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The Fratellis played their first ever gig on 4 March 2005 in the O’Henry’s bar in Glasgow, and have since made their breakthrough year in 2006. The Fratellis EP was released April 3, 2006, featuring the tracks Creepin’ Up The Backstairs, Stacie Anne and The Gutterati”. Due to its limited availability, copies can now be found reaching more than £30 on eBay. Different sources tell of different origins of the band’s name. Some claim it derives from the 1985 movie The Goonies; however, the band denied this live on air on BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross Show on 9 September 2006. Others tell of the band forming from a four-piece band who would play at weddings. They were nominated for Best Breakthrough Band in the 2007 Brit Awards.

The Blades were formed in 1977 at a time where punk ruled Dublin, with bands like The Radiators from Space being among the talk of the Irish music scene. Originally with Paul Cleary on Bass, his brother Lar on Guitar and drummer Pat Larkin completing the lineup. They released two 7” singles on Energy Records with this lineup ‘Hot For You’ (1980) and ‘Ghost Of A Chance’  (1981) the later of which was performed on The Late Late Show that year. Around this time they played a 6 week residency with U2 in the Baggott Inn with the bands swapping headline slots every week as both bands attempted to take their careers to the next level. This lineup was short lived however with Pat and Lar moving on, allowing main songwriter Paul to switch to guitar and recruit Brian Foley and Jack Reilly on Bass and Drums respectively as well as adding a brass section. The new line up started off where the last one left releasing the singles ‘The Bride Wore White’ and  ‘Revelations of Heartbreak’ in 1982.  This lead to Paul Cleary being named as the Songwriter of the year ahead of Bono and Van Morrison as well […]