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Blue in Heaven

From: Churchtown, Dublin

Active: 1982 - January 1989

Style: Rock

Lineup:

Bio:

Well known Dublin rock band who seemed to play support to every visiting indie band at SFX during 1983-85. Shane O'Neill, Declan Jones and David Clarke had earlier been in a band called Amuse with Dave Long of Backwards Into Paradise in 1981. O'Neill and Clarke had also been in The Cretins with Rory Stokes of The Sussed. They were one of the first bands to play a Saturday afternoon half hour gig in Base X Records on Batchelor's Walk in Dublin in 1982.

There are undoubtedly many demo recordings but I have little information about them. Their early set ca 1983 included the track "Don't Forget". Another early track "Part Affair" was included in Dave Fanning's year roundup show circa christmas 1983. Another unreleased demo only track is "The Lights Go Out" (1983).

See the Trouser Press Guide for a discussion of Blue In Heaven's career.



Blue In Heaven split in January 1989 during recordings for a projected album that included a brass section. None of these recordings have surfaced. The rhythm section turned down an offer to join Cactus World News and toured with Hank Halfhead instead. The band regrouped and continued through the 1990s as the Blue Angels



See also the Videos page.



Discography

• Julie Cries / The Message
7" - Island Records - IS 192 - UK - 1984 - PS
7" - Island Records - K-9521 - Australia - 1984 - no PS
• Julie Cries // The Message / In Your Eyes
12" - Island Records - 12 IS 192 - UK - 1984
"In Your Eyes" produced by Martin Hannett


• Across My Heart / A Whiter Day
7" - Island Records - IS 199 - UK - 1984 - PS
• Across My Heart // A Whiter Day / Across My Heart
12" - Island Records - 12 IS 199 - UK - 1984
"Across My Heart" [B2] produced by Martin Hannett


• All The God's Men
LP - Island Records - BIH 1 - UK - 1985
LP - Island Records - 90285 - USA - 1985
LP - Island/Polystar - R25D-2007 - Japan - 1985 - insert-obi
LP - Island Records - 10.201000.44 - Spain/Portugal - 1985 - inner sleeve


• Explicit Material
LP - Island Records - ILPS 9838 - UK - 1986
LP - Island Records - 90511 - USA - 1986
LP - Island Records - ISL 1087 - Canada - 1986
LP - Island Records - 207 768 - Germany - 1986
LP - Island Records - R28D-2030 - Japan 1986 - insert-obi

Notes:
The cassette edition has a bonus track.



• I Just Wanna / Beating In My Head
7" - Island Records - IS 278 - UK - 1986 - PS? DJ promos exist
12" - Island Records - 12 IS 278 - UK - 1986
12" - Island Records - 96824 - USA - 1986
12" - Island Records - IS 1091 - Canada - 1986


• Rock'n'Roll RIP EP
12" - Solid Records - ROCK1 - IRL - 13 November 1987


• various artists - Solid Citizens
K7 - Solid Records - ROCC 1 - 1988
See Compilations section for full track listing.


• various artists - Live for Ireland
2xLP - MCA Records - MCGD 6027 - IRL - 1988
See Compilations section for full track listing.

Notes:
Blue in Heaven performed a short but memorable set at Live Aid, consisting of the following three tracks "Red Dress", "Tell Me" and "Be Your Man". All three were broadcast by RTE.



• Rarities
CDR - bootleg - BIH CD 001 - 2004?

Notes:
As none of Blue In Heaven's original releases were ever released on CD, they are ripe for bootleggers. This Rarities CD is often offered on ebay. It collects almost everything not on the two albums: all non-LP singles, almost all compilaton appearances, and the hard to find Rock'N'Roll EP. At least two different editions of this bootleg exist.

Sources:
Tracks 1, 3 and 4 are from the first single.
Tracks 5 and 13 from the second single.
Tracks 6 is from the third single.
Tracks 2,7,8,9,12 are the Rock'n'Roll RIP EP.
Tracks 10 and 11 are from the Solid Citizens cassette.




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Last update: 9 September 2010.



See Also: Amuse, Blue Angels, The Cretins



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