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Blah! Blah! Blah!

band logo on what looks suspiciously like a cassette cover

From: Belfast / France

Active: 1982-89

Style: Punk



Blah Blah Blah were Belfast punk rock band heavily influenced by the Clash and the Jam, plus a little Rory Gallagher and Thin Lizzy for good measure. They were mistakenly described in some quarters as a bluesrock outfit; the standout track of their live set ca 1986 was "Blues Hound For You Love" which despite it's title was an alternative punk song. Another source of confusion was the mis-reporting of the band's name in the pages of Hot Press in a report on the Guinness Festival in November 1986 as Blam Blam Blam. This confusion possibly arose from Bam Bam & the Calling being on the festival bill the the following night. In fact they were introduced by Ian Wilson because Terri Hooley was too drunk to do it. Terri had introduced Blah Blah Blah the night before.

The Festival gig was broadcast by the BBC so it must exist in decent quality. The band also recorded a Downtown Radio session earlier the same year in March 1986, but one of the bands two guitarists Topher Loudon got lost on the way to the studio in Newtownards and the session was recorded as a trio. As a result, it is not representative of their sound. One of the tracks "Heavenly View" was on a split release with St.Vitus Dance. This was a flexi single given away with Helden fanzine. John Peel played it and Stuart Bailie compared it to Half Man Half Buiscuit in the NME. The band sent their demo tape to Mother Records but nothing came of it.

The band decided to relocate to France in 1986 except Adrian McCluskey who was training as a nurse and decided not to go. Joby Fox (Energy Orchard) was initially interested in playing bass with the band in France but ultimately relocating was not an option for him. In the end they found a local bass player Francois Conan. The band's career took off in France where they enjoyed considerable success for a number of years until they split onm the last day of 1989.

One or more members of the band possibly ex Serious Mistakes. Dummer Rufus O'Callaghan was ex Sample And Hold. Ian Wilson worked at Good Vibrations for a few years circa 1982-86.


St.Vitus Dance / Blah Blah Blah split flexi
7" flexi - Helden/Good Vibrations/Lyntone - LYN 17627 - 1986
One-sided promotional flexi


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Last update: 31 March 2009.

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