Cast your mind back to Ireland in the 1990s; the name Rollerskate Skinny might sound familiar. The band toured extensively, and gave us two outstanding albums 9’Shoulder Voices’ and ‘Horsedrawn Wishes’). After they split up, vocalist Ken Griffin moved to New York where he recorded an album under the name Kid Silver. ‘Dead City Sunbeams’ was heralded as one of the albums of the year in 1999. It received huge support from US College Radio, and remained near the top of the CMJ (College Music Journal) Album Chart for months (ahead of established names like The Roots, and Van Morrison). It never received a full release in Europe, so therefore didn’t the impact that it might have. ‘Dead City Sunbeams’ is this week’s Buried Treasure.
The Alternative with Dan Hegarty
Wed 2nd April, 10am – 1pm on RTÉ 2XM (Live)
Thursday 3rd April, 1am – 4pm on RTÉ 2fm (Repeat)