An Emotional Fish tonight, recorded in concert from Manchester in 1990 by the BBC.
Together since 1988, An Emotional Fish were signed to U2’s revamped Mother Records, and this concert comes during the time of their debut album was released. Their first big hit came in 1989 with Celebrate, which hit #4 on the U.S. charts, prompting their being signed for U.S. distribution by Atlantic Records.
A string of modest hits ensued and three studio albums, along with two live albums to their credit. The band continued on until 2002, when co-founder and vocalist Gerard Whelen left to form Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club, at which point a hiatus took place. They reunited in 2012 for a benefit concert in aid of Barrestown. Drummer Martin Murphy died only a few days ago, in January of this year. So the future of the band and any continuing on since the benefit concert is up for speculation.
Tonight, it’s their formative period, two years after getting started and beginning to cultivate a following. The crowd in Manchester voice their approval all throughout the show – this comes hot on the heels of the release of their debut album, and the press reaction was hopeful that a new band were on the horizon.
One of the many bands who exploded on the scene in the late 1980s, changing the playing field and bringing a new and different genre along with them. Characterized in some circles as Brit-pop, An Emotional Fish maintained their heavy Indie/alternative presence, and subsequently achieved a modicum of success on both sides of the Atlantic.
If you remember them during this formative period, then by all means, check this concert out. if you missed them, here’s a chance to get acquainted.
Crank it up and enjoy.