Mexican Pets

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Mexican Pets
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Indie/Punk rock
Years active 1990–present?
Labels None
Website Irish Music Central Site
Members Pat Clafferty (guitar, vocals)
Derrick Dalton (bass guitar)
Fionan O Leary (drums)
Brian Gough (guitar, vocals, organ)

Mexican Pets were formed by Pat Clafferty and Jill Hahn in Dublin, Ireland in 1990 inspired by American bands such as Hüsker Dü and Dinosaur Jr. The two soon drafted Derrick Dalton in on bass whose distinct and accomplished style was an invaluable contribution to the band's sound. The band never featured a permanent drummer and a string of players graced the stool including two guys called Eric, both of them American. Having made several demo recordings and playing extensive gigs around the country, they had their first break up. Each of its members pursued other musical interests until the spring of 1994 when they reformed. In that same year they found a permanent drummer in Fionan O Leary. Jill Hahn then moved to Manchester, replaced by Brian Gough on other guitar and organ. They recorded their first album Nobody's Working Title on Independent Records that summer and continued to play across the country.

It was then that Andy Cairns from northern rockers Therapy? released four singles on his label Blunt. Two of these singles featured the songs off the band's first record and 6 brand new songs were quickly penned for the final two. This was also released on CD format under the title "The Voice of Trucker Youth". Every one of the four singles was each awarded 'single of the week' by Hot Press. One bizarre event was when they played Whelans in Dublin's city centre. Having seen a poster for the band, the Mexican Ambassador turned up at the gig with his driver and bodyguard curious to see who the Mexican act were. The ambassador watched the gig and came backstage and thanked the band for their performance. So enthralled by the band that he invited them out to the embassy on his retirement where they performed an a cappella version of 'A Gringo like Me', for the ambassador and crowd including the Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

In 1995, Derrick Dalton left and was replaced by John Duff. The band began to play their first gigs in London, frequenting the infamous venues in Camden town and it was not long before they came to the attention of the legendary Seymour Stein who came to see them play with The Poster Children and Steelpole Bathtub in London. 1996 saw The Pets tour in Germany and the Netherlands and several return visits to London. In August of that year they recorded their final album Humbucker which featured a tougher guitar driven sound. The record was again funded by Cairns who had become an invaluable patron of the band.

Having promoted the record with a series of gigs and a brief tour of England the band called it a day in May 1997 for reasons unknown.

In 2006, following discussions between Clafferty, O Leary and Gough, the band was kick started once more. The late Derrick Dalton, who was playing in the band Crumb, was asked if he would pick up his Bass once more. Thankfully he agreed. Derrick was taken from us too early and we extend our sympathies to his family and many friends.

The band wish to publicly thank Dave O'Grady for his tireless and challenging work in managing the band. We also wish to say thank you to Dan Oggly and Andy Cairns.

Pat Clafferty went on to record an album in his home studio called "A Prayer to St. Jude" Original founder Pat continues to write songs and having located to Donegal, he will release a brand new record in 2017 with all new material, under the name ExPat





  1. ^ Courtney, Kevin (9 August 1996). "Rock". Irish Times  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 21 November 2012. 

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