Strange Passion – Explorations in Irish Post Punk, DIY and Electronic Music 1980-83

The first ever compendium of Irish post punk and new wave – featuring extensive liner notes, rare photos with the full participation of the featured artists and bands.

Released on Cache Cache a new post-punk record label set up by Finders Keepers dedicated to seeking out shyly excitable electric pop music from the not too distant past.

Focusing on a three year period from 1980 to 1983, Strange Passion is a compilation of rare, unheralded and unreleased Irish music that emerged after the first wave of punk and new wave bands. A time when the raw primitive sounds of punk began to absorb new ideas and technologies and emerging acts were reaching audiences on an unprecedented scale thanks to new magazines such as Hot Press and Heat, RTE Radio 2 and it’s Fanning Sessions, as well as new youth magazine programmes on national TV like Anything Goes. Access to UK’s broadcasting and magazine cultural behemoths (Peel, NME, Morley etc.) as well as touring bands such as The Clash and PIL also played their part in creating an appetite for this thrilling new subculture and soon venues such as The Magnet, Dandelion and Project Arts Centre in Dublin and Kampus in Cork became significant live music hubs.

The 14 rare and seldom-travelled Irish post-punk, DIY and electro oddities were compiled from limited privately pressed vinyl and home made cassette by resident B-Music Dublin DJ Darren McCreesh for Cache Cache Records, a new label set up by international crate diggers Finders Keepers:

1. Dogmatic Element – Just Friends
2. The Threat – High cost of living
3. Chant! Chant! Chant!- Play Safe
4. Virgin Prunes – Twenty Tens (i’ve been smoking all night long)
5. Operating Theatre – Austrian
6. Stano – Town
7. The Peridots – No Water
8. Choice – Always In Danger
9. Ph – Last Days
10. Major Thinkers – Avenue B
11. SM Corporation – Accentuate
12. SM Corporation – Fire from above
13. Tripper Humane – Discoland
14. Operating Theatre – Eighties Rampwalk (Fanning Session)

Released 13th July 2012 on Cache Cache (Finders Keepers)

And of course of local interest is the excellent Fanning session track ..

Operating Theatre – Eighties Rampwalk (Fanning Session)

13 Responses to “Strange Passion – Explorations in Irish Post Punk, DIY and Electronic Music 1980-83”

  1. If you love all these old school alternative 80’s tracks, then drop into one of the Bartley Dunnes reunion night. Good fun, and great music too. here is their facebook link.

  2. Thrilled with this news. Choice getting a record release 31 years after recording! Might also lead to us getting a copy of the video.

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  4. john dundon Says:


    facinating news i have one of the numbered tripper humane cassettes given to me by barry warner in 1980 . Also as we were running a small gig in limerick in the cecil hotel called the gaff , chant chant chant , the peridots and the threat all played at the venue over a period of 1 year or so on a friday and saturday night the fee if i recall correctly was £ 40 per night but we also gave them b+b , for a lot of the bands it was their first time out of dubliin

    i am looking forward to the release of this compilation even though i still have all the vinyl or cassette pressings

  5. sweetblindness Says:

    Congrats to all involved in this, Best of luck with this and all future compilations, I’m sure Darren will have a few more gems up his sleeve for further strange passions!

  6. sweetblindness Says:

    Reblogged this on Sweet Blindness and commented:
    A fantastic collection of music curated my brother its well worth checking out! Strange Passion indeed 🙂

  7. great compilation an honour to be involved. “just friends” Brendan Monaghan “Dogmatic Element” x

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  9. Great to see Jaki and the band’s track

  10. Fanning Sessions Says:

    Picked up a copy today, sleeve notes are lovely. Available on vinyl and CD. Bring on the next one Darren!

  11. Will there be a follow up?

  12. I asked Darren on twitter and he says no followup I’m afraid

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