Friday, October 31, 2008

BANDS & ARTISTS FROM IRELAND & THEIR HITS IN HELLAS


Bands & artists of Irish origin (Eire & N. Ireland) & their most successful songs in Hellas

1) Bands

A HOUSE (Dublin / hit: Endless Art, 1992)
ADVENTURES, THE (Belfast / hit Broken Land, 1988)
ASH (Downpatrick, Northern Ireland / hit: Candy, 2001)
BLACK VELVET BAND, THE (hit: When Justice Came, 1989)
BOOMTOWN RATS, THE (hit: I Don't Like Mondays, 1979)
BOYZONE (Dublin / biggest hits in Hellas: Love Me For A Reason, 1994 - No Matter What, 1998)
CLANNAD (Gweedore / hit: In A Lifetime, 1986)
COMMITMENTS, THE (biggest hits in Hellas: Treat Her Right, 1991 - Try A Little Tenderness, 1991)
CORRS, THE (Dundalk, County Louth / hit: Breathless, 2000)
CRANBERRIES, THE (Limerick)
CRY BEFORE DAWN (Wexford / hit: Gone Forever, 1987)
DIVINE COMEDY, THE (Northern Ireland / hit: Generation Sex, 1998)
D:REAM (hit: Things Can Only Get Better, 1993)
FAT LADY SINGS, THE (Dublin / hit: Deborah, 1991)
HOTHOUSE FLOWERS (Dublin / hit Don't Go, 1988)
POGUES, THE (hit: Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, 1988)
SNOW PATROL (Dundee, Scotland / hit: Chasing Cars, 2006)
THEM (Belfast / biggest hits in Hellas: Baby Please Don't Go, 1964 - Gloria, 1964)
THIN LIZZY (Dublin)
U2 (Dublin)
WESTLIFE (biggest hit: Mandy, 2003)


2) Artists

LUKA BLOOM (hit: I Need Love, 1992)
BOY GEORGE
PAUL BRADY (Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland / hit: Nobody Knows, 1991)
CHRIS DE BURGH (Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe Province, Argentina)
ENYA (Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal / biggest hits in Hellas: Orinoco Flow, 1988 - Storms In Africa, 1988)
GAVIN FRIDAY (Dublin / biggest hits in Hellas: I Want To Live, 1992 - You, Me and World War III, 1996)
RORY GALLAGHER (Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland)
REA GARVEY (Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland)
BOB GELDOF (DĂșn Laoghaire, Ireland / hit: This Is The World Calling, 1986)
RONAN KEATING (Dublin / biggest hits: When You Say Nothing At All, 1999 - Life Is A Rollercoaster, 2000)
JOHNNY LOGAN (Melbourne, Australia / biggest hits: What's Another Year, 1980 - Hold Me Now, 1987)
JIMMY McSHANE (Londonderry, N. Ireland / front man of BALTIMORA - Tarzan Boy , 1985)
CHRISTIE MOORE (Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland / hit: Welcome to the Cabaret, 1991)
GARY MOORE (Belfast)
VAN MORRISON (Belfast)
ROISIN MURPHY (hit: Let Me Know, 2007 / also see: MOLOKO)
SINEAD O'CONNOR (Dublin / biggest hits: Mandinka, 1987 - Nothing Compares 2 U, 1989)
GILBERT O'SULLIVAN (Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland / biggest hits in Hellas: Alone Again (Naturally), 1972 - Clair, 1972)
DAMIEN RICE (Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland / hit: The Blower's Daughter, 2001)
KEVIN ROWLAND (Wolverhampton, England)
FEARGAL SHARKEY (Londonderry, Northern Ireland / hit: A Good Heart, 1985 - see: Never Never /ASSEMBLY, 1983)

also blood related to Ireland: MICH HUCKNALL, SARAH JANE MORRIS, JOSS STONE


3) Significant Irish bands & artists less known or less successful in Hellas

AN EMOTIONAL FISH
CACTUS WORLD NEWS
CHIEFTAINS, THE

DUBLINERS, THE
ENERGY ORCHARD
FATIMA MANSIONS, THE
FRAMES, THE / GLEN HANSARD
IN TUA NUA
INTO PARADISE

MAMA'S BOYS
MICRODISNEY / HIGH LLAMAS
SAMANTHA MUMBA
MY BLOODY VALENTINE

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
PRAYER BOAT, THE
SKID ROW (IR)
STEPPES, THE
THERAPY?

UNDERTONES, THE / THAT PETROL EMOTION
VIRGIN PRUNES

also see:
AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM (a band with some Irish members)


4) The 10 most popular songs by an Irish act in Hellas ever:

Don't Pay The Ferryman-CHRIS DE BURGH
I Don't Like Mondays-THE BOOMTOWN RATS
Moonchild-RORY GALLAGHER
Nothing Compares 2 U-SINEAD O'CONNOR
One-U2
Orinoco Flow-ENYA
Still Got The Blues-GARY MOORE
Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2
With Or Without You-U2 (undoubtedly the most popular song in Hellenic radio ever)
Zombie-THE CRANBERRIES

Runner's up:
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For-U2
New Years Day-U2
& by special exception:
Super Girl-REAMONN (feat. REA GARVEY)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

huh....U2 and chris de burgh haven't had any hits in hellas?

LefterisLalos said...

On the contrary... they had too many hits to mention! Artists with over 4 significant hits are mentioned only by name. Chris had over 10 hit songs & U2 over 30. I don't think that it would make any sense writing their major hits down. Just in case you would like to see their 80's hits in Hellas, visit my relevant article at

http://www.mousikosdiavlos.gr/default.asp?id=23&ACT=5&content=58&mnu=23