To whom it may concern,
Dave Couse is a musician by profession. He has always wondered what exactly the function of a biography is? Do people read them, and if they do, do they believe them? With that in mind, 1969 Records hooked Dave up to the polygraph with no fear - the content is as true as his memory allows.
So, in his own words, take it away Dave!
"It all started some years ago in Dublin, Ireland on the day I was stillborn. My mother's doctor worked tirelessly through the night in order to fulfil his contract with her. Thankfully he did and I'm here to tell the tale. Moving swiftly along, at the age of fourteen I began to teach myself guitar while playing along to the sound of Abba songs on my dad's friend's two track machine. The results were so exciting that my friends and I spent much of the next few years forming, disbanding and re-forming some of the best and worst bands ever.
Eventually in 1985 I started a band called A House. It only took the release of two independent singles to convince the great Geoff Travis, owner of Rough Trade to sign us to his Blanco y Negro label, which was part of the greater Warner Bros. group. Across the Atlantic we captured the imagination of one Mr. Seymour Stein and our debut album, On Our Big Fat Merry Go Round was released on Sire in the U.S. (home to Talking Heads and Madonna etc.). Our single Call Me Blue reached no. 3 in the Billboard College Charts in 1989 and was championed by radio stations across the USA from K-ROQ to WER.
A House toured the States for months with The Go-Betweens on the strength of this. It was all great and it looked like we were on our way to becoming the greatest thing on Warners since Bugs Bunny. But of course life being what it is would ensure that the next twelve years of A House would be somewhat of a bumpy but glorious ride.
Back home in Ireland and also in the UK, we went on to achieve great critical success over the release of our next four albums and enjoyed high billing at festivals like Reading, Feile and Phoenix. Some of our singles were hits and of course some were not. Sessions for John Peel's show were recorded at the BBC and the legendary man gave us great encouragement. In 1989 we up-rooted to the glamorous island location of Inishboffin off the coast of Co. Galway to record our second album I Want Too Much with acclaimed producer Mike Hedges. Soon after, we found ourselves to be no longer in the employment of Warners. This only encouraged us at a time when many of our contemporaries would have been crushed by such a thing. A House agreed to become a corner stone of the fledgling Anglo-Irish indie label Setanta in 1991.
I Am The Greatest (produced by Edwyn Collins famed for monster hit, A Girl Like You and fronting the excellent Orange Juice) resuscitated our career prospects in a big way! This owed no small thanks to the singles Endless Art and Take It Easy On Me. Soon EMI / Parlophone were smart enough to knock on our door to snap up the album and re-release it in 1992.
We followed this in spectacular style with Wide Eyed & Ignorant in 1994 and another taste of British chart success with Here Come The Good Times and Why Me?. The success of the two aforementioned albums inspired Gary Kurfurst to release them on the Radio-Active label in the US. We were whisked back for shows in New York and all along the east coast, only returning to the west coast to make a video for Strong and the Silent, released as a single in 1995.
Back in the arms of Mike Hedges, we relocated to France to record our swan song album No More Apologies in 1996. Claimed by some critics to be one of the finest albums ever made (an accusation we were willing to live with), it was unquestionably our finest creative achievement. We bade fond farewell in simple style, in the company of all those who loved us at Dublin's Olympia Theatre in May 1997. All told, the A House story is one of triumph, because survival for such a long time in the music industry must be seen to be just that.
I went off to spend some obligatory time in the wilderness, always knowing I had to come back to what I do best. On the request of the Irish soccer team, I produced a re-recording of Here Come The Good Times as their official song for the 2002 World Cup in Japan. Featuring luminaries like Aslan and Westlife, it inevitably went to Number 1 in the Irish Charts. A retrospective anthology of
In 2003 I teamed up with my extremely talented and generous friend Edwyn Collins again to record my debut solo album Genes. Heralding the end of my musical exile, we conjured up an eclectic gem of a record treading much new territory for me. The warmth of reception from the audience and critics alike soon dispelled any reservations I might have had about playing live. Edwyn and I even took our collaboration to the stage, presenting a couple of infamous Couse versus Collins bouts at The Village in Dublin. Many more gigs down the road from them I am happy to be back our there with my great new band The Impossible who have ignited in me a spark and passion unlike I've known in years!"
In October 2005, Couse & the Impossible plan to give you a bigger, brighter and (dare we say it) better new album entitled, The World Should Know. The mid-September single Batman & Robin is a powerful poptastic tale of friendship which is set to dominate the airwaves. It's already been hailed as one of the finest Irish singles in years by Tom Dunne of Today FM and John Meagher of the Irish Independent and the album promises to scale the same heights!
All of this will be backed up with live dates nationwide from September in population centres such as Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mullingar, Waterford, Wexford amongst others. That's nation-wide enough isn't it? Along the way we'll also be teaming up with our friends Bell X1 and 1969 Records label-mates Pugwash. There will be full media campaign for the single and the album with radio and press advertising. Feature articles and reviews are due in the Hot Press, The Ticket in The Irish Times, Day & Night in The Irish Independent along with most other nation daily periodicals. TV appearances and radio sessions for the coming months are also in the pipeline. Last but not least, negotiations are under way with labels in the USA and Australia for international releases of the new Couse & the Impossible album The World Should Know. We'll keep you posted.