Whipping Boy (Irish band)

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Whipping Boy
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Rock
Post-punk
Alternative rock
Pop
Years active 1988–1998
2005–present
Labels Columbia Records
Cheree Records
Liquid Records
Low Rent Records
Members Colm Hassett
Myles McDonnell
Fearghal McKee
Paul Page

Whipping Boy are an Irish rock music band who were mainly active in the 1980s and 1990s. The band reformed briefly in 2005 for a series of shows. 2011 saw Whipping Boy emerge again, this time without Paul Page and Myles McDonnell. The Whipping Boy Periscopes Up tour summer 2011 saw Joey (bass) and Finn (guitar) replace them with long time live guitarist Killian McGowan completing the line up.[1]

History[edit]

Whipping Boy formed in Dublin in 1988, the band comprising Fearghal McKee (vocals), Paul Page (guitar), Myles McDonnell (bass, vocals), and Colm Hassett (drums).[2] They initially performed cover versions of songs by The Velvet Underground and The Fall, and went by the name Lolita and the Whipping Boy, shortening their name when their female guitarist left.[3] After a couple of EP's on the Cheree label, they released their low-key debut album, Submarine in 1992 on Liquid Records . Their live performances raised their profile, with McKee known to cut himself with broken glass on stage.[3] The album was critically acclaimed though commercially unsuccessful, and led to a deal with Columbia Records, who issued the band's second album, Heartworm, in 1995, along with three minor hit singles.[2] Heartworm received much critical acclaim, with Allmusic calling it "an earth-shatteringly powerful experience".[4] The group split up in 1998 after being dropped by Columbia, leaving a third album unreleased. The self-titled album was eventually released in 2000 on their own Low Rent label.[2]

The band reformed in September 2005, announcing several Irish dates and mentioning the possibility, which never materialised, of recording another album.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions
IRL
[5]
1992 Submarine
  • Released: July, 1992
  • Label: Liquid
1995 Heartworm
  • Released: November 1, 1995
  • Label: Columbia
2000 Whipping Boy
  • Released: April 28, 2000
  • Label: Low Rent
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Singles[edit]

  • Sweet Mangled Thing EP (1989) (self-issued cassette-EP)
  • Whipping Boy EP (1990) Cheree
  • I Think I Miss You EP (1991) Cheree
  • "Favourite Sister" (1992) Liquid
  • "Twinkle" (1995) Columbia
  • "We Don't Need Nobody Else" (1995) Columbia (UK No. 51, IRE No. 24)[2]
  • "When We Were Young" (1996) Columbia (UK No. 46, IRE No. 28)[2]
  • "Twinkle" (1996) Columbia (UK No. 55)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Facebook fan page
  2. ^ a b c d e f Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Whipping Boy", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Jonathan "Whipping Boy Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Rabid, Jack "Heartworm Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  5. ^ http://www.irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Whipping+Boy