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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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Inside Out, In Motion, Mexican Pets – Dublin 1991


June 22 1991

Inside Out, In Motion, Mexican Pets

Charlies Bar

Ian from Meantime Records was organising a tour for American band Inside Out. They were an all-female band and they seemed interesting so it was great to be able to say they could play in Dublin. In June 1991 it was rare to have women in bands in Dublin. If Inside Out could be used as an influence for more women to get involved  then great. Doing the main organising of ‘Hope’ gigs at this stage were 4 people – 2 men + 2 women. Quite a few women went to the gigs but it seemed they played a less active role (if doing more than listening makes one more active of course).

Unfortunately, this is something that hasn’t changed too much. Mexican Pets had a woman who played guitar and wrote songs, so hopefully Jill proved influential for others. A question often asked has been why women aren’t more involved in music. Normally I pay no attention to the gender balance of a band but faced with an all-women line up it gets me thinking as to why more men are involved. I really don’t know and I hope that we never discriminated at our gigs for whatever reason

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