'BLOWING IN THE WIND' by David Giles NME Mar 1988.

Cathal: 'That was going to be the title of the album at first, but we did envisage problems... we were just trying to put words into people's mouths, because in that particular period of time it seemed to be the unspoken thing on the lips of most of the people we were dealing with.'
These are difficult times for Microdisney. With a new single, 'Gale Force Wind', and their fourth studio LP, 'Thirty-Nine Minutes' in the offing, they continue to illicit a range of hyperbolic reactions as wide as any other current act.
Sean: 'There is a certain absurdity in the whole thing, but that's because to most people music is a side leisure industry. To 80 per cent of people in the country, Microdisney appearing on the same stage as Rick Astley is OK- we're just another pop group. The surprise element just gets less obvious as time goes on.'
All the more so, because the LP features some of Microdisney's finest moments to date, and 'Gale Force Wind' has just the right blend of Michael Fish-like irreverence and swaggering punch to earn them a place in the Top 20. That incongruity again, especially since the lyric delves into the deepest recesses of Thatcherite poverty.
Cathal: 'The thing that unites the rich with the poor is GREED- and if the poor let themselves become the instruments of their own destruction...
'I'm in the position now, where I'm being forced to chip in with some other people to buy a flat because it's cheaper than paying rent. Year by year I've seen my rent escalate, and it's now 50 per cent of my fucking income! By doing that I'm becoming part of the thing that's grinding me down. Could be worse- I could be giving money to the Contras or someone!'
You've been quoted before as being very dismissive of England as an under-educated, Philistine country. Why do you think this is?
'There's such a lack of values here that have nothing to do with pounds, shillings and pence- in Ireland you do have all this loathsome superstitious bullshit that the Catholic church has nurtured but at the same time people do have a certain appreciation of things that don't have anything to do with direct gain for themselves.
'Call it spiritual if you like. You can see it reflected in their music taste- all the younger people are into things like the Doors who failed to have any consequence here years ago. That's what's played in discos in the town where I come from.
'But you do have these bastards there who are trying to create the same atmosphere as you have over here- you get these stockbrokers appearing on TV talking about share-ownership at a time when you have vast unemployment in the rest of the country. It's even more of a nonsense than in England.
'And they're talking about privatising the buses as well- I mean, nobody would get two bob for the Irish bus service. It's practically non-existent already!'
What also doesn't help is when your major musical exports are bible-bashers or crude stereotypes. Your thoughts on the Pogues?
Cathal: 'They have their good points I suppose... but they have pandered, in a way I find loathsome, to the worst ideas people have about the Irish. Not many of them are even of Irish descent.'
Sean: 'The best thing you can say about them is that they're a cabaret act. But I do think what they have done has been as insulting as a bunch of white arseholes in Ladbroke Grove growing their hair into dreadlocks and singing about Jah.'
For six years now, Microdisney have continued to shock, surprise, irritate and confuse. Axes are still being ground and outstanding melodies are still being used to embrace them. Microdisney are one of our best.