This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening To … Paranoid Visions June 11, 2011Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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I’ve a few Paranoid Visions records and tapes at home, I dug them out recently and was pleasantly surprised. Having been formed in 1981 , they are probably the most well known Irish Punk band.
It was 1986 or 87 before I saw them first at a mad gig in JJ Smyths and then I bought their “Schizophrenia” LP which was on their own FOAD label (The Babysnakes were another band on that label and I’ll try and do a TWIMBLT in a while as I’d have to upload stuff to Youtube myself). “Schizophrenia” contained two of my favourite songs “The Other Half Lives” and “New Townism” as well as some other gems. Over the years they recorded some fine songs covering various issues. “Strange Girl” about Anne Lovett is particularly direct, “Strobelights and Torture” about the Stardust is pretty good too.
Their “Yob EP” was a decent pisstake of U2 between the cover which was a pisstake of U2s ‘Boy’ cover and had tunes such as “I Will Wallow” and the classic “U2 Clone” . Their single “Autonomy” was excellent as was the “FOAD To You Fascist American Contra Scum” Nicaragua Benefit single.
Yet for all the quality they released they got little or no coverage, especially considering that at the time you’d put a few chords together and all of a sudden you would be labeled “the next U2″. (They are reported to have been offered deals by Major labels but declined). They did produce the odd bit of awful stuff too.
They broke up in 1992, reformed in 1996 and despite many personnel changes and periods of inactivity they are still on the go. The last two choices “Strobelights and Torture” and “Missing in Action” are from their most recent incarnation.
A number of Best Ofs “After the Faction” , “Outside In. The Vinyl Years 1986-1989″ and last years “Black Operations In The Red Mist” have been released and are well worth a listen.
The Other Half Lives
Strobelight and Torture
Missing in Action