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Shimpu Zig Zag

From: Cork

Active: 1985-88

Style: Rock



Cork trio I know very little about. I remember hearing them on Dave Fanning's Show in 1985, possibly demos or in session, or perhaps it was simply the singles.

Shimpu Zig Zag won a competition on Ian Dempsey's RTE Radio 2 show in December 1985. The prize was the chance to support Stockton's Wing on their Irish tour in early 1986. They were also Carling/Hot Press Finalists in the first half of 1986.

1986 bio:

Both singles were recorded in England (Cottage and Amazon studios), the first in the summer of 1985, the second a year later. The latter was produced by Denis Herlihy, who also worked with the band on their live set. According to the press sheet, when "Mayday" was recorded in June 1986, another single was recorded at the same time. This was planned as the bands third single to be released at Christmas 1986 -- but did this ever come out?

In late 1986 Liam Murphy joined (on bass?), making the band a quartet. The band was still touring in 1988, undertaking a major Irish tour in August.

Jerry Fehilly later joined the Hot House Flowers.

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• Passion Play / Coming Home
7" - Bukov Records - SRT5KS468 - IRL - 1985 - PS; signed + numbered (1000 pressed)
Recorded at West 3 Studios, London 23-25 March 1985.
Produced and engineered by John McGowan.

• Mayday / The Scream
7" - Nouveau Wax - NW02 - IRL - 1986 - PS


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