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

Singles & EPs

RT 072, RT 72 Virgin Prunes - Moments And Mine (Despite Straight Lines) album art Virgin Prunes Moments And Mine (Despite Straight Lines)(7", Single) Rough Trade, Rough Trade RT 072, RT 72 UK 1981 Sell This Version
RT-13 Virgin Prunes - Twenty Tens album art Virgin Prunes Twenty Tens (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records RT-13 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
RT 089 Virgin Prunes - A New Form Of Beauty 1 album art Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 1 (Single) Rough Trade RT 089 UK 1981 Sell This Version
RT - 090 Virgin Prunes - A New Form Of Beauty 2 album art Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 2 (Single) Rough Trade RT - 090 UK 1981 Sell This Version
none Virgin Prunes - Jigsaw Mentallama / The Lost And The Lonely album art 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
RTO-99 Virgin Prunes - A New Form Of Beauty 3. album art Virgin Prunes A New Form Of Beauty 3.(12", Single) Rough Trade RTO-99 UK 1981 Sell This Version
RT 106 Virgin Prunes - Pagan Lovesong album art Virgin Prunes Pagan Lovesong (Single) Rough Trade RT 106 UK 1982 Sell This Version
RT119T Virgin Prunes - Baby Turns Blue album art Virgin Prunes Baby Turns Blue (Single) Rough Trade RT119T UK 1982 Sell This Version
BABY 007 Virgin Prunes - Don't Look Back album art Virgin Prunes Don't Look Back (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records BABY 007 France 1986 Sell This Version
BABY 003, Baby 003 Virgin Prunes - Love Lasts Forever album art Virgin Prunes Love Lasts Forever (Single) Baby Records, Baby Records BABY 003, Baby 003 France 1986 Sell This Version
12YEO6, 0724386717566 Virgin Prunes - An Extended Play album art Virgin Prunes An Extended Play(12", EP) The Grey Area, Mute 12YEO6, 0724386717566 UK 2004 Sell This Version

Compilations

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

Videos

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