The Commotion was formed by ex Jagz bassist John Byrne. They were a mod/pop band who played regularly at the Mood Club in Tommy Dunnes Tavern in Dublin during 1984-85.
They were one of several mid eighties mod / garage / pop bands documented on the Hip City Boogaloo compilation LP on Hotwire Records in 1984. Other bands included the Fontaines, Side One, the Temps and the original Light a Big Fire. The Commotion also released a split single with Private Number in 1985. A new keyboard player joined in 1986 and a second single "The Rain Came In" / "Your Love Has Changed My Mind" was announced in March, but this never came out and in fact the band split soon after.
They announced their intention to split in May 1986, with their final gig at the Danceline club on 6 June 1986. They reformed in 1987 as Hallelujah Freedom.
Author Roddy Doyle has acknowledged that The Commotion were part of the inspiration behind The Commitments, a comparison which made some of the band members wince. But it was only the format of the band and their soul leanings which bear any real comparison. Unlike The Commitments, The Commotion wrote most of their own material and any covers they included in their live set tended to be obscure sixties soul numbers rather than the cliched Pub Rock by numbers stuff that featured in the Commitments film. John Byrne appears in a crowd scene at the end of the film. He later became a journalist, writing for the RTE Guide.
|May 11||Side One + The Commotion|
|May 18||The Fontaines + The Commotion|
|May 25||Side One + The Temps|
|June 1||The Fontaines + Side One|
|June 8||The Fontaines + The Commotion|
|July 6||The Golden Horde + The Stars of Heaven|
|July 13||The Commotion + The Temps|
|July 20||Side One + The Temps + The Coalition|
|July 27||The Commotion + The Golden Horde|
|Sept 7||The Stars of Heaven + Side One|
|Sept 14||The Temps + The Gorehounds|
|Sept 21||The Golden Horde + Boy's Talk|
|Oct 5||The Commotion + Side One|
|Feb 9||The Commotion + Side One|
|Feb 16||The Commotion + The Wilderness Years|
|Feb 23||The Commotion + Side One|
|Mar 2||The Commotion + Side One + The Purple Telephone|
|Apr 27||The Commotion + The Experiment|
|May 4||The Commotion + The Wilderness Years + The Baby Snakes|
|May 11||The Commotion + Side One|
|May 18||The Commotion + The Wilderness Years|
|May 25||The Commotion + The Stars of Heaven|
|June 8||The Stars of Heaven + Loudness of Whispers|
|June 15||The Wilderness Years + Loudness of Whispers + The Coalition|
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