Friday, 27 May 2016
The Inflatable Dolls - Julie, Mary & Me
The Inflatable Dolls are from Dungannon, Northern Ireland and got together back in 1978 whilst still at school. The original line up was Joe Ross (guitar), Paul McBride aka Macker (rhythm guitar/vocals), Paul Connolly aka Onion (drums) and Feargal Quinn (bass/vocals). Their first gig was on Halloween Night, 31st October 1979 alongside a couple of other bands (Nimnules and Strictly Prohibited) and it went down well enough that they went on to play at Belfast's famous Harp Bar as well as the 1980 Glen Rock Festival.
They split up in 1981 but as has often been the case with Golden Era punk bands that you thought you'd long ago seen the last of, they reformed to play a show (in 2003) and have been sporadically playing ever since. On guitar since they got back together has been Kieran Lavery (aka Rocko) who was previously a member of Strictly Prohibited.
As well as gigging, they've recently been in the studio recording 4 songs for a new ep. The songs are Dungannon Angel, Factory Girl, Super Bitch Queen and Julie, Mary & Me. The latter of that quartet is a mid tempo, old school gem that wears it's influences (Rudi, Outcasts etc) on it's sleeve and you'll find the video for it below.....