The Crack began as Crackers, initially a duo of Stephen Travers (ex Miami) and Aonghus McAnally (ex Mushroom) when both left Starband. They recorded a single "Move On" and then assembled a band that included Tommy Lundy and Ronan O'Callaghan, both ex Tony Kenny Band, Dirty Work and Katmandu. Crackers were initially described in some press sources as a ska band! After the release of the debut single in 1980, McAnally left to concentrate on his career as a TV presenter. Crackers then became The Crack, under the stewardship of songwriting partners Tommy Lundy and Stephen Travers.
The Crack were a poppy AOR band. Their Beatles-esque sound was often compared to Paul McCarthy & Wings at the time. They tried to emulate Horslips' success playing ballroom gigs with original material. They appeared on Anything Goes in 1981 performing "Listen" (an instrumental) and "When The Time Comes". These recordings were produced by Barry Devlin. Travers later played bass on Devlin's (atrocious) solo LP "Breaking Star Codes" (RTE Records, 1983).
The band's self-released debut single charted in Ireland and led to a deal with CBS and a a couple more minor hits during 1981-82 and more TV appearances, including a track inspired by and in tribute to John Lennon which was available on youtube last time I looked. Most interesting of all is a 30 minute live performance recorded one Sunday afternoon in March 1982 at the Top Hat Ballroom in Dun Laoghaire and broadcast in RTE TV's oddly named "Campus Rock" show. Not a true llve gig, this has a live-in-the-studio feel as there was no audience as such, just 30-40 bystanders. This shows the band had a tougher, rockier sound outside the studio. The drummer by this point was Martin McElroy. This set is currently available on youtube. If anyone can send me the full video, please get in touch. They also recorded a children's novelty single under the name Peter Pepper & The Pepper Pots in 1982.
The band had a succession of drummers including Pat Waller, Barry Patterson and Martin McElroy (1982).
Stephen Travers currently plays with Johnny Fean.
This Crack should not to be confused with the UK band who released the "Going Out" single on RCA in 1982 or the popular drug.
Notes: (c) 1982 A Pepper Company Production. This novelty single appears to have been some kind of tie-in.
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