My Little Funhouse – Standunder [1992]

Country Ireland          Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members
Alan Lawlor – Vocals, Anthony Morrissey – Guitar, Brendan Morrissey – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Derek Maher – Drums, Gary Deevy – Bass

Tracks
01. I Want Some Of That (4:27), 02. Destiny (3:32), 03. Wishing Well (4:24), 04. L.S.D. (2:40), 05. I Know What I Need (6:33), 06. Catholic Boy (3:02), 07. Lonely (4:04), 08. Anonymus (4:34), 09. Been Too Long (3:07), 10. Rain Town (4:15), 11. Standunder (3:06)

PROFILE

My Little Funhouse were a rock band from Kilkenny, Ireland in the early 90s. After winning the Carling Hot Press band competition, they got signed to Island Publishing and went on, in late 1991, to sign what was Geffen Records’ largest deal to that date: $2 million (around the same time, Geffen signed with Nirvana for $60,000). Geffen saw them as the next Guns’n’Roses, and even included them in the video of November Rain.

Their debut album Standunder comprises heavy rock’n’roll and slower, more intimate songs. Guitars are prominent, as was typical of the early 1990s. Alan Lawlor’s vocals are very distinctive and make a strong impression. The album enjoyed some success and several songs were released as singles: I Want Some of That, Wishing Well, Destiny /L.S.D and Raintown.

They toured the world for several years before breaking up. Notable performances include the 1992 Slane Castle concert, opening for Guns’n’Roses. Drummer Derek Maher left in 1993 to be replaced by Graham Hopkins (who later joined the band Therapy?). My Little Funhouse members moved to Los Angeles and started to record more material that never got to be released.

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