Jack L

The singer on Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years pod­cast and why The World at War should be manda­tory view­ing

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Cur­rent favourite book

I’m in the mid­dle of The Big Ya­roo by by Pa­trick McCabe, his fol­low-up to The Butcher Boy. It’s about Fran­cie Brady’s con­tin­u­ing ad­ven­tures as a grown man liv­ing in an in­sti­tu­tion, and liv­ing in his dream world. I’m en­joy­ing re­vis­it­ing the char­ac­ter.

Restau­rant

Len­nons is the restau­rant of the Vis­ual gallery and the­atre in Car­low. The art spills into the restau­rant, and it’s al­ways chang­ing – so it looks nice; the vibe is al­ways warm, and it’s one of those places where you’ll never get a bad meal. The last time I went there, I had the hake, which was de­li­cious. They have fish and vege­tar­ian dishes, and ever-chang­ing specials on a chalk­board that you can ac­tu­ally read from wher­ever you’re sit­ting – that should be manda­tory in restau­rants.

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Artist/de­signer

Claire Gar­vey is a cre­ative fash­ion de­signer with a shop in Cow’s Lane, Dublin, who’s made some out­fits for me over the years. She also does clothes for Nile Rodgers and oth­ers. I won’t stay her work is steam­punk be­cause it’s not just that, but it’s avant­garde: old but fu­tur­is­tic. She puts feath­ers on clothes, and I’m all for that.

Al­bum

I’ve been lis­ten­ing to Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden, which is a mas­ter­piece. It came out in 1988 and set up artists like Ra­dio­head and Spir­i­tu­al­ized. The band were in the stu­dio for a long time, which gave it at­mos­phere un­like any other. I Be­lieve in You is my favourite track – you’re trans­ported some­where else, it’s lit­er­ally like time travel.

City

New York was once the cap­i­tal of the world, but now it feels like that’s San Fran­cisco. I love Haight-Ash­bury, and go­ing into Amoeba Mu­sic, the huge record store. I see if I can find any of my old Amer­i­can re­leases in there, and I have once or twice. My ini­tial fas­ci­na­tion with Haight-Ash­bury was be­cause it was the cen­tre of the hip­pie move­ment in the 1960s that was a re­ac­tion to the sec­ond World War. It’s been ma­nip­u­lated into a joke now, but when you think about the prin­ci­ple of a revo­lu­tion of love, it’s such a pos­i­tive thing.

Ac­tor

It’s hard to get away from Joaquin Phoenix be­cause of Joker – his act­ing was im­pres­sive and crazy. I also thought Michael Shan­non was amaz­ing in The Ice­man. Per­haps ac­tors ex­cel when they’re play­ing psy­chopaths.

Pod­cast

I lis­ten to pod­casts end­lessly. Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years traces the big leaps in tech­nol­ogy from the first steps to where we’re go­ing. He does it in his own style, which makes it more in­ter­est­ing than just lis­ten­ing to the his­tory. I en­joy the Ir­ish His­tory Pod­cast too – each episode is fas­ci­nat­ing.

Gadget

I avoided get­ting a smart­phone un­til I found out about the Star Walk app, which is like Google Maps for the sky. It tells you the lo­ca­tion of stars and plan­ets in real time. I’m fas­ci­nated by as­tron­omy. I had a song on my last al­bum called The Sun­set Is Blue on Mars (which it is), and I’m a pa­tron of the Black­rock ob­ser­va­tory in Cork. The stars were our tele­vi­sion when we didn’t have tele­vi­sion: our an­ces­tors stud­ied them more than we do, and it started myths and sto­ries.

TV show

Ev­ery Christ­mas, I re­watch The World at War, from 1973. The doc­u­men­tary is com­prised of footage of the [sec­ond World] War, with Lau­rence Olivier nar­rat­ing. I think ev­ery­one should be made to re­watch it ev­ery year, to un­der­stand how good we have it now.

Film

I just watched The Ir­ish­man. To see De Niro, Pa­cino, Pesci and even Kei­tel in the movie is a fan­tas­tic thing. They won’t get to do that again. As much as the movie is stilted by the CGI, it still works.

Jack L is tour­ing Ire­land, in­clud­ing a gig at the Pavil­ion The­atre, Dún Laoghaire, on January 17th. jack­luke­man.com

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