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Virgin Prunes

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Dublin, Ireland (1977 – 1986)

Virgin Prunes was an experimental band from Dublin, Ireland. The band was formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1986 after the departure of member Gavin Friday.

Known for its outrageous and controversial stage performances led by the bands’ theatrical singer/songwriter Friday, they first began playing small shows in Dublin gaining them a cult audience and ridicule from the culturally conservative community. With an audience the band were able to issue their first single in 1980, the independently-produced Twenty Tens (I’ve Been Smoking All Night), which led to a deal with the Rough Trade Records.

Gavin Friday and Guggi, along with third vocalist ‘Dave-iD Busaras’ (David Scott Watson), guitarist Dik Evans (brother of U2’s The Edge), bassist STRONGMAN (Trevor Rowan, brother of Guggi) and drummer Pod (Anthony Murphy), completed the original lineup. Soon after the release of their first single the bands drummer, Pod, left the group and was replaced by Haa-Lacka Binttii (aka Bintii, aka Princess Tinymeat, neé Daniel Figgis), who was in turn replaced by drummer Mary D’Nellon.

1981 to 1982 would see the band release many innovative and creative projects such as A New Form Of Beauty, a project that contained four chapters, each on a different format. In 1982 the Virgin Prunes released their debut album …If I Die, I Die. Heresie, a French boxset, was also released. The boxset contained two 10 inch records, one with studio recordings from just before the “If I Die I Die” sessions and one with a registration of a Paris concert .

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