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Hi Energy

From: Limerick

Active: 1985-

Style: Pop/Rock



Limerick band formed circa July 1985 around the time Live Aid by Derek O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals, band leader), and Frank Dolan (drums) both ex Gimik. They were joined by John Collins (keyboards) and Aidan Browne (bass), either or both of whom had played in Frontline and/or The Denis Allen Band. Jacqui Larkin (vocals) joined 1986.

Their live set consisted mostly of 80s pop covers (Dire Straits, A-Ha, Nik Kershaw, Tears for Fears, Huey Lewis, etc) plus a few originals. They released their debut single in 1985. A second single 'Hold On' was planned for release on Jump Records in 1986 but instead it came out on Ritz. Both singles are pumping pop rock, the ultimate example of which would be Arena Rock period Jefferson Starship (of "Jane" and "We Built This City" fame): synth, guitar, pumping bass, loads of drums fills, and with that 80s production sound which dates records of the period, and which makes acoustic drums sound like syn-drums. Both singles are well executed.


• You Take Me Down / The Dubbed Version
7" - Jump Records - JP 013 - IRL - 1985 - no PS

• Hold On / You're The One
7" - Jump Records - ??? - IRL - 1986 - UNRELEASED/B>
7" - Ritz Records - RITZ 148 (TEASE 4) - UK - 1986


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Last update: 9 September 2010.

See Also: AWOL

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