Andy Cairns from Therapy? My top 10 favourite albums – number 1Therapy play Dublin and Belfast this weekend with support from the Membranes. 




Originating from Larne in Northern Ireland, Therapy? have been consistently good since they emerged on the scene.

I’ve  known them from before they formed when some of them used to come and see my band, the Membranes play gigs in Ireland and they even went as far as to eventually cover the Membranes song Tatty Seaside Town which I produced and we plan to do a version of on one date on the upcoming tour.

Ostensiably a rock band their roots lie in the eighties post punk underground and they bring that intelligence to rock music, pioneering the new way that rock gets made in the 21st century. They are also survivors – with a fistful of hit singles and albums that were always innovative and influenced various genres, from dubstep to neo Nick Cave blues.

Their new album is due out soon and the band are on on tour next month with their Troublegum 20th Anniversary. Tour dates and ticket details from

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The Buzzcocks – Love Bites

This album is the reason i’m doing what i do today. I remember distinctly hearing ‘Ever Fallen In Love..’ on the radio while i was having my breakfast before i went to school. I got goosebumps and couldn’t stop thinking about the song all day at school. Some of the older lads had band names scrawled on their school bags and i’d seen ‘Buzzcocks’ with the distinctive zz’s on a few of them.
The album came out on my thirteenth birthday and it was the first record i bought on the day of release. Everything about it was perfect, the artwork, the photo on the front and most importantly the tunes. There’s also a distinctive sound to it all that has been oft copied but never bettered.

For number 2 in Andy Cairns top 10 please go here.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Therapy? are an amazing band, first got into them around 1993. This was the 1990’s golden age of Top Of The Pops when they were on there quite regularly along with other decent rock bands.

    When I saw them live they did a short burst of ‘Breaking The Law’ by Judas Priest completely without irony or hipster kudos just because it is a great song with a mammoth riff that could wrench the jaws off a stegosaurus. Much like Therapy? riffs in fact. Ace band.

  2. Without a doubt, Therapy? are THE greatest band to come out of Ireland.

    For me growing up in Ireland with a keen interest in the West Coast hardcore punk bands of the ’80s and the alternative bands of the ’90s, it was lovely to have a band like Therapy? who came from where I came from (well, they’re from the north, I’m from the south) who represented everything I loved about music.

    Andy Cairns you are a legend.


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