An Emotional Fish

Since they come from Dublin, are righteously political and their first two singles were on U2's Mother record label, An Emotional Fish is frequently written off as a blatant U2 imitator, and there is no denying that they owe a large debt to those Irish superstars. While their music has the same droning guitar of U2, there are more Celtic touches than U2 at a similar stage, along with straighter pop hooks. Unfortunately, they were involved in a nasty scandal in the U.K. involving Radio 1. After that, their debut album was massacred by the critics and the band essentially vanished, releasing records like 1993's Junk Puppets and 1996's Sloper to little notice. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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