A Night For Pieta House – 16th November 2014

Posted in Music on November 16, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


Sunday November 16th sees an impressive lineup grace the stage of Dublin’s Olympia for a very worthy cause, Pieta House, a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide. The lineup includes many acts that have featured here and more that hopefully soon will. Friends Of Emmet, In Tua Nua, The Incomparable Benzini Brothers (also known as The Hothouse Flowers), Blink, The Picture House, The Pale. There will also be performances by members of The Fat Lady Sings, Cactus World News, The Fountainhead, Cry Before Dawn, Those Nervous Animals & more.

The Divine Comedy (1990 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on November 10, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


We havent yet figured out if this is a session or a demo so we thought we’d ask the internet. Update: Thanks to a comment from Gripper it sounds like we have a Fanning session! What we do know are that the two tracks were played by Dave Fanning in 1990 on his RTE 2fm show. At the time The Divine Comedy were Neil Hannon (vocals & guitar), John McCullagh (bass) and Kevin Traynor (drums). History would like us to forget this chapter in Neil’s discography but we like it, let’s hope the lawyers agree. Thank you to the folks at ashortsite for major assistance digitising the recording which required azimuth adjustment to make it sound as good as it does.

Timewatch (1990)

Rise & Fall (1990)

Natural Wild

Posted in Music with tags , on November 6, 2014 by Fanning Sessions
(c) Jonathan Ryan

(c) Jonathan Ryan

Natural Wild were Con O Laoghaire (percussion & vocals), Denise Valerie (vocals), Paul O Reilly (guitar), Rod Callen (bass), Kevin Strong (keyboards) and Robbie Brennan (drums). According to irishrock.org they recorded one Fanning session featuring tracks ‘Steal Your Love’, ‘Won’t Go Away’ and ‘Tongue Tied’. Their debut single ‘Hot And Sexable’ was produced by Steve Belton. If you have a copy of the session, or indeed a better rip of this track please get in touch.

Hot And Sexable (1985)

A House (1987 Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview, Music, radio, session with tags , , , on October 31, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


How do I casually mention that Mr Dave Couse is back on our airwaves from Monday 3rd November filling in for Paul McLoone on TodayFM? How about another Dave Fanning interview? This one features ‘I Think I’m Going Mad’ (live), ‘Call Me Blue’ (brand new single out 11th July), ‘You Break Me Up’ (live), ‘Heart Happy’ (live) and ‘Plain or Pearl’ (another of the 4 tracks from the 12″). Check out Dave 3rd – 13th November 9pm-midnight on TodayFM.


A House interview Dave Fanning (1987)

The Forget Me Nots (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on October 29, 2014 by Fanning Sessions


From Dublin, The Forget Me Nots were Michelle Burrowes & Eithne Flynn (vocals & rhythm guitars), Maurice McGrath (lead guitar), Mark Walsh (bass guitar) and Justin Healy (drums). They recorded this Fanning session in 1990 and it was produced by Ian Wilson & Jim Lockhart.

Shake The Halo

What Am I Gonna Do About You


Beck & Call

The Slowest Clock – Smile Futurismo! All I Heard Was Purple (2014)

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 22, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

slowest clock small

The Slowest Clock were Frank Pryce (vocals), Gerry Fahy (guitar), Brian Neavyn (bass & keyboards) and Dave Burke (drums). In Winter 1989 they recorded nine songs at Generator House, Roundwood. These recordings were later lost and so did not form part of the ‘Life Still‘ release in 1994. The tapes were discovered some 10 years later and now 25 years after they were first recorded The Slowest Clock are set to release their debut album as originally planned..

“Superb band, Gerry Fahy my fave guitarist”
Ray Harman (Something Happens!)

“Holy flashbacks Batman! Previously unreleased debut album of edgy freakbeat/psych wig-outs recorded in 1989/90 from the Dublin band who were one of the stalwarts of the Underground Bar scene at that time.”
Jim Carroll. The Ticket, Irish Times

“After a delay of almost 25 years, 1980s Dublin band Slowest Clock (living up their name, surely?) finally release a debut album that, apparently, was never meant to be. Lost multi-track recordings, life getting in the way, mounting debt and other issues interrupted Slowest Clock from gaining any appreciable foothold, which is a pity as the tunes and songs here highlight one of the many pitfalls of the music industry: being a really good band that never made it commercially. If melodic and serrated psych/pop/garage/punk is your thing, you are advised to start your stopwatch now.”
Tony Clayton Lea, HMV Blog

The full album tracklist is: Going Home / Warhola / You’re So Strange / Le Bordel Philosophique / Little Fishy / Cherie / Eastern Flowers / Acid Lake / Turning Green / Say What’s On Your Mind / Wasted / You Never See Me / Desert Mouth / Rejoice/In The Cinema

The Subterraneans (1992 Session?)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on October 15, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

From Artane, Dublin, The Subterraneans were Derek Barter (bass/vocals), Paddy Brady (guitar), Mitchel O’Connor (guitar) and Colm Coughlan (drums). Thanks to Padser Dalhoun for photo and lineup. We’re guessing that this is a session and that it dates from 1992 so if anyone can confirm or correct please do!

 L - R Colm Coughlan, Derek Barter, Paddy Brady, Mitchel O'Connor

L – R Colm Coughlan, Derek Barter, Paddy Brady, Mitchel O’Connor

Rubbernose (1992)

Where’s The Hook (1992)

Showdown (1992)


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