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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Toasted Heretic April 21, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Late 80’s and having read about a band called Toasted Heretic and their self released tape (with Tayto Man inspired cover) “Songs for Swinging Celibates” , I got myself a postal order and sent off to Heretic Towers in Galway for a copy. It was great, some good tunes, witty lyrics and an entertaining cover.
That first tape had a number of gems including Galway Bay which is below. I then saw that they were playing in Dublin in Trinity and went to see them. They were brilliant with the exuberant lead singer Julian Gough dressed in what looked like a Circus masters coat. Their next Tape ‘Charm and Arrogance’ was released in 1989 and had slightly better sound (less hissing) and some great songs including the lovely “LSD (Isn’t What it Used to Be)” which is below.
They released their ‘Smug EP’ and signed with Liquid records and released their album ‘Another Day, Another Riot’ which contained their biggest (only?) hit ‘Galway and Los Angeles’ . In 1993 Another album ‘Mindless Optimism’ followed which was good but lacked the freshness of the earlier tapes. Over the years I saw them numerous times before they went on hiatus in the mid 90’s only to reappear in 2005 with a double CD, “Now in New Nostalgia Flavour” which was the first two tapes on CD. They played a few gigs and I saw them in Whelans and it brought back some great memories.
Not the greatest Irish band ever but one that gave me an awful lot of enjoyment over the years.

The wonderful Fanning Sessions Blog has a good interview and more here and a few more tunes and a profile here and there’s also a few live tracks and here too

“Galway Bay”

“LSD (Isn’t What it Used to Be)”

‘Galway and Los Angeles’

“Another Day Another Riot”

“You Make Girls Unhappy”

“Drown The Browns”



1. WorldbyStorm - April 21, 2012

This brings back some memories.


2. Starkadder - April 25, 2012

TH were a great band- a staple of my adolescent listening. 🙂


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