It is the nature of sites like this to be constantly in need of updating. So many errors and omissions, so little time to correct them. I always need new or better quality photographs and cover scans, that goes without saying, but I could also use your help with the following areas. Click each section for more details.
Fanzines are invaluable sources of information for a project like this and I badly need copies of the issues listed below.
Photocopies or scans
(300 dpi please) are perfectly acceptable. Besides what's listed here, I can always use copies of
Scene (1975-76), Hot Press (1977-82), In Dublin (especially early 1980s issues),
Spotlight / Starlight (mainly for photographs) and
any other Irish music related publication.
Please note that I do not collect vintage magazines as such and these things have no
value to me once I've read them, i.e. I'm not interested in paying £10 for an original issue of
Alternative Ulster, but thanks for the offer! As long as its readable and the images are clear,
I'm quite happy with a xerox.
Examples of what I'm looking for:
|All Systems Go||any issue|
|Almost Grown||any issue|
|Almost Art||any issue|
|Black & White||any issue|
|Devoid Media||2, 3, ..|
|Europe At A Glance||any issue|
|Heat||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Vol.2 Nr.1|
|Hot Press||any pre-1981 issue|
|Hot Press Year Book||1986, 1989|
|Insane Society||any issue|
|It's Your World||any issue|
|Mental Energy||any issue|
|Moonstruck||1, 3, 5..|
|Neu Carnage||any issue|
|9 To 5||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Orange Vomit||any issue|
|Positive Reaction||any issue|
|Private World||any issue|
|Raw Power||1, 2|
|Shock Treatment||any issue|
|Something Else||any issue|
|Sweet Sensations||2, 3, ..|
|Too Late||any issue|
|To Pence Worth||any issue|
|Up Against It||1, 3, ..|
|Up Yours!||any issue|
|Vox||1, 9, 12, 13|
|Whose Life Is It Anyway||1, 2, 3, 4 (1986), 5 (1987)|
|Wimp Wonder Comic||any issue|
Just because a record appears on this site doesn't mean I own a copy -- or have even heard it -- far from it! I need many of the releases listed on this site for my own collection. If you released a record or tape and still have copies lying about in the back of the wardrobe/attic/cowshed, or if you simply have spare copies of anything and you're willing to part with them, then please dig them out and send them to the contact address. When I die, I'll leave them all to the State! If you're collecting Irish records yourself, you may need to be tempted by my trade list.back to top
I'm keen to talk to anyone who worked for an Irish record label or distributor during the 1960s, 1970s
or 1980s. The same goes for the two main pressing plants located in Ireland, which finally closed their
doors in 1991. There is much confusion and a serious lack of information about these labels these days.
As far as I know, there was no trade periodical for the Irish recording industry, so we have to make do
with overviews in Hot Press (especially Yearbooks) and similar publications. This is why first hand
accounts would be so useful.
We are slowly building up discographies for the main Irish labels, listed on the Labels page, and I'm curious to know more about these labels, such as who who was behind them, how long they lasted, etc.
Many bands who never released any vinyl did manage at least one radio session,
RTE or the BBC, and
I need to add details of these sessions to this site. Collating this information is my primary concern. Of
course, I would also like to actually hear these sessions...
At present there is no official Fanning session archive but a twilight operation is now underway here, which is in the process of documenting the sessions with your help and facilitates sharing of your Fanning tapes with everyone else. It's probably best to use an untraceable alias in case any legal interns at RTE decide to impress their mentor. If you are Ian Wilson, then please email me again.
I recorded many Fanning sessions off the radio and I know I wasn't the only person to do so. I lost all my tapes when I moved house many years ago. Help me heal this painful memory by sending me copies of whatever you have, either on tape or CD-R. If I ever win the lottery, I'll set up a record company and license the sessions from RTE, just like Strange Fruit did with the BBC Peel Sessions.