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.

The band achieved chart success with an entry in 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.

The group 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. In 1995, the group disbanded.

Links To Peel

Peel mentioned on his 28 March 1989 show that if he hadn't seen Snub TV, where the Fatima Mansions were playing, he wouldn't have known they existed. The band were regularly played by Peel and he once allegedly said that he could "listen to Cathal Coughlan sing the phone book".

Festive Fifty Entries


The Fatima Mansions - Peel Session 1990

The Fatima Mansions - Peel Session 1990

1. Recorded: 1989-03-19. Broadcast: 28 March 1989. Repeated: 17 May 1989, 26 July 1989

  • The Day I Lost Everything / Only Losers Take The Bus / The Door To Door Inspector / What

2. Recorded: 1990-03-25. Broadcast: 19 April 1990. Repeated: 13 June 1990

  • Mr Baby / It Will Be Cold / Blues For Ceausescu / Broken Radio No. 1

Other Shows Played

The Fatima Mansions - Blues For Ceauşescu

The Fatima Mansions - Blues For Ceauşescu


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