks to Paul for taking time out of his busy tour schedule to answer our questions and Paul for sorting this out for us. Back in the UK, the band will perform at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on the 22nd of December.

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12:03 pm
3rd December 2013

New post: Quickfire Questions #58: Paul Donoghue of Glasvegas @glasvegas provides his thoughtful answers to TGTF: http://t.co/f7GfSM0cmO

6:29 pm
4th December 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: Quickfire Questions #58: Paul Donoghue of Glasvegas @glasvegas provides his thoughtful answers to TGTF: http://t.co/f7G…

6:30 pm
4th December 2013

Paul spilling the beans on his Grans ‘elegant’ poetry,pizza and the track that made him shed a tear (almost).
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6:31 pm
4th December 2013

RT @glasvegas: Paul spilling the beans on his Grans ‘elegant’ poetry,pizza and the track that made him shed a tear (almost).
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6:40 pm
4th December 2013

RT @glasvegas: Paul spilling the beans on his Grans ‘elegant’ poetry,pizza and the track that made him shed a tear (almost).
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11:26 pm
4th December 2013

RT @glasvegas: Paul spilling the beans on his Grans ‘elegant’ poetry,pizza and the track that made him shed a tear (almost).
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