Friday, August 7, 2015

Irish Coffee - S/T (+7) 1971

Irish Coffee's origin can be traced back to a band called The VooDoo which was formed in 1970, in Alast, East Flanders, Belgium. The band played only covers by bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Kinks. They met up with Lois De Vries, manager of The Pebbles and changed their name to Irish Coffee. They went to Antwerp to record their first single "Masterpiece" b/w "The Show" in an 8-track studio. "Masterpiece achieved chart success reaching #5 on HUMO Magazines single national list and was played at concerts and on television across Belgium and France. They scored support slots for such bands as Colosseum, Dr. Feelgood, Uriah Heep, and Focus among others.
In 1971 the bands self titled album was released on Triangle Records. In 1971, a single coupling the songs "Carry On" and "Child" was released, again on Triangle. (these songs were later added as bonus tracks on the 1992 re-issue of the album on VooDoo Records.) In June '74 "Witchy Lady" b/w "I'm Hers" was released on the Barklay label and garnered a lot of airplay, but never charted.
While returning from a gig in November, 1974, they had a bad car accident, leaving one member dead, and another severely wounded, resulting in the end of Irish Coffee. In 1975 the band changed it's name to Joystick and never released an album. However, some of the material was included on the Irish Coffee reunion album which was released on the Fuzzy Label in 2004.
The band eventually reformed and began playing clubs in 2002 and had new songs by 2003. "Brand new Day" was released as a promotional single in 2004.

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