Toasted Heretic

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Toasted Heretic
Origin Galway, Ireland
Genres Alternative rock, alternative pop, punk rock
Years active1985–present
LabelsBananafish Records
Liquid Records
MembersDeclan Collins
Neil Farrell
Julian Gough
Aengus McMahon
Barry Wallace
Past membersBreffni O'Rourke

Toasted Heretic were an Irish rock group who attracted a cult following in the late 1980s and 1990s. They were founded in Galway in 1985, where singer and lyricist Julian Gough was studying English and philosophy. [1] Their best known early independent released songs include "You Make Girls Unhappy" and "LSD (Isn’t What It Used to Be)" both released on their first two EPs.


They made the top ten of the Irish Singles Chart in 1992 with "Galway and Los Angeles", written by Julian Gough about a chance meeting with Sinéad O'Connor in the entrance to Raidió Teilifís Éireann's Dublin studios. [2] [3]


The band was formed in Galway in the mid-1980s and came to national attention with a self-published album, Songs for Swinging Celibates (an allusion to the Frank Sinatra album Songs for Swingin' Lovers ), in 1988. The album was recorded on cassette tape via a TASCAM Portastudio in drummer and producer Neil Farrell's home, and distributed only on cassette.

A second album, Charm and Arrogance, was released in the same format in 1989, with its inlay card designed to resemble an addressed envelope, including a real (low value) Irish postage stamp.

By the 1990 release of "The Smug E.P.", the band had attracted a following, including DJs in RTÉ and internationally. They developed a live following, and gained a positive review in Q magazine, as well as a record contract with Liquid Records, a small Independent record label. Liquid Records released the full-length album Another Day, Another Riot (1992], the titular single, and the song Galway and Los Angeles, which reached #9 in the Irish music charts.

Toasted Heretic returned to their own independent "Bananafish" label for their last original album, 1993's Mindless Optimism.

Without formally breaking up, the band went on hiatus throughout the 1990s, performing sporadically while its members pursued other interests: Farrell produced music; and Gough wrote his a debut novel, Juno & Juliet (ISBN 0-385-72161-7).



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