Imelda May Love Tattoo on Import 180g LP
Born in Dublin and raised in the Liberties, Imelda May was first drawn to the retro sound of rockabilly by an older brother's cassettes of Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent when she was a little girl. Later on, she was drawn to Ian Dury and Adam Ant on Top of the Pops. "I liked the scariness of them. And I remember being terrified by The Specials singing Ghost Town. And also by horror films. I was drawn to the thrill, the combination of edginess and fun. And that's what still does it for me."
Her heroes – heroines – come from all corners and all eras of popular music: 1950s singers Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Wynona Carr, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, country superstars Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton and a string of rock and pop icons: Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde.
In 2006 she formed her own band. "We started out a bit jazzier, but it needed balls and roughing up which it got," she exclaimed. In Ireland, her 2007 debut album Love Tattoo, which she recorded and released on her own label, has gone Triple Platinum thanks to the name making singles "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" and "Big Bad Handsome Man." She was soon sharing stages with the likes of Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, David Gilmour, Sharon Shannon, Jeff Beck, Shane Macgowan, Kirsty McCall, Van Morrison and Wanda Jackson.