Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Ode to Nothing replaces the 2 disc anthology of Phantom’s long-gone Lipsnipegroin by offering a compact overview of Sydney pop group the Lighthouse Keepers' three or so years in a ‘best of’ (or in a more perfect world, a Greatest Hits!) fashion. And so Feel Presents have created a neat little g’day to those who’ve gotten down on hands and knees sifting through crates of records in the hopes that they might get a chance to hear more than a stray compilation track by the Lighthouse Keepers and a debriefing for those who were around to see them explode and implode.
When Clinton Walker’s punk and post-punk bible from 1982 Inner City Sound was reprinted in 2005, Walker extended the original 1981 ending to 1985, much to the disappointment of some puritans out there. And what the extension did was to smartly include groups like the Lighthouse Keepers. The caption beside the very same photo that is the basis of the Ode to Nothing CD cover and back sleeve shot of their LP describes them succinctly, “after the Go-Betweens and the Triffids had legitimized acoustic guitars in a post-punk context, the Lighthouse Keepers picked up as if where the Particles left off. Arriving with a splash in Sydney from Canberra in 1983, the Keepers boasted the unmistakable voice of Juliet Ward and the positively strange but great songwriter in Greg Appel.”
Monday, August 15, 2011
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This double cd was released to celebrate the infamous 1996 4zZz market day in which the army of australia invited itself to join in with the queensland police for a good ol' fashion hippy (punk) bashing... they called it a riot - as we all know when kids are playing in the mud after a storm they should be sent home to have a warm bath and those that dont will be punished to the full extent of the law....
Funny how lately good ol mother England has been in a national debate for days following destructive dangerous mob activity as to whether local plod needs any army assistance... but back last century in Queensland the Army was ready and willing to assist moments after a few kids started playing in the mud... some say the army even practiced assistance the day before.....
Disc one is live from the Stages:
1. Blitz Babiez - Domesticated
2. Dogmachine - Disorder
3. Turtlebox - Sport
4. Feedtime- You
5. Drop - A letter to the prime minister
6. Porno Flick Bitches - Fuck shit up
7. Dregs of Humanity - Loss
8. Disrupt Youth - $49
9. Blowhard - Ben's one
10. The Wishing Chair - The real thing
11. Velour - Drop
12. The Subterraneans - Messiah
13. Screamfeeder - Bruises
14. Webster - Magic 2 Minutes
15. St. Jude - Knee
16. Pollen - Twitch
17. The Invinsible Empire - Last go round
18. Misery - Inverted Prophet
19. John Lee Spider - Johnny Smith
20. Weave - Games
21. Taxi - Country
Disc two is electronica from the Doof tent with a hidden track from the press concert after the market day riot
1. Organarchy - Vocoder Message
2. Jandy Rainbow & Ande - Union
3. Adrenalentil - Large family Units
4. Flowmadik - PeopleWithin the Underground
5. Grumblemorph - Bass Level 160bpm
6. Earthmetal - Homo Mojo Rising
7. Grumblemorph - All That Scratching (acid scratch mix)
8. Grumblemorph - Dubbed
9. Jandy Rainbow - Lovechild
10. Pygmy Limbo Dancers - Rumble in the Park
11. press conference aftermath (uncredited on cd)
an interesting article from the courious snail can be found here - http://web.archive.org/web/20060911085010/http://users.tpg.com.au/adslflfl/1996/zzz1.htm
The folowing year was at Albert Park and called Zed Bubble - Market Day.
bands caught live are Dream poppies , godnose and Lee Harvey and the Oswalds with some interesting voxpop and interviews with custard... enjoy!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Big Bongin' Baby appeared around Brisbane around the tail-end of the 1980s and had frittered out by the early 1990s; appearing sporadically ever since. Notorious for not turning up to shows booked for them, while leaving a trail of cricket-inspired montage poster art for their shows.
The Bongers assumed the Pits philosophy of the early 80s by playing a brand of Brisbane suburban punk that takes away the pomp and seriousness that this city can sometimes create in its music. It's under-produced, under-rehearsed and under-valued - in other words, Toilet Rock.
2 Weeks of Decadence was their debut release from 1992, and by the sound of things it was recorded with a lot of compression at Vibrafeel studios in downtown Inala. Perhaps it's its relative obscurity that keeps it from being held as one of the most essential Brisbane 45s of its time, but nevertheless until someone out there puts together a compilation CD of their shambolic commitments to tape, then this is sadly it.
Guitarist/vocalist Gutterball Pete and his brother Awesome Andy on bass, and a succession of drummers with names like Roger Adultery, Charlie Gay Pride and Barnaby Cones went on to release a split single with the Onyas, the 6 track EP Under Attack from the Squares - both released in 1994, and an LP in 1999 - Appetite for a Whopper.
Gutterball Pete went on to form the Cool Millions in the late 90s and the Golden Orbs and in the early 00s, as well as a guitarist for Strutter. He currently plays in the Royal Family. Awesome Andy has played with the likes of the Dangermen and the Wretched Villians among others.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
THE POLES - Over and Beyond and Through (Tate/Bolland)/ Ha! Ha! Ha! (Tate/Bolland/The Poles)
Recorded at Basilisk Studios
Engineer - Martin Bishop
Produced by the Poles
Scott Bolland - Vocals
Joseph Borkowski - Bass
Andrew MacLennan - Drums
Scott Stone - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Michael Tate - Guitar
This single, one of the 500 individually screen-printed 45s is the band's sole release from April, 1981. The Poles (much like the Patients) are frequently recalled by fellow musicians of the post-Saints Brisbane musical landscape as having been an exceptional, if not influential live band.
The year is 1978. Kenmore. Clinton Walker's having a party at his family home. Mick Tate, Janine Hall and Scott Bolland decide to form a band. By the time conversation turned into playing, Janine meets up with Rowland Howard and Ollie Olsen who are up from Melbourne for a weekend in Sydney and with Jeffrey Wegener they form the Young Charlatans.
The band moved to Sydney in November 1979, and played alongside the Laughing Clowns on numerous occasions at the Metropole; and shared bills with the likes of the Sunnyboys.
Dave Tyrer was an early guitarist in the band, who later played in the Go-Betweens for one show in July 1980 armed with a Roland guitar-synth, along with former Toesuckers drummer Clare McKenna (who later went on to play with Xero and the Holy Ghosts). This was the only time both of them played in the Go-Betweens. During the course of 1978-79, Tyrer played guitar in the influential Bex Crystals, one of Brisbane's early female-fronted punk bands who were regulars of the famed restaurant/venue, the Curry Shop. Their story has yet to be fully written. It'll happen!
Guitarist and primary songwriter Mick Tate is now a freelance cartoonist working in Sydney.
Another member of note was bassist Joe Borkowski, who was an early chronicler of the Saints with his 35mm camera. It would be safe to say that all of the band's photos prior to their signing with EMI were taken by him.
After the swift demise of the Poles, Borkowski joined the Sydney incaration of Peter Milton Walsh's Out of Nowhere, playing on their single Remember Remember/No Resistance released by Prince Melon in 1982. Borkowski later emerged as a live member of the Apartments during 1984, and played cello on a Died Pretty track around that time whose name currently escapes me. He's also referenced in the Go-Betweens song Darlinghurst Nights.
The image above appeared in Clinton Walker's 1981 book, Inner City Sound and a caption which read:
"The Poles were inspired to take up music by the Saints, and took it from there themselves, to become another slant on the Brisbane Sound. They were probably best described as "a wonderful slice of modern pop halfway between the Shadows and the Saints.""
Over and Beyond and Through appears on the Inner City Sound CD - the must-have companion to the VCP reprint of Walker's iconic book - released through Laughing Outlaw.
Ray Moynihan the guitarist was a 4 ZzZ announcer/ news Journo and in several other bands including 'I Am Vertical' with Geoff Woods and Andrew Bartlett. He is now a medical journalist of some note. I will try and dig up a great interview with 612abc Steve Austin last year regarding his new book.
Bruce Forbes - sax , keys
Tim Littler - guitar
Mick Hoelscher - drums , percusion
Chris Coulter - bass , trombone , keys , vocals
Martin Thompson - guitar , vocals
|Time Off - 25 september 1987 p14|
|Live Review section of Rave mag 30 march 1994 p26|