Five Go Down to the Sea? were an Irish post-punk band from Cork, active
during 1978 to 1989. Vocalist and lyricist Finbarr Donnelly (pictured),
guitarist Ricky Dineen and brothers Philip O'Connell (bass) and Keith
O'Connell (drums) formed the band as Nun Attax when they were teenagers.
They became known for Donnelly's absurdist lyrics and stage presence,
Dineen's angular guitar and bass parts, and a rhythm section influenced
by Captain Beefheart. After developing a following in Ireland in the
early 1980s, they changed their name to "Five Go Down to the Sea?" and
moved to London. They did not find commercial success and split up in
1985. Donnelly and Dineen reformed in 1988 as Beethoven, and released
the EP Him Goolie Goolie Man, Dem the following year. Their reformation
was short-lived, as Donnelly drowned on 18 June 1989, aged 27. The
band's reputation has grown over time and they have influenced later
generations of Irish musicians, especially a succession of dryly
humorous Cork bands.
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