STRANGE PASSION – Various Artists Released 6th August 2012 on Cache Cache (Finders Keepers)

STRANGE PASSION – Various Artists Released 6th August 2012 on Cache Cache (Finders Keepers)

The first ever compendium of Irish post punk and new wave – featuring extensive liner notes, rare photos with the full participation of the featured artists and bands. Released on Cache Cache a new post-punk record label set up by Finders Keepers dedicated to seeking out shyly excitable electric pop music from the not too distant past. With Guitars can’t wait, please find a taster from ‘Strange passions’ by Dogmatic Element with ‘Just Friends’  an audio only video below

 

Ireland in the late 1970s and early 1980s was an island in the grip of unrest, with civil and political strife in the north, and a tardy economy and religious hegemony in the south. To be young in Ireland at this time was extremely tough with many choosing to follow the well worn path of emigration. A significant number of those that stayed had little choice but to join the dole as employment opportunities were scant. However, the increasing influence of those windows to the wider world such as TV, radio and print were combining to fuel imaginations and plant seeds of disaffection amongst an increasingly sophisticated and pop literate youth desperate for change. Needless to say when punk entered the mainstream the cultural and social conditions were such in Ireland that a new generation of kids were perfectly primed to tap into its energies and values.

Focusing on a three year period from 1980 to 1983, Strange Passion is a compilation of rare, unheralded and unreleased Irish music that emerged after the first wave of punk and new wave bands. Undoubtedly U2 were the breakthrough act from this new generation of acts. However, others such as Virgin Prunes with their Dadist inspired blend of performance art and punk offered a darker vision tapping into the latent energy of their environments which resulted in extraordinary live events and the odd incendiary TV performance. Live legends, The Threat and Chant! Chant! Chant! were gone almost as soon as they arrived but so fully formed were they already that recordings they did leave behind stand as prime examples of post punk music.

Tracklisting:
1. Dogmatic Element – Just Friends
2. The Threat – High Cost Of Living
3. Chant! Chant! Chant! – Play Safe
4. Virgin Prunes – Twenty Tens (I’ve Been Smoking All Night Long)
5. Operatiing Theatre – Austrian
6. Stano – Town
7. The Peridots – No Water
8. Choice – Always In Danger
9. PH – Last Days
10. Major Thinkers – Avenue B
11. SM Corporation – Accentuate
12. SM Corporation – Fire From Above
13. Tripper Humane – Discoland
14. Operating Theatre – Eighties Rampwalk

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