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The Stunning – Sockin 1,2,3,4

Posted in Music with tags , on November 10, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

This is a strictly unofficial and unsanctioned mix of a live favourite by The Stunning. The track is a cover of northern soul tune ‘Sockin 1,2,3,4’ by John Roberts. Steve Wall takes up the story:

Early Stunning gigs were like a potted history in the development of popular music. We never thought much about what direction the band should take. We just played whatever we thought was good, as long as it wasn’t too well known. We skipped from blues to country, from soul to guitar tunes, from jazzy to funky. Songs like “Sockin’ 1234″ and “Tighten Up” were rare soul cuts that we adapted for ourselves. Ben E.King’s “Supernatural Thing” was a certified floor-filler. Only the real music heads recognised Captain Beefheart’s “Zig Zag Wanderer”.

More Stunning facts here.

Sockin’ 1,2,3,4‘ (1987)


Transmission on Galway’s Rascal Radio

Posted in radio with tags on August 9, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Here’s another radio show you might enjoy. Presented by PJ Fallon on Galway station Rascal Radio, ‘Transmission’ is an alternative music show on Friday from 8-10pm. On 18th March 2011 PJ did an Irish special and a pretty fine specimen it is too. If you like what you hear there are some more shows archived here.

The Would Be’s – I’m Hardly Ever Wrong
The Blades – Bride Wore White, the
The Fountainhead – Rhythm Method
The Slowest Clock – Carnival
My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise
Cane 141 – The Hot Is Too Hot
The Jimmy Cake – Nuberu
Wilt – Radio Disco
This Is This – Emily
The Radiators From Space – Television Screen [Single Version]
The Outcasts – Magnum Force
Therapy? – With Or Without You
Atrix – Treasure On The Wasteland
Whipping Boy – I Think I Miss You
The Fat Lady Sings – Fear and Favour
Duke Special – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Big Self – Ghostshirts
A House – Freak Out
Mama’s Boys – Needle In The Groove (single)
Guernica – Orange And Red
Auto Da Fe – November November
Ruefrex – Capital Letters
Microdisney – Pink Skinned Man
Chimera – Cyan Daze
Rollerskate Skinny – Complacency
Harvest Ministers – If It Kills Me And It Will
That Petrol Emotion – Keen
Some Kind Of Wonderful – D’you read my letter
Stars Of Heaven – Clothes Of Pride
Therapy? – Teenage Kicks

Transmission Irish Special 18-3-11

Toasted Heretic (Interview)

Posted in Fanning, live with tags , , on April 27, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

mindless optimism

We’ve already featured Toasted Heretic but can you remember this 1993 interview they did with Dave Fanning?


Lightning (Live)

Cork Rock (1991)

Posted in Fanning, live, Music with tags , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

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Here’s what none other than Billboard magazine wrote about Cork Rock:

One important annual event for new talent in Ireland is Cork Rock, a showcase event sponsored by Radio 2FM, Hot Press magazine and the Irish Music Rights Organization. ..

2FM producer Jim Lockhart recalls 1991 as the event’s most memorable year, with appearances by The Cranberries, Therapy? and Sultans Of Ping, The Frank and Walters, Toasted Heretic and Chelsea Drugstore, today known as The Devlins.

The following tracks were all recorded from Dave Fanning’s 2FM radio show.

Toasted Heretic – Galway and Los Angeles

The Cranberries – Uncertain

The Frank and Walters – Michael

Azure Days – Blew My Clouds Away

The Little Fish

Posted in Fanning, Music with tags , , , on October 2, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

little fish 2tv

From Galway, The Little Fish were Jimmy Fitzgerald (vocals & guitar), Brendan Duffy (guitar), Turlough Moore (bass) and Kieran Joyce (drums). This track featured on the Nationwide 3 compilation and was later released as a single.

Patsy Child (1989)

The Hunting Toadstools (continued)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music with tags on July 15, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

Some more details have emerged about The Hunting Toadstools. From Galway they featured David McManus aka Max (vocals & rhythm guitar), Shane MacNally (lead guitar), Anne Mulhall (bass) and Conor Pope (drums). They played their first gig at UCG, Galway in March 1987 and were active until July 1991 when they called it day with a show at The Castle, Salthill. These are all demo tracks.

American Dream Lullaby (1988)

Instramentaller (1991)

Mind Show Host (1991)

The Hunting Toadstools

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music with tags on July 13, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

Brought to you courtesy fortune who came bearing gifts some of which I hope to share in the coming weeks.

I had never heard of this band before so I am relying on the cassette inlay, I hope time and the internet will work it’s magic.

Thank you to the kind reader who dug this one out!

Julian Gough has gently pointed out that the band name was actually Hunting Toadstools (not The Haunted Toadstools as originally posted) and a Google search reveals they featured one Conor Pope of Irish Times Pricewatch fame.

Listen to some more demo tracks and read more details on the band members here.

Pop Girl (1989?)