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14 Dec 2007 06:13 AM
    Something Happens are playing one of their occasional reunion gigs in Whelans tomorrow night. I'll be there, giving it loads, happily singing along to Hello( x5 ), Room 29, Forget Georgia and all the rest.

    It's been a good few years now since they last released anything other than compilations. I'm curious to know what the Cluas verdict on them is now that a good few years have passed by since they were selling out the SFX for three nights in a row. For my sins, I was a huge fan of theirs back in the day and I was convinced they were going to be massive worldwide. They never really recovered commercially from the disaster that was Bedlam A Go Go, their ill advised attempt to jump on the grunge bandwagon. The follow up, Planet Fabulous, was a brilliant album though and I think that both it and their first two albums - Been There, Seen That, Done That and Stuck Together With God's Glue - stand up today as class examples of catchy guitar pop. My own opinion is that they'll go down in history as one of The Great Lost Irish Bands. Over to you lot......
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    Ken Fallon

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    18 Dec 2007 05:56 AM
    I actually quite liked them back in the day.
    They were the very first gig I ever went to,I must have been about 14 and I was blown away by what live rock music sounded like. I have very vague memories of the t-shirts the fans were wearing: S.H.I.T...Something Happens Irish Tour..geddit?.who can forget Tom Dunne's cocker spaniel mullet type hairstyle thing going on... but then Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine came along in the early nineties and Something Happens were forgotten about more or less....I think they could have been massive but I could never understand what type of band they were trying to be...too poppy for indie/grunge kids...too indie for the pop charts, etc, very talented bunch of guys nonetheless...
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    18 Dec 2007 06:10 AM
    From the time I was around 7, I used to go to afternoon gigs in McGonagles with my dad every Saturday & was at the recording of the "Ray Harman" EP.. I wasn't particularly impressed by them - I think it was Tom Dunne's awful tassled leather jacket, mullet & wanna-be-Bono stage moves that put me off the most - but yeah, their music did kinda fall between two stones... the bands I remember being really into at the time were the indie-Monkees-esque, Candyshop, and the Joy Division-esque rock of Blue in Heaven (I also thought their singer was the coolest f**ker ever!). SH's were just a bit too safe
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    Kevin Coleman

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    18 Dec 2007 07:20 AM
    They were a great band, never got the success they deserved. Much better than the awful self indulgent gobsh*tes The Stunning....christ they were bad....

    Always liked them to be honest.
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    18 Dec 2007 07:30 AM
    The Stunning... at their best, they were a glorified culchie pub band.
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    Kevin Coleman

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    18 Dec 2007 07:55 AM
    Couldnt agree more, the masses of NUI Galway loved em..fine keep them...knobs...if you want a paupers bono then look no further than joe wall...spanners...

    Something happens were definitely up there 15/16 years ago, always loved the Franks aswell.
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    Ken Fallon

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    18 Dec 2007 08:41 AM
    The Stunning were awful. As a culchie, yes, they were part of my formative years, not in a good way of course. 'Brewing Up A storm' always reminds me of drunken teenage discos, everyone going crazy, always played towards the end before the lights came up. Ugh,I shudder at the thought. The only Irish band I liked in the early nineties was Power Of Dreams-their debut album is one THE great debuts of all time, not just Irish..and A House were half-decent.. then Whipping Boy a few years later...my life back then was MBV,Nirvana, Slowdive, Sugar, shoegazing, grunge,NME, Melody Maker...few Irish bands got a look in.
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    19 Dec 2007 03:03 AM
    Slowdive... I adore their "5 EP" - I have an original issue of it on vinyl that I "borrowed" from my brother!
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    Confucius

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    26 Dec 2007 04:37 AM
    Something Happens - Simple Minds without the hits. I'll admit to liking about 2 of their tunes, in fact I seem to recall them getting NME single of the week in 91 or 92. Overall though, thoroughly average especially compared to what else was happening in Ireland at the time.
    That Petrol Emotion never received the kudos they deserved for 'Chemicrazy' (there are folk on here who, no doubt, will point out that the lead singer was from L.A. and therefore they weren't Irish). Good band, bloody great album.
    Around that time too, Fatima Mansions became THE Irish band for me - from catching a clearly demented Coughlan on a 15 minute Colm O'Callaghan slot on RTE 2 to hearing Fanning play 'Only Losers Take The Bus'......ah, those were the days.
    Then of course came 'Loveless' which changed everything.
    Creditable mentions also go to A House for 'I Am The Greatest' (a trick they never repeated), Microdisney for kicking against the pricks and Harvest Ministers for 'Little Dark Mansion'.
    The Stunning? - Jesus, down there with Cry Before Dawn.
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    26 Dec 2007 04:38 AM
    Something Happens - Simple Minds without the hits. I'll admit to liking about 2 of their tunes, in fact I seem to recall them getting NME single of the week in 91 or 92. Overall though, thoroughly average especially compared to what else was happening in Ireland at the time.
    That Petrol Emotion never received the kudos they deserved for 'Chemicrazy' (there are folk on here who, no doubt, will point out that the lead singer was from L.A. and therefore they weren't Irish). Good band, bloody great album.
    Around that time too, Fatima Mansions became THE Irish band for me - from catching a clearly demented Coughlan on a 15 minute Colm O'Callaghan slot on RTE 2 to hearing Fanning play 'Only Losers Take The Bus'......ah, those were the days.
    Then of course came 'Loveless' which changed everything.
    Creditable mentions also go to A House for 'I Am The Greatest' (a trick they never repeated), Microdisney for kicking against the pricks and Harvest Ministers for 'Little Dark Mansion'.
    The Stunning? - Jesus, down there with Cry Before Dawn.
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    Sig Doherty

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    26 Dec 2007 10:30 AM
    Posted By PARTON on 18 Dec 2007 9:55 AM
    Couldnt agree more, the masses of NUI Galway loved em..fine keep them...knobs...if you want a paupers bono then look no further than joe wall...spanners...

    Something happens were definitely up there 15/16 years ago, always loved the Franks aswell.




    knobs? classy

    not sure why you are comparing the stunning's bassist, a true gent by the way and quiet man of the band, with u2's outspoken lead singer? maybe you just thought you had to say something, it happens....

    loved something happens and the stunning, and the franks, and POD, some great memories

    PQ
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    Sig Doherty

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    26 Dec 2007 10:33 AM
    Posted By carry_grant on 26 Dec 2007 6:37 AM

    That Petrol Emotion never received the kudos they deserved for 'Chemicrazy' (there are folk on here who, no doubt, will point out that the lead singer was from L.A. and therefore they weren't Irish).





    well, tell the O'Neill brothers their band were/are not irish, much like telling AC/DC they aint Australian. According to John O'Neill, TPE are touring next year!

    PQ
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    Confucius

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    26 Dec 2007 11:43 AM
    Trust me, I'm well aware of their origins and, indeed, some of their 'political' beliefs. Great band. Would be cool to see them back as long as Steve Mack was part of the package.
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    03 Jan 2008 03:03 AM
    Posted By carry_grant on 26 Dec 2007 6:37 AM
    Something Happens - Simple Minds without the hits.





    WTF?! I can only presume you've never listened to their early stuff!

    # Life in a Day (1979)
    # Real to Real Cacophony (1979)
    # Empires and Dance (1980)
    # Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call (1981)
    # New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982)
    # Sparkle in the Rain (1984)

    Excellent albums, every last one of them.
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    Sig Doherty

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    03 Jan 2008 06:08 AM
    Posted By carry_grant on 26 Dec 2007 1:43 PM
    Trust me, I'm well aware of their origins and, indeed, some of their 'political' beliefs.




    dear lord, their 'political' beliefs... why, why oh why. the 70's in occupied Derry, instead of running with their peers and 'joining' up, they turn to music, they'll be running for stormont next

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    03 Jan 2008 07:49 AM
    Pile of s**te just like his radio show.
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    03 Jan 2008 08:51 AM
    Posted By primitive on 03 Jan 2008 9:49 AM
    Pile of s**te just like his radio show.




    Ah, they weren't as bad as that...

    ... no wait, they were!
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    Confucius

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    03 Jan 2008 10:27 AM
    starbelgrade - I wouldn't be the first on this board to accuse you of being a knob would I? Cheers for the Simple Minds discography, I own each and every one of those albums you alluded to. I've often witnessed people saying 'Simple Minds? Their early stuff is cool man' which is not exactly true. They only really hit their stride on 'Sons And Fascination' but 'New Gold Dream' remains their essential album.
    'Sparkle In The Rain'? - Jesus, the first whiff of the States did for them and that was where the decay began. I've no doubt you played air guitar to 'The Waterfront' though.
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    07 Jan 2008 12:25 AM
    "starbelgrade - I wouldn't be the first on this board to accuse you of being a knob would I? "

    Possibly not.
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    Sig Doherty

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    07 Jan 2008 04:04 AM
    could be worse, he could be a nordie knob

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