Stargazing In the Sunday Tribune, of December 29th, 1996, I looked ahead to the year in rock and pop music and, in a side-bar column, made a series of predictions.

We’ll post up the body of the piece shortly – which basically pitched U2’s then still gestating ‘Pop’ album against all-comers – but, in the meantime, we’re listing those projections below.

Five New Irish Contenders to Watch in 1997
Fat Buck
The Ultramontanes
The Kathleens

Five Old Irish Contenders to get Bigger & Better in 1997 
Whipping Boy
The Divine Comedy

And a Fab Four to go Very Jurassic in 1997 
Donal Dineen
Eimear Quinn
Ronan Hardiman
Tony Fenton

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