Ash - their 1996 full-length debut was hailed as one of the 500 Greatest albums of all time.

Ash – their Northern Irish roots clashed with their Britpop label.

Ash – in session for Steve Lamacq – October 14, 1994 – BBC Radio 1 –

Ash to end the week – the three-piece from Northern Ireland made a big impression pretty quickly, and found themselves associated with the Britpop movement, an association which made them uncomfortable at best,for obvious reasons.

Still, Ash were enthusiastically received, and their first release, the 7-track ep, Trailer, quickly established them as a band to watch. Those hunches were confirmed by 1996 when they released their first full-length album 1977, which went on to be hailed as one of the 500 Greatest Rock Albums of All Time. Hugely successful throughout the world, ironically none of their albums or singles were issued in the U.S. – impossible to imagine, but looking through their discography, every album and single, most of which were either certified Gold or Platinum was not released in the U.S. – even though Ash toured the U.S. several times and also spent time in New York. Which is strange as well as a shame, because Ash have released some excellent material over the years.

This session, recorded for Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 1 on October 14, 1994 comes literally 10 days ahead of the release of Trailer – and it probably explains the boost of energy the band were feeling at the time of this session.

Initially a three-piece, the band added an additional vocalist and guitarist in 1997, but returned to the 3-piece lineup in 2007 just prior to calling a temporary halt.

Ash have had a long and varied career – still together, resuming after their hiatus in 2007 they’ve recently released a live album recorded at the London Astoria and have embarked on a tour, which began in December of last year.

A band worth checking out, if you aren’t familiar – coming about at a time when there was a lot going on in music and directions were all over the place – they may have fallen under the radar for many American listeners, but they shouldn’t be missed.

Get ready for the weekend.

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