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Whipping Boy, House Of Byron, The Grown Ups – Dublin 1990

Dec 9 1990

Whipping Boy, House Of Byron, The Grown Ups


Benefit for Rape Crisis Centre

The Therapy?? gig in the Attic was absolutely packed. You could sense at this time that there was a buzz around the band. People who were rarely at gigs came out to this one. The Attic wore its title well. Situated upstairs in the small WHITE HORSE INN it could fit 30 people comfortably and 100 people very uncomfortably. All Health + Safety regulations went out the window the day Therapy? played there. Lenny was very worried that his pub would be closed down but still continued to serve  beer. This gig, along with the other 4 in the series provided something completely different to a normal Sunday afternoon in the lead up to Christmas.

The Whipping Boy played the following week and almost drew an equally good crowd. It is ironic that both Whipping Boy and Therapy? then went on to sign major label record deals. We had  decided that ‘Hope’ would not work with a band on a major record label. My main reason for wanting ‘Hope’ to go down this road was in reaction to the way that record
labels went about their business and how they were linked into other businesses (namely the Arms trade). I also felt that the music business has enough people working  for it and if a band subscribes to the business they have the option of utilising that machinery. If Hope’ could stay outside the machine as much as possible we could show people inside and outside bands that there was an alternative. So major label bands were turned down and not approached. It wasn’t a snub or a judgement. It was just something we wished to do. It also left us open for contradiction – something people were only too willing to point out.

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Econochrist tour 1991

Jul 13 1991 Econochrist, World Of Drums, Jam Jar Jail – Charlie’s
Jul 15 1991 Econochrist, The Grown Ups, Ciunas – Fox + Pheasant
I had a bedsit that I gave over to bands when they were visiting. The neighbours never complained but I’m sure they wondered. I was away for the Econochrist tour.  There was a mix-up over their Derry gig. It was cancelled but they travelled up from Dublin not realising.

I don’t know whether they were annoyed or not but they decided not to tidy anything up after themselves in my small cell. When I got home, one week later, there were things growing in my pots. Awful.

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Headcleaner, The Grown Ups, Pig Ignorance Dublin 1991


August 5 1991

Headcleaner, The Grown Ups, Pig Ignorance

Fox and Pheasant

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Splintered, Paranoid Visions, The Grown Ups Dublin 1991


Feb 2 1991

Splintered, Paranoid Visions, The Grown Ups

Charlies Bar

The Attic’s management were tiring of the afternoon gigs with No Age Restrictions and a new, slightly bigger venue called Charlie’s approached ‘Hope’. They said they would go with Saturday afternoon gigs and would agree to let in Under 18s. Charlie’s Bar on Aungier Street was to be home to many gigs for the next 9 months. Saturday afternoon seemed a better time for a gig. People go into town anyway on a Saturday. More and more people had been in contact about coming over so we tried to go with a regular No Age Restrictions event every fortnight in Charlie’s – Perfect!

Richo from Grim Humour fanzine was in a band called Splintered and they wanted to visit Ireland. We agreed a suitable date and got a (a fee-paying) gig in Trinity. The Splintered gig was my introduction to a hair crimpers. The first thing Richo requested when he got to my house (after a long carferry journey) was “where’s the socket for my hair crimpers”? My guitar tuner went missing after this gig. The fact that it had been a recent Christmas present made it worse. To my knowledge this was the only time something vanished at a Hope gig.

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