The very first CD in my alphabetized collection is a veritable music welcome wagon titled On Our Big Fat Merry-Go-Round. It’s the first full length album by the Irish band A House, and it crackles with as much acerbic Dublin wit as it does galloping drums; thundering bass; rapid-fire guitar chords; memorable melodies; and lyrical buzzwords. This is a confident debut that smacks of originality and tips its hat to no obvious influence — quite a feat for any Irish band in the 80s striving to carve out a niche for themselves in a way that left them beholden to no one.
I’ve played this album so many times over the past 30 years it runs together more like a collection of greatest hits than a freshman debut. Side one kicks off with the manic energy and sing-along chorus of “Call Me Blue” and thirteen songs later we reach the jubilant “Hay When the Sun Shines” extolling the virtue of taking advantage of circumstances before the chance slips away. I couldn’t agree more. Who knows what the future holds? Our lives can change in the blink of an eye so we need to make every second count.
Starting with shelf one, disc one, the Happy Medium Song of the Day is “Hay When the Sun Shines” by A House.