Trevor Herion

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Trevor Herion
Birth nameJohn Trevor Herion
Also known asJohn Herion
Bornc. 1959
Died(1988-10-01)October 1, 1988
GenresSynthpop, new wave, electronic, Euro disco
Years activec. 1979—c. 1983
Associated actsThe Civilians, The Fallout Club

Trevor Herion, born John Trevor Herion, (c. Apr. 1959 – October 1988) was an Irish singer, born in Cork who formed part of the punk and new wave scenes in the 1970s and 1980s. He later tried to be successful as a solo artist, but failed, and died shortly afterwards.

Life and career[edit]

During the late 1970s, he was lead singer in a locally successful pub band called "The B-52s", who later changed their name to "The Puritans" on discovering the existence of the similarly named US band. Failure to land a recording contract meant the band’s dissolution but shortly after he was called to join as singer in a new wave band called The Civilians, comprised by Paul Simon (ex Neo and Radio Stars, now with Ajanta Music) on drums, Mark Scholfield on guitar and Michael French on bass. The band only released two singles: Made For Television/I See My Friends (Arista, November 1979) produced by Andy Arthurs and without Herion or Simon and featuring French on vocals In America/In Search Of Pleasure (Secret, September 1980). After that, the band broke up (Later, Scholfield and French formed Academy One).

By 1980 or 1981, Herion and Simon reunited in another band, The Fallout Club, alongside former Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club's Thomas Dolby and Matthew Seligman. They only released 3 singles, which were Falling Years/The Beat Boys,[1] Dream Soldiers, Pedestrian Walkway, Wonderlust/Desert Song (Happy Birthday Records, 1981)

After Fallout Club split up, Herion went solo. He released a number of singles and an unsuccessful album called Beauty Life (1983), an album produced by Steve Levine. Nevertheless, an argument over the unauthorised remixing of a 7" version resulted in Levine taking his name off the album and refusing to promote it.

During the 1980s Trevor began to suffer from severe depression which eventually overcame him, leading to his tragic suicide on 1 October 1988.


  1. ^ Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982; p. 360. George Gimarc. Backbeat Books, 2005. ISBN 0-87930-848-6, ISBN 978-0-87930-848-3

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