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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.

Into Paradise at Rock Garden (1993)

Posted in Music with tags on May 19, 2014 by Fanning Sessions

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We understand this recording to be of the second last Into Paradise show. The setlist includes a cover of ‘Like A Hurricane’ and took place on Willie Nelon’s birthday making the date 23rd April 1993. Sound engineer for the gig was probably Pat O’Donnell (The Fountainhead). Download here.

01 – Deep Down
02 – Speak Slow
03 – All of These Things
04 – Angelus
05 – Sister
06 – Move Over
07 – Here Comes the End
08 – Move Up, Move On
09 – Must Get Better
10 – Only One
11 – Sleep
12 – Red and Blue
13 – Islands
14 – Like A Hurricane
15 – The Pleasure is Over
16 – Winter

Into Paradise – Rock Garden, Dublin (1993)

Into Paradise (Rarities)

Posted in demo, Music with tags , on October 15, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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We are big fans of Into Paradise and were delighted to hear from David Long of that parish recently. David kindly sent some kind words and a few tapes which he had dug out. Today we have the first of the fruits of said cassettes. The first track ‘I Can’t Live Without It’ is an outtake from the Churchtown sessions and the remaining three tracks are as of yet of unknown provenance. To come is a live recording of possibly the last ever Into Paradise gig. David of course released a solo album ‘Water Has Memory‘ last year which is well worth checking out.

I Can’t Live Without It (1991, Churchtown outtake)

Unidentified

Here With You

The Circus Came To Town

Backwards Into Paradise – the cassette that landed the Setanta deal

Posted in demo, Music with tags , , , , on April 8, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

We recently posted a number of tracks from David Long, but today we have the contents of a cassette David had a hand in namely Backwards Into Paradise. Said cassette gets a mention in a recent interview David did with Nick Kelly of the Irish Independent:

“We did so many things wrong. We were naive,” he said. “We’d been in different bands since the age of 17 until we got signed, when I was 26. We were a long time doing rehearsals and playing small gigs and getting nowhere, so when the chance did come we were more shocked that anyone had an interest.”

That interest came from a London-based Dubliner who was looking for Irish bands to sign to his new independent record label.

David says: “Keith Cullen from Setanta went into Comet Records in Dublin and bought a DIY cassette of our music. The cover had a photo of a girl and a building. He rang me up to say he was interested in signing us to this new label called Setanta. Then he rang back two weeks later to say he was going to get Adrian Borland from The Sound to produce it. I couldn’t believe it.

“We were so lucky. I don’t think we would have got anywhere if Keith hadn’t bought that cassette. At that time we were called Backwards Into Paradise – I think it was Keith who suggested we shorten the name.”

David has fond memories of the period in Dublin in the late 1980s when so many good new bands emerged.

“When I was 17 or 18, me and Shane O’Neill from Blue In Heaven used to go to a place called The Magnet Bar on Pearse Street,” he said. “They used to have The Bodice Gigs where The Blades, Microdisney, Nun Attax, Chant Chant Chant all played. It was a brilliant scene.

“You had Rollerskate Skinny, Power Of Dreams, A House, Something Happens. The Stars Of Heaven were another great band. Nobody had any money. There was nothing happening in Dublin. It was simpler. No one was into music as a career; it was just a bit of fun.”

David’s album ‘Water Has Memory’ is available on iTunes or at Tower Records. Keep up to date with his activities via the Into Paradise facebook page.

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01. Everything

02. Low

03. Out Of Here

04. Hope

05. Peace Of Paradise

06. I Want You

07. These Days

08. Winter

David Long solo lp ‘Water Has Memory’

Posted in Music with tags , on January 7, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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David Long, frontman with influential late 80s/ early 90s Dublin band Into Paradise has just announced the release on 25th February 2013 of a 17 track solo lp. The self financed, self released so called vanity project has been described by David as “my favourite album that I’ve been involved in”. The album includes a track ‘Bigger Picture” featuring Joanne Loughman (The Glee Club, The Swinging Swine) and a cover of U2 track ‘Out Of Control’.

Update: The album has now hit the shops and is also available to order online or download via iTunes. Nick Kelly did a nice piece in Saturday’s Independent where he even gives us a mention although he does incorrectly suggest that the tracks in this post came from a Fanning session.

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Out Of Control‘ (U2)

London Is Fog

Papa Don’t Go

Ghost On My Tracks

Into Paradise (1990 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, radio, session with tags , on April 18, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

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Into Paradise were Dave Long (vocals, guitar), Rachel Tighe (bass), James Eadie (guitar, keyboards) and Ronan Clarke (drums). Dave explains at the end of the recording that this repeat airing of the session was broadcast just before the release of the band’s ‘Change’ EP (22nd May 1990). Owain who dug this out wrote “the session version of ‘Change’ is pretty awesome in my view and much better than the released version”. Maybe Dan Hegarty and Ian Wilson might consider this one for their next “classic session” feature on Dan’s RTE 2XM/2FM show ‘The Alternative‘?  Anyone have a copy of the fourth and final track ‘Heaven’? Update: Thank you Owain for locating the missing track!

It Burns My Skin (1990)

Into Paradise (acoustic)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 2, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

Criminally overlooked by Tony Clayton-Lea in his recent (and very enjoyable) tome ‘101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die‘ here is a 1993 performance and interview with Dave Long and James Eadie of Into Paradise formerly known as Backwards Into Paradise. Thank you to the kind reader who dug out this VHS.