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It's all happening at Whelan's as history is made

IN recent years there's been a growing trend for acts to wheel out a landmark album and play it in its entirety. Arthur Lee and Love dusted down the classic Forever Changes in The Village, Brian Wilson played Pet Sounds at The Point and Echo & the Bunnymen's Ocean Rain was trotted out in the Olympia.

That same venue also saw Suede run through their first three collections on successive nights in what was probably the most memorable gig-going experience of 2012, possibly matched only by Bruce Springsteen turning a summer's night in Limerick into the stuff of legend by performing Born to Run in sequence.

Thus far, however, Irish acts have been slow to cop on to the idea, until now that is. Although they never technically split up but gig sporadically throughout the year, it dawned on Something Happens that they'd never actually played their 1990 album Stuck Together with God's Glue all the way through in a live setting.

So, with typically perverse Happens logic they'll be performing it in Whelan's – 24 years after it was first released.

The band's 1988 debut Been There, Seen That, Done That was a fine collection of songs which had been honed and hardened through constant gigging but marred by a toppy production. The second was always going to be a bigger leap but the writing was on a roll and when they decamped to Los Angeles, with producer Ed Stasium, the signs were good.


I'd been at the gigs when set opener What Now and Parachute were debuted and knew that they, in addition to the barnstorming Hello Hello Hello Hello Hello (Petrol) would easily form the bedrock of a cracking album. I wasn't wrong.

In addition to those three there was the epic build of Room 29, the euphoric Patience Business and the playful Devil in Miss Jones.

Tom Dunne's lyrics had come on a bundle too. All in all a perfect pop-rock package and probably one of my favourite Irish albums of all time. Roll on Whelan's.

> George Byrne

Something Happens play Whelan's tonight.