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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Into Paradise May 26, 2012

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

Many moons ago I saw their album ‘Churchtown’ in a bargain bin and bought it. I ended up buying all their albums which when a few years ago I borrowed a friends LP to mp3 convector were the first things I transferred.Originally Backwards Into Paradise they changed their name early on to “Into Paradise”.

Into Paradise were another of those underrated Irish bands. They don’t appear on any of those best of Irish bands compilations that are released from time to time. Yet they had a decent sized following, got rave reviews here and in the UK.
From Churchtown in Dublin (like another band from the time ‘Blue in Heaven’, The band were Dave Long – vocals & guitar,Rachael Tighe – bass, James Eadie – guitar & keyboards and Ronan Clarke – drums. They released four albums/mini LPs ‘Under The Water’ ,’Churchtown’ ,’Down All The Days’ and ‘For No One’.
Although ‘Churchtown’ was excellent its their albums on Setanta that I really love especially “For No One”.

The excellent Fanning Sessions has some Into Paradise material here and here and as I discovered , some helpful soul has put a good deal of their material on youtube.
Theres also a decent enough article on them here
(apologies for the shortness of the post but the car broke down on the way home from Tallaght ….(apt considering the way Rovers are playing at the minute)and all the thoughts I intended jotting down have been replaced by thoughts on batteries and alternators)


1. WorldbyStorm - May 26, 2012

A great great band. One of the best.


2. Fanning Sessions - May 28, 2012

Thanks for the kind words, look forward to checking out these clips


3. CMK - September 3, 2012

On the strength of this post I bought a couple of their tracks on iTunes and, I have to say, I was blown away by them. The scary thing is that they sound so fresh, to me anyway. I saw them a couple of times and can’t remember much from the gigs and they didn’t make much of an impression at the time, but these songs are fantastic. The lesson, I suppose, is remove alcohol and add age and you’ll get a better appreciation of things.

That generation of Irish bands who emerged and then disappeared in the mid to late 1980’s/early 1990’s were, sad to say, actually miles better than U2. I think the pressure to become the next U2 must have broken several of them but every time I listen to them on youtube I’m amazed at how good they were. It would have been interesting to see how some of these groups might have evolved had they been given more support. And there was some rubbish, too of course (An Emotional Fish?). Incidentally, does anyone know where you can get ‘Blue in Heaven’s music online? They don’t seem to be on iTunes and I’ve next to no knowledge of alternative online music outlets.


WorldbyStorm - September 3, 2012

Interesting you should mention Blue in Heaven – watch this space. Re acquiring their stuff, I have their original album on vinyl and their second album on cassette but I had to go looking to find MP3s of both online. email me CMK at the wbs email and I’ll try to help you out. They were a good good band who were only let down by appearing at Self-Aid.

An Emotional Fish. I’m sure they were lovely people etc, etc, but that was not an album I’d treasure.


RosencrantzisDead - September 3, 2012

Self Aid sounds like the sort of benefit gig that Romney/Ryan would do.

I bet Geldof would appear at it. Bono, too.


irishelectionliterature - September 3, 2012

Have to agree about An Emotional Fish, one good song the rest awful.
Have that first Blue in Heaven Album on vinyl too. Into Paradise were a far superior band. I think they were both from the same neck of the woods too.


WorldbyStorm - September 3, 2012

I don’t know, I love Into Paradise as well but I think they were well matched (albeit covering different angles of post punk and somewhat Joy Division influenced music). Though I think you’ll like this weekends I’ll Mostly Be Listening to!


4. This Weekend I’ll Mostly be Listening to: Blue in Heaven « The Cedar Lounge Revolution - September 8, 2012

[…] anyone who has a copy I’d be most appreciative). O’Neill later teamed up with Dave Long of the equally excellent Into Paradise – another group with something of a debt to Joy Division – and produced a single, and […]


5. irishelectionliterature - February 1, 2013

Into Paradise have a facebook page with some interviews they did with MTV and more. Well worth a look.


6. Pete Cole - February 3, 2013

Hi all, I run the above mentioned Facebook page… if anyone has any rare recordings and/or photos, please get in touch.


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