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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Tower Of Babel August 9, 2014

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

Tower of Babel were a Goth band from Dublin that were around from 1986 to 1989. The wonderful Fanning Sessions has a 1988 Session up on the site and that prompted me to go atticwards to see if I could find the bands first single which I have. There was no luck , so hopefully it is still in my Mothers attic.
I found a few bits on youtube but like many long gone Irish bands they had a Soundcloud page. I must have seen them at some stage as I wouldn’t have bought the single otherwise. I may have seen them in McGonagles , I wouldn’t have been a goth although I had a few friends that were. So I must have been persuaded to go along by them.
Were there many Irish Goth bands? and did any of them have any success?

Tower of Babel have a great flickr page of images which contains pictures of gigs , press coverage etc.
Their Soundcloud page , where some of these tracks came from 🙂

Oh and I also came upon this site whilst searching for Tower of Babel material which may be of interest to some of you.


1. WorldbyStorm - August 9, 2014

Very interesting. I picked up a poster of theirs around that time 87 or so but I have no memory of ever seeing them. As to Irish goth bands, I don’t think there were many, though there were a fair few goths around (and more of us who would adopt some of the style, dressing in black, long crimped hair etc). To be honest goth – which I liked (and still do to some extent) – tended to be sneered at. The Virgin Prunes in a way came close but were more post-punk in my estimation, though a lot of goths do consider them to be a goth band.


2. Hugo - January 14, 2016

hi there read your post, we shared the rehearsal room with Tower of Babel back in the day, Temple Bar Rehearsal Studios back then, most of the bands then played The Underground around in Dame St.

There where many Goth bands back then in Dublin The Fireworks Factory, Ambition in Glass, Byron, The Garden Hasn’t Changed Much, Baby Sex Priest, Tears of Lost Children to name a few

Check out you tube of the above bands

Hugo (The Fireworks Factory)


irishelectionliterature - January 14, 2016

Thanks for that Hugo, will do.


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