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No Sweat
Dublin-based hard rock group from late 80s early 90s

About No Sweat

This Dublin-based, six-piece melodic rock group impressed Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot, who took over production on their debut album and helped them to secure a contract with London Records.

The single 'Heart And Soul' reached the number 1 in Ireland. They supported Thunder on their "Backstreet Symphony" tour in 1990 and supported Little Angels in Britain during May 1990.

P.J. Smith and Jim Phillips parted company with the band in mid-1991 before the group split for good. Guitarist Dave Gooding later teamed up with ex-Little Angels men Bruce and Jimmy Dickinson to form B.L.O.W. in 1994, a band in which Gooding played the role of frontman. Smith was involved in Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell and Foreigner drummer Mark Schulman's side project Clock during 1998.


Paul Quinn (vocals), Dave Gooding (guitar), Jim Phillips (guitar), Jon Angel (bass), Paul J. Smith (Keyboards), Ray Fean (drums)


Video for Heart And Soul

Heart and Soul (second version)


Damian wrote on 2023-12-23 00:00:00:
Dave Gooding loved himself tho
Aidan kelly wrote on 2023-06-02 00:00:00:
Inaccurate Des w garett was the original drummer and lead vocalist and the band were not from dublin they originated in London and then relocated to arklow co wickliw where des and Jon Angel were from
Caz from Manchester wrote on 2017-03-06 00:00:00:
Used to travel round England watching them. First met them outside the Parr Hall in Warrington where they supported Little Angels. They were amazed that anyone had heard of them. We followed the headliner tour, too.
ned kelly wicklow wrote on 2013-11-04 00:00:00:
the band were doomed when they sacked Des garrett, he was the backbone and lead voalist what an amazing drummer ....serves them right, went to see them in marquee in london in 1990,,i think ray fein is not a rock drummer DES GARRETT is a legend drummer
Helen Rogers wrote on 2012-02-26 00:00:00:
I was a huge No Sweat Fan too, and was gutted when dey split up... i was always in contact with dem tru der fan club, i was in a bad car accident yrs ago , and dey sent me flowers, and post cards when dey were touring America ..... miss those guys.
Mark Langton wrote on 2012-01-02 00:00:00:
Worked as local crew when they played as support to Little Angles in the Friary Nenagh Co Tipperary , Great Band Great Gig , Little Angles were pretty good too No Sweat played them off the stage tho
Mike McManus wrote on 2011-11-06 00:00:00:
Hey DES ,just seen ur post,still in NY,still drumming,on Facebook ,contact me if you can
liam wrote on 2011-08-19 00:00:00:
heard on Ryan Tubridy there might be a reunion gig Any news on this?????
Lisa Bandt Denver Colorado aka Shreveporter wrote on 2011-08-17 00:00:00:
Loved their one and only album..would like another copy...and the keyboard player PJ used to go out with another keyboard player from a louisiana band called Private Life..Jennifer Blakeman..who resided in NYC now.
Andie Cayne wrote on 2011-07-24 00:00:00:
@ Elizabeth - JP (Jim Phillips) has been married for years now and lives in the US
Susan gregan, Montgomery wrote on 2011-06-03 00:00:00:
new all da lads very well.would love 2 get in touch with all,already friends with pj on facebook.
jason fallon wrote on 2010-11-24 00:00:00:
rita wrote on 2010-11-13 00:00:00:
i have a donation for you get back to me with wrote on 2010-10-13 00:00:00:
Please anyone who can tell me where I can communicate with Connor McKeon That was a singer of "no sweat "???? Urgent. Marķa spanish from.
Leon D'Arcy wrote on 2010-10-01 00:00:00:
just saw group on facebook trying to get them to number 1 for this Christmas.!/group.php?gid=151157654920848&ref=mf
Ken Walsh wrote on 2010-08-27 00:00:00:
Connor McKeon was the first lead singer and still singing as good as ever full time
MICHELLE WATERFORD wrote on 2010-07-08 00:00:00:
michelle wrote on 2010-06-21 00:00:00:
my bro know dave gooding and i had a cr... on paul Quinn 2 and i still do 2
samtastic wrote on 2010-04-02 00:00:00:
theyre the reason i grew my hair.................
joeanne herbert wrote on 2010-02-11 00:00:00:
used to love no sweat they knew me as joe used to hang around lidle lane we were good mates xxx
Joe - Michigan USA, wrote on 2010-01-31 00:00:00:
What was the name of the Album? I lost my copy 15-16 years ago - they ROCKED
Elizabeth wrote on 2010-01-25 00:00:00:
jim phillips wrote on 2010-01-25 00:00:00:
sorry Rocky its not letting me in . Try poening an account with gmail, its free.
Elizabeth wrote on 2010-01-24 00:00:00:
Jim! Having trouble submitting here. Can be reached at curtsyandbow (at)
jim phillips wrote on 2010-01-24 00:00:00:
hello elizabeth how r u?
Elizabeth wrote on 2010-01-17 00:00:00:
Looking for Jim Phillips. Any info of any kind would be greatly appreciated. By some awful hand of fate, I missed his response in 2007.
Gina Loo wrote on 2009-12-20 00:00:00:
Hey guys updates and new music from PJ on ReverbNation site and seach PJ Smith. No Sweat ROCKS!!! I love them!!!
shaun wrote on 2009-12-14 00:00:00:
saw the boys first time as support to Thunder in Leicester. then on their headlining tour at Leicester uni they were awesome on both occasions.such a shame they split.
nuala wrote on 2009-11-29 00:00:00:
Yea great band but I am biased cos John Angel is my brother but we went to as many gigs as we could.Hi to all the other band members many hope they are all doing well.John is still in the music business check out "The Glitter Bugs".
tony bolony wrote on 2009-11-12 00:00:00:
I saw them at the queens hall bradford when i was a concert promoter, Ithought paul quinn had a fantastic voice. paul quinnireland on myspace
Metal Warrior wrote on 2009-10-27 00:00:00:
Hey guys coming soon a rare promo package including,photo,white label album,EP press launch pack all great quality.I was thinking of sticking them on ebay but if any real fan is interested get in touch
bam wrote on 2009-10-06 00:00:00:
palled with pj he had to sneak out for the whitesnake concert have lots of great memories of them in the baggot inn great guys wish them all well3
Shelly mcmanus Glasgow wrote on 2009-09-06 00:00:00:
They played a gig at the solid rock cafe glasgow 4 casi 4 kids as a favour b4 supporting thunder at the guys hot sounds.hello susan lee.!
Paul Campbell wrote on 2009-08-23 00:00:00:
Hey Des, where are you now? Last I heard you were with Garth Vader Music and The Leez and sat in with The White Fence with Squeeze...?
mary walsh Ireland wrote on 2009-08-08 00:00:00:
Myself and my mate Harrie used to sit in Lytton lane when the lads were recording. Great fun. Jon Angel brought me to get my hair cut on grafton street and sat while i got it done and paid too. Lovely guy.xx
Gillian Skinner wrote on 2009-08-06 00:00:00:
Myself, my sisters and friends loved watching them rehearse in rolestown, we were in the video for Heart and Soul. Great memories!
Ian wrote on 2009-07-24 00:00:00:
I went to school with P.J. Smith and we played football together..not great with the wimmin back then but I helped him out....we drank in drumcondra,,No Sweat legends...
Kildare Fans wrote on 2009-06-23 00:00:00:
Followed the band all over Ireland as a teenager, they use to refer to us as the Kildare girls. Still have loads of photos and every album and single produced. Real pity they never went further. Hope they are all doing well now.
holliem738 wrote on 2009-06-07 00:00:00:
Pj is in Canada now with his kids and wife he is still very good friends with Declan Morell the first dummer who is now the Senior Vice President of Emi in NYC
Me wrote on 2009-03-25 00:00:00:
Their original vocalist was Conor McKeown from Blessington. He was my best man.
martin blackman[one of blackman brothers] wrote on 2009-02-16 00:00:00:
big no sweat fan back in the 80s knew them well when the boys live in leyton east london me and my brothers look out for them a bit.met up with conner lead singer a few years back in dublin still singing now 1st drummer was eddie fincter.
Mark tyrrell wrote on 2009-01-07 00:00:00:
i am listening to them right now, on a twenty year old tape, in Melbourne. they were a great bunch of lads, i used to watch them at the baggot and Mcgonagles and saw them jam at the house they had Rolestown. I think they should have a reunion tour
Danny mc Taggart wrote on 2008-12-10 00:00:00:
Great band, Ego Minefield supported them at Clannads pub in Gweedore and the irima awards then the phinox park in 1990
suzanne purcell wrote on 2008-12-06 00:00:00:
i seen the lads 1st at i tink it was the irima awards then the phinox park and the tivoli theatre they were brilliant and sound bunch of lads still hav heart and soul in top of the wardrobe some great memories
Willie Heatley wrote on 2008-11-14 00:00:00:
Hi No Sweat fans. The band used my PA system in nIreland from mid 1995 on. Great guys, always paid for the service. Please Email me at
Catherine Kane wrote on 2008-10-05 00:00:00:
Check out the myspace site for Paul Quinn. Seems like he is re-emerging.... yay!
Des Garrett wrote on 2008-09-14 00:00:00:
Hey Mike. How are you? In NYC last I heard. Thanks for pointing out I was the first drummer, but remember you sat in at our first real gig at the Arklow bay. Hope you still play. Would be good to catch up. Des
seamus wrote on 2008-06-30 00:00:00:
i would love to get this song,a forgotten irish pop gem
seamus wrote on 2008-06-30 00:00:00:
i would love to get this song,a forgotten irish pop gem
LamStock wrote on 2008-05-02 00:00:00:
Loved this band so much as a kid. They used to spend the summer in a holiday park across the road from where I lived. Used to hang outside on their porch and listen to them jam on acoustic guitars. Cool guys. I was about 10. Wow.
Peter wrote on 2008-01-18 00:00:00:
I'm currently a Dep-Bassist for John Angel's Glitterbugs project which is great great fun. You all should check them out. By sheer chance I bumped into Dave Gooding in London last December. Cool Guy, he wants to get back in touch with John.
Mickey in Kentucky wrote on 2007-10-01 00:00:00:
Drummer Ray in currently touring the US with Celtic Woman and did River Dance. Are they the same guy?
me wrote on 2007-07-01 00:00:00:
PJ is touring with Flogging Molly now, filling in for Matt Hensley on accordian. Check out his myspace under pjsmithmusic
Susan-Lee wrote on 2007-06-04 00:00:00:
Hi there, I used to be the band's PA working for them in Dublin and have lost touch since I moved to the UK. Would love to hear from any of them
Alan Cosgrove wrote on 2007-05-10 00:00:00:
Was this the group who had a video of them on the trailer of an articulated lorry with Dublin /Airport in the background. The song went'I kiss the ground i stand on.' If so, where can I get this song? If not, does anybody know the band I seek?
jim phillips wrote on 2007-05-09 00:00:00:
Elizabeth goldman is that you?
Elizabeth wrote on 2007-05-04 00:00:00:
Does anyone know where Jim is now? He was my boyfriend back then. We sadly lost touch. It would be great to hear something. I hope he's well.
Andie wrote on 2007-04-29 00:00:00:
where they be now?
Dermot Byrne wrote on 2007-04-12 00:00:00:
I Lived Near PJ Smith the keyboard player.I saw them live 12 times and have the album on cd.Still have the 7inch single Heart and Soul produced by Joe Elliot.What a brilliant Band pity they split up.
Bob Friendship, (Now 58!) Devon. wrote on 2007-03-14 00:00:00:
I heard "Standing On The Edge" courtesy Bob Harris one night in 1990 and ordered the Cd next day. What a fantastic group! What sound! Wherever they are, Thanks! and hope you're all ok. Frannie - e-me at:
angel wrote on 2007-02-11 00:00:00:
i swapped sunglasses with dave in northside shopping centre in 1990.i have a signed copy of heart and soul,7inch on vinyl.its one of my most treasured sweat rocked.yummy yummy.
Frannie Duffin from Carfin, Scotland wrote on 2007-02-02 00:00:00:
I saw them in 1990 supporting Thunder at The Barrowlands in Glasgow and they were brilliant. I have the album on cassette but would love it on CD. Can you still get it??
Mike McManus wrote on 2006-10-22 00:00:00:
The first Drummer was Des Garrett Woodenbridge, Arklow
Tommy wrote on 2006-10-15 00:00:00:
Their first drummer was a Declan Morrell from Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
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