Blue In Heaven- All the God’s Men LP

Blue In Heaven were a band I covered ages ago, before Systems of Romance became more album-focused. However, as I’ve just nabbed a copy of their debut record off Ebay for a mere buck (a refreshing change from the usual prices most albums I post fetch), I figure it’s appropriate to revisit them for a full length feature.

A quick recap: Blue In Heaven formed in Dublin in 1982, and quickly gained a heavy cult following due to their post-punk edge, recalling the likes of early Bunnymen, the Chameleons, and U2 (who championed the budding band every chance they could). Their first record was produced by Martin Hannett, notorious for his production work with Joy Division/New Order and the rest of the Factory family.

The band’s discography consists ofr a handful of singles, two full length records (1985’s All the God’s Men and 1986’s Explicit Material), and a final EP (if anyone has this, please send it my way). The band split in 1989, and soon after, they reformed with a slight shift in direction as Blue Angels, who released one full-length record in 1993.

Here’s the info and link for Blue In Heaven’s debut:

Blue In Heaven- All the God’s Men LP
1. Sometimes
2. The Big Beat
3. It’s Saturday
4. Old Ned
5. All You Fear
6. Julie Cries
7. Like A Child
8. In Your Eyes
9. Slowly

*download it here* (RE-RIPPED 1/6/16)

No official videos from this era, but click below for some live footage of Blue In Heaven performing ‘Red Dress’ live @ Self Aid. This song, though a regular in their live set, has never appeared on any Blue In Heaven release…

18 Responses to “Blue In Heaven- All the God’s Men LP”

  1. This, my friend, is fucking good.

    I love how the first track throws you off with pleasant but forgettably textbook eighties pop and then the album rolls up its sleeves and gets serious.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    i remember these cats! i had both their albums on cassette back in the 80’s.
    i though they were killer then… thanx for posting!

  3. StrangETimeS Says:

    Any chance of making “I Just Wanna” with decent sound quality available?

    I´ve been looking for this songs for years and years and years, and lately I´ve found the video on youtube, but it´s not the same.

    Any Record label interested in re-releasing Blue In Heaven catalog?

    Here it is a fan waiting for the time to come

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for posting this!!!!!!! I’ve been looking for this band for a long time!! Cool songs.

  5. One of my all time favourites. If anyone is interested, I’ve ripped from cassette a concert they performed for 2FM in Nov. ’85. This is a radio broadcast and is in pretty good condition for a cassette that is almost 25 years old. Post reply if anyone interested.

    Cheer,
    Me.

  6. One of my all time favourites. If anyone is interested, I’ve ripped from cassette a concert they performed for 2FM in Nov. ’85. This is a radio broadcast and is in pretty good condition for a cassette that is almost 25 years old. Post reply if anyone interested.

    Cheer,
    Me.

  7. i’d love to hear the concert! please post it!

    wm2007

  8. Without doubt one of the finest live bands I've ever seen, I have their entire output plus Blue Angels on CD. never was an official cd release, great to see some other fans out there.

  9. [.michelle.] Says:

    so, i've been openly perusing this blog for a bit tonight. i have decided we have to connect somehow.

    probably mainly because my area manager boss' name is Therin, and i can't not make some masturbatory theremin WHEEEE-EEERRR gesture every time i see him.

    and i own much korg gear. and am not so much a keyboardist as my keyboards are humanists via me.
    and analog for life…!

    god bless the creepy internet and my love of blue in heaven.

  10. frankie teardrop Says:

    the internet strikes again! always a pleasure to meet someone continuing the humanistic path of analog gear, and exploring the sounds that come along with it.

    does that boss even know what a theremin is? explaining it by use of sound effect and invoking 50s horror flicks grows tiresome…

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  13. newwavepop Says:

    very nice rip. thank you.

  14. Backline kid Says:

    re BIH: I’ve worked with manys a band. These guys are still way up there in terms of best ever! Shane, Dec, Eamon and Dave with Kieran Kennedy playing on Gibson guitars………feckin napalm!! Good times.
    LC.

  15. I’ve uploaded two Blue In Heaven videos to You Tube. The audio is much better than anything currently on You Tube. Songs are Red Dress and Tell Me from Self Aid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjm-1MVA088

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eVaAktMpE4

  16. I Just Wanna
    Beating In My Head
    Good quality audio and updated videos

    https://youtu.be/dnis7ngvefY

    https://youtu.be/-k_0h6dr9wk

  17. Thanks for the great rips of the BIH music

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