Ireland was a very bleak place to be in the 1980’s. No jobs and no prospects meant that emigration was the only viable option for many. It sends a chill down my spine just thinking about it. On the music front U2 were the beacon and in their trail came a slew of like-minded souls. Chief among them was the Tom Dunne led Something Happens. The quartet had a large audience at home but failed to gain international recognition. Despite a decent back catalogue only one or two of their tunes deserve a place in the annals of Irish rock history. In fact if you were to take away the pre-Clocks pianoness of ‘Parachutes’ most people would struggle to name another Something Happens tune. The bands debut album remains their most vital release despite the thrashy production values. It lent favourable comparisons to REM and it had a sweet C86 sound as evidenced by ‘Forget Georgia’. Here is a tune that is surely ripe for a decent cover with guitars coated in jangle and Dunne’s vocals limbering up to the task with softly delivered charm. Now, where’s that Paisley shirt? KD
Something Happens – Forget Georgia
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