1990 was a pivotal year in Ireland.The National football team had done the country proud in the World Cup in Italy and Ireland had her first lady president. There was also a new soundtrack to that soundtrack to that summer, the debut album by a young band from the west of Ireland - The Stunning. The group had
released four, top twenty singles over the previous two years and were taking the country by storm, leading a charge from the west to the east. The Stunning helped to shift the focus from a mainly Dublin - centric rock music scene out to the provinces and paved the way for many more artists to come. In the seven years that The Stunning were initially together, they toured relentlessly building up a following that would make them one of the most successful Irish bands ever. In 1990 their debut album 'Paradise In The Picturehouse' spent five weeks at number one and became one of the best-selling Irish albums of all time. Two year's later, the follow up 'Once Around The World' also hit the number one spot, and the band went onto sell over 100,000 albums in Ireland alone. "Brewing Up A Storm" has become an anthem of sorts and is to be heard everywhere from football stadiums to clubs around the country where it is still a guaranteed floor-filler. It was also chosen as the soundtrack to a major Tv commercial for the UEFA Euro 2016 football championships. Songs such as "Half Past Two", Romeo's on Fire", and "Everything that Rises" have become part of Irish music canon, featuring in radio. They toured the US and the UK with the likes of Bob Dylan and the B52's. Despite two number one albums, winning major music awards and a huge fanbase, the band split in 1994. They eventually reformed in 2003 for the re-release of their debut album"Paradise in the "Picturehouse" and the subsequent run of dates turned out to be one of the highest grossing tours in Ireland that year. In 2012 around 30,000 people turned out to see them play a free concert in their first gigs there since the early nineties playing just in Boston and New York.