RE­NAIS­SANCE MAN: THE BEST OF BER­GIN

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - REVIEW -

Map Of The Hu­man Heart (1993) This sweep­ing ro­man­tic epic has been de­scribed as “buried trea­sure” and while it never quite gained the au­di­ence it de­served, it was no­table for Ber­gin’s moody and mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance as Bri­tish map­maker Wal­ter Rus­sell.

While Sleep­ing With The En­emy and Pa­triot Games won him more at­ten­tion, this was an op­por­tu­nity for the al­pha hunk to flex his act­ing mus­cles and he did so with aplomb. Leg­endary film critic Roger Ebert de­scribed this film as over­looked and at­trib­uted its suc­cess in part to Ber­gin’s “charisma”.

The Knacker (2003) Chris Rock once said that the N-word can only be ut­tered by white peo­ple on very spe­cial oc­ca­sions, such as be­ing beaten to the last toy in the shop on Christ­mas Eve by a black per­son.

One might imag­ine that sim­i­lar rules ap­ply to use of the K-word by non mem­bers of the trav­el­ling com­mu­nity, but this was still a top 10 hit for Ber­gin and his band and he dealt with ac­cu­sa­tions of racism by do­nat­ing all the pro­ceeds to Trav­eller char­i­ties.

The lyrics in­clude such cou­plets as: “I boil down dead horses and I turn them into glue/if you give me any trou­ble I’ll do the same to you/ If you see a thing is mov­ing you know it isn’t dead/the quick­est way to kill a horse is with a bul­let in the head/ I’m a knacker, I’m a knacker, I’m a sweet smelling dirty knacker.”

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