Virgin Prunes

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Formed in mid-1977 in Dublin, for a time the Virgin Prunes were "the most overtly subversive rock group ever to come out of the genre" (Mark Prendergast, "Irish Rock"). Their reputation was built on their outrageous stage performances and supported by a wayward and individual collection of record releases.

Singers Gavin Friday and Guggi, along with third vocalist Dave-iD Busaras, guitarist Dik Evans, bassist Strongman and drummer Pod, released their first single in 1980. Pod soon left to be replaced by Haa-Lacka Binttii, who left around a year later, to be replaced in turn by Mary D'Nellon.

In 1984, both Guggi and Dik left the band and the music business. Mary D'Nellon took over guitar duties and Pod returned as the band's drummer. The Virgin Prunes started to record the album Sons Find Devils, which was not released before 1998 as a CD release on Cleopatra label and on vinyl not until 2003 on italian Get Back label.

1985 saw the release of a retrospective video (confusingly titled Sons Find Devils, despite having no connection with the still unreleased album) and a compilation album of rarities (Over the Rainbow).

The band toured as a four-piece and finally released a new album, The Moon Looked Down and Laughed, in the summer of 1986. Gavin Friday left the group in November 1986 to pursue a solo career, effectively ending the group. This was formally confirmed by a short comment at the bottom of the sleeve of a live album, The Hidden Lie, released in 1987. D'Nellon, Strongman and Busaras went on to record and perform as The Prunes (2).
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Albums

Copy07 A New Form Of Beauty 4 — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 4(Cass) Rough Tapes Copy07 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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INV.0500, INV. 0500 Heresie — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Heresie (Album) L'Invitation Au Suicide, L'Invitation Au Suicide INV.0500, INV. 0500 France 1982 Sell This Version
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STUN-513 ...If I Die, I Die — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes ...If I Die, I Die (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade STUN-513 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
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BABY 005, Baby 005 The Moon Looked Down And Laughed — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes The Moon Looked Down And Laughed (Album) Baby Records, Baby Records BABY 005, Baby 005 France 1986 Sell This Version
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BABY C008 The Hidden Lie (Live In Paris 6/6/86) — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes The Hidden Lie (Live In Paris 6/6/86) (Album) Baby Records BABY C008 France 1987 Sell This Version
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CLP 0179-2 Sons Find Devils — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Sons Find Devils (Comp, Album) Cleopatra CLP 0179-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

RT 072, RT 72 Moments And Mine (Despite Straight Lines) — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Moments And Mine (Despite Straight Lines) (Single) Rough Trade, Rough Trade RT 072, RT 72 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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RT-13 Twenty Tens — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Twenty Tens (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records RT-13 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
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RT 089 A New Form Of Beauty 1 — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 1 (Single) Rough Trade RT 089 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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RT - 090 A New Form Of Beauty 2 — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 2 (Single) Rough Trade RT - 090 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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none Jigsaw Mentallama / The Lost And The Lonely — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes / The Higsons Virgin Prunes / The Higsons - Jigsaw Mentallama / The Lost And The Lonely(Flexi, 7") Vinyl (11) none Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
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RTO-99 A New Form Of Beauty 3. — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 3.(12", Single) Rough Trade RTO-99 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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RT 106 Pagan Lovesong — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Pagan Lovesong (Single) Rough Trade RT 106 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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RT119T Baby Turns Blue — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Baby Turns Blue (Single) Rough Trade RT119T UK 1982 Sell This Version
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BABY 007 Don't Look Back — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Don't Look Back (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records BABY 007 France 1986 Sell This Version
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BABY 003, Baby 003 Love Lasts Forever — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Love Lasts Forever (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records BABY 003, Baby 003 France 1986 Sell This Version
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12YEO6 An Extended Play — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes An Extended Play (EP) The Grey Area, Mute 12YEO6 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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Compilations

EX 41L2 A New Form Of Beauty Parts 1-4 — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty Parts 1-4 (Comp) Italian Records EX 41L2 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
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BABY 002 Over The Rainbow (A Compilation Of Rarities 1981-1983) — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Over The Rainbow (A Compilation Of Rarities 1981-1983) (Comp) Baby Records, Baby Records BABY 002 France 1985 Sell This Version
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422476 Artfuck : A Compilation Of Rarities (1980 - 1983) — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Artfuck : A Compilation Of Rarities (1980 - 1983)(CD, Comp, RM) New Rose Records 422476 France 1993 Sell This Version
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YEO5CD Over The Rainbow - A Compilation Of Rarities 1980-1984 — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Over The Rainbow - A Compilation Of Rarities 1980-1984 (Comp) The Grey Area YEO5CD Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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PYEO 0 CD, 0724386495508 An Exhibition — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes An Exhibition (Comp) The Grey Area, Mute PYEO 0 CD, 0724386495508 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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Videos

IKON 14 Sons Find Devils - A Live Retrospective 1981-1983 — Virgin Prunes Virgin Prunes Sons Find Devils - A Live Retrospective 1981-1983 Ikon IKON 14 US 1986 Sell This Version