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Cornershop, Wheel, Jam Jar Jail – Dublin 1993

Feb 28 1993

Cornershop, Wheel, Jam Jar Jail

Fibber Magees (Anarchy Night Cafe)

Technically this isn’t a Hope gig but we arranged the accommodation and made the provision for Cornershop to play in the Anarchy Night Café. The band was looking to play Dublin on that date which was a Thursday. Rather than clashing with Anarchy Night café, which was getting regularly good crowds, we asked could they be put on the bill. This was readily agreed. The people behind the Anarchy Night Café had a similar motto to Hope: “We are not promoters, we are people – just like you”.

They went to a lot of our gigs so we knew they’d be keen on helping. Cornershop had been getting plenty of attention from the British music press, which was interesting from our point of view. We weren’t too used to dealing with bands that garnered such interest. All we knew about Cornershop was that they had a link to the Membranes. Our base line, though, was they weren’t on a major record label (at the time) so we were happy to help. The major label thing left us open time and again for criticism.

It grew and grew as people were questioning our activities. For me I felt I just didn’t want to deal with big record labels. Hope never signed a “contract” and never gave cast-iron guarantees. Sometimes we would have a good idea of how many people will go to the gig and would pass  that info on to the band. It was a nice level to deal with people.

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Crane Irish Tour 1992


Sep 20 1992 Crane, Mexican Pets – Barnstormers  

Sep 17 1992 Crane, Mexican Pets – Fibber Magees
Sep 18 1992 Crane – Our Price Records

Crane were good friends with Slum Turkeys and after that band’s successful tour the previous year they looked to come over and do something similar. Mexican Pets had also become friendly with Slum Turkeys during this period, after travelling to play Manchester at singer Paul Morley’s invitation. So when Crane came over to play some gigs it seemed opportune for Mexican Pets to accompany them.

They became bosom buddies for 5 days as they play the Anarchy Night Café, Cork, New Ross, Belfast and Barnstormers. Crane did one extra day-time gig. This was a bizarre afternoon performance in Our Price records. A friend, Pete Murphy worked there and he liked Crane. I asked if there was a possibility of the band playing there and, lo and behold, the management agreed. The band got £50 and won over a few people. After the tour Mexican Pets + Crane were like patients leaving hospital. They had become dependant on each other and had grown rather fond of the company. Plenty of promises to stay in touch were made, promises I’m not sure were ever carried through, but both bands will keep good memories of this Irish tour with them.

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