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The Strong Are Lonely

From: Banagher, Offaly

Active: early 80s




Early 80s band from Offaly influenced by Prefab Sprout, Scritti Politti, Eno and Kraftwerk among others. They performed all original material, a mix of vocal numbers and moody instrumentals. They shared the bill in the Silver Swan Hotel with Those Nervous Animals as part of the Sligo Arts Festival of 1982. A number of alliances came from that occasion, mixing with local Sligo musicians.

The Strong Are Lonely recorded a three track demo which received great reviews and resulted in U2's manager Paul McGuinness inviting them to visit him in his office in Dublin. He told the band that he loved their demo and wanted them to be the next single on Mother Records. He even went into RTE the following week to watch the band record their session for Dave Fanning's Rock Show. However, Mother Records was run by ex Boomtown Rats manager Fachtna O'Kelly at that time, and he gave the band the thumbs down when he heard the demo. As a result, nothing ever came of the association with Mother Records (not the first band to to tell this tale).

Finn Corrigan, Ciaran 'Cue' Egan and Tom Jamieson were later reunited in Clark's Gable in the late 80s/early 90s.

Finn Corrigan was in one of the later lineups of Auto Da Fe and was later in Sid & The Stonecrushers (1986-87) and The Boy The Boy (1988-91) before joining Clark's Gable. He then became sound engineer for Dervish before his untimely death. Tom Jamieson and Ronan 'Zoot' McDermott were later in mid-80s Sligo funk outfit The Last Picture Show. Jamieson also played later with Those Nervous Animals and Auto Da Fe. Daragh Connolly played keyboards with Those Nervous Animals during 1986-87 and again in the 1990s.


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See Also: Absolute Zero, The Boy The Boy

Thanks to Padraig Meehan

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