Song 24 Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor - Mandinka, 1987

'I don't know no shame, feel no pain, I caaaaannn't...' Ah, Sinead. Face of an angel, voice like a call to arms, mind of...well, no one seems to know. I think she lives in my area, so I'd better not say anything more. Sinead O'Connor was the one who forced North America to deal with shaven-headed women and Irish names, and she'll always have my deepest love and respect for The Lion and the Cobra, which could often be heard blasting out of my sister's room (and mine too) through the summer of 1988. What did people think of her in Ireland? Watch the 'Lovely Girls' episode of Father Ted, like I'm doing now, to find out. Here she is at the 1989 Grammys, singing along with a tape of 'Mandinka' - the best karaoke I have ever seen. For a bit of time travel, I left on Billy Crystal joking about fax machines in the introduction.

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