Curated by former Maximum Joy and current B-music DJ Darren McCreeesh, Strange Passion is a new compilation of “14 rare and seldom-traveled Irish post-punk, DIY and electro oddities from the early 1980s”.
Compiled by McCreesh from private pressed vinyl and homemade cassettes for Finders Keepers‘ new sublabel Cache Cache Records, the compilation explores the first wave of the new wave in Irish music of the time. From the garage of Dogmatic Element’s ‘Just Friends’ to the razor wobbly punk of The Threat’s ‘High Cost Of Living’ to The Virgin Prunes’ cacophonous ‘Twenty Tens (I’ve Been Smoking All Night)’ to Major Thinkers’ anthemic ‘Avenue B’, this is a brief history of a time in Irish music that is often forgotten yet pretty fascinating by the sound of this comp.
Strange Passion is out in July 13th. McCreesh has a radio show on Power FM with the same name.
Posted on May 9th, 2012