#83 Engine Alley – In A Different Kind Of Way

With the backing of U2’s Mother Records and the legendary Steve Lillywhite sitting in on production duties Engine Alley’s debut album was always going to be an interesting affair (Kirsty MacColl guest vocalled). And so it proved when an eclectic sound emerged that balanced the traditional elements of Irish music with a glamtastic ear for quirky melody. The band sported a showy frontman in Canice Kenealy and Emmaline Duffy-Fallon was perhaps the cutest drummer in the history of pop. But sadly despite the crucial factors being in place success never knocked on the bands door outside of their native land. ‘In A Different Kind Of Way’ is taken from one of the bands early releases the ‘Flowerbox EP’ and includes the essential kooky traits. Canice’s vocals engage in their usual flights of fancy while the music loops and soars unevenly in the background like a golden carriage rolling over cobblestones. Add in the immortal line ‘Overdose on alcohol’ and you have a student anthem in waiting, in cold storage you might say for a savvy Ents officer to give it the platform deserves. KD

Engine Alley – In A Different Kind Of Way

Album: Flowerbox EP
Year: 1991
Buy: Engine Alley

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  1. February 14, 2008

    Hadn’t heard this song in ages…. it was one of my favourites of theirs.I probably have it in my attic on cassette :)Been watching the video of this song on youtube this afternoon, makes me wanna dance!< HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2DBROGXc3A" REL="nofollow">here’s the youtube video<>

  2. February 14, 2008

    Great to hear this song hasn’t been forgotten about and thanks for the link Mark!

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