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13th Apr 2018

Wheatus have recorded ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ as Gaeilge and it’s not half bad

Kate Demolder

The band were asked to record the track for CEOL 2018.

American rock band Wheatus just last week recorded the hit that made them famous, ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, as Gaeilge.

The band were approached by the team at CEOL 2018, an album full of songs performed in Irish that will be given to secondary school students around the country to promote the Irish language.

2FM presenter and fluent Irish speaker Eoghan McDermott travelled to New York City last week to record ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ with the band, who performed the translated hit in the same studio that the original song was first recorded.

Given the new title of ‘Stócach Brocach’, the new version doesn’t sound all that bad…

When first approached to participate in the CEOL initiative, Wheatus’ lead singer Brendan B. Brown showed a keen interest as his grandmother was from Roscommon.

The full version of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ (‘Stócach Brocach’) will be played in full for the first time on Saturday, 14 April, at BEO – Gaelach & Bródúil.

BEO is the biggest Irish language street festival of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018, celebrating 125 of the Irish language. It will kick off Saturday at midday from Parnell Square.

The Irish language street festival of Bliain na Gaeilge is set to celebrate pride in the Irish language and will see dozens of Gaeilgeoirs walk from from Parnell Square to Merrion Square, where there will be live entertainment.