Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Wrong Side Of The Road - No Fixed Address and Us Mob

Wrong Side Of The Road is a ground breaking 1981 Australian film,
road movie, rock documentary, musical drama, it followed 2 days of
life on the road for two Aboriginal rock/reggae bands which were
largely unknown to mainstream Australia.
Its a great film, I have it on video somewhere, it tackled
the taboo subject of racism in Australia head on, a topic which one
would say still is pretty taboo.
Each band gets a side each on the album, No fixed address later
released their groundbreaking Ep "From My Eyes"
(Which was my very first post), I don't believe Us Mob ever
made back into the studio again.


No Fixed Address have 6 wonderful reggae tracks on the 1st side
of this soundtrack. The classic anthem "We have Survived" which
turns up later on their Ep, plus the wonderful dub Version of "The Vision"
They were a fantastic band which were completely overlooked.


Us Mob are a completely different thing, I always felt aboriginals
playing reggae, or say country, were doing what you would
expect them to do naturally,
the rhythmic nature of reggae makes a natural fit,
much like hip hop today is. I have to admit I never understood
the country thing, but loads of murries love it and they play
it well. Us Mob however play hard rock, early 70's style,
now someone who is more familiar with this music may be
far better equipped to say who they seem to be influenced
by than me, but there is a strong rock blues influence
and its quite enjoyable but wild ride.
Not what you may expect from an indigenous band in the early
80's, but stereotypes were made to be broken.
This record is however a historical document,
these bands were pioneers and this is the first record
of its kind to come out.
The cover also has a gatefold sleeve which has the
aboriginal flag and all the lyrics printed over the top.

We Have Survived - Bart Willoughby

You can't change the rhythm of my soul,
you can't tell me just what to do.
You can't break my bones by putting me down,
or taking the things that belong to me.

Cause we have survived, the white mans world
and the horror and the torment of it all.
We have survived, the white mans world
and you know, you can't change that.

All the years has just passed me by,
I've been hassled by the cops nearly all my life.
People trying to keep me so blind,
but I can see whats going on in my mind.

Cause we have survived, the white mans world
and the horror and the torment of it all.
We have survived, the white mans world
and you know, you can't change that.


Download Here

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is amazing, thank you very much!

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

No problem, its a rare record, I can't imagen there was a big pressing.
I've only ever seen my copy.
And please introduce yourself don't remain anonymous,are you from Australia?
I've been surprised at how much people in say Europe, are interested in Australian indigenous music.
ciao bob

Anonymous said...

Hi Bob!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
I waited for onto this music Great thanx
Dziękuję bardzo

szumlaska

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

No problem my friend I hope you enjoy
and keep looking here, there will be more Australian indigenous music
ciao bob

Anonymous said...

hey bob,
we love murrie music, thanks for this rare upload!
it says there's a p/w on 48.rar ?

cheers ...kimbo, fnq

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

No problem kimbo, the file has no password just unrar the whole thing
by right clicking and clicking on unrar to whichever choice you wish
ciao bob

Anonymous said...

Danny Haveron who used to run the band no fixed address, has just past away a few days ago.would be appreciated if the word could get around. he will be sadly missed. adelaide has just lost an aussie icon! funeral in adelaide fri.and Dan, you will allways be the man! rest in piece bro. Jah be wid ya.

Anonymous said...

Can't seem to download from zshare - what's the trick mate..

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

No trick toward the end of October Zshare lost all my links, which was 90% of them. I will reup this when I get a chance
ciao bob

Anonymous said...

I'm an expat in Turkey enjoying some great music thanks to bloggers like you. I would also love another upload of this one (if possible not Megaupload because its blocked from here).

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

i ll put on my long list of reups but theres a lot before you and i will take a while
ciao bob

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

new link up

Jonathon said...

Hey Bob,
You just made somebody's day. My neighbor is a massive fan. He was just telling me this is his favourite album of all time (and I can tell you he has an amazing record collection), and that a previous housemate (10 years ago) pinched this album and a stack of others just before moving out and sold them, and he hasn't been able to find a copy since. He pretty much sprinted inside when I passed it on to him, and put it on loud, I can hear it. It was like a kid with a new toy!
Cheers so much.

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

Hi Jon, thanks for that, it shows me this blog is speading happyness, what more could you ask for.
Check out the No fixed Address post
for "From my eyes", the later post is the released limited ed version

Anonymous said...

Hey Bob, sorry to be a pain but the link is dead again. I would really love to hear this music as I am in a Thrash Metal band with a Koori singer (we are called 'Nekrofeist').
Cheers bro...

Rob G

Bob, Brisbane, Australia said...

The file is back up Rob, enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bob... I have this album on vinyl... saw the film when I was in college in '88 and found the soundtrack in a 2nd hand record store a few years later. Incredible stuff. But I have no way of digitizing it for my ipod... now, thanks to you I can listen to it where ever, whenever... cheers mate. It's awesome.
HB

Anonymous said...

True inspiration to play frisbee at broken head, learn to swim at the beach, go for bush walks, play guitar and electric bass, love central australian reggae music and meet up with people in the park. Positive feelings and obligations generation to generation. First caset or album ever. I like the vision and memories it puts forward.

All the best with it from seph joe g

Woolf said...

They show the flick on NITV now & then; some really worn copies on VHS in the public library system too. Never got to hear the Us Mob side years ago cause the owner didn't like 'em, but I reckon its an alround dedli disk. You've got a jump about halfway thru on Genocide which is sorry bizness. Might be something resinous clogging up the groove. Thanks brudda

Crate Digger said...

Thanks so much for uploading this. I was listening to cassettes of Alice Springs radio from the 80s at work (I work in an archive). They played "Sunshine" by Us Mob, which was great and it got me curious. I'm glad it did because the whole soundtrack is fire! Great songs from both bands. That Greenhouse Holiday track would be a hit today. I hope I get to see the film eventually.

boojum said...

extra special finding this here, thanks mate!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very, very much for sharing this! Made my day to finally be able to find this album

Roots Reggae Library said...

Dear Bob,

Would it be possible to make a new link available? It was not possible to open the download. I am dying to get the record. Dutch native living in Malaysia =)

Roots Reggae Library said...

Dear Bob,

I am a Dutch native living in Malaysia who is dying to listen to this record. The download link is not working....

Bob Nebe said...

It will be back up shortly

Anonymous said...

Would it be possible when you have time for a reupload of this and the other No Fixed Address release. Besides what you have done here, it is near impossible to find a copy. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Would love to see this re-uploaded. Just lost all my no fixed address and can't seem to find any really good copies.

ripoffrecords1 said...

Dude you need to use Mediafire for your downloads - re-upload No Fixed Adress albums please