Saturday, December 22, 2007

Laughing Clowns - Ghosts of an Ideal Wife

Thanks to robbie for this one

Either love or hate Ed Kuepper, by no means your standard singer or guitarist. I use to travel 'far and wide' to catch his shows.

Formed in Sydney in 1979 after the break-up of Kuepper's punk rock band The Saints. Where The Saints were a bass/drums/guitar rock band, Laughing Clowns' various line-ups included double bass,piano, tenor saxophone and trumpet. Often referred to as "jazz punk" by critics, the group's songs were often constructed around difficult time signatures and sometimes "off-key" melodies.

They released several albums, singles and EPs, including Holy Joe, Mr Uddich-Smuddich goes to town, Ghosts of an ideal wife and Law of nature. They disbanded in 1985 with Kuepper continuing to record and perform under his own name.

Ghosts of an Ideal Wife - Released 1985

Produced by Ed Kuepper

Ed Kuepper
Jeffrey Wegener
Louise Elliott
Paul Smith
Louis Tillett
Glad Reed
Diane Spence

Crowded House - Temple of Low Men

I’m not a great fan of Crowded House but one has to acknowledge Neil Finn as one of the most talented song writers to come out of NZ. My girlfriend doesn’t speak English, but she loves this record.

Crowded House is a rock and pop group formed in Melbourne, Australia, and led by New Zealand musician and singer-songwriter Neil Finn. Finn is widely recognised as the primary songwriter and creative direction of the band, having led it through several incarnations, drawing members from New Zealand (Neil Finn, Tim Finn and Eddie Rayner), Australia (Paul Hester, Nick Seymour, Peter Jones and Craig Hooper) and United States (Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod).

The group had important connections in the Australian and New Zealand rock scenes. Neil Finn and Paul Hester were former members of the New Zealand rock band Split Enz; Neil is the younger brother of Split Enz founding member Tim Finn. Nick Seymour is the younger brother of singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Seymour, leader of the now defunct Australian rock group Hunters & Collectors.

Temple of Low Men was released to great fanfare in 1988 along with the single "Better Be Home Soon," which reached #42 in the US. Other highlights of this album were "Into Temptation" and "Sister Madly", the latter evolving into a fan favourite sing-along when played in concert. Although critics were impressed, the album was not as well received commercially as their debut. As a contrast to the debut album, the first single "Better Be Home Soon" was an acoustic song which performed moderately on the charts, though the following four singles from the album all failed to chart altogether, and through the low single impact, album sales were not as successful as the debut. The label quickly pulled promotion for the album yet again, and Crowded House performed a short tour of Australia and Canada. Supertramp member and multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart then accompanied the band from January 1989 as a tour performer, taking Eddie Rayner's place. In early 1989, following a short tour by the group to support their second album, Finn removed Seymour from the lineup. In 2007, he discussed this on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope, commenting that he had fired him because of artistic differences. After a month, Seymour initiated contact and the two agreed to have him return to the group. Following this, the group decided to take a break before re-entering the studio for their third album.
Many thanks to 'ausrock' and 'over here'

Spy vs Spy is an Australian rock band from Sydney formed in 1981. Also known as V.Spy V.Spy and Spy V Spy. Managed by Gary Morris of Midnight Oil fame, the Spies created an unique sound based around Craig Bloxom's driving bass, Michael Weiley on guitar & Cliff Grigg on percussion. Three piece bands often fight to achieve prominence, in the Spies case this was achieved by ear bleeding sound levels coupled with anthemic lyrics and Bloxom and Wieley's alternating vocals. Harry's Reasons to Trash the Planet mark the high point of Aussie Pub Rock, possibly destroyed by aggressive anti drink driving campaigns of the era. The death of Australian pub-culture may also have been due to the aggressive pursuit by government and other private interests, of the gambling dollar where many pubs were converted into 'pokie-machine venues. The band began a successful series of tours to Brasil in the mid-nineties and continues to influence Australian Rock from there. Due to copyright conflicts in the US with the [Spy vs. Spy a popular comic], Spy vs Spy was forced to change their name to [vSpy vSpy]. The band is popularly known as "the Spies", and is one of the most important rock bands to come out of Sydney. In 2007 there are currently some of the former band members who are touring as Spy - Spy and performing all of the classic hits.

  • Do What You Say (EP), 1982
  • Four Fresh Lemons (EP), 1983
  • Six Fresh Lemons (EP), 1983
  • Meet Us Inside (EP), 1984
  • Harry's Reasons (LP), 1986
  • A. O. Mod TV Vers (LP), 1987
  • Xenophobia [Why?] (LP), 1988
  • Adults Only Modified Version (LP) ****
  • Trash The Planet (LP), 1989
  • Spy File - The Best Of (LP), 1991
  • Fossil (LP), 1994
  • Because Bootlegger (EP), 1994
  • The Early Cases (LP), 1999 Brasil
  • Mugshot: The Best Of, (LP) 1999
  • Mugshots, (LP) 2000 Brasil
  • Meet Us Alive, (LP) 2001 Brasil

The Early Cases

Adults Only Modified


Paul Kelly and The Dots - Talk

One for tricky...... cheers mate

In the late 1970s, Kelly was vocalist for the Melbourne pub-rock band "The High Rise Bombers". Following the dissolution of that group, Kelly formed "Paul Kelly & The Dots". The Dots period, which ranged from 1978-1982, saw the release of three albums, Talk in 1981, Manila in 1982 and the Urban Opera in 1985.

After Urban Opera, Kelly had difficulty securing a recording contract as he struggled with a drug problem. In the liner notes to his 1997 Greatest Hits collection, Songs from the South, Kelly makes special mention of Michelle Higgins, a former Mushroom Records employee who had locked herself into a hotel room, refusing to leave the room until she had secured Kelly at least a two album recording contract.

Paul Kelly - Songs From The South__The Best Of Paul Kelly

Basically spans his catalog of songs of the 80's and 90's .... contains his quintessential Aussie song, Bradman, sorry guys got to be Australian to fully appreciate this song ...... 'brings tears to the toughest of blokes' The album cover is an example of a picture telling a thousand words. If you don't know the music of Paul Kelly, this is a good place to start.

Afgan Wigs - Bonnie and Clyde

Greg Dulli (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick McCollum (lead guitar), John Curley (bass), and Steve EarleSteve Earle) formed the band in Cincinnati in 1986. (drums -- not to be confused with country musician

The Afghan Whigs were a soul-influenced American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio. While they achieved moderate success in the 1990’s -- Rolling Stone described the band as spending "the bulk of their career on the brink of stardom" -- they "never quite broke beyond a substantial legion of devotees enamored of their thinly veiled sleaze."

The Scientists - The Human Jukebox

This lineup returned to Australia in April 1987 for the Human Jukebox tour. Salmon moved back to Perth with his wife Linda Fearon (co-writer of "Blood Red River") and son. Human Jukebox was released on Karbon in October 1987. The band toured Australia in November 1987, with a lineup of Salmon, Thewlis, Combe on drums and Brett Rixon rejoining on bass. Their last show was at the Shenton Park Hotel, Perth, Saturday 27 November 1987.

The Hummingbirds - Love Buzz

The Hummingbirds were an indie pop or jangle pop band from Sydney, Australia, formed in 1986 from members of the band Bug Eyed Monsters. They were one of the first bands signed to the rooArt label, and had a chart hit with Blush.

Band members originally comprised singer/guitarist Simon Holmes, bassist John Boyce and drummer Mark Temple; vocalist/guitarist Alannah Russack signed soon after. The classic Hummingbirds included the departure of Boyce and the addition of singer/bassist Robyn St. Clare.

They were one of Australia's most promising acts in the late 1980's and early 1990's along with other up-and-comers like Ratcat, Tall Tales and True and The Falling Joys.

They debuted in 1987 with the single "Alimony", followed by "Everything You Said", "Swim to Shore" and "Hindsight". The Hummingbirds then signed to rooART and recorded loveBUZZ with Mitch Easter. It was a major hit and earned an American release, though sales were slow despite excellent reviews. They continued recording for Australian audiences, releasing another LP, 1992's Va Va Voom. However, the release of this album was delayed due to problems with RooArt. The Hummingbirds were released from their RooArt contract after the release of the 1992 EP 'You Just Gotta Know My Mind' (a Donovan cover) and they proceeded to release two EPs on the small IV label, Gone and Tail.

The band found it hard to justify their move from a major label like RooArt to the smaller IV records and sadly broke up after the release of Tail. Simon Holmes went on to record other albums with a new band, Fragile, Allanah Russack has been playing around Sydney as a solo artist, and Robyn St. Clare has recorded with RatCat and Sneeze.

The Acoustic Lounge - Chris Cornell

This one is for hank - unplugged in Sweden

Along with Mark Lonegan and Billy Gorgan, one of my favourite vocalists. 15 songs here a couple of orinals from Soundgarden and Temple of the dog but mostly covers. The standouts ‘Peace Love and Understanding’ ‘Redemption Song’ and’You Can’t Hide Your Love Away’.

Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle on July 20, 1964) is an American musician best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for rock bands Soundgarden (1984–1997) and Audioslave (2001–2007). He was the founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his former roommate, Andrew Wood, and he has released two solo albums, Euphoria Morning (1999) and Carry On (2007). Though not officially released onto CD, an hour long acoustic concert Cornell performed on 7 September of 2006 at O-Baren in Stockholm is widely available for download under the title Chris Cornell: Unplugged in Sweden.

Straitjacket Fits - Hail

Thank you to hank - hope your keeping warm

This is a really, really good record it ebbs and flows, full of emotion and passion. Love this band.

1987 marked the release of their first EP. Life in One Chord defined their sound, spending 10 weeks in the Top 50. All four of the songs are justifiable New Zealand rock classics, none more so than the astonishing "She Speeds", which was to become the band's hallmark song. Its edgy lead vocal (from Carter) was underpinned with a dynamic jagged guitar and stabs of strings which tumbled into a churning melodic chorus on which Brough's voice soared. The exact opposite approach was taken on "Sparkle That Shines", its gentle downbeat melody sung by Brough giving way to a chorus laced with Carter's knife-edge harmonies.

The band left Dunedin, briefly moving to Christchurch, before making the shift to the country's main marketplace, Auckland in 1988. Their first album Hail was produced by Terry Moore (a former member of The Chills) and was released later that year (it would later be re-released on CD accompanied by the four songs from Life in One Chord). The band's first overseas venture, to Australia, came in 1989, followed soon by a tour of Europe

Go Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane

Something very special, Ive packed up two records for you here. The magnificent, beautiful and obtuse Go Betweens. We have the original 16 Lovers Lane and the equally impressive Acoustic Demo Tapes. I'm listening to the acoustic side as I'm writing this post. Along with Died Pretty maybe the best band to come out of Australia.

The Go-Betweens were an internationally influential indie rock band from Australia, formed by guitarists Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in Brisbane in 1977.

Early on Robert Forster and Grant McLennan were joined by Lissa Ross (drums 1978) and Tim Mustapha (drums 1978–1979) then, during their "classic" period by Lindy Morrison (drums 1980–1989), Robert Vickers (bass 1983–1987), Amanda Brown (violin, oboe, guitar, backing vocals 1986–1989) and John Willsteed (bass 1987–1989) and, in their reformation, by Glenn Thompson (drums 2002–2006), and Adele Pickvance (bass 2000–2006).

The focal point of the group was the songwriting skills of Forster and McLennan, famously described by Village Voice critic Robert Christgau as "the greatest songwriting partnership working today." Each developed a distinctive but complementary style: Forster's songs were angular and angst-ridden, making much use of irony and unusual lyrical imagery, while McLennan's were generally softer and more sensitive, his lyrics often based on character study and reported speech.

The band's first recordings ("Lee Remick", "Karen" - both 1978 - and "People Say", 1979) were simple pop tunes with a rough New Wave edge, an obvious blend of pure pop influences such as The Monkees with the gritty simplicity of The Velvet Underground. By their first official album, 1982's Send Me A Lullaby, they had developed a subtler sound consisting of dry semi-spoken vocals, complex lyrics and melodic but fractious guitar pop influenced by contemporary bands such as Television, Wire and Talking Heads. In 1979, the group had left Australia, first for Glasgow, where they briefly joined the roster of cult independent label Postcard, then following their friends and contemporaries The Birthday Party to the busier music scene in London. Their second LP Before Hollywood (1983) established the group as cult favourites in the UK, McLennan's "Cattle And Cane" becoming a large hit on the independent charts.

The Go-Betweens spent much of the 80s touring, regularly producing such alternative radio hits as "Spring Rain" (1986) and "Streets of Your Town" (1988), without ever securing a chart single - a fact which mystified their supporters in the press, to the point where this "scandalous" lack of popular success became a cliche when writing about the band. Their albums Spring Hill Fair (1984) and Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express (1986) received particularly strong reviews, and showed the band gradually moving towards a smoother and more contemporary sound, while retaining elements of their idiosyncratic early style. Their later LPs Tallulah (1987) and 16 Lovers Lane (1988) were the group's most commercial offerings yet, though again they failed to trouble the charts. After recording six albums, Forster and McLennan disbanded The Go-Betweens in December 1989.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Blah. Blah, Blah - Wish List & Request Comments

The Acoustic Lounge - Stone Temples Pilots

Greetings and salutations to all, the weekend is upon us and here in Thailand it’s a public holiday on Monday, General Elections. I’m stoked. New segment, ‘The Acoustic Lounge’. Unplugged albums began with Nirvana and have become an important addition to most rock bands discology. I love these little treasures. By the looks of the photo it it could be MTV , very similar set up to Nirvana. Has 8 tracks includinf 'big Empty', ;creep' and my favourite STP song 'Interstate Love Song'. Well here’s the first in my Acoustic Lounge………. ENJOY

Stone Temple Pilots was an American rock band in the 1990s and early 2000s, consisting of Scott Weiland (vocals), brothers Robert (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion).

This one has 8 tracks including ‘Big Empty’, ‘Creep’ and my favourite STP song, Interstate Love Song’.

STP's five albums have sold over 17 million copies in the United States alone and over 30 million albums worldwide. The band had fifteen top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, including six #1's, and one #1 album on the pop charts (1994's Purple). STP won the 1994 Grammy for "Best Hard Rock Performance" for their song "Plush". STP was also ranked at #40 by VH1 on the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock list. In addition to their original material, they have also covered songs by Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and The Beatles. These bands were some of the groups cited by the band as its influences.

In 2003, the band released the greatest hits compilation Thank You. Around this time, band members began going their separate ways. Since the band's demise, Weiland has moved on to become the frontman of Velvet Revolver with former members of Guns N' Roses. The DeLeo brothers formed the band Army of Anyone with Richard Patrick, of the band Filter. Army of Anyone released its self-titled debut album in 2006. Kretz founded Bomb Shelter Studios in Los Angeles.

Soulsavers - It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land

The Soulsavers return with the new album "It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land".

This time round, Soulsavers have joined up with Mark Lanegan (ex Screaming Trees) who provides vocals on 8 of the albums 11 tracks.

Their influences range from Johnny Cash, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Public Enemy, Nick Cave, Dylan, and The Stooges.

It's an eclectic recording, a unique mix of rock, country, soul & gospel. What makes this a good record is the vocals of Lanegan. I’m a fan of the Screaming Trees and Lanegan’s solo work. I have never heard him sound so good. Complementing the reverent, post-apocalyptic sonic environment, Lanegan sings as if he's standing at the door of deliverance, bottle in tow.

The album was recorded throughout 2005 & 2006, between the bands home base in the North of England, and Los Angeles.

The record was released in April '07 on V2 Records in Europe.

The Stems - At First Sight, Violets Are Blue

A truly fine album, capturing the sound and look of their generation, excellent musicians, well crafted songs and excellent live. I remember the paisley shirts, stove pipe pants and pointed boots. A time when rock had grace and style. Enjoy this one.

The Stems
formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1983 and played music that was heavily influenced by 1960s garage rock and 1970s power pop. The band broke up in 1987 and then reformed (twenty years later) releasing a new album in 2007.

The band, with a new drummer, David Shaw, on board spent most of 1986 touring to promote their EP, including national tours supporting The Flamin Groovies and the Hoodoo Gurus, and also seeking a label deal. Mushroom Records signed the band and the band booked into Platinum Studios with producer Alan Thorne at the end of 1986. The recording process didn’t go smoothly and stretched from the planned one month to three, with a new producer brought in to complete the record. At First Sight, Violets Are Blue was released in 1987, their first recording for the White label. The album debuted at Number 1 on the Australian alternative charts. It also received national and international critical acclaim and would be one of the best selling Australian albums of that year despite the lack of commercial airplay in the corporate FM dominated 80’s. Leaning toward a stronger pop sensibility the album highlighed the talents of Dom Mariani and Richard Lane as skilled tunesmiths of the guitar pop genre. The album was nominated in the top 100 Australian albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and the title track "At First Sight" remains a bonafide Australian classic. 1987 also saw the band embark on another national tour, appearances on national television – including playing the final episode of Countdown and the lead single "At First Sight" making the Young Einstein soundtrack. The band seemed to have the world at their feet, an album which went on to become the third top Australian album of 1987. Following the success of the album there was an increase in interest in the band from overseas, particularly in Europe.

Unfortunately, in October 1987, on the eve of a six week European tour the band mysteriously disbanded. Dom's explanation was:

"I was not very happy with the way things were going towards the end of the Stems. We got quite big, and there are the usual problems that happen with that. People tend to drift apart, there are internal conflicts, egos going wild, and bad management was probably the major factor that contributed to the Stems breakup."

Mathews offered a similar explanation

"In the end it was total burn-out. By the time the band broke up, all of us had had enough. Any of us could have quit at any time. There was also this pull to do other stuff away from the band.

The Beautiful Girls - We're Already Gone

The Beautiful Girls: Matt McHugh (vocals, guitar); Clay MacDonald (vocals, bass guitar); Felpe Kmecik (harmonica, melodica, keyboards); Mitchell Connelly (drums).

Recording information: Noisegate Studio, Sydney, Australia (2005).

The Beautiful Girls is an Australian band, predominantly playing roots music. They have released one EP, Morning Sun, and three full length albums, Learn Yourself, We're Already Gone and Ziggurats. This electric harmony of rock, reggae, pop and folk has drawn comparisons with Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings and more recently The Police. The group have toured and supported with many notable bands including Rogerthat. They are opening for State Radio during their US tour.

Riptides - Resurface

Lost count of the number of times I saw these guys play. An institution back in Queensland. Check out their tour posters, you would see them everywhere around Brissy, pieces of class 'Pop Art' Warhol would be proud.

The Riptides were largely
vehicle for the song-writing talents of Mark "Cal" Callaghan. Over a career spanning 6 years from 1979 to 1983 the band also featured a number of musicians.

Callaghan went on to find commercial success with GANGgajang but the surf inspired pop of The Riptides had a fun-loving naivety which could not be surpassed.

The Riptides developed a cult status in their home city of Brisbane, Australia. Even during the GANGgajang years, The Riptides would regularly reform for a tour of universities during Orientation Week. A live double album, "Riptides Resurface" captures the energy of these almost annual reformations.

The Riptides reformed for the "Pig City" Festival on 14 July 2007 and performed a classic set that showed why they still remain one of Brisbane's great bands.

Powderfinger - Dream Days at The Hotel Existence

I scored a copy of this when it was first released, probably not as good as its predecessors but has the song ‘lost and running’ one of their best.

Powderfinger's sixth studio album, Dream Days at the Hotel Existence was released on June 2, 2007. Debuting at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, it broke the Australian digital sales record, with over 3000 copies sold online. Reviewers, however, did not rate it as highly as its predecessor, Vulture Street, with Cameron Adams of the Herald Sun HiT describing it as "consistent" Bernard Zuel, who reviewed Vulture Street in 2003, described Dream Days at the Hotel Existence as "Powderfinger's first dull album", but the band as "the biggest rock band in the country".

In his review of Dream Days at the Hotel Existence, Zuel described it as "[having] high-gloss and muscular framework", and that stated that this is what "American radio considers serious rock".[51]

Compared with the relatively lean, agile sound they've perfected up to now, this is Powderfinger as the footballer who in the off-season spends his time in the gym and emerges buff and beefy. The problem is he has bulk but has traded in his nimbleness.

Powderfinger - Odyssey Number Five

tricky up to his best again - cheers mate

In my humble opinion their best album, no week songs here, played with aggression and passion.

Powderfinger's fourth studio album, Odyssey Number Five, was released in September 2000, shortly after they were asked to write songs for the soundtracks of two films; Two Hands and Mission: Impossible II. The song "These Days" was written for Two Hands and "My Kind of Scene" was written for Mission: Impossible II.[29] Odyssey Number Five was Powderfinger's most successful to date; selling 560,000 copies. "My Kind of Scene" was also released as a single from the album, as were four other songs; "My Happiness", "Like a Dog", "The Metre", and "Waiting for the Sun". Odyssey Number Five won ARIA Awards in 2001 for "Album of the Year", "Highest Selling Album", "Best Rock Album", "Best Cover Art", and "Best Group". "My Happiness" was also awarded "Single of the Year", and other songs were nominated for ARIA Awards in different categories.

Many songs from this era of Powderfinger were ranked on Triple J's Hottest 100 list. "These Days", "Already Gone", "Good-Day Ray" and "Passenger" were ranked in 1999, and "My Happiness" and "My Kind of Scene" in 2000.

Olympic Sideburns - Olympic Sideburns

Sort of an Australian ‘Super Group’ of alternative artists of the 80’s. A revolving door policy with band members,
check out the whos who below. Released 4 albums between 1963 and 1987, shared an album with The Corpsegrinders: in 1988.
Standout track ‘Have Love will Travel’.
Garage indi 80’s rock at its best.

Allen Lindy (b) 1983 Whittle Family, Flirts, Agents, Dust On The Bible

Brooker Alan (b) 1988 Clear Cut, The Cruel Poddies, Paul Kelly and The Dots, Little Murders, The Zimmermen

Brophy Philip (d) 1985 Tch Tch Tch, Dave and Phil Duo, Hot Half Hour, Cut Slash Kill, Collossus

Bryant Paul (b) 1983-1988 Corporate Body, Odious Comparison

Byron Jex (v) 1983-1988 Two Dollar Fifty, Kaos, Barry and The Real Time, The Glamstars, Dirt

Frawley Maurice (g) 1983-1986

Hill Ian (k) 1983-1984 The Fizztops, Crackajacks, Bo Weevils, Sunset Strip

Holmes Michael (g) 1987 The Negatives, Eric Gradman's Man and Machine, The Romantics, Squeaky Girls, Paul Kelly and The Dots, The Zimmermen, Fatal Attraction, Dirt, Songs Of Exiles

Jones Spencer P. (g) 1983 – Beast of Burbon, johnnys

Meo Charles (d) 1983-1984 Ears, Dresden War Crimes, Dorian Gray

McAlpine Calum (d) 1985- Chosen Few, Bohdan and The Instigators, Dirt, Clip Clop Club

McEwan Tom (d) 1983 No Nonsense, Famous Flames

Molletta Maurice (d) 1984-1985 Ku Klux Frankenstein

Williams Jimmy (org) 1983 Ramm, Hot Cottage, Japanese Comix, A Howling Life

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Scientists - Blood Red River

The Scientists were born in May 1978 from the ashes of Perth’s first punk bands, The Cheap Nasties, who had also been formed by frontman Kim Salmon and The Geeks. The Perth era Scientists played more in the punk-pop vein and after releasing one album split in January 1981.

By September 1981 Kim Salmon had moved to inner city Sydney and created a reformed Scientists with a swampier, darker sound. Salmon also helped form the Beasts of Bourbon in 1984 before taking the Scientists to Europe where they were soon touring Europe (with The Gun Club). By 1987 the band had returned to Australia for one last tour. Salmon and the Scientists and would go on to influence bands such as Mudhoney and would be considered one of the early driving musical forces in the genre that would be known as grunge.

Blood Red River, released 1982 contains 'swampland', 'she had love' enough said, BRILLANT

Blah Blah Blah

Firstly I'd like to again thank Mailee, hank, the Time Bandit, Ausrock, all those sites I find my music at and especially the magician tricky for all the help and support you have given me in the short time I have been up and running. Just as important thank you to all of you who have visited my site and downloaded music. Without you I would be sharing nothing.

I came to Thailand three years ago with 4 CD's in my bag ( dinosaur jnr - ear bleeding territory, ben harper -fight for your mind, jet - get born and xavier rudd - solace) bought a computer 2 years ago because of work and then discovered the inter net. I'm old school, never had a computer, don't play playstation.

Now I have over 200 gigabytes of music on my external hard drive(I even know the lingo).
Last week I was surfing and found Time Bandits blog and for some reason I decided it was time to repay with my time for all the music I have found. Maybe a karma thing, well I live amongst 60 million buddists.

I'm really new at this, so I'm learning as I go along. I have set myself a couple of operating parameters

1. I really appreciate your words of support in the 'comments' section and I will attempt to reply to all messages(if you have the time to talk to me, I will return the gesture)
2. I will acknowledge all original uploads where I remember and when it is feasibly possible
3. I acknowledge that what we do in sharing files is academically illegal and maybe irresponsible BUT (always a 'but') music is no ones property, music belongs just as much to the listener as to player. Every pop song has recycled elements of other songs, every musician is influenced by those that went before. Everyone takes something from somebody . What matters is what we give back. Sharing music widens the exposure the artist gets for his music, more people go to artists concerts, more people buy their merchandise, more love and respect is shown towards the artist, more goodwill is spread in this world.
4. Feel free to download any music and repost it if you have your own site.

On a less responsible note and far more patriotic stand, I want to congratulate two young men who shared the same waves with me back home. Bebe from Stradie Island and Mick from Rainbow Bay, The Goldie.

Bebe Durbridge - Winner of The Pipeline Masters Champion
Van Tripple Crown Champion

Mick Fanning - World Surfing Champion

peace and love b

R.E.M - Christmas Album by Fan Club

Only had the privilege to see these guys play once. During their Green Tour at Festival Hall in Brisbane. Saw many a touring act there Beach Boys, Status Quo, Alice Cooper, Stranglers, Queen,The Cure, The Clash..... the list goes on. One problem, if you don't know the pace, it was a huge hall made of galvanized iron, made to host boxing fights, the worst acoustics for a venue I have ever experienced. At the time it was the only large venue in Brisbane. To cut a long story short this was one of the best live shows I ever saw, now that is a big call..... they sounded better live than on record.

Back to this record, can't remember where I found this...... but seeing it's Christmas in x days here's my contribution to the festive season. This has some great covers, 'ghost riders in the sky', 'have you ever seen the rain', 'I will survive'. 'wicked game' if I remember it has about 20 songs. It's really quite good. And it's on mediafire so it will be quick and won't take up your time slots at the big R.

So let me get in early and wish you all a great Christmas, be good to each other, hold your friends and family close, stay safe ...... peace and love b

Died Pretty - Lost

Thanking Mailee for giving me the best Christmas present ever

Ladies and Gentlemen Mailee and I give you Died Pretty 'Lost' I have been without this album for far too long. I can associate certain music with different periods of my life, I can remember events when I hear certain songs. This album encapsulates vivid memories, some good, some bad but all very important.... one of those crossroads moments.

Lost' was released in 1988 on Citadel's Blue Mosque. It showed a further evolution in the band's approach, with a pop punch balancing their epic tendencies. These two extremes are no longer separate - they are often one and the same. Tracks such as 'Winterland' showcased their ability to be eerily hummable whilst still bringing your blood to the boil. Again the critics hail the album as a triumph. The attention being given to the band prompted their signing to UK label, Beggars Banquet, for all world territories excluding Australia. The album reached #3 on the Italian pop charts, further solidifying their European fan base.

Only thing missing is the song 'everybody moves', it was intended for lost but released as a single a little later. I hope you enjoy this record it sounds as good as it did nearly 20 years ago

Hoodoo Gurus - Blow Your Cool

This one come courtesy of tricky, thanks mate

Hoodoo Gurus: Dave Faulkner (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Brad Shepherd (guitar, harmonica); Clyde Bramley (bass); Mark Kingsmill (drums). Additional personnel includes: Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, Michael Steele, Geoff Rhoe.

You all know this band, you all know their sound, you all should have this album. This came at the peak of their popularity, 'What's My Name' got flogged on the radio and the video clip was one of the best I ever saw. Again a great album a great band.

John Butler Trio - Grand National

Fremantle-based vocalist/guitarist John Butler is Australia's answer to jam-oriented singer-songwriters such as Dave Matthews and Ben Harper. Butler leads his tight ensemble through an impressive set of folk-tinged rock on 2007's GRAND NATIONAL. Featuring bold, organic production by Mario Caldato, Jr. (the Beastie Boys, Beck), the album showcases the rhythmic mastery of bassist Shannon Birchall and drummer Michael Barker, while fully spotlighting Butler's amiable vocals and deft work on acoustic and electric guitars and other stringed instruments. Highlights of the immediately engaging record include the exuberant "Better Than" and the fast-paced "Funky Tonight." Those looking for another earnest and emotive jam-band hero will find him here.

Screaming Tribesman - Bones and Flowers

Many thanks to Ausrock

There's nothing tribal about the sound of these Aussies, and they don't scream either. Their music is full of pop-song harmonies, including "oohh" and "ahh" background singing, jangle chords and repeated refrains. From beginnings as a post-Ramones punky ensemble (on the first four-track EP), they've gone through an assortment of members and sonic textures but all of their releases have been exercises in good old pop-rock. Mick Medew, guitarist Chris "Klondike" Masuak, bassist Bob Wackley and drummer Warwick Fraser. Several Australian number one singles caused a favorable reaction in U.S. college charts; consequently, the gritty pop/rock quartet signed to Rykodisc and released their domestic debut, Bones + Flowers. Despite the album's appeal and high commercial prospects, nothing much came of Bones + Flowers.