The Scheme, featuring 3 ex members of NRG, were a post punk band from Dundalk.
We had outgrown the punk scene and now performed 100% original material. The Banshees and Joy Division were just some of the influences. I was also into Wire and Adam & the Ants (loved the Dirk Wears White Sox album) and Chic. One of our songs was called “Disconnected” which had a disco beat and bass and, despite never been recorded, made it into the top 50 of Dublin songs in dublin fanzine, Imprint. (click here for scanned page of top 50… check out no. 49!)
The Scheme played more gigs in Dublin (McGonagles, Baggot Inn, UCD) than in Dundalk, supporting the likes of the Blades, DC Nien, the Attrix, the Addix (featuring KirstyMcColl) and U2. Philip ‘Turkey’ Mullen, later of Some Kind of Wonderful, helped with managerial duties and scored some of these gigs for us.
We played 3 gigs in Dublin’s Dandelion Market in 1979, one of which had us opening for U2 on 15th September 1979. U2 were riding high, and set to release their first single, the place was packed that Saturday afternoon. The 2 things I remember most about U2 from this occasion, was
1. The record sleeve for their forthcoming single the Three Ep, was just back from the printers and delivered to them during their sound check. They were genuinely excited about this.
2. When they finished sound checking, Bono, shouted, “Scheme, your turn”. Which was a cue for us to do get up and do our check. At least he acknowledged us. And we got a sound check. More than can be said for a lot of the other groups we supported.
The gig was great. Big crowd, who were up for it. They were mad into U2, though. You could see they were going to make it.
Pat Kirk from Dundalk was with the Scheme at the gig in the Dandelion and took this pic of U2 on stage that day. Pat also took the pictures below of the Scheme at rehearsals. Many thanks to Pat for submitting these.
Pat along with Philip “Turkey” Mullen from Some Kind of Wonderful (more above) would later run the Boddis gigs in the Magnet bar, Pearse St, Dublin 2. Indeed the same Philip Mullen appears on the left in the photo below jamming with Brian Vernon and Dec Rodgers during a Scheme rehearsal.