Not Forgotten: Engine Alley

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They were from Kilkenny which was a novelty in itself but what set Engine Alley apart was the fact that they appeared from Ireland’s loins in 1991. Under grey skies, in the grip of mass unemployment and youth emigration Engine Alley’s rosy cheeks and terrific tunes made living here all the more bearable. Their debut album ‘A Sonic Holiday’ remains one of the best by any Irish band by virtue of the fact that it was fuelled by brilliant tunes and clever lyrical nuggets. Despite the grim prognosis in the adult world it was actually a good time for Irish indie pop with the Sultans and the Franks appearing on Top of the Pops and Engine Alley releasing singles with b-sides as devastating as ‘In A Different Kind of Way’ (from the majestic ‘Flowers’ EP). Imagine, that was 20 years ago and to celebrate the band play a headline show at Whelan’s tomorrow night with able support from Pony Club (nee Fixed Stars nee Bawl). It is going to be some night for us pot bellies, but thankfully nothing like a lame dog lament. KD

Engine Alley – In a Different Kind of Way

Engine Alley – Song For Someone

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Year: 1992

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3 Comments

  1. Jeremy
    July 22, 2011
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    Wow. I hadn’t heard this before. It’s great. Kind of shocking that they weren’t more well known outside of Ireland.

  2. Jeremy
    July 22, 2011
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    Maybe it was that album artwork that was holding them back.

  3. hugger
    July 22, 2011
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    There was no photoshop in 1992 Jeremy.

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