The Commotion was formed by ex Jagz bassist John Byrne. They were a mod/pop band who played regularly in Tommy Dunnes Tavern in Dublin.
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.
They split in 1986, then 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.
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