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Something Happens!

From: Dublin

Active: 1984-

Style: Indie

Lineup:

Bio:

South Dublin city band founded in 1984 by Eamon Ryan and Alan Byrne. Tom Dunne had previously been with The End. Something Happens were the proto-typical Irish indie guitar band of the '80s. They were compared to everyone from REM to The Smiths. They signed to Virgin Records in 1987. Their discography is scattered with fabulous tracks, many of which are imprinted on the memories of Irish people of a certain age. Perhaps they failed to make that one "all killer no filler" consistently great LP but their records are recommended. They were dropped by Virgin in 1994 and self-released their final album. The split sometime after. Tom Dunne is now a radio DJ.




above: Live at the Underground, Dublin in 1986 (photo: Paul Gallagher)


above: Live at the Underground, Dublin in 1986 (photo: Paul Gallagher)


above: 1992 Promo Photo (Charisma Records USA)

below: First five issues of Something Happens self-run fan club magazine. Note Daniel O'Donnell on the cover of issue 4!



Discography

• s/t
K7 - demo - 1984
Tracks 1-3 recorded July 1984, 5-6 November 1984 at STS Studios Dublin.

The first Something Happens! demo, recently posted to dublinopinion.com.



• Forget Georgia
K7 - demo - 1985

Something Happens recorded many more demos before being signed by Virgin. If I ever manage to corner an unsuspecting member of the band, I'll beat the details out of him. For now, this demo is all I can report. If anyone has any demo cassettes, please forward the details.



• various artists - Live at The Underground
LP - Underground Records - UG 1 - IRL - late 1985 - poster & insert
See Compilations section for full track listing.


• Two Chances EP
7" - Prophet Records - PRS 002 - IRL - 1986 - PS
7" - Wild Bikini/Cooking Vinyl Records - WILD 001 - UK - 1986 - PS

Notes:
The debut single which seemed to take forever to finally be released. The Prophet Records issue has a unique label (see above). I am unsure if there was also a dedicated/unique Prophet Records sleeve. Prophet label copies housed in imported Wild Bikini/Cooking Vinyl sleeves were available for sale in Ireland; the initial Wild Bikini/Cooking Vinyl copies in the UK have pasted over labels, i.e. they are Prophet label copies with pasted over Wild Bikini/Cooking Vinyl. I presume there are original Wild Bikini/Cooking Vinyl labels that are not paste overs.



• various artists - Moonstruck Christmas Cassette
K7 - Moonstruck Records - MS 005 - IRL - 1986
See Compilations section for full track listing.



Virgin Promotional Photo dated March 1988


• various artists - The Courier OST
LP - Virgin Records - V 2517 - 1988
See Compilations section for full track listing.


• Burn Clear / Home
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1058 - 1988 - PS
• Burn Clear / Home // Borderline / Both Ends Of A Woman
2x7" - Virgin Records - VSD-1058 - 1988
• Burn Clear // Borderline / Home
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1058 - 1988 - PS


• Burn Clear / Burn Clear (same track both sides)
12" - Virgin America - PR 2493 - USA - 1988 - promo only, unique PS


• I Know Ray Harman
mini-LP - Virgin Records - V 2535 - June 1988 - green/red and grey label variations exist
Recorded Live at McGonagles, Dublin 16th April 1988

Notes:
Available as bonus tracks on the CD editon of Been There Seen That Done That.



• Beach / Nothing More
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1075 - 1988 - PS
• Beach // Nothing More / Bag of Bones
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1075 - 1988 - PS


• Been There Seen That Done That
LP/CD - Virgin Records - V 2561 - 1988 - inner sleeve

The CD edition includes the "I Know Ray Harman" mini-LP.



• Forget Georgia / White Water
7" - Virgin Records - SH 1 - 1989 - PS


• SH EP
7" - Virgin Records - SH-2 - IRL - 1989 - PS
Irish only release.


• Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol) / Boys
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1246 - 1990 - PS
K7 - Virgin Records - VS? 1246 - 1990 - PS
• Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol) / Boys / Liverpool Sands
10" - Virgin Records - VSA1246 - 1990 - with poster, numbered edition
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1246 - 1990 - PS
CDS - Virgin Records - VSCD 1246 - 1990 - PS


• Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol) / Liverpool Sands
CDS - Virgin/Charisma Records - PRCD004 - USA? - 1990 - promo only


• What Now? / Stuck Together With God's Glue
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1269 - 1990 - PS
K7 - Virgin Records - VS? 1269 - 1990 - PS
• What Now? / Stuck Together With God's Glue / Too Long / Forget Georgia (acoustic)
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1269 - 1990 - PS
CDS - Virgin Records - VSCDT 1269 - 1990 - PS
• What Now? / Stuck Together With God's Glue / Broken Promises / Lenny Bruce
CDS - Virgin Records - VSCDX 1269 - 1990 - PS


• Parachute / One In The World
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1298 - 1990 - PS
K7 - Virgin Records - VS? 1298 - 1990 - PS
• Parachute / One In The World / Devil in Miss Jones (live)
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1298 - 1990 - PS
• Parachute / One In The World / Devil in Miss Jones (live) / Take A Chance On Me
CDS - Virgin Records - VSCDT 1298 - 1990 - PS
Live track recorded at Town And Country Club London on 3 August 1990.


• Stuck Together With God's Glue
LP/CD - Virgin Records - V 2628 - 1990
CD - Virgin Records - VJCP-44 - Japan - 1990 - obi
CD - Charisma Records - 2-91365 - USA - 1990


• Live at the Town & Country EP
12" - Virgin Records - SOME 1 - circa 1990 - diecut PS with sticker seal
6-track live EP


• Daisyhead / Penny Drops
7" - Virgin Records - VS 1407 - 1992 - PS
K7 - Virgin Records - VS 1407 - 1992 - PS
• Daisyhead / Penny Drops / First Edition / Crow
12" - Virgin Records - VST 1407 - 1992 - PS
CDS - Virgin Records - VSCDG 1407 - 1992 - PS


• Are You Going To Suffer It
CDS - Charisma Records - PRCD097 - USA? - 1992 - promo only
With LP and edited versions of the track


• Select (Album Version)
CDS - Charisma Records - DPRO-12693 - USA - 1992 - promo only


• Bedlam A Go Go
LP/CD - Virgin Records - V 2695 - 1992
CD - Charisma Records - 92152-2 - USA - 1992


• various artists - HMV Unplugged: The Acoustic Sessions
CD - HMV Records - HMVCD002 - IRL - 1993
See Compilations section for full track listing.


• Select EP
CDS - Wild Bikini? - ??? - IRL? - 1993?


• C.C. Incidentally
CDS - Wild Bikiki - ??? - IRL - 1993
Irish only 1-track CD though copies were given away with promotional copies of Esquire magazine in the USA.


• Are You My Girl EP
CDS - Wild Bikini - ??? - IRL - 1994
K7 - Wild Bikini - ??? - IRL - 1994


• Rosewood EP
CDS - Wild Bikini - ??? - IRL - 1994
K7 - Wild Bikini - ??? - IRL - 1994


• Planet Fabulous EP
CDS - Wild Bikini - ??? - IRL - 1994


• Planet Fabulous
CD - Wild Bikini / RCA Records - WBCD-1 - 1994

Notes:
This album was re-packaged as "Alan, Elvis & God" in 1997, retaining these six tracks¹ and adding five new ones.



• Parachute / Brass Buttons / Thirteen
CDS - Wild Bikini? - ??? - IRL - 1994?

Notes
Re-release of Parachute. "Brass Buttons" originally appeared on the Gram Parsons tribute album Commemorativo: A Tribute To Gram Parsons in 1992.


• Rhinestone Cowboy
CDS - Wild Bikini? - ??? - IRL - 199? - 500 copies
1-track Irish only release



• The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves (Best Of)
CD - BMG - ??? - 1995
• The Best Of
CD - BMG - 82876650982 - 2004


• 70s Wedding
CDS - Iguana Records - 557-2PRO1 - USA - 1997 - radio promo
1-track radio promo only CD single
"From the forthcoming Ignana Records release #557-2 "Alan, Elvis and God".


• Alan Elvis & God
CD - Lizard Group - 001 - 7 October 1997

Notes:
Re-packaging of 1994's "Planet Fabulous" album, retaining six of the original 14 songs and adding these five new tracks¹. Originally slated for release on Ignana Records (#557-2).



• Compulsory Happens
CDR - mp3 disc

A huge collection of material, basically every song ever recorded by the band, but recording details are not specified. Of unknown origin, possibly from a US promotor, made available through the SH mailing list (see External Links below).



• Haplology
2xCDR - bootleg

Notes
Collection of B-sides, some live covers and a few demos by The End. Available through the SH mailing list (see External Links below).




Help!

We need your help to correct and/or complete this entry. If you can provide more information about this band, have scans, photos or any other memorabilia we can use, or spare copies of any releases, then please get in touch.




See Also: The End

External Links: Room29, the Something Happens mailing list on YahooGroups



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