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From: Dublin

Active: mid-80s

Style: Pop



The Allies were an Irish pop band active in the eighties who released several singles and one LP on the Irish branch of K-Tel Records. The Allies were the latest in a long line of groups led by Gibney & Donovan whose history dates back to the late 1960s. I mention them here only so I can point out that they were not responsible for the collectable new wave single "Plush Living"/"Computer" from 1979 which (despite it being released on 'Harp' Records!) was by a Welsh band and is well worth tracking down if Ultravox/Rikki & The Last Days of Earth is your thing. There is no connection to the Irish band.

There was also a US Allies from the Seattle area who self-released a decent powerpop LP in 1982, but there is little chance of confusing them with this Irish band.


• Bed for the Night / Only Our Rivers Run Free
7" - K-Tel Records - KTS004 - IRL - 1987 - PS
Possibly a charity single. A-side by Charlie McGettigan.

• Feeling Blue / Bed For The Night
7" - K-Tel Records - KTS007 - IRL - 1988 - PS
A-side by M.Lowe/Eamon Gibney/Gerry Donavan/Frank McNamara. B-side from previous single.
Recorded at STS, produced by Frank McNamara.

• Half A World Away / Between The Lines
7" - K-Tel Records - KTS010 - IRL - 1988 - PS
A-side is a cover.

• s/t
LP - K-Tel Records - KLP280 - IRL - 1988
Recorded at STS Studios, Dublin, produced by Frank McNamara.
Appalling front cover illustration by Gwyn Parry

• Love Is The Answer / Between The Lines
7" - K-Tel Records - KTS020 - IRL - 1989 - PS?
A-side by Kapoff/Kefla. English lyric by Eamon Gibney/Gerry Donavan/Hennessey/Frank McNamara.

• Sail to the Sun EP
K7 - K-Tel Records - KEP 049 - IRL - 1990
Cassette EP offering just one new track.

• The Irish Album
K7 - K-Tel Records - KMC 317 - IRL - 1990
CD - K-Tel Records - KCD 317 - IRL - 1990


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See Also: Alyce, Gibney & Donovan, Purple Pussycat

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