Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The International

I was in a Frames video once. Myself and McMuck had interviewed Glen Hansard the previous week for college radio, and went for a pint in the bar afterwards.

A capital fellow, old Glen. It's fashionable and very, very Irish to slag him off but he was a gentleman. Shameless name dropping out of the way, as we parted he invited us to be part of the video for their single 'God Bless Mom.'

They were filming the following week upstairs in the International Bar, so myself and McMuck took our stools an hour or two shy of it for a couple of crafty eye openers. We rang my friend Stef.

"Here, want to be in a music video?"

"Meant to be going down the country but yeah, fuck it."

It wasn't a very interesting day, we just sat lotus-like on the floor while the song played over and over and over again.

At roughly 5pm we legged it. They were only half way through filming but the early morning pints had put a want on us. We put it down for a loss.

Only last week did it occur to me to check out the video on YouTube. It's in there, and you can see McMuck a couple of times, but I'm just a vague shadow beside him.

(I had posted the video here but, after checking back in at my work desk, it suddenly morphed into some Eminem wank. I've removed it.)

Last night I returned to that room for the first time since. Hasn't changed a bit. The comedy mish-mash was on and that's exactly what it was. Some good, some bad but definitely worth a fiver of a Tuesday night. And I didn't have to sit through a United victory.

Win win.


Meadow said...

I wonder if it's the same chess set that they still have on the bar downstairs.

Maxi Cane said...

Frames suck balls.

I did a gig in the International a couple of months back. Nobody seemed to be listening which was nice.

Radge said...

Meadow - Very few people know this, but that's the very same chess set on which I either duelled or dualled with Kasparov.

Maxi Cane - Tell me next time. I'll sit quietly and hope not to be noticed, like last night. And you suck balls.

Red Leeroy said...

give us a time in the video where I can squint and pretend to see you?!

Sarah Gostrangely said...

Narrowly missed you there, Radge. The International was on my Tuesday list, but the Champions Cup Thingy in the local won out.

It *is* easy to slag the Frames. So easy, in fact, I won't bother. But there is a small 18 year old in me that's still in love with them.

Radge said...

Red - McMuck is at 2:02 but I'm really too shrouded in mystery.

Sarah - Really? Would've been funny, excuse the pun. And way too easy, they've lost me in recent years but I still say fair fucks to them.

Maxi Cane said...

You suck balls.

Anonymous said...

That took me right back. We must have listened to that song 500 times that day - really had to get out before we lost the plot.

Get your arse in gear and plan that Heidelberg trip!

Terence McDanger said...

Yegods! You never mentioned it.

No, hang on.

Yegods! McMuck never mentioned it!

Radge said...

Maxi Cane sucks balls x infinity.

Anonymous - Thy will be done, as long as I can blog about it afterwards.

Terence - I refuse to tell you everything.

Holemaster said...

Ah the Comedy Cellar. I think I have the old smiley Guinness pint poster somewhere.... still on the wall of a portobello bedsit maybe... covering the hole in the plaster... in the carpeted kitchen... oh the days.

Radge said...

Sounds like my old 32A days, much more of which soon.