Fanning’s Fab50 (1988)

Pat McGrath whose weekly RTE 2XM show C60 is a staple round these parts has been doing some housekeeping on his cassette collection of late and came across recorded highlights of the 1988 Fanning’s Fab50. Our antenna triggered an immediate alert because we did not have a listing for that year. Pat was considerate enough to post Dave’s rundown so we’ve been busy typing all evening. It was a U2 heavy year with 12 entries in all from them but there was significant other Irish interest to keep us happy. The Slowest Clock, Missing Link, Cypress Mine, Belsonic Sound, The Subterraneans and Burning Embers all feature alongside Sinead O’Connor, Something Happens, A House, Hothouse Flowers and The Stunning. Of the 50, 44 are on Spotify so you can listen to these via a playlist. All Fab50 listings are collected here.

fab50 1988 1-30

fab50 1988 31-50

50 the beatles – revolution
49 u2 – where the streets have no name
48 u2 – with or without you
47 something happens – burn clear
46 the waterboys – red army blues
45 the slowest clock – turning green (fanning session)
44 missing link – shake it up
43 morrissey – suedehead
42 cypress mine – sugarbeet god
41 hothouse flowers – it’ll be easier in the morning
40 burning embers – sweet young lady
39 rem – so central rain
38 the church – destination
37 subterraneans – slum
36 the stunning – half past two
35 thin lizzy – the boys are back in town
34 sugarcubes – birthday
33 elvis costello – i want you
32 u2 – angel of harlem
31 u2 – van diemens land
30 belsonic sound – the silent people (demo)
29 u2 – pride
28 the waterboys – death is not the end (live in fanning studio)
27 the smiths – suffer little children
26 rem – the end of the world as we know it
25 sinead o connor – troy
24 morrissey – every day is like sunday
23 u2 – when love comes to town
22 u2 – all i want is you
21 u2 – helter skelter
20 joy division – atmosphere
19 the cure – a forest
18 u2 – the sweetest thing
17 the waterboys – a bang on the ear
16 the waterboys – the whole of the moon
15 rem – world leader pretend
14 a house – call me blue
13 new order – blue monday
12 led zeppelin – stairway to heaven
11 hothouse flowers – dont go
10 something happens – beach
9 u2 – hawkmoon 269
8 the waterboys – fishermans blues
7 the smiths – how soon is now
6 the smiths – this charming man
5 u2 – desire
4 joy division – love will tear us apart
3 rem – the one i love
2 something happens – forget georgia
1 u2 – bad (live)

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