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Originally known as the Green-Eyed Children, Hurrah! consisted of Paul Handyside (b. 28 September 1960, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne And Wear, England; guitar/vocals), David ‘Taffy’ Hughes (b. 16 March 1961, Southmoor, Northumberland, England; guitar/vocals), David Porthouse (b. 17 August 1961, Gateshead, Tyne And Wear, England; bass) and Mark Sim (drums).

Switching to the moniker of Hurrah!, the quartet signed to the new Kitchenware Records label in 1982. Mark Sim soon departed to be replaced by Damien Mahoney, whereupon a series of acclaimed singles such as ‘The Sun Shines Here’ and ‘Hip Hip’ earned the band great respect from the British Independent sector. Based upon the pivotal force of the singing/guitar-playing/songwriting partnership of Paul Handyside and David Hughes, Hurrah! mastered a jittery, urgent style rich in melodic content.

By 1986, however, the band had pushed their sound towards a rockier terrain, replacing the initial charm with power and passion. Damien Mahoney left to join the police force in the spring of that year, allowing Steve Price to fill the vacant drum stool. Their debut, ‘Tell God I’m Here’, saw the light of day in 1987, swiftly followed by a support date with U2 at London’s Wembley stadium and, on a more bizarre note, live shows in Iraq, Egypt and Jordan after accepting an invitation from the British Council. In spite of the band’s determination, commercial success remained elusive.


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  • Graff_Chasnok

    They are simply perfect!

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • snowy657

    Sweet Sanity!

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Hellraiser917

    Great band!

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
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  • sunshineshere

    Their 3rd & lost album, titled "Rebirth of The Cool" was finally released from Cherry Red Records. Great!

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • schzyo

    WONDERFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 Oct 2009 Reply
  • cruz992

    When I was younger Handyside/Hughes were like Lennon/McCartney to me...

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • turnstone

    there was meant to be some reissues last year but it never happened - anyone know why ?

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • boabymac66

    One of the best live bands i ever had the pleasure to witness, total energy and i got to meet them backstage for a beer and they were totally genuine lads.

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • sunshineshere

    One of the best indie guitar pop bands of the 80's!

    6 Oct 2007 Reply

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