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Rip it up and start again – Simon Reynolds (2005)

In “Rip it up and start again” Simon Reynold’s book on post-punk music (78-84), the author writes the following on the Virgin Prunes in the chapter “Dark Things: Goth and the return of rock”: ‘Release the Bats’ was produced by Nick Launay, who had worked on PiL’s tribal-sounding ‘Flowers of Romance’ and later produced another […]

Les Virgin Prunes sons possédés par le diable? – Actuel 33-34 – French magazine (1982)

From 1982, an article on the Virgin Prunes from Actuel, a French magazine, written by Elisabeth D. She rambles on about God and the Devil quite a bit… It’s best to skip the text and enjoy the pictures. Download the article (PDF)

Conversation avec Gavin Friday – Entropie #9 – French fanzine (1986)

French fanzine Entropie #9 from 1986 contains a conversation with Gavin Friday in which he’s asked to comment on various issues such as the definition of Virgin Prunes, Irish music and culture, Northern Ireland, the Industrial music scene, violence and Guggi leaving the band. Some quotes: “Jesus Christ! Virgin Prunes are ugly, magnificent, simple, true. […]

VOX – Irish fanzine (1980-1983)

“Vox which started in March ’80 became a significant cultural publication of the era combining punk, electronic and progressive music, underground poets, performance artists and fringe entities. Flicking through its pages is like looking through a directory of all things new wave and underground covering that period of time, with so many topics and features […]

Black & White fanzine (1980)

Meet the Virgin Prunes in this 1980 article from Black & White, and Irish fanzine. The band lists ideals as “Love, peace and the Human Race, modern satire, Human reaction.” Their method as “Attack, unpoetry/paint, art, reverse humour, mime and rock’n’roll.” Download a PDF of the article

NMX fanzine interview (1981)

Q: What is ‘A New Form of Beauty’ about? Dave-id: Ugliness Dik: Very difficult to explain in verbal terms. We had become disillusioned with the releasing of just records. We wanted to make up our own rules as opposed to working to rules made up from the outside. ‘A New Form of Beauty’ is about […]

Zig Zag magazine (1982)

An interview with Gavin and Dave-id from Zig Zag magazine (1982). ZZ: How come you did such essentially rock ‘n’ roll gigs as the Theatre of Hate support spots? Dave-id: It’s only rock ‘n’ roll and I don’t like it Gavin: There’s no use playing gigs unless people see you. We use gigs like that. […]

Courtney Love’s introduction to the Virgin Prunes

Courtney Love introduced the Virgin Prunes at the ‘Gavin Friday and Friends’ event in Carnegie Hall on October 4th. She did so eloquently and passionately, explaining how she came to know of them and what they meant to her life. What follows is a close approximation of what she said and it includes a brief […]

Mates, Dames and Prunes

Virgin Prunes on stage at Carnegie Hall (Gavin Friday, Guggi, Dik + Jim Thirlwell) We’re still recuperating from our whirlwind trip to New York City, where we attended the “Gavin Friday and Friends” concert at Carnegie Hall. By ‘we’ I mean the International Brigade, a group of friends who met online, through their love of […]

Big Think – Ideas – Guggi interview

Question: What was your biggest career mistake? Guggi: Working for my dad. Question: Why was that a mistake? Guggi: It was a mistake because he worked us very, very hard for very little money but then when he’d get annoyed with us he wouldn’t discipline us the way you would normally discipline an employee. He […]