Fabulous Fabrics
Dublin 1977 - 1980's
Line Up;
Gerry Oilver Vocals
Paul Rooney Rhythm Guitar
Sean Carroll Guitar
Mick Nolan Bass
Bernie Creegan Drums

Badge image supplied by Paul Rooney
The Fabulous Fabrics & The Sinners were signed to Heat Records, a label set up by Heat fanzine co editors Pete Price & Jude Carr. No singles were released, this may have due to the trouble that Heat fanzine got into after publishing an article about U2's manager Paul McGuinness.

Paul Rooney The Fabrics had the wonderful names of Terry Leane, the Onn brothers Niall and Ray. We were beginning to struggle then so, in homage to the Damned we had General Drapery and really struggling Billy Cotton.
We, The Fabrics, never got on with U2 and spent most of our time heckling them at gigs. I saw their first gig in Sutton when they morphed half way through from The Hype to U2. All I really remember is they did a Thin Lizzy cover and a Bruce number as well. If only I had a camera at the time!!!!
It was a very cliquey scene back then and most bands didn't like each other. U2 were thought to have money, (Paul McGuinness) behind them and were universally disliked because of this, despite what other people may say now. Mick, our bass player, got in to a row with Bono in McGonagles, threw him down the stairs, where a certain member of a well known Irish Beat Combo kicked him on the way down !!!! 
Fun at the times but who got the last laugh!!!!

Picture (right) supplied by Paul Rooney The Fabrics with Jude Carr, in their practise room at Bernies house.

Gig Guide;
17/09/1977 Moran's Hotel, Dublin with Radiators from Space, Revolver, The Vipers

09/11/1977 Project Arts Centre, Dublin with Kamikaze Kids, Revolver Hot Press review by Liam Mackey The second night of the Project punk mini festival attracted a smaller crowd - just topping the 100 mark - to bear witness to the unlikely combination of the Fabulous Fabrics, the Kami Kaze Kids and bill toppers Revolver.
I missed the Fabric's set unfortunately, arriving just in time to hesr the final strains of their personal anthem "Spiderman". The darlings of the Irish punk elite, their patented brand odf subliminal Albertos like zaniness was the mainstay of their stage act the last time I'd caught them in Moran's. Whether they've changed and possibly struck out for a modicum of New Wave credibility I couldn't ascertain but enough people were smiling and cheering for more to indicate that they still retain much of their humorous but calculated naivete.
The Kami Kaze Kids were something else again. A new purposely raw three piece, the Kids are the epitome of the garage to punk to overnight stage band shortcut. Musically accomplished they are not, neither have they any discernible direction other than to assault the senses and inspire immediate worship or disgust. I was inclined to the more psychotic reaction; I liked 'em.
The cut throat primitivism, the twanging one chord (occasionally two or even three, it must be admitted) riff hammered home in stucco terrace handclap fashion, the typically inaudible vocal howl. all indicate that, like the Fabrics, they have carefully noted the fifteen-minutes-of-fame-for-losers-copping-the-right-pose punk axiom and are exploiting it to the full. Ask yourself a year ago, could a band like this have played the Project?
On the other hand, there remains the remote possibility that the Kids are serious, in which case I'll have to kiss sanity goodnight.
The inevitable equipment changeover hiatus provided ample opportunity to size up the gathering. he sharp contrast present by the dog-collard, chain-adorned guy with "Revolver Maaan" scrawled across a customised P.V.C. ersatz top next to the anonymous, blue jeaned, long haired rocker crystallizes the dual appeal of Revolver. A healthy state of affairs in one way, but simultaneously not the kind of band projection which fills large auditoriums. Their dilemma is such that being continually pigeon holed as "punk band" pure and simple, it's effectively alienating a great many who would otherwise be queueing to get in. because, believe it, Revolver are worth waiting for.
On a night when the intimidating R.T.E. cameras again caught up with them, when the sound quality was anything but perfect, and when a nervous guitarist was making his debut, Revolver still turned in a set which, while it was far from flawless, would put a myriad of name bands in the shade.
Their real worth lies in exceptionally high standard of the material. "Resign", "Bombscare Thoroughfare", "Man and Strife" and the intended single "You Won't Know What Hit You", are all originals which clearly demonstrate their compositional ability to synthesize the melody, economics and instantaneous appeal of classic pop with the unchained power of New Wave rock at it's most belligerent. When they gell, this band are simply a treat.
At the same time, it would be ridiculous to claim that it was the prefect gig. Neophyte Colm Lavelle although a competent rhythm guitarist wasn't overly successful in handling the lead slices - a situation the band will have rectified by the time you read this - as they intend employing a second lead guitarist.
Com's deceptively languid strumming style and general lethargy of movement on stage was a little disconcerting, particularly because Kev Kolt and Philip Baretta were hyper energetic in their attempts to move the crowd. Even so, he still contributed as much to the bands sound as Johnny Symbols precision power drumming and the ever-improving bass work of Kev Kolt.
Outfront vocalist Philp Baretta, resplendent in his prison grab and satin jacket was greatly constricted by the minute stage space, but still managed to exude enough Brilleaux-like quivering tension to make him the obvious focal point.
"All Day And All Of The Night", "Trash" and an edited "Tax Man" all deserved more than the static reaction of the majority of the people in the house. Put it down, not to obstinacy or disinterest, but to the ever present punk/non punk psychological conflict.
The pogo reigned supreme with the result that anyone who wanted to boogie, shuffle, stand on his head, jive or generally do his own thing was put off by the seeming unfashionability of it all. In the end I took to tamer areas right of stage and enjoyed it all the more but really we should be able to overcome our inhibitions.
Revolver are a band who would have captured a huge audience two years ago. Spirited, accomplished and adventurous rock 'n' roll songs are rare commodity. Revlover have them in abundance and they're on your doorstep now.
Give 'em a break and go along. They can only get better and when they come of age, guess what? Yeah, you won't know what hit ya!

Winter Wonderland. Picture supplied by Paul Rooney

00/06/1978 Phibsboro State Cinema lunchtime with Keith Chegwin

07/07/1978 Finglass, Open Air concert with The Sinners & Rocky DeValera & The Gravediggers

16/12/1978 Assembly Hall, Navan Road Dublin this was reported in Hot Press as their final gig

03/02/1979 Downtown Kampus, Cork with Sacre Bleu

07/02/1979 Regional Technical College, Waterford (lunch time) with Sacre Bleu

07/02/1979 Showboat, Waterford with Sacre Bleu

08/02/1979 University College, Dublin with Sacre Bleu

14/02/1979 McGonagle's, Dublin with Sacre Bleu (see the newspaper cuttings page for a review of this gig)
15/02/1979 The Pond, Belfast with Sacre Bleu
16/02/1979 College Of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin with Sacre Bleu
17/02/1979 Clonmel with Sacre Bleu
19/02/1979 Regional Technical College, Sligo with Sacre Bleu
11/04/1979 Parliment Inn, Dublin with The Romanics, The Blackouts


28/06/1979 Wexford with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

29/06/1979 Youth Club, Monaghan with The Strougers & The Sinners. Pete McCluskey the Strougers stepped in for the Boy Scoutz for the Monaghan gig..the catholic youth hall...we went across to a pub before the gig - time to kill before the punters came..there was a local cabaret/pub band playing covers - 16 year old guitar player with them lashing out riffs all over the place...he was humongous...we felt pretty inadequate with our 3 little chords compared to him...howandever...punk/new wave was the thing then and we had it in spades....we played a great gig across the road....the fabs and the sinners rose the roof also.........we were also forced by the crowd, at the end of the gig, to sing the national anthem.....they were chanting and wouldn't leave until we did. me and i don't know who else went back out on stage and for a moment - because we were politically and stupidly naive - we weren't quite sure which national anthem to play. we took a punt on the irish national anthem - luckily enough!!!!!! Bitzy Fitz I went out with ya and sang it you played it on one string. They also smashed the windows of the van.

Picture (right) Supplied by Paul Rooney, fellow Navan Road band the Jags are on the left.

30/06/1979 Navan Road with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners Hot Press review by Bill Graham Four hours and two pubs later, the Fabrics play for their parishioners on the Navan Road. Innocent at first sighting but hardly guileless, the Fabrics are perfecting a brand of pop music that is unlike any of the teen formulae currently on London offer.
They aren't mods but they're a damn sight closer to original mod attitudes in their refreshing originality and determination to fashion their own sound. Between Buddy Holly and Beserkerly, the Fabrics refuse to be serious, rebellious or committed to any thing but the best of times. Which I had.
In reparation, I had to go to Dalymount the next day.

02/07/1979 Abbey Inn, Tralee with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

05/07/1979 Hibernian Hotel, Mallow with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

06/07/1979 Abbey Inn, Tralee with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

09/07/1979 Village Inn, Killkenny with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

11/07/1979 El Ruedo, Carlow with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

15/07/1979 Dandelion Market with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

16/07/1979 Blue Lagoon, Sligo with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners (See the newspaper cuttings page for the review of this gig).

20/07/1979 Community Centre, Kiltimagh with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners

25/07/1979 National Ballroom, Dublin with Defenders & Rocky DeValera & The Gravediggers. This was a benefit gig for "Heat Fanzine" to help raise money for their legal costs. The Defenders were an all star band put together for the sole purpose of helping "Heat". Their line up included; Billy Morley (Revolver), Gary Eglington, Frankie Morgan (Sacre Bleu), Steve Rapid & Mark Megaray (Radiators From Space), Charles O'Conner, John Fean & Eamon Carr (Horslips). The Defender also released a record.

12/08/1979 McGonagle's, Dublin with Boy Scoutz & The Sinners
After the Dream dates tour The Sinners & Boy Scoutz split up, Mick left the Fabrics to form a new band the New Heroes, with Tony & Bernie from The Sinners & Carol from the Boy Scoutz.

Paul Rooney In answer to your Boy Scoutz/Sinners question, there was, obviously, some secret talks going on behind the scene of the Dream Dates tour. Jude poached Bernie and Tony from the Sinners, Carol from the Boy Scoutz and Mick from the The Fabrics to form The New Heroes. We did n't know anything of it until Mick left!!!!! They played a few gigs in Ireland, then upped and left to make their fortune in London. Never played over there, something to do with Carol and a new guitar we heard. Mick, Tony and Bernie came back after about 6 months and formed Ghostdance with me.

Ticket image supplied by Shay Hiney.

I think this gig took place in December 1979.

After Mick

The Fabrics continued to play live after Mick left, they had a 3 month (Jan '80 - March '80) Saturday residency at Toners in Dublin. I don't know if they played any other dates. 
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