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The Dublin, Eire-born Cullen brothers, Tag (vocals/guitar), Darren (guitar) and Jason (drums), claim to have already been profoundly influenced by hearing their mom singing the Smiths’ ‘Some Ladies Are Bigger Than Others’ while washing the laundry. The subversive proven fact that great, singalong tunes could make dark stories of angst appear palatable for an unsuspecting target audience found fruition when the brothers created Bawl with fellow Dubliner Stephen McBride (bass). The name was selected as a mention of Wayne Joyce’s Ulysses as well as the music group distributed his penchant for poetic wordplay expressing the human being condition. Struggling to entice major label curiosity because of a glut of acoustic guitar rings, they released the solitary ‘Bathroom’ independently Dependent Information in past due 1995, the masturbatory lyric bringing in comparisons using the Buzzcocks’ traditional ‘Climax Addict’. Darren’s imaginative acoustic guitar lines as well as the somewhat fey lyrics – ‘Make sure you observe me tonight and spend all of your income’ – helped to attract some ‘fresh Smiths’ buzz. Despite some well-received live gigs graph actions was limited. The trio transformed their name to Set Celebrities for legal factors following the launch of their 1996 debut recording. Mark Cullen after that went on to create using the Lightning Seed products and release his own profession beneath the Pony Golf club moniker.

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