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Fanning’s Fab 50 (2017)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 26, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


Here it is folks, the Fab 50 as broadcast by Dave Fanning on December 23rd and 24th 2017. Still one or two missing track names, please send us any corrections and we will update. We hope to publish our own #altfab50 before year’s end featuring the fave 2017 tracks from readers and friends of the site so stay tuned..

Listen back to the Fab 50 via the RTE Player: part 1 and part 2.

50. rag’n’bone man – human
49. mic christopher – heyday
48. red hot chilli peppers – scar tissue
47. flaming lips – do you realise?
46. david bowie – where are we now?
45. bon iver – holocene?
44. johnny cash – hurt
43. the national – the system only dreams in total darkness
42. lcd soundsystem – someone great
41. war on drugs – red eyes
40. gorillaz – feel good inc
39. mgmt – electric feel
38. raconteurs – steady as she goes
37. coldplay – fix you
36. bellx1 – the great defector
35. kasabian – fire
34. kings of leon – use somebody
33. arcade fire – intervention
32. the national – bloodbuzz ohio
31. daft punk – get lucky
30. amy winehouse – rehab
29. the temper trap – sweet disposition
28. mgmt – kids
27. arcade fire – everything now
26. u2 – every breaking wave
25. yeah yeah yeahs – maps
24. kurt vile – pretty pimpin
23. the national – fake empire
22. coldplay – yellow
21. radiohead – everything in its right place
20. florence & the machine – dog days are over
19. eminem – lose yourself
18. arctic monkeys – fluorescent adolescent
17. bon iver – skinny love
16. franz ferdinand – take me out
15. mgmt – time to pretend
14. hozier – take me to church
13. future islands – seasons waiting on you
12. foster the people – pumped up kicks
11. london grammar – strong
10. arctic monkeys – do i wanna know?
09. arcade fire – rebellion
08. elbow – one day like this
07. arcade fire – wake up
06. the white stripes – seven nation army
05. the strokes – last night
04. arctic monkeys – i bet you look good on the dancefloor
03. kings of leon – sex on fire
02. lcd soundsystem – all my friends
01. the killers – mr brightside


The Switch (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on December 4, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

Thanks to Ian Wilson we know The Switch recorded a 4 track session on Feb 23rd 1987. That is the sum total of our knowledge so hopefully you can help us out with further details and a band photo.

The first votes in the inaugural Fanning Sessions #AltFab50 Readers Poll have been submited, we would love to hear your 3 fave songs of 2017. While you’re at it submit them to Fanning’s Fab50 and you might win tickets to the Electric Picnic.

She Rises Over Heartache (1987)

Cover Charge  (1987)

Perfect Description (1987)

Stay (1987)

A Cow In The Water (1991 Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music with tags , on December 1, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

a cow in the water

From Blarney in Co.Cork, A Cow In The Water were Aidan O’Connell (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Dion Harley (bass), Rory Looney (percussion), John Mollaghan (trumpet, keyboards) and John O’Shea (guitar).

To mark the 20th Anniversary of Aidan’s passing, the band are reuniting on Dec 9th to host a special evening at the Crane Lane Theatre Cork as a fundraiser for suicide awareness.

Memphis (1991)

a cow in the water crane lane

Fab 50 vs Festive 50 – 2017 Readers Poll?

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music, Peel with tags , , on November 28, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


It’s that time of the year again, where we moan about how Fanning’s Fab 50 isn’t what it used to be. John Peel had the right idea with the Festive 50 – choose 3 favourite tracks released in the past year. We’d love to hear Dave play a show of his favourite tracks of the year. Anyway if the readers of a certain blog were to email, tweet or facebook their top 3 we could come up with our own Festive 50 to be published round about when Dave breaks out the eggnog. Anyone up for it?

The Saviours (1988 Session)

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


From Portstewart & Portrush, The Saviours were left to right; John “Junior” Young (bass), Rory Fidgeon (guitar), Paul Gault (vocals), Philip Cartin (drums) and Tim Brolly (guitar).  They had previously recorded a number of demos as The Subterraneans but changed their name due to the Dublin act of the same name. They later became Mystic Reign and recorded further demos and released 2 tracks on compilation tapes from Helden Fanzine. This session for Dave Fanning was recorded on 15th Feb 1988.

Bone Shakin Baby (1988)

High Risk Activity (1988)

Crime Of Passion (1988)

Mr Nice Guy (1988)

New Holland (1985 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags on October 26, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

BASF tape

We have minimal information on this session from New Holland. They won a Battle of The Bands competition in the Ivy Rooms  judged by among others Dave Fanning and Dave G Kelly with the winning prize the opportunity to record a session. If anyone can name the band members or provide a photo please get in touch.

Take Your Time (1985)

Weekend (1985)

The Strait (1985)

The Tower (1985)

Backwards Into Paradise (1986 Session) revisited

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on October 3, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


The ever reliable Blackpool Sentinel yesterday published another excellent read on local favourites Into Paradise. As serendipity would have it we also just received a recording from Colm in Arklow of a session previously posted but now with better audio so we’ve decided what the heck. The session recorded for Dave Fanning on Jan 13th 1986 featured 3 further tracks which we’d love to hear – ‘Alone Again’, ‘A Good and Honest Man’ and ‘John’. Incidentally does anyone recognise the guest host sitting in for Dave? We have it on good authority that it could be Fachtna O’Kelly but stand to be corrected. Update: Thanks to Colm we have a further track.

She Falls (1986)

A Good And Honest Man (1986)