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Monday, August 19, 2013

My Childhood Mates "Thinking of You" & I Need Your Help


Right then, how's the craic?

Yez'll all have to bear with me if me Dublin accent kicks back in, loike, because I am absolutely chuffed to bits for two old mates of mine - and current songwriters - who need *your* help!

Dave Spiro (L) and Mark Keogh (Courtesy: The Hit)

We're talking about forty years ago since I first met Mark Keogh and Dave Spiro.

In our "gang" of seven lads, we had Dave, one Liam, a Paul and FOUR Marks, so *he* became Keoghie and I was "Koopo." The other two Marks became Fareller and Wildey. (We kids were deep thinkers :)

Growing up in the South Side of Dublin in the 1970s was tough in many ways. Much of the city was in general decline and joyriding was a national pastime to where our asphalt playgrounds were often warmed in winters (and summers!!) by stolen and burnt-out cars. But, we lived there and knew no different. We went with the flow - for the most part.
Indeed, the Rialto version of public transportation to and from school meant "scutting" on the back of Guinness lorries, because the famous Guinness Brewery, and our old secondary school, share at least one wall. (To this day, the smell of burnt toast still reminds me of the hops and yeast cooking - or whatever it was doing :)

However, from the ashes of a Vauxhall Astra came the 21st century and 2007, which is when Dave and the Mark formerly known as Keoghie met again in Rialto after years travelling their own paths. Their foundation of friendship grew and was soon forged into today's current partnership as singer/songwriters.

Republic of Loose (Courtesy: Republic of Loose)

This past Friday, Mark and Dave made it to the live show edition of The Hit, a new show on Irish television station, RTE 1.

The lads then won a spot in the upcoming finals when Irish group, Republic of Loose, choose Mark and Dave's song, Thinking of You to be the band's newest single.

Mark and Dave are up against the songwriter of Samantha Mumba's song, Somebody Like Me.
Whomever gets the higher chart position *this* Friday wins through to the upcoming finals.

So, IF you can, here are some ways to help me mates in their efforts:

In Ireland, you can buy the new Republic of Loose single Thinking of You by texting Song1 to 57082 to buy the song on your phone.

Internationally, you can show the lads some support by:

Downloading the song via iTunes here

Liking the song on FB here

Tweeting it using the link here

As mentioned, Mark and Dave's song, as performed by Republic of Loose, is available anywhere, including iTunes here, although the show does only takes into account the Irish chart position.

I'll leave you with a positive quote from Mark, on a recent Facebook post Sunday, "Its gona be tough! Thanks for the support."

Here's the YouTube link to Thinking of You

PS: Cheers and ta very much :)

PPS: GOOD LUCK, Mark and Dave. You're a gas bunch, but we're rooting for yez here in Hawaii :)


Al Diaz said...

Best of luck to your friends, Mark! Facebook, checked!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I will go like the song on FB right now :)

Melissa said...

I bet you could tell some stories. LOL

Good luck to your friends. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's very cool! I'll go download their song.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

That is so awesome!! Good luck to your friends!

Meradeth Houston said...

Best of luck to them! Off to check out facebook :)

Johanna Garth said...

I'm off to listen and if I like I will absolutely tweet and like :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Nice arrangement. Gets the body moving. :-)

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Yolanda Renée said...

FB and Twittered! Love being able to help, and I really liked the song too!

Good luck to all!

Jen Conroy said...

Fantastic! Great to see some fellow southsiders getting out there! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Best of luck to your friends! :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Best of luck to both of them! Liked them on Facebook.

Unknown said...

How cool is that?? Famous friends from long ago. I'm off to check them out...

Elise Fallson said...

Very cool! Wishing your friends lots of success and just liked on fb. Will check out their song too. You know what else I'm checking out? the Y-shaped tan line I have on both my feet. Bet you have the same ones... (;

Nicole said...

That's such a cool opportunity! I'm off to check out the support links.

Unknown said...

Wow you all were an artistic bunch. How wonderful for them!

The Words Crafter said...

As soon as I visit some bloggybuddies, I'll link it, like it, and get it downloaded.

All sorts of things were running through my head as I read this. Dublin in the 70's. Wow. You've seen some stuff.

Also, my all time, most favoritest band in the world (even when they annoy me), U2!!!!

Support. Done!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Mark, these guys are great! Thanks for the heads up on them.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark .. good luck to them and what an interesting back story .. I sincerely hope they do well ..

Cheers Hilary

Rachna Chhabria said...

Mark, good luck to your friends.

Morgan said...

Oh, this is fun, Mark! How cool are your mates? They look awesome. I'm off right now to check them out.

And of course you were "Koopo" ... hahaha... yet another nickname for you!

klahanie said...

Greetings human Mazza,

Our next door neighbour is from Dublin. He speaks real fast and when he's been drinking, my human and I are even more baffled about what he's saying.

I shall get my alleged human to go and check out all the links. I'm chuffed to bits for you and your mates.

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

Tammy Theriault said...

that is too cool!!!! will have to check them out :)

Bish Denham said...

I'm going to hop on over to YouTube and give it a listen. And boy, do I know about childhood buddies! They are special indeed.

Manzanita said...

Thanks for dropping by
Best of luck to your friends. It's a tough business. I, too, know several groups that are facing a struggle to make it big.
Wanna buy a duck

Julie Musil said...

Mark, I love this! So kind of you to do this for your friends. I just liked it on Facebook. Good luck to them.

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