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Scum Of The Earth

From: Galway

Active: ca 1979-80

Style: Rock/Punk/New Wave



Scum Of The Earth were a short-lived Galway band active circa 1979/80 who played punk and new wave cover versions in and around the university (UCG). Their live set included covers of "Sex n Drugs n Rock n Roll" (Ian Dury), "Holidays In The Sun" (Sex Pistols), "She Does It Right" (Dr Feelgood), "Is She Really Going Out With Him" (Joe Jackson) as well as Hendrix ("Little Wing") and Status Quo's "In My Chair". Their last gig was notable for being the first ever gig for renowned Galway band The Fuze.

Rob Coen had played in an earlier outfit with Fuze drummer Mike Arrigan called The MS Band. This earlier band played all original material and included Brian Doody in the lineup. Rob and Brian subsequently formed Statesboro, a blues rock band that operated for several years throughout the 90s.

Currently Rob plays in The Blaggards with Tony Murphy (vocals/guitar) and Colin Holmes (drums) - both ex 70s Dublin punk/new wave band The Thorns - and Donncha O'Donoghue (bass/vocals) with a regular gig in Matthew's Rock Bar, Skerries. The Blaggards' previous incarnation - Phineas Gage - featured Leo Howley on bass, ex-Both Ends Burning, another notable Dublin band who recorded a split single with Bree Harris in 1990. Brian Doody currently plays in the Triogue Delta Blues Band.


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