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Mighty Mighty

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Mighty Mighty were formed in the early 80’s by Mick Geoghegan and Hugh Harkin out of their shared love of soul music, Postcard Records, The Velvet Underground and Socialist Worker Party politics. By 1985 the band had settled with the line-up of Mick (guitar and lyrics), Hugh (vocals), Russell Burton (bass & b.vox), David “H” Hennessy (drums) and Pete Geoghegan (Vox organ and guitar).

They built up a small following on the Birmingham circuit playing venues including The Mermaid, Hare & Hounds, Peacocks and various halls of residence.
The band recorded their first single (Everybody Knows The Monkey/You’re On My Mind) for the princely sum of £40 and released it in ‘86 on their own Girlie Records. This was followed by Is There Anyone Out There (4 track 12”) before signing to Chapter 22.

The Mighty Mighty sound stood them apart from from many of their contemporaries. Chief songwriter Mick drew on influences as varied as Al Green, Billie Holiday, Josef K and Phil Spector. His guitar style paid homage to the aforementioned Scots, Ian McCulloch and The Au Pairs. Hugh’s vocals echoed those of Scott Walker and Edwyn Collins. H’s tight, fast beats came of years listening to punk, The Only Ones and the Pogues. Russell’s pumping, melodic bass style was honed playing along to This Year’s Model whilst at university in Sheffield. Pete’s keyboard sound was influenced by The Doors and Al Kooper while his guitar style was a blend of Bunnymen, Johnny Marr, and The Velvets.

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  • matt_ingham

    there is a definitive 2 disc collection - Pop Can The Definitive Collection 86-88 out soon on Cherry Red

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sls

    Wait, this band isn't The Smiths? Like Mighty Mighty, and The Smiths, are two different bands? And Morissey is only in one of them?

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • trishtan

    They're quite good. Like a bowl of the world's tastiest cereal.

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
  • superfluousflub

    Hmm, they sound like Orange Juice but more so. How strange.

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • balzadelia

    very jangly indeed :)

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • hugh-mighty

    Hi its Hugh of Mighty Mighty. I got verrry drunk last night and decided to give a shout out to everyone on this page. Hope I wasn't rude,sarcastic or mean. Apart from calling PONTY30 a twat...Sorry about that! Hope you can all forgive me.

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • james_bataille

    gemini smiles... (looking at the two of us) great group, great songs... mythical!!

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • PeterMJ

    you can find most of their stuff at soulseek. great jangly band!

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bluebed

    Me too, can't find them anywhere.

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • abstractgreen

    Mighty Mighty are a great band.

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • DavidRoberts111

    Built Like A Car-fantastic track. Nowt like the Smiths. I was there - I know.

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • alongwaltz

    I preferred Mighty Mighty Mighty myself.

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • go-getter

    Well I actually quite like this :P

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Hllrch

    Jeez... I'm usually averse to slating people on Last.fm - except when they make sweeping statements like the smug people below. I also think the Mighty Mighty board deserves to have at least one positive comment: as a pop tune, "Throwaway" holds up very well against anything The Smiths ever did.

    1 Oct 2008 Reply
  • vanitycentral

    And the award for best Morrissey impression goes too...

    11 Aug 2008 Reply