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Alley-lujah to the nuns on the run.

Old habits die hard for the three raunchy girl singers in Dublin pop sensation Back Alley.

Sandra Bagnell, Victoria Carlin and Chrissie Melvin are all former convent schoolgirls.

And as the trio posed for publicity shots for their new Irish tour outrageously dressed as nuns, below, they revealed that perhaps they weren't ideal pupils.

Tearaway Sandra was expelled at 16 for shaving her head - except for a long plait that grew down the back.

"The nuns told me to get rid of it so I tried to hide it down the back of my shirt. But they discovered it one day, pulled it out in front of the class and expelled me. Otherwise I got on great with them," she recalled.

Chrissie remembered the nuns as being "very strict".

And Victoria said: "I think they were glad to see me go."

The heavenly trio are being courted by several international record companies and are heading to the Lebanon in September to entertain the Irish troops on duty over there.

In the meantime they play Mallow tonight, Cork tomorrow and the Hitching Post in Leixlip on Saturday.

SHANE'S

TRIBUTE

TO A PAL

Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has dedicated his new album to the memory of his old road manager Charlie McLennan.

Charlie died last year from a cocktail of drink and drugs celebrating his 44th birthday.

But he is also featured on the Crock of Gold album, singing an unaccompanied version of I Was Born Under A Wandering Star.

It was recorded while he was checking microphones in the studio.

"It's strange to have it there as the last track, but it's Shane's tribute to Charlie," said MacGowan's manager Joey Cashman.

TAKING A BOWIE

Having played the Baggot Inn, David Bowie is set to appear at the Olympia Theatre on August 8.

Where next? Whelans or the Red Cow Inn? Pity the 100-capacity venue The Attic is demolished. That would have been just perfect.

Spearhead to

make a point

HIP hop group Spearhead, pictured left, will make their Dublin debut with a concert in the Olympia Theatre on Monday night.

They are fronted by the former Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy leader Michael Franti.

Part-poet and part- rapper, 29-year-old Franti says he is no longer an angry young man and is now trying to get his message across using more subtle means.

He says: "I still want to make my audience think about different issues, but I feel I no longer have to bludgeon them over the head to do so."

Prodigy parties

The Virgin Megastores in Dublin and Belfast will open at midnight on Sunday to celebrate the release of The Prodigy's new album The Fat Of The Land.

There will also be some fabulous Prodigy prizes up for grabs.

A JUMP

START

ON FILM

Filming is set to begin in Dublin this autumn on the new Harvey Keitel movie Johnny Jump Up.

Described by producers as "a Celtic gangster movie", the shoot will take six weeks.

The Oscar-winning Keitel's co-stars in the film have yet to be named.

Meanwhile, screen siren Greta Scacchi is to be guest of honour at a special screening of her new movie The Serpent's Kiss at next month's Galway Film Fleadh.

The movie, shot in Co Clare last year, co-stars Richard E Grant and Ewan McGregor.
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Author:Taylor, Richie
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 26, 1997
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