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Cork producer’s ode to Dunphy

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 4:40pm

Cork-based producer JJ Lee has released his second single, a celebration of one of Ireland’s most notorious football pundits.

‘Showbiz Baby’ was released last week, and is a brooding, hip-hop infused ode to former RTÉ pundit Eamonn Dunphy.

Complete with samples of some of the infamous broadcaster’s most remembered comments, ‘Showbiz Baby’ includes Dunphy’s tirade at UK journalist Rod Liddle and his famous labelling of Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘spoofer’ and a ‘con’.

It follows Kerry native Lee’s debut solo track ‘Thursday’, itself a canonisation of the best of the Kingdom’s radio legends and literary giants, which was released back in March.

“Coming off the back of ‘Thursday’ I found it hard to get back into the swing of creating and producing, but one day I went off on a bit of a YouTube binge and got stuck into clips of Dunphy mercilessly attacking people live on national television. The jibes he launched at UK journalist Rod Liddle served as the core inspiration for the track and also as the main hook,” said Lee of the track.

JJ Lee is otherwise known for his work with Cork act Ghostking is Dead and Limerick/Cork’s Laura Duff, as well as with North Kerry band Messyng.

“I’m sitting on a mountain of tracks. Some are near completion, some need a big rework and some are just in the early idea phase but I, and I feel most artists struggle with this, I’m just hypercritical of everything I do,” he said.

“I’m pleased with how ‘Showbiz Baby’ has turned out and I hope people bop their heads and just enjoy it.”

‘Showbiz Baby’ is available to stream online now.

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