Thanks to our friend Conor McCabe for uploading this seven minute clip from The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC2). It features presenter Andy Kershaw traveling to Dublin to report on the local live music scene in May 1985.
It opens with clips of the Ha’Penny Bridge and the Liffey. Followed by images of gig posters for:
– The Virgin Prunes, TV Club, Friday 17th May 1985
– Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, National Stadium, Saturday 11th May 1985
– The Alarm and the Faith Brothers, National Stadium, Sunday 19th May 1985
– Jason & the Scorchers, National Stadium, Thursday 16th May 1985
Cutting to the TV club venue on Harcourt Street, there is footage of live performances from local bands Blue In Heaven performing ‘Big Beat’, Cactus World News performing ‘The Other Extreme’ and Flo McSweeney performing ‘You Are’.
Intertwined between these clips is an interview with DJ and music journalist Dave Fanning.
Finally, presenter Andy Kersahw talks to Paul Cleary of The Blades as he takes them for a walk in the shadow of the now-demolished gasometer. Cleary compares the scene in Dublin to Manchester and Liverpool and discusses their recent record management woes with Electra.
Check it out here. Thanks again Conor.