Lick the Tins

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Lick the Tins
Origin London, England
Genres Celtic, folk rock, indie
Members Alison Marr
Ronan Heenan
Simon Ryan
Martin Hughes
Aidan McCroary

Lick the Tins was a mid to late 1980s Celtic/folk rock/indie band from London. The name was derived from a nickname given to an old tramp by the children from the hometown of one of the band members, Ronan Heenan.[1] They are best known for their cover version of "Can't Help Falling in Love".

Career[edit]

"Can't Help Falling in Love" spent two months on the UK Singles Chart in 1986.[2] Where the Elvis Presley version of the song was long and relaxed, Lick the Tin's version was so manic and fast that is was considerably less than three minutes long.[1] As a result, three polkas were added to the end of the track to bring it to the desired length.[1]

"Can't Help Falling in Love" featured in the Irish film The Snapper. A Stephen Hague remixed version of the single was also featured in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful.

Lick the Tins had two other minor singles, "Belle of Belfast City" and "In the Middle of the Night", after which Simon Ryan left the band and was replaced by Martin Hughes, another Ulsterman. Lick the Tins played the college and club circuits for another year, before the band broke up.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1985: "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Sedition)
  • 1986: "Belle of Belfast City"
    • "Calliope House" (B-side)
  • 1987: "In the Middle of the Night"
    • "It Looks Like You" (B-side)
    • "Road to California" (only on the 12" release)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Informatik.uni-hamburg.de
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 320. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Allmusic.com discography

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