six degrees of sinead o’connor

I was driving home from NewTunes last night and my iPod served up “Kingdom of Rain” – a song from The The featuring Sinead O’Connor.

This is not only one of my favorite songs from The The, but one of my all time favorites, in general. And it got me thinking about Sinead O’Connor.

I’ve never been a huge fan. I enjoyed the first album, but nothing she did after really resonated with me. However, she somehow has been involved in some of my favorite songs from other artists who’s music I’ve always enjoyed.

Check out her work with The Edge on “Heroine,” a song from his soundtrack album for a film called “Captive.” (no video for this, but someone did put it to YouTube)

Thanks to Julia Turner, who turned me onto this album – and specifically, this song – while at college. The rest of this album is very moody and ambient and not really like this song. But this song made it on most of my college mix tapes and still stands as one of my favorite.

It is the feeling one gets from discovering a little known song like this that attracts me every day to the potential of NewTunes. It is my hope that people have experiences like finding a song like this every day on our site.

But, back to Sinead O’Connor. One of Peter Gabriel’s more moving songs – Blood of Eden – featured none other than our own Sinead O’Connor.

O’Connor’s first album, The Lion and the Cobra, was released in 1987. While working on that, she also provided backing vocals for Karl Wallinger’s band, World Party. Not only did she sing on the song “Private Revolution,” but she also appeared in the video.

As I said, I’ve never been enough of a fan to purchase any of her music past Lion and the Cobra, but I’m fascinated by how entranced I am every time she performs with someone else. I don’t want to fill this post with videos, but here’s a short list of others with whom she’s been involved…

But I wonder if she knows Kevin Bacon.


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