From Portrush / Portstewart band Catchers, this song was recorded from a Mickey Bradley hosted edition of BBC Radio Ulster show ‘The Bottom Line’ in October 1989. The Catchers or Catchers as they later became known were formed by Dale Grundle (vocals/guitar) and Alice Lemon (vocals/keyboards), this demo predates their first single release by 5 years. Photo thanks to blogborygmes. Dale Grundle’s current project is The Sleeping Years.
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.
The Frank and Walters were formed in 1990 by Paul Linehan (vocals/bass), his brother Niall Linehan (guitar) (replaced by Kevin Pedreschi in 2004) and Ashley Keating (drums). The band’s name honoured two eccentric Cork characters of the day. This session was recorded for the Dave Fanning show in March 1991. The Frank and Walters signed to Setanta Records in 1991 and released two EPs the aptly titled ‘EP1’ followed by ‘EP2’. Ashley Keating presents ‘Green on Red‘ a weekly show on Sunday from 7-10pm on Cork’s RedFM dedicated to “the best of irish music” . Thank you to the folks over at the F&W Forum who had the three missing session tracks.
From Kingscourt in Co. Cavan, The Would Be’s were formed in 1989 by the Finnegan brothers from ashes of The Nobody’s. The Would Be’s were Julie McDonnell (vocals), Mattie Finnegan (guitar), Paul Finnegan (guitar), Eamonn Finnegan (bass), Pascal Smith (drums), Aidine O’Reilly (trombone/sax/violin ). They released a self financed single ‘I’m Hardly Ever Wrong’ in 1990 on Danceline Records which was championed by John Peel for whom they recorded a session in February that same year. The single made it to number 12 in that year’s Festive Fifty. Julie McDonnell later left and was replaced by Eileen Gogan. The band broke up in 1992 but reformed for some gigs in 2000 with Karen Cunningham on vocals duties. Check out their entry in the Dublin Opinion ‘Great Irish Bands’ series.
So far on this blog I’ve stuck to Irish acts but I came across this on my trawls through the Fanning cassettes and figured it was sufficiently good and suitably obscure that it warranted inclusion. It’s a track that was Dave’s favourite single of 1988 (along with U2’s ‘Desire’) and to my ears is a slice of pop brilliance which still sounds perfectly fresh. I have to wager that their unusual name (inspired by a newspaper headline relating to a small plane pilot who’d crashed and had to have is his foot re-attached) didn’t help their career trajectory but thanks to the wonders of the internet I’ve been able to dig out a few details.
Stitched-Back Foot Airman started life in Southampton in the early eighties as a side project of Simon Vincent with his younger brother Robin Vincent, Mike Farmer and film maker/visual artist Crimp Beringer. Around 1984 the band decamped to London releasing several records on their own ‘Very Mouth’ label including a single ‘Wouldn’t You Like to Know’, a 12” single ‘Costa Del Sol’ and a mini album ‘Seven Egg Timing Greats’. I suspect Simon has uploaded some early videos here.
In the absence of an official RTE Fanning Session archive consider this blog a humble starting point. Any musical submissions would be gratefully accepted as are any corrections or recollections... click on the pic to send an email or even better comment on the post in question. We are interested in anything recorded from irish radio or TV in the 1980s.