James Blunt has told Dublin radio station FM104 that he would love to retire in Ireland as the Irish “have music in their blood”. According to Music News, Blunt also explained that his first tour was in Ireland. “The reason we did it was because Ireland is a place that enjoys music. It was a very exciting time for me,” he says. As a person of Irish heritage (McConnells unite!) and a lover of music it is at times like this when I think to myself “What would Jimmy Rabbitte Do?”

Jimmy Rabbitte, for those not in the know, is the protagonist of Roddy Doyle’s 1987 Irish classic The Commitments which follows the travails of the only Dublin Soul band in existence. Rabbite is the brainy Brian Epstein type who ropes together a motley crew of working class Dubliners and convinces them that they can escape their crap lives with a rock ‘n’ roll dream and a bit of flair. Of course the band goes to shit and Rabbitte must start again but it never dims his love of music as Jimmy is the type of person who always knows what’s good and what’s bad and what was good but now is not months before anyone else. The last time we met Rabbitte, he was creating a band of made up of Dubliners who hate the Corrs, that most insipid troupe of Celtic pop music makers.

Now, Blunt is responsible for some of the most saccharine, ridiculous music ever to grace the airwaves (much like the Corrs) so I can only imagine Jimmy’s reaction when he tuned into FM104 – if he even would listen to the radio - and heard this bit of blasphemy. I have met a fair share of Irish folk and none of them have so much as mentioned Blunt as aurally worthy. This may be a sweeping generalization with only anecdotal evidence to back it up but no more sweeping than Blunt’s ass kissing assertion that the Irish have music in their blood. So what would Jimmy Rabbitte do? He’d start a campaign to keep Blunt out of his fair isle and when that failed, start a band full of people who hate James Blunt. Hell, I’d join if he'd have me.

As an aside, the Music News piece also credits Blunt with being the first artist to reach the top of the American singles charts since Elton John's ode to the late Princess Di, which only proves that the majority of Americans wouldn’t know good music if it shot them in the face. Here’s hoping that the Irish, who may indeed have music in their blood, also have quality standards that we apparently lack.

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