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NOFX, GO, Decline – Dublin 1991

Jun 1 1991

NOFX, GO, Decline

Charlie’s

Again a case of two tours happening simultaneously and of us not wanting to say no. GO! from New York were an outspoken hardcore band that tackled many issues including homosexuality and discrimination. They wanted to come over with Decline form England. NOFX on the other hand wanted to do a few gigs in Ireland as part of their European tour. The band made a living through their music, which poked fun at everyone. Getting the two bands on the same bill would provide them with an  excellent opportunity to confront each other – a far better forum than discussing it through the letters page of big American fanzines like Maximum Rock’n’Roll. This is something that is very common throughout the whole of the punk/hardcore community. People find it easy to complaining letters pages aboutthe actions of others.

We thought it would be interesting to see what would happen on the day (and make for a pretty good gig) Nothing did happen on the day except the 140 people at the gig seemed to enjoy themselves and NOFX then played in the Fox+Pheasant on the Monday evening. GO! + Decline were only over for 2 days so they missed the Monday gig. The gig on the Monday evening was equally  insane with all 4 bands playing a diverse sound. It was announced on the Saturday afternoon that NOFX would be playing a surprise gig. I think the only surprise for people was that GO! weren’t also playing.

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FUAL, Coitus, Paranoid Visions, Ciunas – Dublin 1991

May 18 1991

FUAL, Coitus, Paranoid Visions, Ciunas

Charlie’s

This was the first gig since the farce of no-one turning up to see The Keatons the previous month. Coitus were based in England and featured Skinny, who used to be in
Paranoid Visions. FUAL were from Belfast and were doing an Irish tour.. Both bands asked to play on the same day so they were accommodated together. Paranoid Visions also played this gig and the records show they were given £5 for their efforts. To their credit Paranoid Visions made nothing of this fact.

They did get to play a gig with some friends. I don’t know what is worse: playing a gig and getting nothing for a gig or glaying a gig and being given a fiver.

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The Keatons, Tension, I Am The Waltons – Dublin 1991

Apr 16 1991

The Keatons, Tension, I Am The Waltons

Charlie’s

One month after the Herb Garden disaster came the KEATONS fiasco. 20 people came to Charlie’s to see them with 2 other bands. The Keaton’s managed to play in Cork,  th the help of Emmet, and in a new club in Dublin called the Anarchy  Night Café, which at the time was based in Fibber Magees, Parnell Street. However given the circumstances of the Charlie’s gig it just seems so irrelevant.

My only memories of The Keatons are of my Nan dying some days before the gig. It had a devastating effect on me and even now I look back with huge fondness on the women who plied me with chips from a very young age. She was great and I loved her. I never told her that to her face.

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Slum Turkeys tour 1991

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Oct 19 1991 Slum Turkeys, In Motion – Charlie’s (Muff Dive couldn’t make it)
Oct 22 1991 Slum Turkeys Trinity College
Oct 24 1991 Slum Turkeys, Mexican Pets Barnstormers

 

Paul Morley sang in Slum Turkeys and also put on gigs in his hometown, Manchester. When John Robb told him about Ireland he was straight on the phone to me. We are  still friends to this day and now share tales of parenting rather than punk rock. For this trip though, Paul left his child for a few days to come over to Ireland and  play. Struck by his enthusiasm I tried to get Slum Turkeys as many gigs as possible. I really like their music and felt that if they were from the US they would have received a lot more recognition. Slum Turkeys along with compatriots Nerve Rack and Crane were marvelous bands but completely underrated.

We managed to get gigs in Cork, Belfast, Derry and Arklow sandwiched in between two Dublin gigs and a lunchtime jaunt in Trinity College. The band loved being busy and wanted to just play and play. After the tour I was struck by how appreciative the band were. A lot of bands didn’t express how they felt about being over in Ireland. Slum Turkeys were completely different. They appreciated that someone put the effort in to get them to come and play. That attitude was reciprocated, as I was more than happy to do anything (within reason) for the band. Some people in bands may find it hard to articulate their feelings. I appreciate that.

I have always appreciated Slum Turkeys keeping in touch since those gigs and still being happy to get to Ireland.

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