The short sharp shocks of the 3 min pop song from the late 70s and 80s zapped from the speakers in Mickey Martins early last Saturday week. Think school disco if you are 30-ish, or think 'catchy!' if otherwise. Behind the decks in all his peroxide ganglyness was Fagin, flinging around vinyl with a coating of mould on each single. "Its Eighties mixin Kid!," he shouted, "one off, one on! Someone had obviously been out to the garden shed and in the attic", he confirmed.
In the early 90s, moves were being made to develop the idea of a night of progressive music in Limerick as in other towns. Those carrying out these plans aimed to break the grip of the 'Fast, Slow, Rock, ballad, Pop' that constituted a night at the Disco'.
Specific nights hosted by the likes of Fagin soon got the Kids throwing down to tracks like 'Voodoo Ray' mixed with the Limerick youth club staples (ie Ska and anything by Bowie). The stage was now set for the rush of adrenalin fueled Rave business that dominated in the 90s.
The history of the period from 1985-1995 in the scene described above says more about growth in the country through music than an equivalent document from 1995-2005 when the history would have to factor in drug use in venue/scene description. There is more transitional texture in this earlier narrative as distinct from the latter apeing of the English Scene post the Criminal justice Bill.The seminal history of the showband days is rounded up in the book 'Send em home sweatin' but I believe there is certainly a book to be had mapping the scene from Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and to Cork ('Get im in to Sweat'?).
Like his new romantic Haircut, tonights performance in Mickeys by this dangerous fossil, mixed post punk classics with Top of the Pops jaw droppers ('Si Si je suis un rock star'). It proves that if you wait long enough for something it all comes around again. Keep your ears out for his repeat performance and hopefully we might see some other survivors from that era surveying hair product and poking around their attics. Remember, any records you won't play ill probably take off your hands!
( I received 'Voice of America' by Cabaret Voltaire and 'Making plans for Nigel' by XTC from Fagin. I let him keep the Bill Wyman single)