He Who Laughs Last…

Given just how long The Hothouse Flowers have lasted, and just how popular they are 32 years after they formed in Monkstown, it’s ironic that the critics were determined to give the boys a difficult birth.

Perhaps it was the fact that the band hit the ground running with their debut album, People, released in May, 1988? Or the fact that this relatively new band were chosen as the half-time entertainment for the Eurovision Song Contest that year, bringing their latest – and perhaps finest – single, Don’t Go, to a massive worldwide audience? Or maybe it was all down to the fact that The Hothouse Flowers were unashamedly hippies at a time when critics wanted spit and grit…

Whatever the reason, the jibes and jokes came hard and fast. One of the most popular doing the rounds at the time, as Virgin’s superstore at O’Connell Bridge took the bold move of selling condoms over the counter just as the Flowers released their debut album. Stepping out of the store with 8 packets of condoms, a red-faced young man explains to his friend, “I kept going up to buy The Hothouse Flowers album, but I was just too embarrassed every time…”.

You can join a lot of happy, red faces at The Hothouse Flowers’ Greystones debut on January 5th and 6th

 

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