Archive for August, 2017

Imelda’s Boyfriend (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on August 29, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

imeldas boyfriendImelda’s Boyfriend were John Hoverty (vocals & guitar), Terry Rainey (guitar), Maurice Kelly (bass) and Sean O’Connor (drums). John left the band a little while after the recording and Maurice took over vocals and guitar.  Paul Flanagan joined and took over on bass and was replaced by Morgan Hughes after Paul left. Maurice, Terry and Sean were later in Northlight Razorblade who recorded an as yet unlocated Pete Holidai produced Fanning session. Maurice and Terry were also in $1000 Wedding another band we need to add to the archive. This demo was played by Dave Fanning circa 1990.  Thank you Maurice for the details and the photo!

Smile (1990)


The Story of Irish Rock

Posted in Music with tags on August 22, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Whilst we enjoyed the diversions provided by ‘Dave Fanning’s Story of Irish Rock‘ and Tom Dunne’s Greatest Irish Albums, ultimately both frustrated by covering much of the usual ground. Happily ‘Irish Nuggets‘ came to the rescue and filled that void with 138 minutes of music you will unfortunately never hear on Irish radio. The latest compilation showcases 42 Irish releases from the years 1988 through 1989. If you like what you hear (we certainly did) there are 4 further compilations awaiting your ears. Now that’s the Story of Irish Rock.

Featuring A House, An Emotional Fish, Bam Bam & The Calling, Beethoven, Blue In Heaven, Brian, Cypress Mine, Fatima Mansions, Giant, Guernica, Hey Paulette, Hinterland, Into Paradise, Lord John White, My Bloody Valentine, Paranoid Visions, Power Of Dreams, Premonition, Rex & Dino, Scale The Heights, Shark Bait, So She Said, Something Happens, Stump, That Petrol Emotion, The Dixons, The Fat Lady Sings, The Golden Horde, The Malfunctions, The Outpatients, The Radiators, The Real Wild West, The Slowest Clock, The Stars Of Heaven, The Stunning, The Train Walkers, The Would Be’s, Toasted Heretic, Venetian Blonde.

Nigel Grainge (1946-2017)

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Nigel Grainge was the founder of the Ensign Records and the man responsible for launching the careers of a host of bands many of whom were from these shores; Sinead O’Connor, The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy, The Waterboys, Into Paradise and Stump!. He died on 11th June 2017.

Tonight at 11pm on Dublin City FM Paul McDermott will pay tribute by playing many of the acts Nigel signed interspersed with an interview Paul conducted in 2015 when working on the Stump! documentary ‘Lights! Camel! Action!‘.

Check out also this 1991 Hot Press interview by Liam Fay.