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Pulling Faces

From: IRL

Active: 1980-88?

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Bio:

Pop band with some goth/new romantic influences. They had their moments, especially on the earlier records.

Pulling Faces was formed in 1980 by Ken Kiernan and his wife Ger MacDonald. The rest of the lineup was fluid over the next 6-7 years. They recoreded demos at Keystone Studios between October 1980 and March 1981. They released their debut single in 1982, and signed to WEA Ireland. By mid-1983 they'd recorded over 40 tracks and secured the managerial services of Michael Deeney (Horslips). They had three Top 20 hits in Ireland between 1984-87. Ken Kiernan's online bio claims they also had number one hits "across Europe" in the late 1980s but this must have been in Albania, because I can find no record of them!

Other members of the band included guitarists Conor Goff during 1983-85; Anto Drennan (ex C'est Clave) from 1987 onwards; bass was provided by Pat Courtney (Xerxes, Daddy Cool & The Lollipops, Sacre Bleu, Alleycats, etc); by Doish Nagle (Bogey Boys) in 1983; by Dermot Kerrins in 1984; and by John McKenzie from 1987 onwards; Paul Moran (ex Bogey Boys) was the longtime drummer.

All Pulling Faces artwork was handled by Jim Fitzpatrick. The front cover of "The Animal" is reminiscent of Fitzpatrick's design for the Virgin Prunes debut LP. Ken & Ger provided the music for Fitzpatrick's Erinsaga project in 1989.

Ken Kiernan was a well-known engineer and producer who founded Keystone Studios in Dublin in 1977 with Andrew Boland. His name appears in the credits on recordings by Sting, U2, John Martyn, The Chieftains, Clannad, and Christy Moore as well as a host of smaller local bands. He issued his solo debut LP in 1990, a collection of radio-friendly soft rock, and has since done soundtrack work.

Paul Moran was the drummer for the execrable Riverdance show during 1997-2000 and successfully sued his employers for aggravating his tinnitus in 2008!

Note: the discography is incomplete as I'm missing information about KENK02. Was this in fact "No Wonder My World Is Upside Down"?



Discography

• Keystone Demos
Recorded October 1980 - March 1981
Lineup: Ken Kiernan, Ger MacDonald, Anto Drennan, Pat Courtney, Paul Moran.


• Walk On Glass / Yolande
7" - Pulling Faces Records - KENK 01 - 1982 - PS


• No Wonder My World Is Upside Down! / Why Do You Lie
7" - WEA Records - IR 18999 - 1982 - PS
A-side label carries (p) and (c) 1982 as expected but the B-side label just says "Studios Jan '82"


• Loudest Whisper / Alternative Mix
7" - Revolving Records - REV 002 - 1983


• The Tape Gallery
K7 - 1984
4 track demo, commerically available(?)


• Magazine Girl / Another Fall
7" - Pulling Faces Records - KENK 03 - 1984 - PS
5-week run in the Irish charts beginning 8 April 1984, peaking at #19.


• Beats On The Heart / Shoot The Moon
7" - Pulling Faces Records - KENK 04 - July 1984 - PS


• Don't Listen To Lies / Well! Did You Eveah
7" - Pulling Faces Records - KENK 05 - 1985 - PS


• The Animal
mini-LP - Pulling Faces PF 001 - IRL - 1985) +insert
Plays at 45rpm

Notes:
Six track mini-LP recorded 1982-5. Four of the six tracks had been released on singles. The two exceptions were "The Animal" and "My Friends Are Normal".



• Power / The Animal
7" - WEA Records - PULL 1 - December 1986 - PS
• Power / Loudest Whisper / The Animal
12" - WEA Records - PULL 1/12 - December 1986 - PS
3-week run in the Irish charts beginning 14 December 1986, peaking at #19.


• Rain Don't Last Forever / Filthy Minds
7" - WEA Records - PULL2 - IRL - 1987 - PS
• Rain Don't Last Forever / Filthy Minds / It Don't Stop
12" - WEA Records - PULL2-12 - IRL - 1987)
5-week run in the Irish charts beginning 15 March 1987, peaking at #11.


• Dance of Ghosts
LP - WEA Records - PF2 - IRL - June 1987 - insert

Notes:
With Mel Collins (sax) and Frank Schaeffer (cello, additional keyboards)



• Dance of Ghosts / It Don't Stop
7" - WEA Records - PULL 3 - IRL - August 1987 - PS


• Glad To Me / Walk On Glass
7" - WEA Records - PULL 4 - IRL - November 1987 - PS


Ken Kiernan & Ger MacDonald

• Jim Fitzpatrick's Erin Saga
LP - Round Tower/Ringsend Road - ERLP1 - 1989 +inner
CD - Round Tower/Ringsend Road - ERCD1 - 1989

Notes:

Music composed and arranged by Ken Kiernan & Ger MacDonald. The LP features songs and narration performed by various musicians and vocalists including Pulling Faces members Anto Drennan (guitar) and Paul Moran (drums). Leslie Dowdall of In Tua Nua prodived vocals during the demo stage but Valerie Armstrong appears on the finished version. A contemporary issue of Hot Press included a free centrefold poster of the front cover artwork.



• Erin Saga (edit) / Erin Saga
7" - Ringsend Road - ERS1 - 1989 - PS


• The Last Battle / The Dream Of Nuada
7" - Ringsend Road - ERS2 - 1989 - diecut PS


Ken Kiernan

• Dreamtime
LP - Tara Records? - ??? - 1990


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