“Friends in Time” by The Golden Horde – contributed by Colin Ahearn

The Golden Horde (19821994) were a rock, punk, psychedelic, pop band based in Dublin, Ireland. The most renowned line-up of the band was: Peter O’Kennedy, John Connor, Sam Steiger, Des O’ Byrne and Simon Carmody, although at the very first live performance, there were 13 band members on stage.

In 1990 the band signed to U2’s Mother/Island Records label. Recordings for the singles “100 Boys” and “I Never Came Down” were initiated with producer Daniel Rey (Ramones, Misfits, Ronnie Spector), and completed with co-producer Andy Shernoff (The Figgs, Guided by Voices, The Dictators) for the album that would be self-titled The Golden Horde.

Music videos for “100 Boys” and “Friends in Time” were directed by Ritchie Smith, who as a result, was later employed to work on the videos “The Fly”, “Even Better Than the Real Thing”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Until the End of the World” and “Last Night on Earth” for U2. He also later created work for The Verve amongst others.

Released in 1991, the album “The Golden Horde” was voted joint #1 record with U2’s Achtung Baby in the Hot Press Music Awards of that year. Singer and Golden Horde cohort Maria McKee, contributed vocals to the song “Friends in Time


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