The Fatima Mansions

Fatima Mansions

The Fatima Mansions (1991)
Background information
Origin Cork, Ireland
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1988-1995
Labels Radioactive Records
Associated acts Microdisney, Bubonique
Past members Cathal Coughlan
Andrias O'Gruama
Zak Woolhouse
Hugh Bunker
Nick Allum
Duke O Malaithe
Nick Bunker
Howard Hughes
Jonathan Fell
Paul Murphy
This article is about the band. For the flats, see Fatima Mansions (housing).

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.[1][2]

The Fatima Mansions had some indie chart success with albums such as Against Nature, Viva Dead Ponies, Bertie's Brochures, Valhalla Avenue and Lost in the Former West.

They entered the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart in 1992[3] 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. They 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.[4] The band often courted controversy with religion, dictators, empires and general authority being targets for Coughlan's vitriol. Despite this, The Guardian newspaper described him as "the most underrated lyricist in pop today", and DJ John Peel said he could "listen to Cathal Coughlan sing the phone book".

The album and singles campaign for 1995's Lost in the Former West was styled on the glamour of Liberace, and featured a cover version of The Walker Brothers's "Nite Flights".





  1. "History of Fatima Mansions", Fatima Groups Unlimited, retrieved 10 January 2010
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 281-282
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 196. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. Stephenson, Campbell (2004) "The 10: Campbell Stevenson on stage disasters", The Observer, 15 August 2004, retrieved 10 January 2010
  6. Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 85
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