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Aslan

From: Dublin

Active: 1982-88; 1993-

Style: Rock/Hard Rock/Pop

Lineup:

Bio:

Aslan formed in Dublin in 1982 or early 1983. Christy Dignam, Tony McGuinness and Joe Jewell had all been in Meelah XVIII, formed in 1980. Billy McGuinness has been in Blue Movies and Alan Downey in Alien Comfort.

They quickly became popular in Dublin as word about them spread, selling out gigs and attracting A&R attention. They recorded some demos at Windmill Lane in 1983.

After a couple of indie singles, a Janice Long session on BBC1 and the Stag/Hot Press Most Promising New Band award in 1986, Aslan signed to EMI Records in 1987. Their debut LP was a huge success and EMI took up the option for a second LP, but the band fell apart in 1988, beginning with an (acrimonious) split from lead singer Christy Dignam and his very public problems with drugs. They attempted to continue with new vocalist Eamonn Doyle but EMI dropped the band in February 1989 and Aslan split soon after, despite interest from other record companies.

Most of the band continued as Precious Stones, while Christy Dignam pursued a solo career as well as forming a duo with guitarist Conor Goff.

Aslan reformed in 1993 and have released several more records. Check the official website for details.

Joe Jewell had earlier been in Electron, before Meelah XVIII. Tony McGuinness is a cousin of Buzzcock's bassist Steve Garvey.





Discography 1986-89

• This Is / Please Don't Stop
7" - Reekus Records - RKS 0016 - May 1986 - PS

Notes:
Note cover variation. A bizarre photo -- what exactly is Christy (wearing the hat) supposed to be doing?



• This Is / Please Don't Stop // Been So Long
12" - Reekus Records - RKST 0016 - 1986 - PS


• Loving Me Lately / Christmas in Oky
7" - Solid Records - ROK 703 - IRL - 1986 - PS

Notes: "Loving Me Lately" also surfaced on Solid Records "Solid Citizens" cassette sampler in 1988. See Compilations section for full track listing.



• various artists - On The Dotted Line (Here)
LP - EMI Records - EE 3530 - UK - July 1987


• Please Don't Stop (single)
7" - EMI Records - EM27 - 1987 - PS
12" - EMI Records - 12EM27 - 1987 - PS


• Pretty Thing // Run Like The Devil / The Gallery
12" - EMI Records - ASLAN 12 - IRL - 1988 - PS


• Loving Me Lately / 'facts'
7" - EMI Records - 2028337 - Germany - 1987 - PS
One-sided cut-price single. The B-side contains facts about the band.


• Loving Me Lately / Run Like The Devil / The Gallery [12" only]
7" - EMI Records - EM39 - UK - 1988 - PS
7" - Capitol Records - 44190 - USA - 1988 - no PS
12" - EMI Records - 12EM39 - UK - 1987 - PS - 3 tracks
12" - EMI Records - K 060 2923256 - NL - 1987 - PS - 3 tracks


• various artists - The Courier OST
LP - Virgin Records - V2517 - 1988
See Compilations section for full track listing.


• This Is / The Courier (Dangerous Games)
7" - EMI Records - EM48 - UK - 1988
7" - EMI Records - 1c-006-202447 - Germany - 1988 - some with promo insert
7" - Capitol Records - 44241 - USA - 1988 - no PS

• This Is (extended remix) // The Courier (Dangerous Games) / Something's Wrong
12" - EMI Records - 12EM48 - UK - 1988
12" - EMI Records - K 060 2024486 - NL - 1988


• Feel No Shame
LP - EMI Records - EMC3541 - 1988
LP - Capitol Records - 48989 - USA - 1988
Also issued on CD and cassette


• Introducing Aslan
K7 - Capitol Records? - ??? - USA - 1988 - promo only

Notes: Promo only cassette with excerpts from the debut LP plus interview.



• Don't Make Me Cry...Again / This Is (soul mix)
7" - EMI Records - IEM 005 - 1988 - PS
Charity single in aid of People In Need; with new vocalist Eamonn Doyle


• Strange Love / Crazy Blue Eyes
7" - Rainbow Records - RS16 - 1989 - PS
The back cover shows the originally intended catalogue number (IEM 009) suggesting this single was originally slated for release on EMI.


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See Also: Alien Comfort, Christy Dignam, Electron, Conor Goff, Precious Stones



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