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The Golden Horde
Punk band from Dublin, formed in 1982, disbanded in 1994

About The Golden Horde

Formed in 1982 by Des, Simon & Caroline Harvey-Kelly as some kind of garage rock-pet sounds-punk rock style hybrid...! Eventually settling on a 5-piece line-up in 1983, the band released their first recording, an EP entitled "Dig That Crazy Grave!" on the Dublin indie Hotwire label. The following year the band released their first album - The Chocolate Biscuit Conspiracy! Following the release of their second album '...In Reality!', Sam Steiger (a Pete Townshend/Johnny Thunders dynamic style player and performer) was recruited as a 2nd guitarist and shortly afterwards bass player Donal Murray was succeeded by John Connor,

As well as their own shows, the Horde were also touring and/or playing with The Pogues (and frequently over years), Johnny Thunders, The Fall, Doctor & the Medics, The Damned, Zodiac Mindwarp, The Ramones, Shakin' Stevens(!), The James Taylor Quartet, Spaceman 3, The Sting-Rays ( the Horde & the StingRays recorded together, see Solo Projects and Collaborations), Psychic TV(!), The Wonderstuff, The Soup Dragons, The Nomads and many more.

In 1989 the Horde were approached by U2's record label Mother Records & invited to join their roster. Mother had originally been set up as a one-off single "launching pad" label, but had now reorganized itself as a true independent distributed by Island Records. The Golden Horde was chosen to be the label's album debut artist.

With producer Daniel Rey (Ramones, Ronnie Spector, Misfits) the band recorded the single's "100 Boys" & "I Never Came Down", finally capturing their true 'live' sound. The following album entitled simply "The Golden Horde" released in 1991 was completed with producer Andy Shernoff (Dictators, Figgs, Barracudas) as well as the Daniel Rey produced recordings, and received accolades and critical acclaim in music awards and polls from radio and the music press. It went on to win the prestigious Hot Press Award for Best Album of The Year tied with U2's "Achtung Baby".

Following the success of their debut album for Mother, demo recordings were conducted for the next album between touring obligations. Being not quite a 'realized' independent label or able to promote the band in their best interests, the Horde parted ways amicably with Mother Records in '93-'94. Elongated discussions with several interested international record labels took up the next year.... Meanwhile the band was always on the road! - playing tours, festivals, shows across Europe at this time with Sugar, Sonic Youth, Belly, The Disposable Heroes of Hipocracy, The Cramps, The Waterboys, Faith No More, Iggy pop a.o. ... headlining stages at various festivals as well as opening for U2 on the ZOOTV Tour.

Feb 1994 the Golden Horde disbanded.

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Ciaran Gorman wrote on 2006-11-23 00:00:00:
Possibly one of the most underated Irish bands ever. Simon Carmody's duet with Maria McKee is just beautiful
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