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Over 100 people attended the History Ireland discussion yesterday afternoon on ‘Dublin Punk & New Wave’ in the late 1970s as part of the Phibsboro Community Arts Festival (Phizzfest). The final line up was Pete Holidai (The Radiators From Space), Eamon Delaney (Ex. Punk & current Indo columnist), Billy McGrath (UCD Ents 1976/77 & manager of The Atrix), Dave Donnelly (Ex. Black Catholics) and Cllr. Cieran Perry (Ex. Punk).

The response was overwhelmingly positive with the only complaints focused on the lack of female participation in the panel and no chance for a questions and answers session. Hopefully, this will be the start of a number of public discussions on different aspects of Dublin youth/music culture e.g. Skinhead, Rockabilly, Mod/Soul and Dance/Rave.

Here’s my playlist from yesterday. Would you have chosen differently? Left out any particular song? Added in something else?

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

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

3. The Vipers – I’ve Got You (1978)

4. The Vipers – No Such Thing (1978)


5. The Boomtown Rats – Rap Trap (1978)

6. U2 – Stories For Boys (1979)

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A classic Dublin new wave single from a band called Spies (1978 – 80) from Howth.

Joey Barry, the lead singer, was later in the Thee Amazing Colossal Men. The guitarist, Gerry Leonard, later went on to become David Bowie’s musical director and lead guitar player.

I’ve recently uploaded the A side ‘Thinking About The Sun’ from their first and only single.

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(A few days ago, my Dad passed down his collection of 7inch 45 singles to me. The hoard, which comprises of least 1,500 pieces, is made up of his and his two brother’s accumulations. To say the least, the collection is absolutely amazing. Myself and DFallon spent two hours going through it on Sunday and found an eclectic mix of early 1960s American rock n roll, British invasion, Motown/Stax/Atlantic soul and Irish punk.)

Included in the stacks of records was a pristine copy of The Blades’ Revelations (Of Heartbreak), their 4th single. While I was taking out the 7 inch to see if it was scratched, out popped an old A4 press release that had been nestled comfortably in the record sleeve (probably untouched since 1982) with an added hand written note (my dad’s scrawl) advertising their next gig.

The Blades Press Release. Decemember 1982.

The A side, Revelations (Of Heartbreak), is a power pop, soul influenced dance classic. It was the first single that The Blades recorded with the Blue Brass (Frank Duff and Paul Grimes), “a couple of renegade musicians from The Artane Boys Band”. The song was produced by Bazza at Windmill Lane Studios.

The Blades in action.

The B side, Rules Of Love, is a slowed down pop ballad loaded with brass vitality. The song was mixed by Kevin Moloney in Windmill Lane Studios.

Note: You can buy The Blades boxset here.

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