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Thee Amazing Colossal Men (Live in Studio)

Posted in Music with tags on January 19, 2019 by Fanning Sessions

thee amazing colossal men - totale

Thee Amazing Colossal Men were Joey Barry (vocals), Garret Lee (guitar & vocals), John Sullivan / Sid Rainey (bass), Paul O’Brien (drums) and Declan O’Sullivan (keyboards). We suspect these two tracks were recorded when they dropped in to Dave Fanning at 2fm on the release of their album ‘Totale’ but are open to correction.

Harbour Town (1990)

Thee Amazing Colossal Men (1987 Session)

Posted in Fanning, Music, session with tags , on March 11, 2011 by Fanning Sessions


Garret Lee is more well known these days as Jacknife Lee producer of albums by artists from U2 to Snow Patrol and R.E.M. He’s been in the music business a few years though and today’s session track is from one of those earlier projects. Thee Amazing Colossal Men were Joseph Mary Barry (vocals), Garret Lee (guitar & vocals), John Sullivan (bass), Paul O’Brien (drums) and Declan O’Sullivan (keyboards). This session was recorded on 07/12/1987 and features tracks ‘Little Rotten Annie’, ‘Coming Together’, ‘Get Colossal’ and ‘Helter Skelter’. Ian Wilson dug it of the archives  recently for the Dan Hegarty show on 2FM where Dan also played a five track shuffle as chosen by Jacknife Lee. The band went on to achieve success as Compulsion.

Helter Skelter (1987)

Get Colossal (1987)

Thee Amazing Colossal Men (Demo)

Posted in demo, Fanning, Music, radio with tags , , on July 11, 2009 by Fanning Sessions


Formed in 1985 and featuring Joey Barry, Sid Rainey and Garret Lee now of Jacknife Lee fame Thee Amazing Colossal Men were active until 1990 when they released the album ‘Totale’ on Siren Records. In 1989 they represented Ireland at the Eurorock Festival held in Novi Sad, in then Yugoslavia and also feaured on RTE show ‘7 Bands On The Up’. This track is from a demo they recorded in Sun Studio, Temple Bar in 1987. In 1990 the band reformed as Compulsion in which guise they made a number of releases.

Loganberry Woman (Demo)