The Fatima Mansions
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1988
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The Fatima Mansions were an art rock group formed in 1988 by Cork singer/keyboardist Cathal Coughlan, formerly of Microdisney. The original line-up consisted of Coughlan, along with Nick Allum, Jonathan Fell, Zac Woolhouse and Aindrias O'Gruama. They took their name ...

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Biography

The Fatima Mansions were an art rock group formed in 1988 by Cork singer/keyboardist Cathal Coughlan, formerly of Microdisney. The original line-up consisted of Coughlan, along with Nick Allum, Jonathan Fell, Zac Woolhouse and Aindrias O'Gruama. They took their name from the Fatima Mansions corporation flats in Rialto, Dublin where John Roberts lived.

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John The Gun
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John The Gun John The Gun John The Gun John The Gun
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Only Losers Take The Bus
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Only Losers Take The Bus Only Losers Take The Bus Only Losers Take The Bus Only Losers Take The Bus
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Blues For Ceausescu (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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Blues For Ceausescu (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Blues For Ceausescu (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Blues For Ceausescu (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Blues For Ceausescu (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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Mr Baby (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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Mr Baby (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Mr Baby (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Mr Baby (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Mr Baby (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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It Will Be Good (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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It Will Be Good (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) It Will Be Good (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) It Will Be Good (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) It Will Be Good (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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Broken Radio 1 (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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Broken Radio 1 (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Broken Radio 1 (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Broken Radio 1 (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990) Broken Radio 1 (Radio 1 Session, 25 Mar 1990)
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Walk Your Way (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94)
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Walk Your Way (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) Walk Your Way (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) Walk Your Way (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) Walk Your Way (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94)
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Belong Nowhere (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94)
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Belong Nowhere (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) Belong Nowhere (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) Belong Nowhere (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) Belong Nowhere (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94)
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The Loyaliser (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94)
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The Loyaliser (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) The Loyaliser (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) The Loyaliser (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94) The Loyaliser (Mark Radcliffe session 25/07/94)
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On Suicide Bridge
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On Suicide Bridge On Suicide Bridge On Suicide Bridge On Suicide Bridge
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Valhalla Avenue
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Valhalla Avenue Valhalla Avenue Valhalla Avenue Valhalla Avenue
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Riverrun
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Biography

The Fatima Mansions were an art rock group formed in 1988 by Cork singer/keyboardist Cathal Coughlan, formerly of Microdisney. The original line-up consisted of Coughlan, along with Nick Allum, Jonathan Fell, Zac Woolhouse and Aindrias O'Gruama. They took their name from the Fatima Mansions corporation flats in Rialto, Dublin where John Roberts lived.

The Fatima Mansions had some indie chart success with albums such as Against Nature, Viva Dead Ponies, Bertie's Brochures, Valhalla Avenue and Lost in the Former West.

They entered the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart in 1992, with a heavily reworked version of Bryan Adams' song "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", taken from an NME tribute album in aid of the charity, the Spastics Society. The single was a double A-side; the flip-track, Manic Street Preachers' version of "Suicide Is Painless" received most of the radio airplay. They also gained mainstream exposure by opening a European leg of U2's Zoo TV Tour in 1992, although they were nearly booed off the stage and almost started a riot when front man Coughlan swore at a Milan audience and insulted the Pope. The band often courted controversy with religion, dictators, empires and general authority being targets for Coughlan's vitriol. Despite this, The Guardian newspaper described him as "the most underrated lyricist in pop today", and DJ John Peel said he could "listen to Cathal Coughlan sing the phone book".

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