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Niall Stokes is 40
Hearty congratulations to Hotpress and all who sail in her, is a serious achievement to get to 40. Has been a while since I bought an issue but will pick one up in celebration, I remember discovering the magazine in college and being mostly relieved to find that it was possible to read Stokes, McCann and Whole Hog pieces about politics that were well written and that addressed issues that it seemed should be front page news in a sane world. That, and Aidan from Cork. The website and this messageboard are in the same vein in that you don't notice them sometimes, but you know that they're there, and assume they always will be there. Unlike Aidan from Cork. Anyway, well done, and thanks, and more power to yir elbows.
-- tom_blanch 
09/06/17 at 15:42 
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 From : skennedy Posted : 14/06/17 at 11:54
A great song, Mr. T. Thank you.

Had a look for Sack on that list. They're not there either!

Saville are though. Not all bad.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 14/06/17 at 13:55
Ah yes, The Atrix are there.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 14/06/17 at 20:21
Norn Iron early 80s band Big Self are missing too.
 From : skennedy Posted : 15/06/17 at 11:05
True. Also Reekus. Elvera and Andy (and Jim) did a lot of good things for Irish music. They deserve more credit.
 From : snapshot Posted : 15/06/17 at 19:54
I can't believe The Hitchers aren't on that website.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 15/06/17 at 20:01
Some Kind of Wonderful are not listed either.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 15/06/17 at 21:12
Zebra an Irish reggae band not in it either.
 From : skennedy Posted : 16/06/17 at 09:50
I guess no list is complete... but my list of Irish bands from the early 90s isn't too bad :-)

Whipping Boy
Engine Alley
The Frames
Something Happens
The Stunning
The Prayer Boat
The Sultans of Ping FC
The Frank and Walters
The Divine Comedy
The Fat Lady Sings
An Emotional Fish
Toasted Heretic
The Cranberries
The Forget Me Nots
That Petrol Emotion
The Saw Doctors
Into Paradise
Stars of Heaven
The Golden Horde
The Pale
The Harvest Ministers
The Brilliant Trees
Rollerskate Skinny
The High Llamas
The Revenants

I forgot The 4 Of Us...

And when did The Plague Monkeys start? They might qualify too.

And welcome back Snapshot. Hope you're doing OK.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 18/06/17 at 14:59
Today is the anniversary of Finbarr Donnelly's death by misadventure, drowned in London's Serpentine Lake, at the age of 27 in 1989.
 From : skennedy Posted : 19/06/17 at 15:24
Cyber, are you based in Cork? Did you go to the Arcadia gigs?
 From : tornaxx Posted : 19/06/17 at 18:11
He's a Kilkenny Cat. Ballyragget.
 From : skennedy Posted : 20/06/17 at 11:08
Surprised he didn't mention Kerbdog. Another (Kilkenny) band from the early 90s which I forgot to list.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 24/06/17 at 22:17
Close enough, tornaxx! Kerbdog's heyday was more late '80s when I lived in Prestwich, Manchester. I returned in '96.
 From : skennedy Posted : 25/06/17 at 13:11
Cyber, according to Wikipedia, they didn’t form until 1991.

(Although, in fairness, you may be suggesting that the members of Kerbdog had their heyday before they were in the band.)
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 26/06/17 at 00:57
Yes, ok, that's probably right though not everything on wikipedia is. I was out of the country at the time, like I said. Besides, the early '80s list was mine and yours was the early '90s, so Kerbdog would not have been on my liat anyway.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 18/07/17 at 01:03
Sorry for my grumpy old man episode there, lads, but I just want to add Andy White to my early '80s list of Irish acts there. 'Bout ye, Andy? Had a tape of his first album once upon a time in Manchester. It must have been in that car I had that was stolen from my front drive and never heard of again and a nice Ford Sierra Sapphire it was too, company car so no loss to me personally except for the contents. Bastards!!
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 18/07/17 at 01:19
Some Andy White
 From : skennedy Posted : 19/07/17 at 12:35
And Pierce Turner might fit into that early 80s category too. (I don't know much of his stuff though.)
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 20/07/17 at 18:13
Yes, but I wasn't aware of his music back then for some reason.
 From : cyberbuli Posted : 21/07/17 at 12:55
Maybe because he was (and maybe stil is?)based in New York and little heard back here.

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