- 07 May 21
The band that inadvertently spawned The Cranberries were John Peel favourites, a baton he passed on to Steve Lamacq
First today we brought you the news that Toasted Heretic are rereleasing Another Day, Another Riot this month, now word reaches us from Limerick that The Hitchers have launched a Fund:It campaign for the 25th anniversary edition of their Peel favourite debut album, It’s All Fun & Games Til Someone Loses An Eye.
Originally only available on CD, they’re eyeing up some highly collectible vinyl this time.
Its numerous standout moments include ‘Strachan’, a footballing anthem par excellence, which resulted in the titular Leeds United legend, Gordon Strachan, ringing up its author, Niall Quinn, to say “thank you.”
In 2019, it was chosen by Steve Lamacq to close out the Lost Alternatives album he was curating and which also featured the likes of Suede, Snuff, Sleeper, Suede, Teenage Fanclub and Compulsion.
Lest we forget, Niall Quinn went off piste in the late ‘80s to form The Cranberry Saw Us with young Fergal Lawlor and the brothers Hogan. We’ve absolutely no idea what happened to them after he returned to full-time Hitchers duties but it’s an interesting footnote.
If you’d like to help out – and, sure, you’d be mad not to – head to https://fundit.ie/project/fun--games-25th-anniversary-re-issue