Max Von Rap – Wish I Had A Kawasaki (1984)

Posted in Music with tags , on April 29, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

We recently had a comment from someone with a Max Von Rap VHS looking to contact the band. Happily a DVD is now winging it’s way to Joe Rex. With Max Von Rap in mind we decided to see if we couldn’t chase down their elusive 1984 single and thanks to Ken Connor we did just that.

Max Von Rap were Joe Rex (bass & vocals), Mick Finnegan (guitar), Ulli Hoffman (synths) and Rob McKahy (drums). Dennis Herlihy produced. If you like this you should check out this 1986 demo to which we are very partial.

Wish I Had A Kawasaki (1984)

Pretty Girls (1984)


The Hellfire Club (1989 Session)

Posted in Music, radio, session with tags on April 19, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


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It’s been too long, thank you Paul McArdle of The Hellfire Club for kicking us into renewed action. The Hellfire Club were Tom Doyle (vocals/guitar), Joe Ussher (lead guitar/vocals/piano), John Doyle (bass), Paul McArdle and later Mark Downing (drums). They recorded a Dave Fanning session in studio 8 on March 14th 1989. There were 4 tracks put to tape that day, one of which can be found here. We are now posting the three remaining tracks. Last but not least, thank you Thomas Erbsloh for your awesome tape archive.

Come With Me (1989)

Blind Ambition (1989)

Sweet Smell of Success (1989)

Wormhole (1994 Session part 2)

Posted in Music with tags on March 6, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

wormhole8 years ago we posted one track from the 1994 session by Wormhole, today we bring you the remaining three. From Ringsend in Dublin, Wormhole were Dave Carroll (drums/vocals), Anthony Carroll (bass/keyboards) and Graham Blackmore (guitar). Thank you Stephen Rennicks for digging out the tape, his long read on the band over on the Abstract Analog site is a great introduction to the band. Check the band out on facebook, twitter or instagram – we hear there may even have been recent recording activity! The photo was taken by band manager Eamonn Crudden.

Lay It On (1994)

White Coat Illyad (1994)

Little Miss (1994)

The Way It Is (1990 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on February 21, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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The Way It Is were Martin Quinn (vocals), Dave Browne (guitar), Steve Browne (drums), Aaron McVeigh (bass), Frank McGing (keyboards), Johnny Haverty (sax), Tom Curran (percussion) and Aoibhinn Murray & Tuesday May (backing vocals). Thank you Pat O’Mahony for digging this out, we have now digitised half your tapes, if anyone has any requests you know what to do.

Love Is Here (1990)

You Make Me (1990)

Workin Man (1990)

Prefab Sprout (1984 & 1988 Interviews)

Posted in interview, Music with tags , on February 20, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


On Sunday’s show Dave featured a 1980 interview with Joey Ramone announced a new archive interview feature and asked for listener suggestions. A subsequent discussion on twitter brought two interviews with Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout to our attention. At least one of these was recorded by Martin Foyle. Rather than repost I think it’s only fair that we send you to fan site Sproutology to listen to these interviews. The first from 27 April 1984 was just after the release of the debut Prefab Sprout album ‘Swoon’. The second interview on 6th November 1988 comes after the release of third album ‘From Langley Park To Memphis’ when the band are in town to perform ‘Cars and Girls’ on the Late Late Show. Both interviews are well worth checking out and thank you to Martin and Sproutology for preserving.

Damien Dempsey (1996 Session)

Posted in Music with tags on February 14, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


On Sunday Dave Fanning looked at Irish Hip Hop with guests Mango and Mathman. The piece featured a clip from the 1993 Scary Eire session but it was talk of another session that got us scrambling in the attic. Four years before the release of his debut album Damien Dempsey recorded a session and by all accounts it was a game changer.

Damien Dempsey (electric guitar & vocals), Keith Beggs (acoustic guitar), Jim Lockhart produced and Phil Cooke engineered.

Chillin (1996)


The Foremen (1988 Demo)

Posted in Music with tags on February 13, 2018 by Fanning Sessions


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The Foremen were Simon Crosbie (rhythm guitar & vocals), John McCabb (lead guitar & vocals), Eoin O’Broin (bass & vocals) and Gavin Buckley (drums). Recorded in Sun Studios, this 3 track demo was enginerered and produced by Pat Dunne in August 1988. Design was by Neil Bryden. The tape is from the Pat O’Mahony collection and was requested by Ciarán.

Pittsburgh  (1988)

No Comebacks (1988)

Halloween Cafe (1988)