Dublin combo A House came up with arguably one of the greatest singles of the 90s with 1992's #46 smash Endless Art, a roll call of many of the deceased greats in the fields of art, literature and music from the past several hundred years. Not only was this one of the best list songs of all time, the band also came up with this cracking promo video to accompany it:
But, this art being endless and all, there was more to come: fourteen years later, erstwhile A House frontman Dave Couse released a new version, Endless Art '06 with his band The Impossible, which lists various cultural icons who've popped their clogs since the original recording. The recent dates - combined with the sheer number of luminaries who died in the intervening decade and a half - give it an added poignancy which the original simply can't live with (if you'll pardon the pun). The '92 version's still my favourite though.
And then - in a twist as unwelcome as it is ironic - just as I'm writing this entry it transpires that Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella (who I'll always remember fondly for his work as script editor on Grange Hill - a staple of my childhood - in its 80s heyday) died suddenly today. The list goes on...
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