- 12 Sep 01
Bass Odyssey are Cork’s finest guitar band, and they’ve kept too low a profile for too long.
Their brief set tonight augurs well for the future; with a new deal, a new single about to hit the shops, and an album well in hand, their upcoming tour is one to look forward to.
Apart from Jam Master Jay’s decks, Run DMC don’t really play instruments, as such, but they have many other claims to fame. They practically invented hip hop, they were the first rap act to appear on MTV, the first to be nominated for a Grammy, and the first to sign to a product endorsement deal.
In all the years I have spent supporting live music, I have never witnessed a band promote a product as shamelessly as RunDMC do tonight. Each – even the roadie who spends nearly as much time on stage as the band do – wears a t-shirt bearing the name and logo of their sartorial corporate master. At the end of the gig, they set up a stall by the exit stairs. There they autograph t-shirts, each festooned with the same corporate name and logo, which they flog for twenty quid a go. To my surprise, there are at least a hundred takers.