Virgin Prunes

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 has never been released.

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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Virgin Prunes Discography

Albums

Virgin Prunes ...If I Die, I Die (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade Australia 1982 Sell This Version
Copy07 Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 4(Cass) Rough Trade Copy07 UK 1982 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Heresie (Album) L'Invitation Au Suicide France 1982 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes The Moon Looked Down And Laughed (Album) Baby Records, Baby Records France 1986 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes The Hidden Lie (Live In Paris 6/6/86) (Album) Baby Records France 1987 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Sons Find Devils (Album, Comp) Get Back US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Virgin Prunes Twenty Tens (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 1 (Single) Rough Trade UK 1981 Sell This Version
RT 072, RT 72 Virgin Prunes Moments And Mine (Despite Straight Lines)(7", Single) Rough Trade, Rough Trade RT 072, RT 72 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 2 (Single) Rough Trade UK 1981 Sell This Version
none Virgin Prunes / The Higsons Virgin Prunes / The Higsons - Jigsaw Mentallama / The Lost And The Lonely(Flexi, 7") Vinyl Magazine none Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
RT-099 Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 3(12", Single) Rough Trade RT-099 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Baby Turns Blue (Single) Rough Trade UK 1982 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Pagan Lovesong (Single, Maxi) Rough Trade UK 1982 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Don't Look Back (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records France 1986 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Love Lasts Forever (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records France 1986 Sell This Version
12YEO6, 0724386717566 Virgin Prunes An Extended Play(12", EP) The Grey Area, Mute 12YEO6, 0724386717566 UK 2004 Sell This Version

Compilations

Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty Parts 1-4 (Comp) Italian Records Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Over The Rainbow (A Compilation Of Rarities 1981-1983) (Comp) Baby Records, Baby Records France 1985 Sell This Version
422476 Virgin Prunes Artfuck : A Compilation Of Rarities (1980 - 1983)(CD, Comp, RM) New Rose Records 422476 France 1993 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes An Exhibition (Comp) The Grey Area Europe 2004 Sell This Version
Virgin Prunes Over The Rainbow - A Compilation Of Rarities 1980-1984 (Comp) The Grey Area Europe 2004 Sell This Version

Videos

Virgin Prunes Sons Find Devils - A Live Retrospective 1981-1983 Ikon UK 1986 Sell This Version