Monday, March 24, 2008

Laughing Clowns - Self Titled Ep

After the Saints split in England following the release of their 3rd Lp
Ed Kuepper was first back at work and home in Australia
with his new band the Laughing Clowns.
This Ep was the first release from this incredibly different band
from the saints and yet a band following on from their last release
in a strangely similar direction.
I remember first hearing this at rocking horse records in the city,
when it was still next to King George Square,
one sunny morning, I had got them to play it as I hadn't heard
the band as yet. It was one of those moments you always remember
and when the first track finished I couldn't wait to buy the ep.
This is Different sounding clowns from later versions, with most
of this band not playing on later releases.
Beautiful and haunting with Jeffrey Wegener's trademark sound
stamped on it and some brilliant sax from Robert Farrell
Recorded in Feb 1980, but a few months after the saints implosion
it shows the quite young Ed Kuepper is an artist to be reckoned with.
As a debut its a masterpiece, this is a vinyl rip
I don't think it ever made it to cd.

Download here

17 comments:

Overhere said...

Great post Bob - one of the classic recorded moments in Australian music history.

Many thanks

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Oh yes my friend I love that squawking sax in holy joe
ciao bob

Bottlelow said...

Thanks Bob ~ I have the record but it will be great to have it on cd. That Depends from the Perth show nearly gave me goosebumps!!!

Z said...

Fantastic!

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Now I'm going to have to listen to "That Depends" again
ciao bob

IUP said...

Awesome blog, Bob! Thanks especially for all the Kuepper & related stuff.

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

No prob iup, I think I'm going to go all Chris Bailey next
ciao bob

Newrace said...

Holy Joe is a classic..this EP would have to be one of their best work, I also have is vinyl clasic

A great post Bob

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

I always thought it was very good and so unlike any of the later clowns stuff
ciao bob

Anonymous said...

thanks for this rare gem - great blog.

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

no problem my anonymous friend
ciao bob

mang_out said...

Gday Bob,

I have this very rare ep I coundlnt believe when i found it in a record shop in Canberra.

Thou now living in Edinburgh, it is one i miss defo, the link to zShare doesnt work any longer, any chance of posting the download onto another site?

thanks for all your links

from another ed, louis, apartments fan!

Andy

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Hi Andy, always nice to hear from Australian music fans in the northern hemisphere.
I'll repost the link here soon
ciao bob

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

up again
ciao bob

Anonymous said...

mate, great blog - any chance of uploading this file again...? cheers!

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

backup

Klinker said...

Please Repost