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The Fuze
Early 80s Galway new wave/power-pop band

About The Fuze

The Fuse were a Galway band with a unique sound. They released two singles in the early 80s on Mulligan Records - 'Stone age man' and 'Sunday morning' but despite having a lot of original material did not release any albums until a retrospective compliation, 'A blast from the past', released in 2007, 25 years after they split up.

More information from The Galway Independent:

Releasing a debut album a quarter of a century after a band's heyday may seem like a peculiar thing to do, but Galway group The Fuze have decided to do just that.

John Fitzpatrick, Michael Staunton, Pat Coyne, Paul Gaughan and Mike Arrigan aka The Fuze.

The ex-members of The Fuze have compiled a collection of 20 of their original recordings from the early eighties and are releasing their 'A Blast From The Past' album on Friday, 12 October.

Renmore native and guitarist Paul Gaughan says that the band have always regretted not capitalizing on their success and releasing an album.

"It has always been a regret of The Fuze that we never cut an album, despite having two successful singles and no shortage of original material. We did spend quite a bit of time in different studios and a lot of effort taping gigs but, due mainly to the lack of a record deal, an LP never materialized," he says.

Fuze did, however, succeed in building a reputation as an excellent live act, playing their very distinctive brand of power pop in clubs and ballrooms up and down the country during the early eighties.

The five-piece began life in the surrounds of what was then known as UCG but quickly gained a national profile after winning a prestigious band competition in Tramore in the summer of 1980. Two successful singles soon followed, 'Stone Age Man' and 'It's A Sunday Morning', both of which featured in the charts, but just as it looked as if an international breakthrough was possible, the band split in 1982.

Although the band briefly reformed a few years later, they soon dissolved again and the opportunity to make an album seemed lost forever. The legacy of their many enjoyable studio sessions, a disparate collection of cassettes of varying quality, was left to gather dust.

Now 25 years later, the revolution in sound technology has allowed the band to format antique tapes and vinyls into modern digital files. Songs were dusted off and with a little tweaking and re-mastering, had new life breathed into them.

"While it can never claim to be the highly polished studio LP we once dreamed of making, it none the less captures the essence of The Fuze," says Paul.

However, he quickly adds that the The Fuze won't be planning a comeback tour.

"Regardless of how happy we are with the album, it isn't a prelude to a Take That-like comeback tour. We know where to draw the line!"

Featuring 20 original songs, five of which are live tracks, and accompanied by an extensive booklet on the band's history, the release of 'A Blast From The Past' is an ambition fulfilled for the band and will trigger pleasant memories for Fuze fans.


F J Darcy wrote on 2024-05-11 00:00:00:
Super band should have been huge What a frontman
Ursula wrote on 2018-08-22 00:00:00:
Superb band, blew their audiences away with the power and originality of their melodies and lyrics. It was brilliant to hear them again live in NUIG in 2009.
katharine Havard wrote on 2018-06-12 00:00:00:
I loved the Fuze when I saw them in the Longford arms in Longford
p coyne wrote on 2018-06-09 00:00:00:
Mary Arrigan-Langan wrote on 2015-11-15 00:00:00:
It is with great regret I tell you that Mike Arrigan Drummer with The Fuze has died (13th Nov.2015) RIP
Kenge wrote on 2013-08-22 00:00:00:
Sunday Morning is on utube
pat coyne wrote on 2013-08-09 00:00:00:
can u put a dot between space and com on The Fuze page and the webpage is no longer in existance
Pat Coyne wrote on 2013-04-17 00:00:00:
the fuze galway 1979/81 link myspacecom/fuzesounds rare photos/videos/rare recordings
TEEKAY wrote on 2012-11-25 00:00:00:
Great band used to have Sunday Morning cant find it anymore.Checked utube cand find it there also
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