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If you played softer, the sound changed dramatically. I would work with a tremolo to get this other dynamic and suddenly had a language I could kind of express myself with, which I never really had before.

I found a voice, and I could do it well. What happened next? Acclaimed on its release Melody Maker called it "the outermost, innermost, uttermost rock record of "Loveless peaked at number 24 in the British album charts. The band have not yet recorded a follow-up, but have re-formed and play the Electric Picnic later this year.

After U2 went "away to dream it all up again", one of the visions the band had was to make an album that people could dance to. Inhouse music had transformed the musical soundscape and for this, their seventh studio album, U2 - with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois - billeted themselves in Hansa Ton Studio to, as Bono put it, "cut down The Joshua Tree".

On this most fractious of U2 albums, the early recording sessions were marked by very vocal disagreements between band members about to how best to handle the new material.

Still, in the band's most audacious creative move, they managed seamlessly to blend all manner of electronic textures and house music beats into their sound, and songs such 9 - The Broke (2) - 26 & s (CD the still entrancing opener Zoo Station and The Fly are testament to how well they succeeded in their sonic upholstering.

As far removed Album) The Joshua Tree as their most recent album is from Boy, this was a real right-time-right-place album that ensured "rock's hottest ticket" weren't going down creative cul-de-sacs.

The resultant Zoo TV redefined how popular music could be presented in a live setting. Indeed, some would say A House were the best Irish band of the past 30 years, surpassing the usual suspects list by virtue of their uncompromising nature, provocative lyrical stance and perversely discordant approach. Much at which point they were droppedit seemed as if the band would implode. And then there's Endless Art, a deadpan rock-minimalist classic that still amuses, and Take It Easy On Me, a song that spirals in and out of the head - like all great pop - and which leaves slivers of doubt and casual machismo.

Following their debut, TV Tube Heart, the Radiators From Space shortened their name, moved to London and started to write and rehearse the material that would become Ghostown. Like most second albums, it reflected a perhaps more truthful approach to their environment, which is why the guitar-driven, anthemic attacks of TV Tube Heart were replaced with intentionally literate and highly melodic songs such as Looting in the Town, Million Dollar Hero and Song of the Faithful Departed.

The juxtaposition of James Joyce and Sean O'Casey with The Beatles and Marc Bolan went completely over the heads of the UK critics and audiences, who perhaps to the punk-manor Album), scornfully rejected the change of creative direction. Added to this was a year-long delay in getting the album released, which acted as another nail in the band's coffin. Ghostown stiffed, leaving main songwriter Philip Chevron to his own devices.

He subsequently joined The Pogues. The band recently reformed. A pastoral, soul-jazz song cycle, Astral Weeks evoked a spirit of nostalgia for a Northern Ireland that probably only ever existed in Morrison's fevered imagination. He was already an exile, both emotionally and physically, and Astral Weeks was a sort of homecoming, taking him back to his roots Album) Belfast, and incongruously blending in visions of sandy beaches, California sunshine and decadent, burlesque nightlife.

Legend has it that Van didn't speak to any of the session musicians during the recording, and much of it was improvised; there's certainly a sense of a man alone amid the upright bass lines, skittering flutes and swaying violins. The album didn't sell well initially, but has grown in stature, and is now considered Morrison's inadvertent masterpiece. Coughlan's lyrical vitriol was already evident on such early Church-baiting songs as Helicopter of the Holy Ghost, and when they moved to London, he widened his lyrical targets to take in Apartheid, Thatcher and Boy George.

Standout tracks such as Are You Happy? Birthday Girl and Horse Overboard - torn between genteel English indie and spit-flecked rebellion 9 - The Broke (2) - 26 & s (CD perfectly captured the alienated sense of being Irish in London at that time. Microdisney signed to Virgin, but were dropped when subsequent albums Crooked Mile and 39 Minutes failed to chart. Rollerskate Skinny first emerged with 's Shoulder Wishes, an inchoate vision of what they were to unleash two years later with the follow-up - the still thunderous, still brilliant Horsedrawn Wishes.

By now signed to a major label, the band deftly vaulted over all the early My Bloody Valentine comparisons with an album that is so sonically extravagant, it should be used in sound recording schools. Waves of guitars collapse over atypical percussion in a sturm und drang masterpiece. The band never made it to a third album and all members can now be found in different musical groupings.

Their second album was a majestic tour-de-force, a Celtic punk riot never bettered by them or anyone else. It brought together Shane MacGowan's prowess as a songwriter, the band's raucous, brash and sublime musicianship and all those mad, crazy flights of fancy of putting punk, trad and folk together.

Elvis Costello and Philip Chevron were at the recording desk, moving the sound on from the rough and ready tearaway clatter of their debut album Red Roses For Me. But what had also moved on. Yes, they may have been a power-pop outfit, but strip down these impossibly well-arranged melodies, and you're looking at Ireland's own Hitsville USA. This debut album catches them in their "Cavern Club" days, playing exuberant teen pop and melting hearts and minds at every turn.

Yet, unlike most of the other also-rans from the late s and early s, Whipping Boy refute the oft-pitched notion that the memories were stronger than the songs. The band's first release was a cassette-only album called Sweet Mangled Thing, a certified statement of pure intent. Yet Heartworm remains the record that people remember. After the major-label debacle that shafted Heartworm, the band members zoned out of making music.

They re-formed a few years ago for selected shows, but have not surfaced since. ASH: They may have been teenagers when they madebut Ash already had more freewheeling and glittering indie pop nuggets under their belts than many of their peers. After the crackling oomph of the Trailer mini-album, their first full-length release was still about zip and vigour, but with some impressive songwriting developments.

From the summertime yearning of Oh Yeah to the anthemic Girl from Mars, this was gold from start to finish. Paul Cleary went on to form The Partisans another cracking bandbut eventually went into hiding. He surfaced in with a superb solo album, Crooked Town, but 9 - The Broke (2) - 26 & s (CD been missing in action since.

Their live album catches them at their swaggering, ass-kicking best. Lynnott's deep, wounded-soul drawl and pummelling basslines nicely slotted between the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Lizzy released one more great album, Black Rose, before beginning a long, slow decline. In essence, it remains a yardstick for any rock band worth its salt. The Joshua Tree sold millions of copies, resulting in U2 becoming rock's hottest ticket and, therefore, one of the most successful rock bands in the world.

And, many would argue, the best. One year before the album's release, the Screamager single gatecrashed the top Punk-metal meets Top 10 pop - this remains a loveable beast. Despite numerous personnel changes, the band are still giving it socks live and releasing quality work. Among these would be an album with a black cover, showing a spotlight shining on a group of silhouetted musicians. This startling debut retooled trad for the rock era. Planxty went on to success in the UK and Europe, with ever-changing line-ups.

They finished when Moore and Lunny left to form Moving Hearts. Within a week, he walked the city's streets recording conversations with a colourful cast of characters. Back in the studio, he and his helpers including Gary Burns and Tim Goldsworthy stitched these dialogues into a rich, urban tapestry featuring jazzy, dubby samples. Let's Get Killed put Holmes in a new league. Always ahead of the pack, the quartet of Stephen Ryan, Stan Erraught, Peter O'Sullivan and Bernard Walsh virtually patented the now fashionable alt-country sound on this release.

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