Clannad weren’t strangers to the charts in the UK, although their successes tended to be limited to their work for television productions. In 1984, they recorded Legend, the soundtrack album to the television series ‘Robin of Sherwood’, from which the track Robin (The Hooded Man) was used as the music to accompany the title sequence. The song was released as a single with a photograph of the show’s original star, Michael Praed, on the cover; it just fell short of the Top 40. A new version of the theme was recorded for the third season, and it was issued as an EP with a photo of Jason Connery as new central character Robert of Huntingdon on the sleeve. But it was their Theme From Harry’s Game (a 1982 miniseries for ITV) that was their biggest hit. U2 performed a version of the song in their concert encores in the 1980s, so Clannad knew that Bono was likely to be open to working with them if the opportunity came up.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Jun. 19
The ASSOCIATES Q Quarters (Situation 2 SIT4)
DEPARTMENT S Going Left Right (Stiff BUY118)
CLANNAD (Marie Brennan and Bono) In A Lifetime [Re-issue] (RCA PB42873)
GUNS N’ ROSES Patience (Geffen GEF56)
SWING OUT SISTER Where In The World? (Fontana SWING7)
TIN MACHINE (David Bowie) Under The God (EMI USA MT68)