Patrick O'Brien

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Outsiders, The Avant-Garde, Noise, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Pop music.

How did you first connect with Triple R?

WhenI was about 13 or 14. On a transistor radio down at the Rosebud foreshorecaravan park. I think it was a song by the Pogues. I was channel surfing andcame across this music. The presenter didn't sound like an advertisement. Soundedlike a real person. I was won over by the honesty and the sincerity of thepresentation, and the more I listened, the more music I heard that I had nevereven known existed. I was hungry for culture and was being turned on to a wholeworld of new music and ideas.  

What/whenwas your first show?

Istarted doing graveyards when I was 17, I think. (So long ago.) I did 3 or 4 ofthese before I got distracted by other things. It wasn't until doing fill-insat PBS for a couple of years (about 5 years ago), that I was asked to do somefills for Simon Hampson on his Symbiosis show on RRR and have been doing them eversince. Most recently on Dance Cadaverous and Delivery.

What's your favourite Triple R story?

Iwas listening to Bodan years ago when he played something, by Alice in Chains or something like that, andhe said he'd met a girl on the train who had recommended them to him..."This amazingband, blah blah blah". He then turned the song off halfway through, saying hedidn't think it was very good at all.

Orperhaps, talking to James the Hound-dog after my first graveyard back in themid-90s. He told me he'd enjoyed listening to my show on the way into thestation. The first track he played that morning was a 12 and a half minutetrack by Half Japanese called Always. Left a massive mark on me.  (I may even play it during my first show!)

What does Triple R mean to you?

RRRis a station populated by a bunch of dreamers.

The studio door has accidentally jammed shut with you stuck inside. If there wasonly one CD in there with you what would you want it to be and why?

I'dwant it to be something that could help me relax, but also something that couldinspire a riot. The first that comes to mind is the Holy Modal Rounders1&2. It's comfort food for me. So easy to listen to. A mix of greattraditionals and songs that sound like traditionals that were actually writtenin late 60s New Yorkby a couple of degenerates. A world of great songs played by 2 maniacs, it'sraw and timeless. Funny and profound. Idiotic and most importantly, absolutelysincere.

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