A couple of years ago I gave my friend Colm all of my vinyl records as I was moving house (again) and didn’t have a record player and didn’t have any room for them. He kindly took them off me, and tonight he kindly offered them back. A couple of months ago I bought a new record player in ARGOS for €60 - as an aside the same one is now on sale for €40 - and so it’s kind of interesting listening to them again. In between all the records - including the ones I had swiped off Sean Baite - I found this little gem, the Would Be’s “I’m hardly ever wrong” E.P.
I liked the Would Be’s but I have to admit, were it not for John Peel’s seal of approval, I doubt if I would have taken that much notice. Having said that I really like the third song here, “I want to say what goes without saying”, and I have fond memories of seeing them live in the (now-demolished) New Inn on New Street.
As for the band themselves, here’s the blurb from the always excellent irishrock.org
Wonderful indie pop band formed in early 1989 by the three Finnegan brothers, evolving from an their earlier band called The Nobody’s. Another brother James Finnegan managed them and footed the bill for the recording and the first pressing of 250 copies of their debut single, released through Danceline Records. This single was famously championed by John Peel. It is more easily found as the UK pressing on Decoy. 17 year old singer Jilie McDonnell left the band shortly afterwards, replaced by Eileen Gogan. The band reformed in 2000 with a new singer Karen Cunningham.