Perth, March 1989. It had been a long summer. Heat permeated
everything. Dogs and cats lay panting in the shade,
people fled to the beaches and bars, and Kings Park went up in
flames a glorious bushfire in the middle of the city.
Against this backdrop, The Black eyed Susans were formed,
as a part-time concern for various members
"on holiday" from their regular bands.
David McComb ( The Triffids - vocals and guitar),
Phil Kakulas (Martha's Vineyard - bass),
Rob Snarski (Chad's Tree - vocals and guitar),
Alsy McDonald (The Triffids - drums) and
Ross Bolleter (organ and accordion)
formed the first line up of the band.
They released 3 Ep's between 89 and 92 and a compilation CD entitled
Welcome Stranger was released in 1992. It incorporated material
from the three previous EPs plus two extra tracks from The London
Sessions and a live version of the Triffids song In The Pines.
They have released some 6 albums, the last in 2003, are still
considered a part time but operating band and survived the loss of
their singer songwriter David McComb.
In 2008 The Blackeyed Susans will release a box-set retrospective
that will include the best of their six albums,
b-sides and rarities and all the videos.
01. Don’t Call Yourself An Angel
02. Enemy Mine
03. Viva Las Vegas
04. Cripple Creek
05. Glory Glory
06. Anchor Me
07. Who’s That By The Window?
09. Ocean Of You
10. Close Watch
11. Will’s Blues
12. Spanish Is The Loving Tongue
13. Who’s Loving You
14. It Hurts Me /Prisoner Of Love
15. In The Pines
This is a solid album, mostly lot different from the Triffids,
with great songs and beautiful instrumentation.
Try the wonderful "Anchor me", with its wonderful accordion,
(I'm asucker for accordion, I've spend quite a bit of time
in Buenos Aires.)
the country brilliance of "Who's that by the window",
the most unusual but wonderful cover of "Viva las vegas",
the triffid like "Don't call yourself an angel",
"Ocean of you" with its spanish/mexican rhythm,
the true highlight the cover of John Cale's "Close Watch"
and the fantastic live version of "In the Pines"
Its an album that never bores yet despite the hopping
between many styles and instruments it keeps
that continuation of purpose.