Virgin Prunes

Profil:
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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Albums

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

Singles & EPs

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

Compilations

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

Videos

IKON 14 Virgin Prunes - Sons Find Devils - A Live Retrospective 1981-1983 Cover-Design Virgin Prunes Sons Find Devils - A Live Retrospective 1981-1983 Ikon IKON 14 US 1986 Diese Version verkaufen