Minor Detail

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Minor Detail
Origin Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Genres Synthpop, new wave
Years active 1981–1987
Labels Polydor
Members John Hughes
Willie Hughes
Past members Des Moore
Ray Shulman
Paul McAteer

Minor Detail were an Irish new wave synthpop band from Blackrock.


Minor Detail was headed by brothers John and Willie Hughes. Their lyrical themes were positive oriented covering topics such as romance and peace. Their self-titled album was produced by Bill Whelan (later of Riverdance fame), and they became the first Irish band to secure a recording contract with an American label. However, they were short-lived, splitting in 1984, but reunited for a brief period in 1986–87.[1] In 1991, John Hughes would discover the Corr siblings during an audition for The Commitments and would soon become The Corrs' manager.



  • Minor Detail (Polydor POLD 5113, UK 1983)


  • "Canvas of Life"/"I'll Always Love You" (Polydor, 1983) IRE #25, US #92
  • "Canvas of Life"/"Ask the Kids" (Casablanca/Polystar, Japan 1983)
  • "Canvas of Life"/"Hold On" (Polydor PRD 218?, US 1983)
  • "Canvas of Life"/"Hold On"/"Take It Again" (Japan)
  • "Take It Again"/"Living in the 20th Century" (Polydor POSP 679, 1983)
  • "She's Back"/"Wait" (RCA MD1, IRL 1986)


  1. ^ Irish Punk and New Wave. Retrieved September 7, 2007