Rory Leaving Taste Article, Irish Examiner

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Re: Rory Leaving Taste Article, Irish Examiner

Postby Jay Jay » 22 Sep 2015, 16:40

This is the most interesting and most revealing part in this article & interview..

Alas, the wheels came off shortly after Isle of Wight as Taste split suddenly. Ambitious but also loyal and decent minded, Gallagher was scarred by the experience, his brother reveals. He’d never had any interest in a solo career. For him, Taste had been the vehicle by which he hoped to make his dreams reality.


“They broke up for managerial reasons,” says Donal. “Rory was keen to get out of his management contract. It was a conflict between Rory and the manager. Rory knew exactly where he wanted to go. The other two sided with the manager and formed a band called Stud, which was very short-lived. They found out the hard way what Rory was trying to tell them.” :(
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Re: Rory Leaving Taste Article, Irish Examiner

Postby RobertaSparrow » 22 Sep 2015, 20:31

Yes, the release of this new material has generated a lot of new interest in Rory's early days.

Donal's comment on the disc are very revealing, that prior to the IOW performance; the tensions and divisions between the other two and management had gotten to the point where Rory pretty much told the other musicians that the three of them had to unite together against management or that was the end.

It is really bittersweet, and must have been really demoralizing and hurtful to Rory. Doubly so, because Rory had let the first two musicians go at the behest of the same management that was causing the problems with the second generation of Taste as well.

The original line-up of Norman Damery and Eric Kitteringham were musicians from Rory's hometown, and some say they weren't up to the task of backing Rory. I would disagree. Perhaps they weren't as seasoned as their eventual replacements, but as far as backing Rory, that was their biggest strength, if not in the musical sense, then in the loyalty sense. It was after Kennedy told Rory that Taste could get a record deal, but only if he replaced Norman and Eric with these other two musicians that, hey, he just happened to know a couple of musicians that would fill the void, that Rory told the other two they were out.

Rory must have thought long and hard about it,and it must have been a hard and painful decision to let the first two go. It is revealing that, as quoted in Mark McAvoy's book, "Eric Kitteringham felt that the fact that he and Norman Damery questioned many of Kennedy's decisions precipitated the change of line-up." Eric and Norman sided with Rory in questioning Kennedy, and in retrospect, it is easy to see why the manager did it. I suspect that Rory felt torn about the decision, and later, in light of what happened to Taste at the end, if he didn't feel a little guilty about letting the first two go, and more than a little used by the business side of the equation.

And I'm not slamming John Wilson or Richard McCracken- their manager played them as well. They surely saw working with Rory as a big plus, and the three did work well together. But it is human nature to trust someone that you know over someone who is new to you, at least until they prove themselves to be unworthy of that trust. It is fair to say that all of the musicians felt the same sense of betrayal in the wake of the mess left by Eddie Kennedy.

Again, in retrospect, it is easy to see that when the second Taste started to reap the benefits of this new management strategy, or at least appear to, yet they could not get their equipment repaired or replaced, and were living hand to mouth despite their new success, it was easy to see how the two could be played against the one. The manager had the business savvy and connections to get Taste noticed, and the moral integrity to use the five of them to enrich his own interests.

So the same management who precipitated the first Taste breakup caused the second Taste breakup. And both times, it was Rory who was left alone. No wonder he had issues with the business side of music. And no wonder he decided to go solo and cling tightly to the reigns with his business decisions.

It is sad but true, the most creative and sensitive artists are often not the best business people. And the best people in the business side of the "entertainment industry" tend to be the most duplicitous, unethical, non-artistic and non-creative on the spectrum, in my opinion. And I have that opinion based on having met enough people on both sides of that spectrum to come to that conclusion. There are always exceptions to every rule. Exceptions.

Rory's musical response.

Or to quote Firefly, to the business side of the music industry, "curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal" :mrgreen:
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