Sunday, July 27, 2008

I Wanna Hate It

Ireland’s Andy McCarroll was one of a thousands folkies turned “new wavers” like Debbie Harry, John Hiatt and Tom Robinson. In 1980 Andy McCarroll and Moral Support made a new wave power-pop gem that remains buried in the Christian rock ghetto. That sucks. Zionic Bonds is a rippling record; witness the punk rock sturm and drang of “How the Kids Are Feelin’, the power-pop backing vocals on “Sin”, the new wave synth-beeps on “Slippin’ and Slidin’” plus the obligatory reggata de blanc of “In Control”. This album fits in perfectly with the whole punky power-pop sound of the Undertones and all the Good Vibrations bands (Rudi, Protext, Moondogs etc.) that briefly dominated Ireland . The lyrics, particularly the accusatory “I Am Human”, may annoy but they follow the same sort of “Society’s messed up – let’s rock” attitude so common at the time. Who'da guessed this would influence U2 so much?

The obscurity-lovin’ series Every One A Classic (Punk Mod Powerpop) included “Just Where It's At Tonight” on Vol.4, which has been added as a bonus track for your ed-if-i-cation.

This link implies that a CDR of this album is available. I’ll order a copy and report back on its quality. My hope is that maybe we’ll steer some new customers their way. If necessary this link will be removed...


UPDATE: 'Unofficial' remix available HERE!!


  1. hello
    great blog...
    do you have "skin of tears" album?

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  2. Thanks for the words and I hadn't heard SOT before but I checked it out and they sound really good.

  3. Great record, a friend of mine did an awesome remaster of this for his personal stash.

  4. You should so post your friend's remaster - this album deserves a wider audience.

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  6. I posted the remaster of Zionic Bonds. Cliffy from the Huntingtons (my favorite Ramones core band) as well as The Stivs and Main Line Riders did the remaster, it's what he does for a living. He's also playing on the new Lifesavers album.


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