Archive for April, 2012

No More Demos – In Dublin #140 (13/11/1981)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , , , on April 27, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

This article from In Dublin magazine offers some interesting background on the Fanning sessions. According to the piece ‘No More Demos’ by Gerard Siggins, when the new radio centre in Donnybrook was built “the two 16 track studios lay idle for eight years until Ian Wilson opened them (after much wrangling with Radio 1) to the cream of Ireland’s rock bands”. At the time of the article on 13th November 1981 the “Rock Show sessions” were a year old and the 41st visitors to Studio 8 were “a fine young band” from Waterford Neuro. The photo shows engineer Colm O’Rourke and a youthful Ian Wilson. For more retro scans be sure to check out brandnewretro. Incidentally Paul Butler of Neuro is currently active with Propellor Palms and was the subject of a recent interview in Hot Press.


Into Paradise (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on April 18, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Into Paradise were Dave Long (vocals, guitar), Rachel Tighe (bass), James Eadie (guitar, keyboards) and Ronan Clarke (drums). Dave explains at the end of the recording that this repeat airing of the session was broadcast just before the release of the band’s ‘Change’ EP (22nd May 1990). Owain who dug this out wrote “the session version of ‘Change’ is pretty awesome in my view and much better than the released version”. Maybe Dan Hegarty and Ian Wilson might consider this one for their next “classic session” feature on Dan’s RTE 2XM/2FM show ‘The Alternative‘?  Anyone have a copy of the fourth and final track ‘Heaven’? Update: Thank you Owain for locating the missing track!

It Burns My Skin (1990)

The Blue Nile (1990 Interview)

Posted in Fanning, interview with tags , , , on April 12, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

thebluenileFrom Glasgow, The Blue Nile need no introduction. This is a recording of an interview on Dave Fanning’s RTE 2FM show circa 1990. All three band members ie Paul Buchanan, Paul Joseph Moore and Robert Bell were present. Dave mentions ‘Hats’ was released a few months earlier leading me to believe this was in early 1990. Paul Buchanan is about to release a solo album ‘Mid Air’ and recently appeared on Stuart Maconie’s BBC6 show to talk about it.

Interview (1990)

Borderline (1986-1988)

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , on April 6, 2012 by Fanning Sessions


Borderline was a “young people’s show” on RTÉ Television from 1986-1988. The show’s presenters were Aonghus McAnally, Majella Nolan, Ronan Johnston, Eithne Hand and Maria Doyle. As part of their 50 years celebrations RTE has posted one complete show online. The show in question (1/3/1988) coincided with The Stag Hotpress Awards. Winners who popped into studio to chat and/or perform include Rory Gallagher, Mary Coughlan, Something Happens (‘Burn Clear’), Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen. Also performing on the show were The Sugar Rays (‘House In Order’) and The Stars Of Heaven (’28’).

‘Borderline’ playlist on YouTube:

See also ‘Anything Goes‘, ‘Visual Eyes‘ playlists.

Elvera Butler Interview / Shellshock Rock UCC Downtown Campus (30/6/1979)

Posted in Music, radio with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

The following is the poster for the screening of Shellshock Rock at the U.C.C. Downtown Campus on June 30th 1979 which also featured live performances from two of the bands featured in the documentary Rudi and The Outcasts. The photo was kindly sent in by John Dundon from Limerick who commented on that Outcasts session post.

That gig was promoted by Elvera Butler, the founder and mastermind behind Reekus Records currently celebrating their 30 year anniversary. Elvera was recently interviewed by @nessymon aka Vanessa Monaghan for her Culture Cafe show on RTE 2fm/2XM. Here is an excerpt from that interview where Elvera talks of the label’s origins.

ELvera Butler (Reekus Records)