The Would Be’s – Workman’s Club 31st March

Cavan’s finest The Would Be’s have just cheered up many a jangly pop fan with the news that they are to support The Frank & Walters at their upcoming Workman’s Club date. Incidentally Tony Clayton-Lea was the first DJ to give the band airtime, playing a reel to reel copy of ‘I’m Hardly Ever Wrong’ over and over, this initial exposure leading to the band being picked up first by Dave Fanning and then by John Peel. Tony had a show on LMFM at the time and before that on pirate Boyneside Radio. If anyone has any recordings of that show we’d love to give them an airing. These two tracks are from the 1988 Comet Tape Three cassette compilation.

Addicted To The Predictable (1988)

I Want To Say What Goes Without Saying (1988)

And here the official press release:

The Would Be’s, a little known Irish combo from the early 90’s (but you may know them from such songs as ‘I’m Hardly Ever Wrong’ and ‘My Radio Sounds Different In The Dark’) would like it to be known that they are reforming to play as guests of indietastic Cork band The Frank And Walters in The Workman’s Club Dublin Sat 31st March 2012.

Some of the original members of The Would Be’s had the good fortune to meet up a few months ago at the launch of Tony Clayton-Lea’s new book ‘101 Irish Records That You Must Hear Before You Die‘ (one of those records happens to be ‘I’m Hardly Ever Wrong’ a John Peel and Morrissey favourite from the heydays of indie pop songs. After reminiscing about past gigs and after drinking a few mugs of tea and few jugs of beer, they decided that it might just be the right time to get back together to relive those heydays (as you do after a few jugs of beer……and a few mugs of tea!). A tin of Brasso was ordered from the local hardware shop the next day to shine up their trombones, saxophones, guitars, drums and microphones.

Original Would Be’s members Julie McDonnell, Aideen O’Reilly, Matt, Eamonn and Paul Finnegan are now busy shining and brushing up on their indie pop repertoire to ready themselves for what promises to be a wonderful night of pop, fun and frolics and ……stuff! with the Frank and Walters. This might just be the indie gig of the year …….and I’m hardly ever wrong!!!!!

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