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This one, from the History Ireland Hedge School, looks interesting. Sam in particular has frequently uploaded slabs of classic Dublin vinyl to the site here, and the blog has been known to be a bit nostalgic for a period, although not being old enough to recall it ourselves! We’ll be on hand at this event to provide the noise, so come along. I can hear you now, “Really, is that them?”

The event is taking place as part of the Phizzfest in Phibsborough.

Date: Sunday, 12th September 2010
Time: 3pm
Title: ‘Dublin’s late ‘70s New Wave scene’
Description:A History Ireland Hedge School-Blasting back to the70’s.
Venue: Phibsborough Library,
North Circular Road,
Dublin 7.
Tickets: N/A, show up on the day.

Tommy Graham from History Ireland will host the event, joined by a varied group of individuals, including our favourite journo Fintan O’ Toole, Counciller Cieran Perry, Eamon Delaney, David Donnelly and Billy McGrath. Each of these people bring something unique to the discussion, ranging from organising concerts at the time, to an understanding of the diverse youth cultures and cliques that emerged from the scene at the time, sometimes quite literally clashing. Some of the bands that emerged at the time remain household names, the likes of U2 coming to mind instantly. Others have become cult classics. Bands like DC Nien, The Atrix and their kind still hold pride of place in many vinyl collections.

If this period interests you, check out previous posts here like this one on DC Nein or this gem from our first week in existence, looking at some of the main first-wave Dublin punk singles. When you’re feeling nostalgic (Maybe you were there?), write the date down and come along on the day and share a story. If you’re younger like ourselves come along and hear a story or two. Regardless, come along.

The History Ireland Hedge School will be hosting some historical discussions at this years Electric Picnic too, a slighty more muddy setting than Phibsborough.

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I’ve a healthy obsession with Dublin punk/new wave from the late 70s till mid 80s. If I was asked, here would be my top five Dublin first wave punk singles:

1. The Radiators From Space – Television Screen (1977)

2. The Atrix – Treasure On The Wasteland (1980)

3. The Blades – Hot For You (1980)

4. The Boomtown Rats – Lookin’ After Number One (1977)

5. The Vipers – I’ve Got You (1978)

There are quite of number of other classic Dublin punk/new wave singles that are impossible to find either online or in real life. I think it would be a great idea to digitize as many as possible and put them online so they can be enjoyed by all. If anyone has any of the following singles lying in their attic or garage, please get in touch.

Alsatians:

• 5 Honours & A 175 / Denise Denise

7″ – Libra Records – LHS002 – IRL – June 1982 – PS

• I Wanna Be Your Man / Money Back

7″ – Libra Records – LHS003 – IRL – 1982

• I’ll Never Forget It (AKA Two Sucks) / Suicide

7″ – Scoff Records – DT028 – IRL – 2 September 1983 – PS

Autobop:

• Secrets / Advertising

7″ – CBS Records – A 2919 – IRL – 14 January 1983 – PS

Berlin:

• Over 21 / Waiting for the Future

7″ – Charisma Records – CB351 – IRL – 1980 – PS, purple label

• Boyfriends / Central Station

7″ – Philips Records – 6000 557 – IRL – 1980 – PS

Camino Organisation:

• Human Voices // Executivity / The Bust Up Of Love

7″ – Reekus Records – RKS 004 – 1982 – PS

DC Nein:

• Nightclub / Things Japanese

7″ – Nienteeneightease Records – DC9-001 – IRL – February 1980 – insert

• The Red Tapes

K7 – Nienteeneightease Records – DCMC 01 – IRL – 1980

10 track cassette

The Mighty Shamrocks:

• Condor Woman / Stand Up In Public

7″ – Strong Records – WR 1 – IRL – October 1981 – PS

New Versions:

• Like Gordon of Khartoum / What You Want

7″ – Mulligan Records – LUNS 744 – IRL – 1981 – PS

Negatives:

• Love Potion No.9 / The Prize

7″ – WEA Records – K18420 – 1980 – PS

Pop Mechanics:

• Soldier Boys / It Feels Like I’m Alone Again

7″ – Polydor Records – 2078 144 – IRL – 1982 – PS

Revolver:

• Silently Screaming / On The Run

7″ – Rockburgh Records – ROCS203 – UK – 1978 – PS

Rhythm Kings:

• Goin’ Steady // Fast Girls / When You’re Dancing

7″ – Scoff Records – DT008 – 1981 – PS

• John Wayne / Want Ad Blues

7″ – Scoff Records – DT013 – 1981 – PS

• Hey Hey Holly / You Broke My Heart

7″ – Scoff Records – DT014 – 1982 – PS

Rob Strong & The Rockets:

• Farewell To Harlem / We Got Tonight

7″ – Strong/Good Vibrations Records – WR2 – 1981 – PS

The Romantiks:

• Said If You Needed Me / Little Queenie

7″ – G.I.Records – GI003 – 1978 – no PS

The Shade:

• 6:05 / Talk To Me

7″ – Juverna Records – JUV-001 – 1981 – no PS?

• Watching You / Touch Sensitive

7″ – EMI Records – IEMI 5093 – 1982 – PS

Strange Movements:

• Dancing In The Ghetto / Amuse Yourself

7″ – Good Vibrations International – GVI GOT-5 – N.IRL – 1980 – poster PS

The Sussed:

• Don’t Swim On The East Coast / I Wanna Conform

7″ – Dead Records – DEAD U2 – 1981 – PS

The Tabs:

• Million Miles / Gotta Get Away

7″ – Vixen Records – FM001 – 1982 – PS

Teen Commandments:

• Private World / Italian Girls

7″ – Auric Records – AU79003 – 1981 – PS

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