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Intoxicating Rhythm Section (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on September 19, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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We’ve been sitting on this one a little while holding out for a band photo and thank you Colm Walsh for coming up with the goods.  From Athy, Co Kildare, Intoxicating Rhythm Section (also know as The IRS) were at the time of the above photo; Mick O’Rourke (guitar), Steven Mangan (vocals), Robbie Robinson (drums), Sean MacMahon and John Byrne. This differs from the lineup detailed on our previous post so hopefully someone in the know can fill in some blanks and possibly tell us who played on the Fanning session.

Bomb Belfast With Love (1990)

She’s My Jesus (1990)

Strange Fruit  (1990)


Beats Workin (1990)

Posted in Music with tags on September 8, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

According to IrishRock Beats Workin were an all male combo from the late 70s. No other mention of a similarly named act is to be found on the internet. If anyone can help identify this particular track please get in touch.

If I Doubt You (1990)

Sultans of Ping (1990 Session)

Posted in Music with tags , on September 7, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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According to this demo cassette the Sultans of Ping FC were Niall O Flaherty (vocals), Tex Chism (bass), Pat O Connell (guitar) and Ger Lyons (drums). They recorded their first session for Dave Fanning on December 3rd 1990. A different source of this session featuring 3 of the 4 tracks can be found here. The 1993 session is here.
The Old Days (1990)

No More Plastic Pitches (1990)

Veronica (1990)

Where’s Me Jumper (1990)

Imelda’s Boyfriend (1990 Demo)

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

This demo was played by Dave Fanning circa 1990. Unfortunately we have no further information on Imelda’s Boyfriend.

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.

Vincent Hanley Comin’atcha – TippFM (2017)

Posted in Music with tags , on July 21, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Born in Clonmel on April 2nd 1954 Vincent Hanley joined RTÉ Cork in 1976. He presented shows for Radio 1 and RTÉ TV and by the time pop station Radio 2 launched in 1979 he was one of the most popular DJs. In 1983 he founded Green Apple Productions with Conor McAnally to produce MT-USA a 3 hour long music video show modelled on MTV. MT-USA was broadcast Sunday afternoons on RTÉ from 1984–87. Hanley died on Easter Monday 1987 at the age of 33. This radio documentary was produced by Padraic Flaherty for TippFM and features interviews with Marty Whelan, Bill Hughes, Conor McAnally and Mark Cagney.