Those Handsome Devils (THD) were a rockabilly/garage band fronted by Sean Foy. They began with Foy and Harte busking on Grafton Street in the summer of 1983. Drummer Leo O'Regan (ex Yeah! Yeah!) joined when the band began gigging in proper venues. Early gigs were done under the name Crazy Times, later changed to THD. O'Regan was replaced by Johnny Bonnie (ex The End) and Frank Rynne joined as second guitarist. Both left before the first single to form the Baby Snakes. Three tracks were recorded during sessions at Windmill Lane Studios for the debut single. Of these, "24 Hours (A Minute)" remains unreleased. The sessions were produced by P.J.Curtis and featured sax from Richie Buckley. The single was made "Single Of The Week" by Larry Gogan on his daytime radio show on RTE. THD also recorded at least one Dave Fanning session circa 1984 which included the otherwise unreleased "Lonesome Train" and "Johnny Cynic". Another unreleased nugget is "Concrete Blues", performed on RTE's mid-80s music TV show Visual Eyes.
In 1986 the band adopted a more garage rock sound evident on the second single "Don't Bring Me Down" though the rockabilly roots are still in place and this single is recommended. Despite critical acclaim, the band seemed to disappear.
Those Handsome Devils were a superb rockabilly band, closer to the traditional
1950's sound than the psychobilly scene of the '80s. While chronically under-documented
in terms of actual releases, there are enough recordings in existance to make an excellent
Sean Foy popped up on various recordings during the 90s and recently released a solo album. THD reformed for a one-off gig on December 22nd 2007 at Thomas Reid's (Smithfield) in Dublin.
Lineups: Sean Foy (guitar & vocals), Frank Rynne (guitar), Pat Harte (bass) and Leo O'Regan (drums). O'Regan replaced by Johnny Bonnie; Leo is now a photographer. Frank Rynne & John Bonnie left to form the Baby Snakes. Bonnie later played in Scared Stiff and is currently one of the Radiators from Space. Pat Larkin (ex Blades) was drummer at some point.
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