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The Floors – She Floated Into Heaven

Concluding our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, put your hands together for 1990s art-rock acolytes The Floors who were led by Carlow-born renaissance man David Donohue.

The Floors major releases were their debut Truths And Distortions (top) on the legendary Setanta label in 1992 and Superbe on the Dead Elvis imprint in 1996.

This live recording was filmed by Darragh Byrne in the Hole In The Wall bar in Kilkenny and features Donohue in great form alongside Luka Bloom and Ken Nolan who accompany him on guitars.

Nick says: And we all float on.

Nick adds: Thanks for a great series.

Earlier: You May Stream This

Praise be to Pipkin!

Reader Andy Pipkin has very kindly made a Spotify playlist featuring most of the songs featured in our You May Remember This series.

We are humbled and grateful.

Andy writes:

“With only a week to go before the big guy arrives, look at it as an early Christmas pressie. I’ve called it, Now That’s What I Call Underrated. Hope your readers enjoy it.”

Now That’s What I Call Underrated (Spotify)

Nick says: Santy Pipkin.

Previously: You May Remember This on Broadsheet

Stump – Charlton Heston

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, BS contributor Vanessa holds a torch for lovable Cork eccentrics Stump, who were led by the late, great Mick Lynch (top second right).

Charlton Heston was a single from their 1988 album on Ensign Records A Fierce Pancake which received regular airplay at the time on the Dave Fanning Show on 2FM.

The video was directed by Tim Pope, one of the leading music promo directors of that time.

Nick says: … put his vest on.

Jack Lukeman & The Black Romantics – Jackie

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, readers SOQ and Burgess, snip, snip fondly recall the suave crooner Jack L (born Sean Loughman) and his band who introduced a whole new generation to the music of Belgian torch singer Jacques Brel.

Jackie is taken from the album Wax, which was recorded live in 1995 at the DA Club, off Clarendon Street, Dublin.

Jack’s most recent album was The Lockdown Sessions released earlier this year.

Nick says: L’s bells.

Jack Lukeman

Nomos – I Am Going To Set You Free

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, reader Eamonn would like to draw our attention to Cork trad upstarts Nomos who shone brightly in the 1990s.

Led by Eoin Coughlan (vocals and bass), the line-up was completed by Niall Vallely (concertina), Vince Milne (fiddle), Frank Torpey (bodhran) and Gerry McKee (bouzouki).

This is a live version of the title track from their second and final album released in 1997 on Green Linnet Records.

Nick says: It’s a very, very trad world.

Fight Like Apes – Jake Summers

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, reader Nicorigo is all in for Dublin punk-pop ruffians Fight Like Apes, led by MayKay (top).

Jake Summers is a single from their 2008 debut album Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion.

Nicorigo writes:

“Jake Summers features the feelgood flavour of FLA’s signature sound. Included in the package are the witty and hilarious lyrics delivered with urgency by MayKay. These guys should have been big.”

Nick says: Special Kay.

Top pic: Mark Nixon

The Revenants – Scott Miller Said

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, we salute Dublin guitar gods The Revenants who rocked the joint in the 1990s.

Led by Stephen Ryan (top left today), formerly of The Stars Of Heaven and currently of The Drays, this stream-of-consciousness meditation on life, death and fat white geese begins with the singer taking a leisurely stroll while listening to cult indie icon Scott Miller (Game Theory and The Loud Family) on his Walkman.

It’s still breathtaking after all these years.

“Still we’ll have time enough to remember the ones who leave
Though they hardly care to go
To the garden, the garden of moraine
Under the cedar tree.”

The hanging guitar chords come courtesy of Conor Brady with the line-up completed by Ryan (vocals and guitar), Don Ryan (keyboards), Naeem Bismillah (bass) and Chris Heaney (drums).

The song appeared on the Revenants’ second album Septober Nowonder in 1999.

Nick says: Miller time.


Sinéad Lohan – Sailing By

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, reader Slip Digby would like us to put some respect on the name of Cork troubadour Sinéad Lohan (top).

The dreadlocked singer/songwriter emerged onto the national stage in the mid-’90s thanks in part to her inclusion on the A Woman’s Heart tour.

Sailing By is from her debut album Who Do You Think I Am (released in 1995 by Dara Records and produced by Declan Sinnott).

Slip writes:

“It’s perfection.”

Sinéad’s follow-up No Mermaid was recorded in New Orleans and came out on Interscope Records in 1998.

She then quit the music industry to focus on raising her children.

Nick says: The South will rise again.

Gemma Hayes – Hanging Around

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, reader Ben Madigan advocates for indie queen Gemma Hayes (top) from Ballyporeen, County Tipperary.

Hanging Around is a single from her debut album Night On My Side, released in 2002 by French indie label Source. The video was directed by John ‘The Proposition‘ Hillcoat.

Now living in West Cork, Gemma is working on a new album due for release next year.

Nick says
: The best Hayes of our lives.

Gemma Hayes

The Pale – Shut Up Venus

Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, we turn our attention to bouzouki-strummin’ tyros The Pale, led by charismatic frontman Matthew Devereux (top centre).

Shut Up Venus is the title track from their 1992 album (top) released by A&M Records.

The Pale have just announced that they have set up a fundit page to raise finances for a new career retrospective called Paleanthology (great title) to be released next year.

The fundit page can be found here

Nick says: Pale and interesting.

The Pale