Strange Passion

My second hand knowledge of post-punk from the early ’80s comes almost entirely from Simon Reynolds’ excellent book Rip It Up & Start Again. It covers the period of 1978 to 1984 where as a reaction to punk, bands delved into a more idiosyncratic form of music-making, a discordant complex style characterised by razor-sharp muscular guitar lines and the use of synthesizers. Notable bands of the subgenre include Public Image Limited, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pere Ubu, Gang Of Four and Devo. Depending on your age you might be more familar with the resurgence of the guitar tropes of the genre with bands like Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, Bloc Party et al in the middle of the last decade.

Posted on July 31st, 2012




Strange Passion
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.