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Cactus World News

From: Dublin

Active: 1984-90

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Bombastic U2 soundalikes formed in 1984 by Frank Kearns (ex Blue Russia) and Eoin McEvoy (ex Jump Iceland). Cactus World News were one of a number of mid-80s bands who favoured a big, overblown sound which instead of sounding passionate came across as so much hot air. Released their debut single on Mother Records before signing to MCA. They failed to break in America and were dropped before the second LP could be released. McEvoy & Kearns split acrimoniously from MacAndris & Sheehy and continued as a duo, eventually releasing the final single in 1990.

Wayne Sheehy (ex
Banditz, Driveshaft, 1990) and Feargal Andrews played with in a brief line lineup of The Fountainhead which came about due to Wayne's involvement with Hinterland, i.e both bands were managed by Ciaran Owens at the time. Frank Kearns now runs his own studio and records as Francis Xavier. Feargal Andrews became a website designer.

A reformed CWN (without Eoin McEvoy) will play the Celtic Rock Festival at the INEC in Killarney on Saturday 30 July 2011.



Discography

• The Bridge // The Other Extreme / Frontiers
7" - Mother Records - MUM2 - November 1985 - PS
12" - Mother Records - 12MUM2 - November 1985 - PS
12" - Mother Records - 12MUM2 - 1985 - no PS/Island logo on label


• The Bridge / The Other Extreme
7" - Island Records - 884 463 - France 1985 - PS


• Years Later
7" - MCA Records - MCA 1024 - UK - January 1986 - one-sided, promo cover
One sided single with folder A3 sheet of xeroxed press cuttings

• Years Later / Hurry Back / Third One Live (Pilots of Beka)
7" - MCA Records - 258 769-7 - Germany - January 1986
12" - MCA Records - MCAT 1024 - UK - January 1986


• Years Later Special Edition EP
12" - MCA Records - MCAX 1024 - UK - 1986 - promo only


• Years Later / Worlds Apart
7" - MCA Records - P-2119 - Japan 1986 - PS - promo only


• various artists - Melody Maker Vinyl Conflict EP
7" - Melody Maker - ??? - UK - February 1986 - PS
track: Skin & Dust


• Urban Beaches
LP/CD - MCA Records - MCG 6005 - UK - 1986 - inner
LP - MCA Records - MCA 5747 - USA - 1986 - different PS, inner
LP - Warner Records - P-13324 - 1986? - Japan - obi +insert
CD - 'MCA' pirate/bootleg - MCA-83213 - USA - 1997 - bootleg with 6 bonus tracks
CD - Red Coral Music - RCR 12 2001-01 - UK - 2001 - remaster with altered cover and bonus tracks
The 1997 "Special Collectors Edition" is a bootleg CD manufactured to meet demand in the market. The original CD was long OOP.

• Worlds Apart / Cashen Bay Strand
7" - MCA Records - MCA 1040 - UK - 1986 - PS
7" - MCA Records - 258 692-7 - Germany - 1986 - PS
12" - MCA Records - MCAT 1040 - UK - 1986 - PS

12inch with extended versions of both tracks



• The Bridge (re-recorded version) / Tables Overturn
7" - MCA Records - MCA 1080 - UK - 1986 - promo insert
7"+K7 - MCA Records - MCA WN1080 - UK - 1986 - with free cassette
• The Bridge (extended) / Tables Overturn / Go Dti Na Tra
12" - MCA Records - MCAT 1080 - UK - 1986
• The Bridge / The Bridge (live at Self Aid)
12" - MCA Records ??? - USA - 1986 - promo


• Live - Spin Magazine Concert Series
LP - MCA Records - L33-17202 - USA - 1986 - promo
Promo only live album recorded at the Whiskey, Los Angeles on 20 August 1986


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


• Rebound / Reconcile
7" - MCA Records - MCA 1340 - UK - 1989 - PS
• Rebound / Reconcile // Break On Through (live) / City Of Angels
12" - MCA Records - MCAT 1340 - UK - 1989 - PS
• Rebound / Reconcile / Break On Through (live)
CDS - MCA Records - DMCAT 1340 - UK - 1989 - PS


• Town Like This / Volcano
7" - MCA Records - MCA 1364 - UK - 1989 - PS
7" - MCA Records - 257 382-7 - D - 1989 - PS
• Town Like This / Volcano // State of Emergency (live)
12" - MCA Records - MCAT 1364 - UK - 1989 - PS
CDS - MCA Records - DMCAT 1364 - UK - 1989 - PS


• No Shelter
LP - MCA Records - ??? - 1989 - cancelled

Notes: unreleased second album



• Don't Let Me Down / Funny
7" - Rainbow Records - CWN1 - 1990 - stickered black bag
• Don't Let Me Down / Funny / Furious Love (live)
K7 - Rainbow Records - CWN1 - 1990 - promo?

The cassette version was probably promo only, issued for radio play. The 7-inch version which definitely exists is not listed on the official band website.



• No Shelter
CD - Red Coral Records - RCR 03 2004 02 - IRL - 2004
tracks:
Window To Your World
Taste Of Mercury
Rebound
On The Run
Say Goodbye
Town Like This
Falling Sun
Sleep All Day
Volcano
Furious Love
Everytime
Memory Harbour
City Of Angels
Reconcile
Window To Your World (Demo Version)

• Found
CD - Red Coral Music - RCR 04 2015 20 - IRL - 2015
Forthcoming compilation of rare and previously unreleased tracks financed through pledges.
Help!

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Last update: 9 January 2009.


See Also: Blue Russia, Jump Iceland

External Links:
Official CWN Website



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