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A House

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Acerbic, witty and sometimes intense Irish Indie greats.
A House were an Irish band from the 1980s to the 1990s. The single “Endless Art” is one of their charting successes.

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Forming out of the ashes of the band Last Chance, vocalist Dave Couse, guitarist Fergal Bunbury, drummer Dermot Wylie and bassist Martin Healy came together as A House. With a classic, guitar based rock sound, and Couse’s sarcastic and bitter tongued lyrics the band released two self-released singles.

Gaining regional popularity, the band signed with Blanco y Negro who released their first album On Our Big Fat Merry-Go-Round in 1988. The success of the release and growing crowds at their live shows allowed the band to embark on their U.S. tour with The Go-Betweens.

After their first major tour, they went back to Ireland, and wrote and recorded the album I Want Too Much in 1988 on the small Irish island of Inishboffin. The response of the press was great for the band, however record sales were poor, and the band were left without a label. Eventually they were picked up by Setanta, a London-based independent label tending to focus on Irish acts.
I Am the Greatest

Towards the end of 1990 Setanta released two EPs: Doodle and Bingo. The latter featured the track “Endless Art”, on which A House first worked with Orange Juice singer Edwyn Collins as producer. The song, featuring a listing of famous dead artists in various fields, and the years of their births and deaths, stabilized the band as a cult favorite among indie lovers, and is an exemplar of the “list” style of song which Couse has often favoured.

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  • masterstgy

    They were a fantastic band. Never got the fame deserved.

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Akatian

    Call me bluuuuueeeeeeee

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • heidisuperhero

    props to 6music for playing endless art today.

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Punchbowl

    I am the Greatest could do with a remaster in fairness... title track ftw

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    Final part of the 2nd season with the newcomer voting in the Irish Rock League. It's only your votes that decide!

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • jumhed

    'I Am The Greatest' is an amazing album. Horrible production though. and I can think of 5 songs from the record better than 'Endless Art'.

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Punchbowl

    New Dave Couse album out now folks, check 1969records.com, or wait a few weeks for shops and itunes.. the great thing is that Ferg is back on Guitar!! And, it sound great.. that too..

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • theealex

    'I Am The Greatest' is one of the best albums of all time. FACT

    28 Nov 2009 Reply
  • BillSwansea

    It's so depressing how empty this whole page is, really.

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Severin_

    The all female Endless Art was a track on the cd single

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • Didacvs

    I recently heard "i want to much" Mike Hedges its a great producer

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • 1971joncal

    i have a version of endless art with all female names,what a band i miss them lots and still listen to big fat merrygoround every week

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
  • SAINTRON

    Endless lists were Couses' forte. I'm sure he has recorded an alternate take to Endless Art......... "Walt Disneys Mickey Mouse, A Houses David Couse" or something like that. Great Band....Thanks Mr Couse.

    24 Aug 2008 Reply
  • theealex

    A fantastic band!

    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • BtfulDisaster

    Not even 20k scrobbles yet? This surprises me.

    30 Apr 2008 Reply
  • allthingsgrow

    couse is a genius

    30 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Punchbowl

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P2bcvYjXaQ

    10 Jul 2007 Reply
  • franksting

    Nice to see Call me blue at the top. Classic ofrom teh hell that was Ireland in the late eighties/ Anyone know where I can pick it up in the arse end of the world that is Sydney? Sorry I love Sydney, but Irish music is hard to get here. Though I'll always remember finding a pristine copy of Fitzcarraldo for NZ$6 in a shop in Christchurce NZ many years ago

    10 May 2007 Reply
  • BadlyDrawnBoyo

    This video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhW_5z4yuTY ?

    19 Feb 2007 Reply
  • bigpaulc

    Not only is this shoutbox far too bloody empty, but no one is listening to the, frankly, fantastic BUGABOO EP! Life, don't talk to me about life, pah!

    22 Jan 2007 Reply
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