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The Slowest Clock

From: Dublin

Active: Feb 1986-




A great 'lost' band influenced by My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, especially on the two 12 inch releases. I previously listed them as coming from Laois but in fact they were a Dublin band. The band split in May/June 1990 during recordings for the debut LP so it came as some surprise when "Life Still" appeared some years later. This CD included recordings of songs originally planned for the debut plus newer material. Besides the lost debut, other unreleased tracks include "You're So Strange" which was recorded for Dave Fanning's Show. The band also appeared on "Visual Eyes" performing "Clarke & Jones" (on youtube as of Jan 2010).

The band recorded several demo tapes, at least one of which was produced by Ritchie Taylor (3 tracks in 1986, engineered by Paul Thomas).

In August 1988 they supported the Celibate Rifles at the Underground in Dublin when the drummer played one-armed.

Lineups: Frank Pryce (vocals), Gerry Fahy (guitar), Brian Neavyn (bass) and Pete Kinsella (drums). Dave Burke (ex Cliff Edge Panic) replaced Pete Kinsella around November 1987. Gerry Fahy was later in Candy Apple Red. Brain Neavyn and Dave Burke recorded with the Screech Owls.


• RTE Radio 2 Session October 1985
Recorded for the Dave Fanning Show.

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

Recorded live at Comet Records Punk Festival at the CIE Marlboro Hall, August 1986 (the band's 3rd gig)

• various artists - Comet EP One
12" - Comet Records - COME 1T - January 1987
See Compilations section for full track listing.

• various artists - National Wash Day Single
7" - WASH 1 - May 1987 - PS
See Compilations section for full track listing.

• Clarke & Jones / Secret Flowers
7" - Comet Records - COMET 4 - September 1987 - insert
Recorded at Temple Lane Studios, June 1987.

I once saw a cassette in Comet Records in Dublin which used the same cover artwork (an image from Francis Truffaut's film of Cornel Woolrich's The Bride Wore Black) as this 7-inch. I assumed it was a cassette copy of the single but apparently this is incorrect, there was no cassette release. So what was the tape I saw?

• various artists - Where To? What For? Witchhunt
K7 - FOAD Records - FOAD 2 SPUC 88 - (1988) unreleased
See Compilations section for full track listing.

• RTE Radio 2 April 1988
Session recorded for the Dave Fanning Show.

&bull BBC Radio 1 Session September 1988
Session recorded for Liz Kershaw.

• 2 Car Garage EP
12" - Bewildered Records - BED 6001 - September 1989 - insert

• No Hand Signals EP
12" - Bewildered Records - BED 6002 - 3 November 1989

• The Slowest Clock
LP/CD - Bewildered - ??? - (1990) unreleased
Recorded late 1989/early 1990.

• Life Still
CD - Bewildered Records - BED 6003 - 1994
Contains some songs from the aborted 1990. More details coming soon.

Notes: From Gerry McGovern's Hot Press review, January 1995 [used without permission, if this offends just ask and we'll remove it]: "...an intelligent, carefully crafted album with lyrics that are well above the ordinary. Life Still is about relationships, and about the never-ending search for the reason and purpose of living. The songs manage to deal sensitively and intelligently with such weighty subject matter. The playing angles of Television in it of Dave Burke, Gerry Fahy and Brian Nevyn is precise, electric and understated. The singing of Frank Price has a simple authenticity about it, while the lyrics delve for meaning."


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See Also: Candy Apple Red, Cliff Edge Panic, Screech Owls

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