Part Two: 1980-81

1. The Atrix – Treasure On The Wasteland (1980, A Side, Dublin)
2. The Spies – Thinking About The Sun (1980, A Side, Dublin)
3. The Threat – Lullaby In C (1980, A Side, Dublin)
4. U2 – Another Day (1980, A Side, Dublin)
5. Nun Attax – White Cortina (Live) (1980, EP Track, Cork)
6. DC Nien – Nightclub (1980, A Side, Dublin)
7. Katmandu – I Can Make The Future (1980, A Side, Belfast)
8. The Blades – Hot For You (1980, A Side, Dublin)
9. The Resistors – Jeanie (1980, A Side, Dublin)
10. The Vipers – Take Me (1980, Compilation EP, Dublin)
11. Shock Treatment – Belfast Telegraph (1980, Compilation EP, Belfast)
12. The Tearjerkers – Murder Mystery (1980, A Side, Portadown)
13. Tango Brigade – Donegal (1980, A Side, Belfast)
14. U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (1980, A Side, Dublin)
15. The Threat – High Cost Of Living (1980, AA Side, Dublin)
16. Virgin Prunes – Twenty Tens (1981, A Side, Dublin)
17. Chant! Chant! Chant! – Quicksand (1981, A Side, Dublin)
18. Peridots – Open Season (1981, A Side, Dublin)
19. The New Versions – Like Gordon Of Khartoum (1981, A Side, Dublin)
20. Tony Koklin – Claude Monet (1981, A Side, Dublin)
21. The Blades – Ghost Of A Chance (1981, A Side, Dublin)
22. The Shade – 6:05 (1981, A Side, Dublin)
23. The Teen Commandments – Private World (1981, A Side, Dublin)
24. The Sussed – Don’t Swim On The East Coast (1981, A Side, Dublin)
25. The Atrix – Procession (1981, A Side, Dublin)
26. Virgin Prunes – In The Grey Light (1981, A Side, Dublin)
27. Big Self – Surprise Surprise (1981, A Side, Belfast)
28. The End – Picture Postcard (1981, Compilation, Dublin)
29. Know Authority – Work Of Children (1981, Compilation, Belfast)
30. The Departure – Convoy (1981, Compilation, Dublin)
31. The Fuze – Zealano (1981, Compilation, Galway)
32. Logic – President (1981, Compilation, Dublin)


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If Punk and New Wave had been slow to gather pace in Dublin, by 1980 the city was overflowing with artists releasing music that encompassed every sub-genre of the movement. The city’s music scene was healthier than at any time since the late Sixties when Beat Groups offered an alternative to the Showbands. Southern bands also started to emerge from outside the capital. Up North, the golden age of Good Vibrations had come to an end, though there was still some quality releases from the region’s bands.

The Atrix released the Midge Ure produced classic ‘Treasure On The Wasteland’, which obviously lends it title to this project. Their sole album was released the following year, when the title track ‘Procession’ was also issued as a single.

‘Thinking About The Sun’ was the only release by The Spies from Howth in Dublin. The catchy single is driven by some fine guitar work from future Bowie band member Gerry Leonard. Singer Joe Barry also later resurfaced with The Amazing Colossal Men, and Compulsion.

The Threat were one of the more enigmatic Dublin Punk bands. Their self-released and distributed double A-Side single ‘High Cost Of Living’ / ‘Lullaby In C’, quickly sold out from Dublin record shops. John Peel was a fan and played the record on his BBC show. Momentum came to a sudden stop, however, when singer and guitarist Maurice Foley left to join a Hare Krishna community.

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Classic Dublin Singles: 1980

U2 followed up their debut EP with ‘Another Day’, in February 1980. The following month they signed an international deal with Island Records, and by May had their first release outside Ireland, the Martin Hannet produced ‘11 O’Clock Tick Tock’.

Legendary Cork band Nun Attax’ only vinyl appearance was three tracks on the ‘Kaught At The Kampus’ EP, which also included an early track from Microdisney. ‘White Cortina’ was the opening track on the EP. Members of the band later relocated to London and had further releases as Five Go Down To The Sea and Beethoven.

DC Nien were one of the leading attractions on the Dublin scene, and were a powerful live band. They followed up their appearance on the ‘Just For Kicks’ compilation with ‘Nightclub’. The band also self-released a cassette album, ‘The Red Tapes’.

Katmandu relocated from Belfast to Dublin and released ‘I Can Make The Future’. The band made a number of TV appearances and established themselves as a top live band through several residencies in the city’s venues.


Another leading attraction on the local live scene were The Blades. The band emerged from the ‘Mod Revival’ wing of New Wave. Distinguished by the songwriting talent of Paul Cleary, they had a run of classic singles, starting with ‘Hot For You’ in 1980 and continuing with ‘Ghost Of A Chance’ in 1981.

The Resistors were another band to graduate from the ‘Just For Kicks’ album to their own single release. ‘Jeanie’ was a lively mod/reggae tinged number.

After the ‘I’ve Got You’ single in 1978, The Vipers relocated to London, recorded a session for The John Peel Show, and toured as support to both Thin Lizzy and The Boomtown Rats. Sadly, their only subsequent vinyl release was ‘Take Me’ from the ‘Room To Move’ compilation EP, which also featured Shock Treatment with ‘Belfast Telegraph’, and two other second wave Good Vibrations bands.

The Tearjerkers from Portadown were yet another Northern band to debut on Good Vibrations. Second single, ‘Murder Mystery’ followed on Phonogram imprint Back Door, and reached no 74 in the UK Singles Chart.

After the ‘War Stories’ near-miss, Starjets changed both their bass player and their name. The newly christened, Tango Brigade split soon after the release of ‘Donegal’, though two members of the band had several hits later in the decade with The Adventures.

The Virgin Prunes formed in 1977 and built quite a reputation with their live shows, which placed huge emphasis on the visual as well as musical elements of their performance. Their gigs often took place in unusual locations, rather than regular pub venues. ‘Twenty Tens’ and ‘In The Grey Light’ come from their first and second EPs respectively.

1981 saw the release of several more essential singles from Dublin bands, including ‘Quicksand’ from the Post-Punk ’Chant! Chant! Chant!’, Peridots ‘Open Season’ which added electronic elements to a minimal acoustic sound, and The New Versions wondrous ‘Like Gordon Of Khartoum’. Sadly, none of these bands had any further releases.

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Classic Dublin singles: 1981

Also essential was Tony Koklin’s second single ‘Claude Monet’, which also appeared on his only album ‘Time Chaser’.

The Shade’s ‘6:05’, was another highlight from 1981, and was the first of two singles from the band.

The Teen Commandments, featured vocalist Philip Byrne from Revolver. ‘Private World’ was written and produced by Pete Holidai from The Radiators.

The Sussed’s raucous ‘Don’t Swim On The East Coast’, had a video that was played on a continuous loop as a test signal for a Dublin pirate TV channel.

Big Self released their debut single ‘Surprise Surprise’ on Reekus Records.

Vinyl Verdict was an excellent sampler album released on Scoff Records in 1981. Five of the album’s most Post-Punk tracks were: ‘Picture Postcard’ by The End (featuring a pre-Something Happens, Tom Dunne), ‘Work Of Children’ by Belfast band Know Authority (who were soon to change their name to Kissed Air), ‘Convoy’ by The Departure (who also featured on The Boddis EP alongside Big Self, Chant! Chant! Chant! and Peridots), ‘Zealano’ by Galway band The Fuze (who went on to release two singles), and ‘President’ by Logic (who evolved into The Camino Organisation).


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