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From: Dublin

Active: 1979?-86

Style: Pub Rock



The Alsatians were formed in the late 1979 by Paul Hickey, who'd previously led a jazz rock band called Chessnut. They are usually described as pub rock in the style of Dr.Feelgood or the Count Bishops with a horn section.

The band was a successful touring act in Ireland for several years and scored a radio hit with "5 Honours & A 175", their best known song, which they performed on Non-Stop Pop on RTE1. (A 175 is a motorbike). They supported Showaddywaddy (gulp!) on their 1982 Irish tour. An LP was announced by Libra Records but it never came out.

Paul Hickey later fronted the more folk/trad oriented Keep the Faith as well as a country rock band called The Critters. He has also released two solo albums. See Paul's website for more details of Paul's solo career.

Note this Alsatians is not the UK powerpop band who released the "Teen Romance" single.


• 5 Honours & A 175 / Denise Denise
7" - Libra Records - LHS002 - IRL - June 1982 - PS

• I Wanna Be Your Man / Money Back
7" - Libra Records - LHS003 - IRL - 1982

• I'll Never Forget It (AKA Two Sucks) / Suicide
7" - Scoff Records - DT028 - IRL - 16 September 1983 - PS

• various artists - Stock 'N Trade
LP - Scoff Records - DTLP30 - 1983
See Compilations section for full track listing.


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External Links: Paul's website

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