Blue In Heaven

Blue in Heaven, a highly wave influenced post-punk unit, formed in Dublin in 1982 in the wake of explosions from bands such as the Chameleons and Echo & the Bunnymen, and though they never quite rose to the same level of fame and fortune that another particular Irish quartet achieved, they were a minor college radio splash before their swift demise and reform as the Blue Angels in 1990.

After a handful of singles and EP releases, the band’s first record, All the Gods Men earned the band a fair amount of buzz in 1985, having been produced by Joy Division/New Order mainstay Martin Hannett and following a paint-by-numbers post-punk aesthetic, with heavy draw from Stooges frontman/solo wonder Iggy Pop. Released just a year later, Explicit Material honed in on their sound, allowing for the previous culmination of influences and styles to shine more than their debut. For today’s consumption, I’ve uploaded a duo of tracks from Explicit Material. If you listen closely, you can still hear the pops and cracks of the vinyl, as the copy I’ve acquired seems stripped straight from the source. I don’t think any of their catalog has gotten a proper dusting off and cd pressing, come to think of it, so I’m uncertain as to how to purchase their material properly unless you stumble across an old LP…

download Blue in Heaven- ‘I Just Wanna’
download Blue in Heaven- ‘Change Your Mind’

and for your viewing enjoyment, the extremely dated and grit-tastic video for ‘I Just Wanna.’

Happy Friday, ladies and gentlemen!

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