Aka Lord John White & the Bottleneck Train, name after the Orange Juice B-side released in 1983. Martin McCann was ex Aiken Drum. Derek Lee is the brother of Garrett Lee (Thee Amazing Colossal Men/ Compulsion/ Jacknife Lee).
Richie Taylor described their early 1986 demo tape as "very much in Prefab Sprout/Style Council bag [...] well done if slightly jazzy" in a review in In Dublin magazine in April 1986. The band recorded a video in November 1986 which was aired on Megamix on RTE.
Lord John White's were an up and coming band who suffered a major setback when their Hi-Ace van collided with a cow while returning from a gig in Cork. John Brereton suffered the most serious injuries and spent several months recuperating in hospital. By the time the band was able to play again, they'd lost the progress they'd made as Lord John White and so they decided to rename themselves Sack.
Sack made a 100 copy demo "What Have The Christians Ever Done For Us" which landed them a deal with Lemon Records. They relocated to London. Lemon made Christians an official release which earned single of the week in the UK weeklies and was followed by the acclaimed debut album You Are What You Eat. Dave Dorgan joined on guitar. Lemon Records collapsed and the second album was released on Dirt (Butterfly Effect, 1996) but without the resources to push it it didn't sell as well as expected and the band found itself in the doldrums. Sack's fortunes were revived by Morrissey (a fan of "Laughterlines") who invited them to support him on his European tour. Sack self-released their third album Adventura Majestica on the back of this success.
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