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Big Noise / Intoxicating Rhythm Section

From: IRL

Active: 1987-89 approx

Style: Indie Pop / Soul



Late 1980s indie pop band with Derek Herbert (ex Les Enfants), Pat Dunne (ex Pop Mecanics) and Greg Boland (ex Suppy Demand & Curve, Stagalee). Dave Bell had previously been with Passion Machine and The Epidemix.

All songs composed by Derek Herbert, Patrick Donne and Colin Boland. They attempted to combine the strengths of the main participants previous bands but they fall somewhat short (I say this based on having heard the first two singles only). The music is Pop / Soul / Funk with a hard edge and female backing singers.

They were originally known as the Intoxicating Rhythm Section and gigged in Dublin under that name. The name change to Big Noise happened circa March/April 1986. First demo recorded in 1987 included the unreleased track "Crime". They self-released at least three, possibly four singles. The fourth is missing from this discography, so please get in touch if you know the details. The catalogue numbering becomes confused in the middle which doesn't help matters. Note there is no error in the catalogue numbers; there are two releases with #3.

Other tracks recorded by the band which did not make it to vinyl include "You'll Never Never Know", "You Can't Stop Me Shaking", "I Lie Low", and "Sweethearts and Charlatans".

Other/later members included Eric Sharpe (guitar), Paul Bushnell (bass) and Sean Gormley (bass). Backing vocals were by Billie Webster and Karin Parks (on the mini-LP) while Felim Gormley provided occasional sax.


• The Rebel Rules of Love (Part One) / (Part Two)
7" - Big Noise - 1 - 1988 - no PS, insert, possibly promo only

• Raise It To The Rooftops
mini-LP - Big Noise/Grapevine Records - BIG NOISE 2 - UK - 198? - insert
Recorded and mixed at Sun Studios, Crow Street, Dublin
One side plays at 45rpm, the other at 33rpm.

• I Won't Stand In Your Way / I Won't Stand In Your Way
7" - Big Noise - TBN 03 - 1988 - PS
The label carries the catalogue number "BIG NOISE 2", while the sleeve has "TBN 3".

• We Need Each Other / Trapdoor
7" - Big Noise - 3 - 198? - PS


We need your help to correct and/or complete this entry. If you can provide more information about this band, have scans, photos or any other memorabilia we can use, or spare copies of any releases, then please get in touch.

Thanks to Colin Boland for his help with this page.

See Also: Les Enfants, Pop Mecanics

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