Given the rude health of our hip-hop scene, it’s interesting to contrast its more multi-racial and sophisticated sound with that of these early white pioneers. Scary Éire come from an era of People in Need Telethons and dole queues – a simpler time, a shittier time. Fusing trad, reggae, ska and punk; they were helmed by two rappers (frontman Rí-Rá and hypeman Mr Browne), and two DJs (Mek and Dada Sloosh). Scary signed to Island Records and opened for U2 on their Zooropa tour. However, their brush with the big time was fleeting. File under nostalgia.