Sean O’Neill and Guy Trelford

Sean O’Neill and Guy Trelford

IT MAKES YOU WANT TO SPIT celebrates the 25th anniversary of punk in Northern Ireland , the year that the saw the first releases from bands such as The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers. The book is a testament to a scene which, for various reasons, was especially vibrant, and lasted longer in Ulster than in any other part of the British Isles. The book is laid out in alphabetical format, and includes all the punk and new wave bands of the time, from Acme to the Zipps, along with the record labels and shops, radio presenters, fanzine writers, venues, and all the movers and shakers who helped create that vibrant scene. Each band’s history includes a full discography, along with photographs and memorabilia. Almost all bands have a minimum of a full page dedicated to them, while most features extend to at least three or four pages, and there are extensive pieces on the bands central to the scene, such as Rudi and The Outcasts, as well as the more internationally successful bands such as The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers. Features also include local scenes in various parts of the province, such as Derry, Bangor, and Omagh, with personal contributions from some of the leading lights in those areas. Many people involved in making music at the time, or writing about it in local fanzines, contribute their personal memories, with a foreword from former Acme member turned journalist Stuart Bailie, and significant contributions from journalists Gavin Martin, Henry McDonald and Carol Clerk, novelist Colin Bateman, Good Vibrations supremo Terri Hooley, radio presenters Johnny Hero, Dave Fanning, Davy Sims and John Peel, musicians such as Jake Burns, Henry Cluny, Brian Young, Greg Cowan, Jackie Hamilton and Paul Burgess, and bands who visited the North, including The Clash, The Stranglers, The Damned, Crass, the Lurkers, etc. The book, 288 pages long, is presented in A4 format, on high quality silk finish paper, and contains hundreds of photographs of bands and fans, many previously unseen. It is being published by Dublin based record and music publishing company Reekus.

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