While Dublin had a thriving mod and scooter scene in the 1980s, it seemed to produce few bands. Even fewer who recorded anything. (The Blades, obviously, should be mentioned at this point along with The Zen Alligators, Side One, The Commotion and The Experiment).
Instant Party were a three piece mod band, active from the early 1980s to 1986. They released a self-titled and self-produced three track demo tape in 1984.
Thanks to the users ‘lastdayofjune’ and ‘9jpt’ on Youtube, the three songs from the demo tape and a bonus fourth are available online:
1. Instant Party – The Times That Change Us
2. Instant Party – The Smalltown
3. Instant Party - Summertime
Bonus, The Real Life. An acoustic demo from Ken.
– Ken Sweeney later went on to record as Brian and is now Entertainment Editor of the Irish Independent.
– Peter Devlin went on to play with The Devlins who packed out The Button Factory last September.
– Alan Bates today plays drums with both Slam and The Modfathers.