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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Rockstars for all eternity

Having been active between 1988 and 1996 and been consigned to indie history, it came as a bit of a shock to fans when, in 2005, the band pulled on their PVC and spandex and got back on stage again for a series of sold-out gigs in Britain and Ireland. (It was probably more of a shock that they still managed to fit into them after all those years).

Famous in Ireland for having the top selling single of 1991 with Where's Me Jumper (while here in the UK we had Bryan bleedin' Adams), and infamous in the UK for the same song, the band with the ever-shortening name toured relentlessly with many famous bands in support of them, including Radiohead and Suede. They were a hit and miss affair live in the 90s, with some incendiary performances sprinkled with a bit of punk rock attitude (to the fact that it didn't always matter if the words and notes weren't quite right, does it?)

When fans started to drift away because of the band's change of direction on their final album towards serious garage punk, the band split up and very little was heard of them all for the best part of a decade.

The band are back now, writing new material, amazingly, selling more tickets than ever before, and playing fantasic live sets which suddenly make you realise how good the whole catalogue was from start to finish - far from dated, the songs could have been written yesterday. Highlights of this DVD, showing their first hometown gig for nine years, include Give Him A Ball, Japanese Girls and Mescaline.

And people are still getting on their backs at gigs and kicking their feet up in the air. It's unlikely they'll be back on the cover of the NME again but to those in the know, who cares?

posted by Paul at 8:58 pm


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