Therapy?

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Alternative / Hard Rock group with Industrial and Punk influences from Northern Ireland, formed in 1989 by Andy Cairns (vocals, lead guitar) and Fyfe Ewing (drums). Michael McKeegan (bass guitar) joined them shortly afterwards.

They developed a strong underground following in both parts of the island, particularly around their legendary early nineties Dublin Christmas gigs in the SFX. They started to received some attention across the water in Britain in 1992 with their "Pleasure Death" mini album and then with the "Nurse" album and "Teethgrinder" single. This interest exploded with the release of the more traditionally punk rock sounding "Shortsharpshock EP", which gave them a No. 10 hit in the UK and an appearance on Top of the Pops. This was followed by further hits from the "Opal Mantra" and "Face the Strange" EPs. This success was consolidated with the release of the "Troublegum" album and its associated singles.

Fyfe left the band in 1996, to be replaced by Graham Hopkins. Martin McKerrick (guitar/cello) also joined the band full-time at this stage, having appeared as a guest musician on previous Therapy? releases and played with them live. Their popularity was impossible to maintain and they also found that much of their previous fanbase was unhappy with their change in sound a few years earlier. Since then, they have worked at developing something of a new following.

Graham left Therapy? in December 2001, he was replaced by Neil Cooper in 2002. Martin left the band in 2004.
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Albums

Therapy? - Babyteeth album art Therapy? Babyteeth (MiniAlbum) Wiiija Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Nurse album art Therapy? Nurse (Album) A&M Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Pleasure Death album art Therapy? Pleasure Death (MiniAlbum) Wiiija Records, Wiiija Records, Wiiija Records, Wiiija Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
TCD 0527 Therapy? - In Concert - 564 album art Therapy? / L7 Therapy? / L7 - In Concert - 564(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0527 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Troublegum album art Therapy? Troublegum (Album) A&M Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
TCD 0728 Therapy? - In Concert - 593 album art Therapy? In Concert - 593(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0728 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Infernal Love album art Therapy? Infernal Love (Album) A&M Records US 1995 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Semi-Detached album art Therapy? Semi-Detached (Album) A&M Records Poland 1998 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Suicide Pact - You First album art Therapy? Suicide Pact - You First (Album) Ark 21 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Shameless album art Therapy? Shameless (Album) Ark 21 Records Japan 2001 Sell This Version
Therapy? - High Anxiety album art Therapy? High Anxiety (Album) Spitfire Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Never Apologise Never Explain album art Therapy? Never Apologise Never Explain (Album) Spitfire Records Russia 2004 Sell This Version
Therapy? - One Cure Fits All album art Therapy? One Cure Fits All (Album) Spitfire Records Brazil 2006 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Crooked Timber album art Therapy? Crooked Timber (Album) DR2 Records Ukraine 2009 Sell This Version
Therapy? - We're Here To The End album art Therapy? We're Here To The End (Album) Blast Records (9) UK & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
Therapy? - A Brief Crack Of Light album art Therapy? A Brief Crack Of Light (Album) Blast Records (9) UK 2012 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Disquiet album art Therapy? Disquiet (Album) Amazing Record Co. UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Therapy? - Wood & Wire album art Therapy? Wood & Wire(CD, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (Therapy? Self-released) none Ireland 2016 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Communion (Live At The Union Chapel) album art Therapy? Communion (Live At The Union Chapel) (Album) Not On Label (Therapy? Self-released) UK 2017 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Cleave album art Therapy? Cleave (Album) Marshall Records (10), Marshall Records (10) UK 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

m.f.n.1. Therapy? - Meat Abstract / Punishment Kiss album art Therapy? Meat Abstract / Punishment Kiss(7") Multifuckingnational Records m.f.n.1. UK 1990 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Teethgrinder album art Therapy? Teethgrinder (Single, Maxi) A&M Records, A&M Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
THX1 Therapy? - Have A Merry Fucking Christmas album art Therapy? Have A Merry Fucking Christmas(7", Promo) A&M Records THX1 UK & Ireland 1992 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Opal Mantra album art Therapy? Opal Mantra (Single) A&M Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Therapy? - Be Still album art Peace Together / Therapy? Peace Together / Therapy? - Be Still (Single, Maxi) Island Records, Island Records UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version

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Aenaon

Aenaon

December 8, 2010
Therapy is a band from Northern Ireland. That explains a lot of things.
Although that they have a very hardcore fan basis, they never achieved to be a superband with big audiences. In their case, it was better that it never happened, as they manage to maintain their original and pure sound as their early days. Underground is still their middle name, and they became big only during years 1994-1996 with the two multi selling releases "Troublegum" and "Infernal Love". They still manage to book tour dates with major success especially in Europe, as they were never successful in the United States and the Americans dont know the band. Their first two records, Babyteeth and Pleasure Death were a mix of dark punk noise alternative rock. Following those two releases, Nurse was their third album, receiving success with their top single "Teethgrinder".
Their breakthrough album was Troublegum and after that the Infernal love and they became big and well known to greater audiences. After that and a numerous recording followed with minimum success, such as Semi-Detached,Suicide Pact-You first which were very difficult albums for someone to deal with. Leaving the A& M company, a best of compilation was released as a tribute to those productive years. Shameless is the next album that was recorded in Seattle, US. The rest of the recordings such as, High Anxiety,Never apologise never explained, one cure fits all, and the last but not least Crooked timber, found the band trying to reinvent and rearrange themselves either successful or unsuccessful.

But they will be always remembered as an original and true band without trying to cope with all the trends of the passing times.Funfantastic!
Cheers to this band which has offered so many personal feelings.
Alastis

Alastis

March 30, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
If dark alternative rock is your thing, then you would probably like Therapy? While they're not from US, they are so much better than many groups who became well-known during the grunge wake. As far as i know, they're barely known in US, but it doesn't make them any worse - with so many albums in their back catalogue, almost everyone will find something interesting to listen to.

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