This lot were from Birmingham in the West Midlands of England but were hugely influenced by Postcard Records and the Sound of Young Scotland.

Mighty Mighty consisted of Hugh Harkin (vocals), Mick Geoghegan (guitar), Peter Geoghegan (keys), Russell Burton (bass, vocals) and David Hennessey (drums). Their very fine debut single came out on their own Girlie label in March 1986:-

mp3 : Mighty Mighty – Everybody Knows The Monkey

(and I’m sure the Inspiral Carpets had a listen and thought that would do nicely…..)

Before long, they were on the established indie oufit Chapter 22, for whom they recorded and released a handful of singles and a sole LP called Sharks which was issued in February 1988. Fame and fortune eluded the boys with Top 10 placings in the indie charts being the height of it. Less than nine months after their LP hit the shops the band had disbanded.

I’ve just the one bit of plastic in the collection, picked up second-hand (my copy of Everybody Knows The Monkey is from a later released compilation CD of C86 bands). This is a great 45 from late 1986:-

mp3 : Mighty Mighty – Throwaway
mp3 : Mighty Mighty – Ceiling To The Floor

Like so many other bands of the era, they have been tempted back to play their songs live, in their case at the Indietracks music festival in 2009 and Popfest Berlin in 2010.



  1. Sometime in the 80’s I got a compilation with the Mighty Mighty song ‘Built Like a Car’, which was pretty good. Never heard any other song by the band, before or since, until this post.

  2. Sorry. To finish up – I thought ‘Built Like a Car’ was on the C86 compilation but apparently not. So now I have no idea what compilation LP I got it on. I assure you it received no radio airplay in the States.

  3. I always liked Mighty Mighty. Don’t recall ever seeing them live though. I note that they’ve actually released some recent stuff. Anyone know if it’s any good?

  4. They did a cracking single entitled Is There Anyone Out There – where the singer laments his lack of a girlfriend and pleads for one so that he can be dragged around Chelsea Girl! Unlikely to be covered by an X Factor winner any tine soon, methinks.

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