Give me '05
Annual article: Stuart Clark looks back at the news stories, rumour and innuendo that shaped the rock'n'roll year.
Stuart Clark, 20 Dec 2005
Phase II of IRMA’s legal action is launched in November and includes the FastTrack – on which KaZaA runs – and Gnutella networks among its targets.
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The Boss was in sensational form last night as he trod the hallowed turf for the first time. Bearing witness were Stuart Clark and snapper Kathrin Baumbach...
28 May 2016
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25 May 2016
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23 May 2016
One year on from our historic and momentous 'Yes' vote on Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum, we dig through the archives to bring you an interview from 2014, with one of Ireland's most talented and outspoken stars Graham Norton
20 May 2016
Indian street food, Spanish calamari and finger lickin' nail polish are all on this fortnight's menu.
19 May 2016
On the 36th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death, we've dug up an interview with the legendary Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook, who discusses his book, music and Joy Division's frontman
18 May 2016 - Interview
Our man on the sofa Stuart Clark looks forward to Gérard Depardieu and Dustin Hoffman hitting the smallscreen.
04 May 2016 - News
Meet Walter Iuzzolino, the man who's bringing killer international TV to our screens.
04 May 2016 - Interview
26 Apr 2016 - Book Review
As sharp of tune as they are dress, Lucius include Ellen, Roger Waters and The National in their burgeoning fan club. We meet pop’s hottest properties who are Longitude-bound in July.
14 Apr 2016 - Interview
For three glorious '80s years, 'Fab' Vincent Hanley ruled the airwaves with the groundbreaking MT-USA. Series producer Bill Hughes recalls his wonderful life and tragic AIDS-related death
14 Mar 2016 - News
A hardened lawbreaker himself, Stuart Clark recalls the glory days of Radio Nova and the other Irish pirates who waived the rules during the '80s.
14 Mar 2016 - News
Indian eathouses, doggy diners & Spanish wine are all on this fortnight's menu
09 Mar 2016 - News
Brews were sampled, notes compared and lots of lovely pictures taken at the latest gathering of the beery clans. Stuart Clark reports on the Alltech three-dayer and the latest industry developments.
24 Feb 2016 - Reports
With the very real chance of them doubling their Dáil representation, the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit could determine who gets to govern Ireland for the next five years. The latter’s Richard Boyd Barrett tells Stuart Clark that they’re ready to go into coalition – but strictly on their own terms.
23 Feb 2016 - News
It was a massive 2015 for MICHAEL O'NEILL whose un-fancied Northern Ireland produced some stunning performances to top their Euro 2016 qualifying group.
03 Feb 2016 - Interview
Dublin's syringe-strewn streets underline the urgent need for the introduction of medically supervised injecting rooms.
02 Feb 2016 - News
Many assumptions have been made about the Syrian people fleeing the civil war in their country, but rarely do we get to hear from the refugees themselves. HOT PRESS travelled with Concern to the Lebanon to find out what's really going on.
02 Feb 2016 - Frontlines
A dominant artistic force for five decades, David Bowie meant so many different things to so many different people. As the rock ‘n’ roll world struggles to come to terms with his death, we talk to the Irishman who served as his musical director, Gerry Leonard, and recall the Hot Press interviews with everyone from Morrissey and Nile Rodgers to Chris Hadfield and Brandon Flowers, in which his talents were celebrated.
01 Feb 2016 - Commentary
Channel 4 tonight screen the box-office smash Amy>, which includes Nick Shymansky among its key contributors. He talks about her meteoric rise, the reasons for her decline and his wanting Amy to go to rehab but her dad, Mitch, saying “no”.
08 Jan 2016 - News
Nobody has had a more action-packed 2015 than Gavin James, who talks to Stuart Clark about gigging with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Kodaline; hitching a ride on One Direction's jet; following in U2 and Frank Sinatra's footsteps and generally having the time of his life!
09 Dec 2015 - Interview
Crackers were pulled and faux-antler horns donned as six of Ireland's greatest rock 'n' roll minds, plus Stuart Clark, cast a steely eye over the musical year that was 2015.
04 Dec 2015 - Interview
His new novel finds Kevin Barry re-writing Irish and popular culture history by transporting John Lennon to the wild Irish west of the '70s. U2, Irvine Welsh, Roddy Doyle, hippy communes and The Beatles, natch, are all on the menu when he meets Stuart Clark
01 Dec 2015 - Interview
Our man Stuart Clark is heading to the border tomorrow...
24 Nov 2015 - Frontlines
It was a very special sort of homecoming...
24 Nov 2015 - News
Having her soul mined by Tom Cruise, pissing James May off, rowing with Louis Walsh and sitting on Bono's lap in the 3Arena are all on the agenda as 2fm newbie Tracy Clifford meets Hot Press
20 Nov 2015 - Interview
With Adele set to blow the competition out of the water again, we trip through the back-pages of Hot Press to tell her remarkable story.
18 Nov 2015 - Interview
Having scored the most successful song of the millennium so far, Mark Ronson is back on the dj trail and heading to the RDS. He talks hip hop, Amy, famous friends and good behaviour with Stuart Clark.
06 Nov 2015 - Interview
The much-vaunted u2 collaboration has yet to happen, but Nile Rodgers has spent quality studio time recently with Gaga, Elton and Janelle Monae. The Chic leader tells Stuart Clark why life has never been sweeter.
05 Nov 2015 - Interview
The Minister for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch, believes that Ireland’s suicide problem cannot be solved by government alone. The economic collapse, rural isolation, online bullying and Joan Burton’s role in the short-term death certificate row are all up for discussion when she meets Stuart Clark
15 Oct 2015 - Interview
It hasn’t been the easiest of relationships, but everywhere Niall Breslin has gone these past 20 years so has Jeffrey. Mental wellness, Twitter hate mobs, mangled ankles and bestselling memoirs are all on the agenda as the better-known of the pair meets Stuart Clark.
08 Oct 2015 - Interview
He is, depending on your viewpoint, either fearlessly outspoken or a past his sell-by date reactionary. As Ireland continue their bid for World Cup glory, George Hook talks rugby, radio, politics, Denis O’Brien and Irish Times slaggings.
30 Sep 2015 - Interview
Raised on Hole and Nirvana, Swedish sensation Tove Lo makes pop with a decidedly punk attitude - and doesn't care who she upsets in the process.
11 Sep 2015 - Interview
Never one to mince his words, Bob Geldof gives Charlie Haughey, the church, The Clash and Sid Vicious both barrels as he recalls how The Boomtown Rats overcame the punk-era odds to become one of the biggest Irish bands of all-time.
02 Sep 2015 - Interview
Stuart Clark looks forward to Florence + The Machine's friday night headliner, and recalls Ms. Welche's first Picnic visit
01 Sep 2015 - News
With drugs strategy minister Aodhan O Riordain pressing for their introduction, safe injection rooms could soon be a reality in Ireland. Stuart Clark meets Ana Liffey director Tony Duffin, who's seen first-hand how they can save both lives and money.
24 Aug 2015 - Frontlines
Stuart Clark got up close - and really quite personal! - With Ed Sheeran ahead of his two Croke Park sellouts. With Jamie Lawson riding shotgun with him, he was in super-talkative mood...
13 Aug 2015 - Interview
They used to be euphemistically known as 'mother's little helpers', now prescription drugs like valium are synonymous with heroin use. Benzos expert Dr. Paul Quigley tells Stuart Clark why so many Irish people are popping pills.
21 Jul 2015 - Reports
An illegal weight-loss drug has claimed its first Irish victim. What is DNP and why are an increasing number of people here taking it? National Student Drug Survey coordinator Tim Bingham has some of the answers.
17 Jul 2015 - Interview
“I am an advocate for a discussion around the decriminalisation of drugs.” So says the Irish Minister with Responsibility for Drug Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in what is a landmark interview about how best to tackle our use and abuse of narcotics and stimulants.
25 Jun 2015 - Interview
Conleth Hill talks about swapping his Game Of Thrones robes for a sheepskin jacket – which probably cost a packet! – in Northern Ireland World Cup footie film, Shooting For Sócrates.
17 Jun 2015 - Interview
After recovering from a career-threatening injury, Beck is enjoying one of the most successful spells of his career with a 2015 Best Album Grammy and rave reviews all-round for his live shows. Stuart Clark meets one of the true rock ‘n’ roll originals.
10 Jun 2015 - Interview
Shooting videos with Courteney Cox, getting pressies from U2 and facing up to grizzly bears in the Rockies... They've had a great time running round the States, but now KODALINE are looking forward to coming home.
08 Jun 2015 - Interview
No one racks up a body count – or spills the claret – quite like Jeffrey Deaver, the slice ‘em and dice ‘em American writer who talks stalkers, Dylan, 1916 and Bond with Stuart Clark.
05 Jun 2015 - Interview
Ahead if his eagerly-awaited Forbidden Fruit headliner, Fatboy Slim talk U2, Van, EDM, Irish football fans, musical heroes and alternate uses for 'The Rockafeller Skank'!
29 May 2015 - Interview
Fat Boy Slim and Matador on why fellow FF-er Richie Hawtin is techno god.
28 May 2015 - Interview
Having helped The Killing become a global phenomenon, Kristoffer Nyholm is scaring the wits out of Sky viewers with The Enfield Haunting. He talks ghosts, Nordic Noir and US remakes with Stuart Clark
21 May 2015 - Interview
As the FOO FIGHTERS prepare to storm Slane, their mainman talks about Kurt, meeting the President, the mythical powers of punk rock and nearly moving to Belfast as a kid.
13 May 2015 - Interview
Originally starting her radio love affair as a teenager, JENNY GREENE has enjoyed a wildly successful year as Nicky Byrne’s 2fm on-air partner. 2014 also saw her publicly come-out and, prior to RTÉ’s ban on staff discussing it, advocating a Same-Sex Marriage Referendum “Yes” vote.
08 May 2015 - Interview
The decline of the Premier League, the lack of black managers and Roy Keane are all on the agenda as Man U and Liverpool legend PAUL INCE is tackled by STUART CLARK
06 May 2015 - Frontlines
A new party is campaigning for legal weed in the North, and mightily annoying Peter Robinson, among others, in the process. Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol’s Barry Brown tells Stuart Clark why he’s taking Sinn Féin on in West Tyrone
29 Apr 2015 - Frontlines
They supported U2 there a decade ago, and are getting a second bite of the Slane cherry courtesy of the Foos. Tim Wheeler tells us why Lord Henry’s gaff is so special.
22 Apr 2015 - Interview
As he moves from one career high to another, Stuart Clark talks to the people who were pivotal to Hozier's meteoric rise to the top – and will be proudly looking on when he headlines the opening night of Longitude.
14 Apr 2015 - Interview
One great pun deserves another as we meet Ed Sheeran’s NYC partner in rhyme Hoodie Allen who plays the Dublin Academy on March 29
26 Mar 2015 - News
Stuart Clark reports on the gig and the fact that half of U2 were in attendance! PLUS: Kathrin Baumbach's photo gallery.
05 Mar 2015 - News
Stunning new solo album? Check. Acerbic Liam put-downs? Check. Expletive-ridden stories about his superstar pals? Check. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take-off, it’s the Noel Gallagher interview!
04 Mar 2015 - Interview
He's a serial hit-maker who has Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers and Macca on speed-dial. The art of songwriting, departed friends and cocaine sheeny high-hats are all on the agenda as Stuart Clark meets 'Uptown Funk' man Mark Ronson.
19 Feb 2015 - Interview
One of Ireland’s brightest rugby prospects, Robbie Henshaw has already packed a lot into his 21 years. Christy Moore, GAA, outsize South Africans, the Six Nations and our World Cup prospects are all on the menu as he meets Stuart Clark.
16 Feb 2015 - News
Game Of Thrones star Liam Cunningham is encouraging Irish people to swap their regular 9 to 5 for something more exciting.
05 Dec 2014 - Interview
From the prevalence – or otherwise – of new forms of cannabis to our relationship with alcohol, the Hot Press-assisted Global Drug Survey will lift the lid on Ireland’s substance use and abuse.
04 Dec 2014 - Reports
He’s pals with Bono and Bruce, had great times with Lou and Joey, and has just released one of the albums of the year. Stuart Clark meets a true American original, Willie Nile.
27 Nov 2014 - Interview
Scores are settled, myths busted and records seriously straightened in John Lydon' new Anger Is An Energy autobiography.
11 Nov 2014 - Interview
Along with his brother Rob, Dave Kearney played every minute of Ireland’s Six Nations-winning campaign before suffering a horrific injury. French knock-ons, big hits, nearly beating the All Blacks, social media, beer, donkeys, Leinster’s misfiring season and the World Cup are all up for discussion as he meets Stuart Clark.
28 Oct 2014 - Interview
Their previous DIY approach has won them both a diehard following and the Choice Music Prize. Now, with their fourth album, DELORENTOS have allied themselves to a major label and are going for the commercial as well as the critical jugular. Hipsters, Dublin, Michael D., Chris Martin and big life and death issues are on the agenda as they meet Stuart Clark.
15 Oct 2014 - Interview
With his buddy JackKnifeJ in the production seat, Lethal Dialect has just released an album that takes Irish Irish hip hop to a new level. But the moment is tinged with sadness, because 1988 also acts as a memorial to guitarist Liam Pritchard, who took his own life earlier this year.
14 Oct 2014 - Interview
Cork walker Robert Heffernan has scaled the sporting heights, winning a World Championship and participating in four Olympics. It hasn’t been an easy ascent though, with bouts of depression, financial worries and feelings of being cut adrift by Athletics Ireland making a tough job even harder.
14 Oct 2014 - Interview
Lee Child is the former television executive who has sold 70 million novels, and counts Tom Cruise and Bill Clinton as fans. Not bad for a Coventry lad whose early career highlights included watching The Sex Pistols rip it up on regional UK TV.
10 Oct 2014 - Book Review
New Galway Bay FM Programme Director Jon Richards talks to Stuart Clark about his lifelong love affair with radio– and why his hometown is rocking!
26 Sep 2014 - Travel
They've conquered the globe and, with their new album, No Sound Without Silence, seem on the brink of U2-scale hugeness. But, through it all, The Script have worked hard to stay grounded and remember their roots.
17 Sep 2014 - Interview
Their state-of-the-art Limerick studio has made Wav Mastering the go-to place for dozens of top Irish and international acts. Owner Richard Dowling talks to Stuart Clark about the new facility, and his remarkable career making everyone from Villagers and Foo Fighters to Jape and his beloved Suede sound their best.
03 Sep 2014 - Interview
Caroline Hennessy, the co-author of a new guide to craft brewing here, tells us why Ireland has become a world class beer nation.
02 Sep 2014 - Interview
Move over Bruce, there’s a new Boss in town! Having made a NUMBER ONE record that’s as playful as it is deeply personal, an upbeat Sinead O’Connor discusses music, marriage, Miley, Boy George, Lou Reed, Massive Attack and latex fetishwear.
02 Sep 2014 - Interview
The suicide of comedian Robin Williams has brought new focus on the issue of depression in society – and reminded us why the subject must be treated with all due care
27 Aug 2014 - Frontlines
In a world exclusive interview, MORRISSEY talks about the personal and global politics fuelling his World Peace Is None Of Your Business album; explains why the end is nigh for the Royal Family (and possibly Jamie Oliver); also treats us to his thoughts on Messrs. Blair, Assad and Behan and reflects fully for the first time on his health problems.
20 Aug 2014 - Interview
Sony Music’s Annette Donnelly on the restructuring of the charts here to include streams, the new subscription services coming to Ireland and artists getting their just rewards.
01 Aug 2014 - Interview
There’s a point in every National gig these days when you think, “How the fuck did this happen?”
19 Jul 2014 - News
As a member of all-girl band the slits, viv albertine joined the likes of the clash and the pistols in waging punk war. Those heady days are recalled in her new book, which also lifts the lid on her remarkable life outside of rock ’n’ roll.
18 Jul 2014 - Interview
QUALITY FARE FROM THE GERMANIC STREET PREACHERS
11 Jul 2014 - REVIEW
There’s a week to go before Brazil and Croatia kick the World Cup off, but already there’s a samba feel out at RTÉ.
16 Jun 2014 - Interview
Dodgy World Cup predictions aside, Paul Weller has barely put a foot wrong in a career spanning five decades. The strypes, giving up booze, domestic bliss, famous friends and the political classes are all up for discussion as he goes dutch with stuart clark.
12 Jun 2014 - Interview
Having published the Irish findings from the Global Drugs Survey, Hot Press was keen to discuss the results with The man in charge of drugs policy, Junior Health Minister Alex White. Instead what we got was a prepared statement that failed miserably to answer crucial questions...
27 May 2014 - Frontlines
The upcoming local elections feature a veritable rainbow coalition of candidates, but not all of them have received the céad míle fáilte they deserve. stuart clark, craig fitzpatrick & danny james meet council hopefuls from nigeria, poland, turkey and estonia.
27 May 2014 - Frontlines
Conducted for the first time this year in Ireland, The 2014 Global Drug Survey reveals not only who's taking what and how, but also suggests that the government may be out of sync with the gardai when it comes to blanket prohibition. Stuart Clark crunches the GDS numbers.
30 Apr 2014 - Reports
For every rocker who ends up in rehab, there's another who has thoroughly enjoyed their chemical adventures. Noel Gallagher, Lemmy, Joe Strummer, Steven Tyler, Amy Winehouse and Layne Staley are among those who've told their by turns humorous and cautionary tales down through the years to Stuart Clark.
29 Apr 2014 - Reports
President Obama has ensured that marijuana has become an election issue in the states. Hot Press returns to Colorado where the legal weed industry is potentially providing a blueprint for the rest of the country.
24 Apr 2014 - Frontlines
Founding member of Students For Sensible Drug Policy Graham de Barra tells Olaf Tyaransen why current drug education is failing.
17 Apr 2014 - Frontlines
17 Apr 2014 - REVIEW
Cult Nigerian electro funk artist William Onyeabor is the subject of an excellent new documentary
08 Apr 2014 - Caught In The Net
Stuart Clark meets Cathal Funge, the man entrusted with waking alternative Dublin upon Phantom successor TXFM
04 Apr 2014 - Frontlines
He's the ex-League of Ireland star who's having a dream season with Wigan and Ireland. James McClean opens up to Hot Press about Twitter controversies, his formative experiences playing GAA for Derry and why he was glad to turn his back on Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland
31 Mar 2014 - Interview
Having been one of the biggest bands in Belfast at the height of the troubles, metallers No Hot Ashes are returning to the scene of the crime. Van Morrison, Vivian Campbell, Chad Smith and the mighty Motörhead are all on the agenda as Eamon Nancarrow and Steve Strange talk us through a rock ‘n’ roll life most remarkable.
28 Mar 2014 - Interview
Venezuela's descent into chaos has accelerated in recent months, sending many of the country's educated middle-class fleeing abroad. With Ireland now home to a sizable Venezuelan community, one ex-pat outlines the full horror of life in the post-Chavez regime.
18 Mar 2014 - Frontlines
Cambodia's secret rock n roll history is the subject of a superb new documentary
13 Mar 2014 - Caught In The Net
With the pantigate controversy going global, the world is starting to pay attention to Ireland's attitudes towards gay rights, in particular, RTE's decision to pay off the conservative crusaders who have bridled at being labeled 'homophobic' has been widely criticised. Watching the furore from afar, Graham Norton - perhaps Ireland's best-known gay man - shares the widespread disgust at the broadcaster's refusal to stand and fight. Speaking exclusively to Hot Press he gives his support to Panti - and labels the country's right-wing rump 'rats trapped in the corner of barn'.
05 Mar 2014 - Interview
A new documentary tells the story of Slint, the greatest band you've probably never heard.
05 Mar 2014 - Caught In The Net
A Soviet-loving singer has ruffled Baltic feathers with his misappropriating of Bruce Springsteen.
18 Feb 2014 - Caught In The Net
Having decided against turning pro, 2014 finds Katie Taylor firmly on the road to Rio with European and World titles to defend. Roy Keane, Jim McGuinness, Homophobia, football, Kodaline and dealing with the media are also on the agenda as Ireland's most celebrated sportswoman meets Stuart Clark.
31 Jan 2014 - Interview
Colorado's experience since legalising recreational pot-smoking has been a wholly positive one. How long before the rest of the USA - and in turn, Europe - finally sees sense and follows suit?
30 Jan 2014 - Frontlines
A new documentary lays bare Chicago's gun & gang culture
29 Jan 2014 - Reports
Christmas means but one thing, the return of the legendary Hot Press Summit featuring a veritable Santa’s sack of Ireland’s top talent. Plus Stuart Clark who makes the eight ponder Morrissey, Miley, Lou, Pussy Riot, Paul McGuinness & U2, the Stones, Peter Buck, the Arctic Monkeys and lots, lots more!
17 Dec 2013 - Interview
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