A very special thanks to Stephen Avrill for designing the site logo.
This site is dedicated too all those that took part in the explosion of youth culture in the Irish music scene from 1976 – 1981.
The aim of this site is to document the early career of U2, from their first appearance at Mountemple School (Dublin) until the end of their breakthru “Boy” tour in 1981.
I also want to document as many of the other Irish bands from that time period as possible, some of these bands such as The Blades, The Atrix & D.C. Nien were more popular and played to bigger crowds than U2. Too this day the Blades still have a large and very loyal fan base in Ireland, tickets for their Christmas shows sell like hot cakes.
Many of these bands such as Radiators From Space, Boomtown Rats, The Atrix, The Blades, D. C. Nien, The Vipers, Revolver recorded some great tunes, that are lost in the fog of time. I aim to have as many of these tracks as I can uploaded onto the “Demos & Recordings section of this site.
Dublin in 1976 (Ghostown)
Unlike London/Manchester/Liverpool/Birmingham etc in the UK, Dublin was more like the post war 50’s. There was no music industry too speak of, only Thin Lizzy & Horslips had made it out of Ireland and onto the world stage. No music papers such as Melody Maker/Sounds or NME existed. There was no “Pop/Rock” Radio Stations & the Irish Showbands dominated the touring circuit.
Karl Tsigdinos (Hot Press reporter & DJ with Dublin City FM & RTE Gold) “If anyone asked me to describe Dublin in the 1970’s, I would have handed them a copy of Ghostown”.“No Irish band has ever attempted anything as ambitious as Ghostown, and no one ever will. Why should it? It has been done and, like Pet Sounds, it’s a monument forever.”
George Byrne, Sunday Times, 1998
Ghostown is the title of the Radiators From Space’s ground breaking & much acclaimed second album.
This site would not have been possible without the help & support of the following;
Jude Carr, Dave & Robert Moloney, Phil Byrne, Pete Holidai, Stephen Averill, Dick & George Purdy, Johnny Bonnie, Patrick Brocklebank, Peter McClusky, Eddie McGrath, Stacc Coll (RIP), Shay Hiney, Paul Rooney, Ivan McCormick, Bitzy Fitzgerald, Bren Lynott, Tony St Ledger, Tony Pugh, Frank Kearns, Brian Foley, Fergus Murphy, Terry O’Neil, Eugene Conolley, Ray Ellis, Dave Sweeney, Emmett O’Rielly, Frank Kearns, Denis Rusk, Sandra Price, Roy Siggins, Ed Darragh, Larry Murphy, Ross Fitzsimons, Paul Bell, Larry Murphy, Karl Tsigdinos, John Bryne, Stephen Leech, Kitty Kav, Elvera Butler, Cormac Wright, Rory Stokes, Gerry Doyle, Fran Breen, Bert Versey & may many more.
Your Help is needed!
If you can help with any information, demo tapes or memrobillia on these bands please get in touch, using the above form.100