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Three new compilations document the rude health of Irish music, past and present.
Ed Power, 05 Oct 2012
Not that he has any regrets. In the ‘90s, London felt like the centre of the music universe and Cullen enjoyed a keen rivalry with other label gurus such as Creation’s Alan McGee. As he grew older, however, his enthusiasm flagged.
“It got to the stage where I couldn’t be bothered dealing with artists. It’s strange, I love them in a way. However, my kids were young when I was easing out of the label. I had split with their mother and had shared custody. I’m a very hands-on dad. When you’re in a situation like that, it’s a case of, ‘Fuck this, I can’t be bothered dealing with artists.’ A lot of them are kids with guitars. They have a selfishness – which they should have, as creative people. However, you arrive at a point where it’s all very wearying.”
Strange Passions, Orchestral Variations and The Shortest Night are all out now.