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Late 70s/early 80s powerpop/punk band from Tuam

About Blaze X


Blaze X (1979–1981) were an Irish New wave band[1]. The band was formed in Tuam, County Galway by two best mates, Paul Cunniffe and Paul Ralph.They released a successful single in 1980, Some Hope which became Larry Gogan's Hit song of the week on 2FM. Its B-side, Rippy, about serial killer The Yorkshire Ripper was banned by the RTÉ. Their finest moment came when they supported U2 in front of a packed Leisureland in Galway. Many fans insist that Blaze X outshone U2 that night, where they received an encore, a rare occurrence for a support band. Frontman Paul Cunniffe went on to have a solo career in London, but died in 2001. Guitarist Davy Carton went on to form famous Irish band, The Saw Doctors.[2]

Following the death of Paul Cunniffe, a CD of their songs was released in 2003. It features various live tracks recorded from a gig in the Scout Hall in Tuam, and tracks recorded in the RCF studio in Ballybane in Galway City. The CD is now available from the Saw Doctors Official website.


  1. ^ "Irish Rock Discography: Blaze X". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ "The Saw Doctors | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-09-05.

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