Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Five Go Down To The Sea ?




Every time I look for more information on Five Go Down To The Sea ?, all I get is info from an Enid Blyton book which also appeared on BBC in the Famous Five series. The band probably took their name from it.
Some years ago I read on a forum that the guitarplayer passed away after the band split up.
You could already hear a song of them on the 'Good Morning Mr. Presley' comp. LP I posted not a long time ago.
For those who like The Fall, The Three Johns, Membranes, Bogshed,...

Knot A Fish 7" (Kabuki Records-KA Five.5-1983)
1. Fishes For Compliments
2. Elephants For Fun And Profit
3. There's A Fish On Top Of Shandon (Swears He's Elvis)
4. Why Wait Until April

The Glee Club 12" (Abstract Records-12 ABS 027-1984)
1. The Glee Club
2. Jumping Joley
3. Often
4. Boon For Travellists
5. What Happened Your Leg ?

Singing In Braille 12" (Creation Records-CRE 021T-1985)
1. Singing In Braille
2. Aunt Nelly
3. Silk Brain Worm Women

Five Go Down To The Sea?

38 comments:

Cma said...

Five Go Down To The Sea? were from Cork, Ireland and were originally called Nun Attax. They were fronted by the Northern Irish Finbarr Donnelly who was a legendary figure in Cork from the late seventies onwards. Contemporaries of Microdisney, the band moved to London circa 1984 and released the three EP's posted here. There were a few radio sessions (one of which featured a track entitled 'While My Guitar Meryl Streeps') before the band resurfaced again in 1989, this time calling themselves Beethovven. Their sole release, the 12" 'Him Goolie Goolie Dem Man' was single of the week in NME but unfortunately frontman Donnelly drowned in the Hyde Par serpentine pond after downing a considerable amount of cider. The rest of the band soon moved back to Cork.

Curious Guy said...

Thanks a lot for the info cma. Much appreciated!

Slobodan Burgher said...

Yes I like it somewhat. Cool post as usual - keep it up!

Have you heard the new The Fall album yet? It is rocknroll!

Anonymous said...

Incredible band,top oh the pile when it came to the mid 80's shambling type noise. Saw them at the Hope and Anchor in london back in the day and they were a total riot of combustible noise.The singer had to visit the bathroom mid song so he just went in and carried on singing. Total dedication to the art.Great stuff.

Mike.

annie's animal said...

"For those who like The Fall, The Three Johns, Membranes, Bogshed,..."
then it is for me :)

Anonymous said...

The singer died, the guitarist formed Nine Wassies from Bainne. He stayed in my house one night very nice guy as his own radio show now in Irish in Ireland

Dr Madvibe said...

Wonderfull band, I was searching for a pic of them when I found this. There was a fabulous promo pic of them with Donnelly sitting in a huge Edwardian/Victorian style wicker chair with the others standing around - all in period suits.

I saw them quite a few times all of which were off the wall and thoroughly entertaining. One gig featured a new drummer at whom Donnelly yelled something like "wait a minute, you're not Smelly. Where's Smelly? Get out of here."

Red Bol said...
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Red Bol said...

Hot Damn!

i've been looking for an mp3 to replace my vinyl for so long ... this stuff is very rare indeed and yes, trying to google em was a pain.

another band you can compare em to were the great A Witness

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. FYI, one of Donnelly's drinking holes in Cork was called the Phoenix. I once saw him take a bit out of a vinyl Hare Krishna record and swallow it. A legend! BTW, Ricky, the guitarist, is still alive :)

Anonymous said...

not bit, bite!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant band (like Bogshed on acid, I swear!) but everso slightly scary in the flesh. In a nicec way though! IBx

Anonymous said...

have a look at http://www.getthatmonsteroffthestage.com/

Anonymous said...

I allways thought it was curious - perhaps an omen - that someone from a band called Five Go To The Sea, would eventually come to his end by drowning!!!
I have an elpee, or a 12 inch with a couple of songs, but without the sleeve. Bought in a Camden town record store in the 90ts... Great stuff! i think John Robb introduced thos people to me, back then. Herr Seele, from ostend

Curious Guy said...

Hallo Herr Seele, bedankt voor de comment. Weet nog dat je de Membranes liet spelen in Bissegem & Torhout.

Novemberer said...

I saw these gents play a handful of times way back when &, though an eminently good natured lot, they WERE a little bit of a frightening prospect for anybody in the audience who HADN'T downed a keg of Strongbow before leaving the house! A really great live band though - totally wrong & backwards but somehow bang-on. I think they felt that Stump stole their act a little bit, but imagine Stump(x100) & that's kinda what this bunch were like on stage. The Beethoven 12" is great too if you can track it down...

Daniel said...

Not true that the rest of the band moved to Ireland.
I, Daniel, stayed in London and I am still in London and still a drummer.

They were the best band I have ever played in.

Daniel

Curious Guy said...

Hello Daniel, thanks for leaving a comment. Seems that 5GDTTS had some live reputation!

rickyphi said...

I saw Nun Attax about a dozen times. They were the greatest band ever, IMNO.

Re Cma's post, I think it was "While my cigar Meryl Streeps"!!

5 go down to the Sea featured a brilliant but utterly bewildered female cellist from the RTE Symphony Orchestra.

Anonymous said...

Five Go Down To The Sea? feature in a new book called 'Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher To The Sultans of Ping'

Anonymous said...

Link is down.Pleeeeease Re Up.
Lookin'for that stuff for a long Time.
Greetz

Curious Guy said...

Link works fine. Just tried. Please try again. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Tried it again.Link works but theres nothing in it.I'm confused.Please check it.Thanx

Anonymous said...

I used to see them at The Living Room many years back when I was in the TVPs. Great band, wild and fine men. Sad to hear about Donnelly - I never knew.
Dave Musker

Anonymous said...

Five Go Down To The Sea? have a MySpace website: http://www.myspace.com/5godowntothesea

de verbaasde kabouter said...

Any chance for quality re-rips? This band deserves it, really!

Curious Guy said...

Already re-ripped them. Coming soon!

Curious Guy said...

New HQ rip's up.

fairtradekookboek said...

Wow, fantastisch! Ik luisterde in de jaren tachtig naar John Peel via BFBS in Keulen. Dat waren schone tijden en dit was een schoon groep. Echt fel bedankt! Uwe blog is aan 't uitgroeien tot een knalbibiliotheek!

Anonymous said...

incredible band it's a pity the link is dead... any re-up?

Curious Guy said...

New link for Five Go Down To The Sea?. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this incredible band.
This blog is outstanding!!!!

angie said...

great blog , great underrated band le late Finbarr Donnely was amazing: he sounds like Mike's Lynch of Stump (another great band , any chance your could any re-up? a

Curious Guy said...

New link Angie. Enjoy!

angie said...

great, thanks a lot

ROOKSBY said...

Hi Curious,

I heard "Singing in Braille" 'round at a pal's place the other night, I'd forgotten what a monstrous, awesome noise Donnelly & co. made on that one, it sounds like Flipper on Guinness!

If there's any chance you could re-up these EPs at some point I'd really appreciate it, I never owned their debut & my copies of the 12"s went a.w.o.l. many, many years ago (because I'm an idiot, same old story, eh?).

Curiously, neither Five Go Down To The Sea or Beethoven recorded a Peel session, I wonder why?

Thanks (again),

Rooksby.

Curious Guy said...

Good choice Rooksby. New link. Enjoy!

ROOKSBY said...

Thanks for the swift re-up, Curious - I'm going to be listening to this stuff for the entire weekend, I expect! :)