Mojo Reviews Challenge #013 – Victoria Williams – Loose (1994)

Where I dig into something I’ve not heard before, from the reviews section of old Mojo Magazines, on an irregular basis.

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1994 – Mammoth

I’ve been quietly looking for this album for around 20 years. Victoria Williams came into my world in two ways. One, the moderately famous Sweet Relief compilation that was a tribute to her, featuring huge bands like Pearl Jam, Buffalo Tom, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams and others. The other was the wonderful song that the Jayhawks, and her husband Mark Olson, wrote about her.

That Sweet Relief tribute came about because Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Musicians don’t have health care, and her plight became a lightning rod for musicians in the 90s to set up the Sweet Relief Fund, to help musicians without health care. The fund still exists today, 23 years later, and still helps people.


Loose actually comes after that tribute record, which had covered songs from her early albums. I’ve not heard those albums, but this one is apparently bigger and more ambitious. At a full 16 tracks (oh, the 90s…), and featuring a massive array of famous stars, it was designed to break Williams into the mainstream. It failed miserably.

The early 90s were full of eccentric records – it seems it came down marketing and personality. And Williams is a wonderful weirdo. I was expecting a low key folk-y, countryish, Freakwater-y album. But third song in, we get Harry Went To Heaven, which sounds like Kate Bush fronting a hotel jazz band. There’s a cover of Louis Armstrong‘s What A Wonderful World, with a string quartet. And maybe because I hear it in every female singer with a guitar, but the jazzy stuff sounds like jazzy Joni Mitchell. Which is only a good thing.

There’s more than a little 90s alterna-rock here. Crazy Mary was the single (and was covered by Pearl Jam) and by far her most famous song. A dramatic character study like, say, Luka, with big strings and a buzzy guitar and weird spoken verses, it doesn’t sound anything like a hit.

Williams, from her album covers, looked beautiful. And she would marry one of my favourite songwriters, Mark Olson of the Jayhawks. Their 1995 album Tomorrow The Green Grass is amongst my favourite albums, especially when I was 17. The second song was Miss Williams Guitar, a tribute to Victoria. I am still, today, so in love with that song that through transitive properties, it carries over to Victoria.

There’s a bit of Jayhawks on this album. Olson plays on it, and that soulful country mix almost makes this sound, in some places, like an early Jayhawks album with a different singer. Olson and Williams share a sweet duet called When We Sing Together.

Overall, the album is lovely. I feel like if I bought this album when I was 17 like I should have, when I was most obsessed with albums that sounded like this, this could possibly mean a lot more to me. I probably would have worked out the chords to these songs, jammed them with friends, put them on mix tapes.

Williams and Olson packed their bags after this and moved out to Joshua Tree. Olson left the Jayhawks, and that was a big issue in itself. But I bought many of the albums the pair made under the name The Original Harmony Creek Dippers, pretty much the most lo-fi albums you’ve ever heard. But as a songwriter in my teens, I had the fantasy of being a hermit, hiding in the country, me and a beautiful perfect singer, making little homespun albums. Williams and Olson lived that dream. It broke my heart when they broke up in 2006.

Loose is a sweet album, with lots of character and charm. Far too much to make her the next Lisa Loeb or Gwen Stefanie or whoever the label might have been thinking. As we are not in the 90s, it could easily lose 4-6 songs. But perhaps that’s the nice thing about those 16 track albums – more room to be weird. It’s far more jazzy than I anticipated, which I like.


Lazy Susan – songs Lost: B-Sides, Unreleased, Demos & Live Out Now


A band I was once in, and am in again, have released a new album. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember Lazy Susan from lots of Triple J airplay around the late 90s. Having been several years since their last album, the band has compiled 2 albums of rare material under the title Songs Lost.

Volume 1 covers B-Sides and Unreleased stuff. It features the single Square One.

Volume 2 covers Demos and live recordings.

Lazy Susan (and me) will be performing live for the first time in six years at Lazy Bones in Marrickville on 10th September. Find out more at the gig’s Facebook Event.

Here’s the new video of Square One.

Live Acoustic Podcast Record #1


I am doing something new. I’ve been talking about this for a while.

Facebook event

Every year, every month, fantastic local songwriters and performers make great music, and there is always a limited outlet for it. So I’m doing my part by running a Live Acoustic podcast series.

Performers will play their songs acoustically, and maybe bring a surprise or two. And then they will be interviewed live on stage about the making of the album and their inspirations.

First up is three fantastic acts with new albums out.


Bryan Estepa – with the Tempe Two have put out an acclaimed record Every Little Thing


Steve Smith – from the band Fallon Cush, released the great Bee In Your Bonnet record just a few weeks ago.


Michael Carpenter – reunited with his Cuban Heels band, he’s made a fantastic and sweet album The Big Radio

The night is free at the Gasoline Pony near Marrickville/Sydenham (on the dock of the bay). It’s very lovely and warm in there on a cold night – they do mulled wine and a heated outdoor bit and great food.

If you have new music, I want to talk to you. But hope you can come help me support local music.

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Mojo Reviews Challenge #012 – Edwyn Collins – Gorgeous George

Where I dig into something I’ve not heard before, from the reviews section of old Mojo Magazines, on an irregular basis.

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Georgeous George
1994 – Setanta

When you become a massive record nerd, you find yourself drawn to certain times and cultures through history. For me, one of those eras is Glasgow in the early 80s. Please take me down the Byres Road with my Postcard Records knapsack, on my way to watch a Bill Forsyth film.

I buy into Postcard Records fully. And once you do, Edwyn Collins is a god. I have every album by his band Orange Juice. So why have I never explored his solo stuff?

A song from this album is definitely where it started for me and Edwyn. Years before someone gave me a copy of You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (the first Orange Juice album) Edwyn had an unlikely worldwide hit with ‘A Girl Like You‘. A 60s garage fuzz pop burst, it was an unexpected throwback that worked.

Gorgeous George is the album that followed that worldwide hit. It’s nice to meet and really get to know the older Edwyn. Postcard Edwyn was always strange and hypnotic, cool older kid from your school. But he’s turned into a reflective young man still obsessed by rock n roll, some 15 years later.

The songs are still about the primal rock n roll food groups – girls, love, music itself, get-me-outta-here. The lyrics and stories are fun, but they aren’t the groundbreaking voice that roared into life in 79. Which is perhaps why this album is not remembered so fondly.

The album sounds great. It doesn’t sound dated at all, much like the best produced Brit Pop of the era. There’s those pretty smattering a of Northern Soul. There’s lovely lighter moments such as Low Expectations that recalls Lloyd Cole at his quietest. Collins voice is still full of rich yearning. His guitar playing is top notch – Lou Reed messy but on it when he needs to be. And somehow the Sex PistolsPaul Cook is on drums.

Highlights abound. Northern soul fans will find If You Could Love Me, the other single from this album and a song I can no longer live without. The title track is another soulful slice of pop. This really is an album best enjoyed in a flat above a shop in Northern Britain.

Collins suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in 2005. He has been recovering and even toured Australia and I caught an amazing show. He is still making music and I am now making my way through his solo stuff.


Everything I watched in 2015

Based on a rather crazy list by Stephen Soderbergh. TV show dates are when I finished the season.
01/01 – The Stepford Wives, When Harvey Met Bob, Ghost Dog, Metropolis (anime), The Lovely Bones
02/01 – Prisoners, Cry-Baby, My Beautiful Laundrette, Ghost Rider, Jules Et Jim, The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, Hello Ladies The Movie,
03/01 – The Birds, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
04/01 – Muppets Most Wanted, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Running With Scissors
07/01 – Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, The Love Guru
09/01 – Broadway Melody
10/01 – The Raid 2, Munich
11/01 – Sleeping Dogs Lie
13/01 – SurbUrbia, Stand And Deliver,
14/01 – Time Travelers Wife
15/01 – Non Stop
17/01 – Midnight Express
18/01 – Lara Croft 2, Healing, Mandela Long Walk To Freedom, The Philadelphia Story
– Serial (Season 1)
23/01 – Simon
24/01 – Holy Smoke
26/01 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Stranger Than Fiction, Hairspray 2007
31/01 – Secretary, La Dolce Vita, Louis CK Live At the Comedy Store
01/02 – Kill List
02/02 – Illuminata, Memories Of Me
04/02 – Filth
07/02 – While You Were Sleeping, Klute, The Wolf Of Wall Street
08/02 – Eros, Time Crimes, God’s Pocket, Paul Kelly Stories Of Me, Only Lovers Left Alive, Taken
10/02 – Vanya On 42nd Street, Philomena, Sandman Mystery Theatre: The Tarantula
11/02 – Modern Romance, Le Week-End, Money, The Knick (Season 1)
12/02 – The Sculptor
13/02 – R.E.M. by MTV, Tracks
14/02 – Shoot the Piano Player, Up the Junction
15/02 – Muscle Shoals, The Book Thief, Eagle vs Shark, Life During Wartime
16/02 – The Mission
17/02 – Sidewalks Of New York, Chef
18/02 – The Good Shepherd
24/02 – Transparent (Season 1), Happiness
25/02 – Pans Labyrinth, Parks And Recreation (season 1)
26/02 – Life Is Sweet, Olive Kitteridge (season 1)
27/02 – Sandman Mystery Theatre: The Face
28/02 – Agent Carter (Season 1), Legion Of Superheroes (vol. 7)
01/03 – Hockney The Biography (vol. 1)
02/03 – House Of Cards (season 3)
03/03 – Monsieur Verdoux, Blood Simple, The Cosmopolitans (pilot)
04/03 – Episodes (season 1), Everything Must Go
06/03 – Fierce Creatures
07/03 – An American In Paris, The Impostors, 12 Years A Slave
09/03 – Carnal Knowledge
10/03 – Robocop, The Wicker Man
13/03 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (season 1), Whats Eating Gilbert Grape
14/03 – Frenzy, Bad Neighbours
18/03 – New York New York
29/03 – contempt
30/10 – Rock Star, The Jinx
31/03 – Only Connect series 10
01/04 – A Field In England
03/04 – I’m So Excited, Stuck On You, Red State, Million Ways To Die In the West
04/04 – Fast Food Nation
05/04 – August Osage County, broad church season 2, Sparrow,
06/04 – taking Woodstock
07/04 – 700 Sunday’s
17/04 – The Affair (season 1)
18/04 – Drugstore Cowboy, The Lost Weekend, The Unknown Known
Last Man On Earth
19/04 – Blue Thunder
08/05 – avengers age of ultron, five easy pieces, barefoot in the park, touch of cloth season 1
09/05 – You Can’t Take It With You
14/05 – Agents of Shield Season 2
16/05 – The Rainmaker
18/05 – Mad Men Season 7
20/05 – Shallow Hal, What We Do in Shadows
22/05 – The Fault In Our Stars, Brooklyn Nine Nine Season 2
23/05 – Witness, Berberian Sound Studio, Bobby Fischer Vs The World
25/05 – Aziz Ansari, Chelsea
26/05 – Sillivan’s Travels
30/05 – Miracle On 34th Street
31/05 – The Railway Man, They Came Together, The Double
01/06 – Daredevil Season 1
03/06 – Louie Season 4
05/06 – Chef’s Table Season 1
06/06 – Be Cool
07/06 – Big Fan
13/06 – Brothers McMullen
15/06 – Game of thrones season 5, Veep season 5
17/06 – The Ice Storm, Silicon Valley Season 2
18/06 – Snowpiercer, Chelsea Walls
21/06 – Maleficent edge of tomorrow
23/06 – Duets
26/06 – glass a portrait
27/06 – Million Dollar Arm, The Casual Vacancy season 1
28/06 – Yojimbo
29/06 – Starter For 10
30/06 – Calvary, The Great Dictator
04/07 – Chariots Of Fire
05/07 – The Other One, Bad Words
06/07 – Inside Out
10/07 – Brothers Grimm
18/07 – Super Mensch, The Skeleton Twins
19/07 – Ant Man
21/07 – Ordinary People
25/07 – Whiplash, Lost Boys
26/07 – All Is Lost, 100 Foot Journey, Under The Skin
28/07 – Flying high II
31/07 – Friday Night Lights Season 1
01/08 – House Of Yes, Bulworth, A Most Wanted Man
06/08 – If…, Irrational Man
07/08 – The Daily Show
08/08 – Gambit, The In Laws
12/08 – A Touch Of Cloth Season 3
13/08 – 7 Days In Hell
14/08 – Lost Highway
15/08 – Die Hard 4
16/08 – Awakenings
18/08 – Long Way Down
19/08 – Americas Sweetheart
21/08 – Doc Hollywood
22/08 – Thin Man, The Judge, Reds 2, TS Spivet, the Mule
26/08 – How To Train Your Dragon 2, Be Kind Rewind
27/08 – wanderlust
29/08 – Hunger Games Mockingly Part 1
30/08 – THX 1138
04/09 – Lucy
05/09 – 20000 Days On Earth, Before I Go To Sleep, Mr Robot (Season 1)
06/09 – Friday Night Lights Season 2, Delivery Man, The Immigrant,
07/09 – Hurricane Of Fun
08/09 – Show Me A Hero
10/09 – Search for General Tso
11/09 – Big Hero 6, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
12/09 – No, obvious Child, Life Itself
16/09 – Taxi, She’s The One
18/09 – Mad Dogs Season 1, Broken Flowers
20/09 – Joan Rivers Piece Of Work, The Wackness
22/09 – You Laugh But It’s True
23/09 – Today’s Special
27/09 – Friday Night Lights Season 3
06/10 – Friday Night Lights Season 4
07/10 – L’Eclisse
10/10 – Fawlty Towers Season 1
14/10 – Harvey, Mad Dogs Season 2, Wanted
16/10 – Keith Richards Under the Influence, The Switch
17/10 – Anthony Jeselnik Thoughts And Prayers
20/10 – Accidental Tourist
21/10 – Friday Night Lights Season 5
24/10 – Muppet Treasure Island
25/10 – The Little Death
30/10 – Paddington
1/11 – This Is Where I Leave You
2/11 – The Man Who Fell To Earth
3/11 – Nightcrawler
7/11 – the man who sued God
13/11 – Howard’s End, Master Of None (series 1)
14/11 – What Happened Miss Simone
15/11 – Pride, John Mulaney The Comeback Kid, The Ten
19/11 – Aziz Ansari Buried Alive
20/11 – With Bob And David
23/11 – Jessica Jones
27/11 – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
06/12 – Rake Season 1, Mr Turner
11/12 – David And Lisa
12/12 – Monsters, Rake Season 2, Call Me Lucky
13/12 – The Imitation Game, Soul Boys Of the Western World
17/12 – Fargo Season 2, Matilda And Me
18/12 – Attack of the 50ft Woman, godfather part 3, Side By Side
20/12 – Star Wars The Force Awakens
23/12 – South Park season 19, The Client, Savages
24/12 – Rake Season 3, Mad Dogs Season 3
25/12 – The Polar Express, Foxcatcher, Doctor Who Series 9
27/12 – Renoir
28/12 – 42
30/12 – Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice

An open letter to Sydney Boys High Old Boys Union

11091222_10153161846407177_7697898537798979903_nAs SBHS Old Boys, as well as friends and family of Old Boys, we stand in outrage and disgust at the Old Boys Union’s decision to invite Scott Morrison to speak at the Spilling the Beans function, April 15th 2015. We call on the OBU to immediately rescind the invitation so as to spare the organisation, and the school itself, the embarrassment of being seen to celebrate the achievements of a man who has so flagrantly disregarded human rights.

In his capacity as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Morrison was at best complicit, and at worst the chief protagonist, in advocating offshore immigration detention policies that violate the United Nations Convention against Torture. In March 2015, the UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, found that Australia’s Regional Processing Centres violated the right of asylum seekers, including children, to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, as provided by articles 1 and 16 of the Convention. We note that the Convention against Torture proscribes torture as an international crime, and calls on all signatory states to prosecute or extradite individuals who have directly perpetrated or otherwise authorised torture. The UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has also condemned Morrison’s detention policy. Further, the Australian Human Rights Commission found that policy championed by Morrison and other Ministers of Immigration have caused asylum seeker children significant mental and physical illness and developmental delays.

We are ever mindful of the need for a robust public sphere, in which free political discourse, dissent and contrasting opinions are allowed to flourish. This is not a question of restricting freedom of speech, but instead reflects the desire not to tacitly endorse the actions of a man who has demonstrated callous disregard for human rights. It is cruel and insensitive for the Union to laud this man’s connection to the school, its graduates, and their families.

We call on the Union to rescind Morrison’s invitation.

If you are an old boy and want join the petition, please email with your name and years of attendance at Sydney Boys High.

Signees (650+)

Nick Apoifis (1993-1998)
Danny Yau (1993-1994)
Ben Willing (1987-1992)
Louis Huynh (1993-1998)
Dominic Bowes (2003-2008)
Lewis d’Avigdor (2001-2006)
Osman Faruqi (2006-2007)
Miles Portek (1996-2001)
Muhilan Sriravindrarajah (1996-2001)
Deme Karikios (1993-1998)
Nic Lochner (2003-2008)
Joseph McIvor (1996-2001)
Daniel O’Keefe (2003-2008)
James Trezise (1996 – 2001)
Ashwin Thomas (2003-2008)
Ari Fester (1993-1998)
Costa Avgoustinos (1996-2001)
Slava Nossar (2001-2006)
Christopher Jahja (2001-2006)
Neal Downward (1996-2001)
Desmond Bellamy (1964-69)
Joe Blackshield (2002-2007)
Shaihan Azad (2002-2007)
Philip Tripp (2000-2005)
Craig Lundy (1994-1998)
Rafi Alam (2004-2009)
Alexander Apoifis (1995-2000)
Romesh Abeysuriya (2001-2006)
Kyle Solomon (1998-2002)
Kenny Huang (2001–2006)
Peter Yue Wang (2001-2006)
Jack Gough (2000-2005)
Benjamin Chow (2001-2006)
Alexander Vertoudakis (2002-2007)
Brynley Pfull (2003-2008)
Johan Santoso (2004-2009)
Joshua Hui (2003-2008)
James Yau (1993-1998)
James Kilburn-Watt (1996-2001)
Luke Nye (1993-1998)
Pierre Bush (1994-1998)
Eddy Blaxell (2001-2006)
David Kaldor (1997-2002)
Ben Garber (1993-1998)
Adrian Pluis (1998-2004)
Daniel Lambert (2004-2009)
Tony Zafirakos (1997-2002)
David Kelly (1966-1971)
Alex Kelly (1999-2004)
Dean Kelly (1993-1998)
Michael Tokar (1996-2001)
Joel Kamerman (2001-2006)
Avi Knoll (2002-2006)
Andrew Johnston (1992-1997)
Anthony Tuan Dao (1993-1998)
Jacob Burge (1993-1998)
Gregory Nguyen (2001-2006)
Vikram Chowdhary (1993-1998)
Zane Pearson (1995-2000)
Rory Pearson (2001-2006)
David Leon (1995-2000)
Frederick William Lee (2001-2006)
Mitchell Allen (1993-1998)
Anthony Knittel (1992-1997)
Andrew Light (1996-2001)
Martin Lunney (2001-2006)
Timothy Hunt (1996–2001)
Robert Skerman (1993-1998)
Nakul Bhagwat (2006-2011)
Phil Rigg (1998-2003)
Kim Dickson (1999-2004)
Joon Kwon (2001-06)
Sam Poulter (1994-1999)
Mack Wan (2005-2006)
Karl Grenet (1994-1999)
Geoff Ash (1972-1977)
Benjamin Wang (2003-2008)
Michael Slezak (1994-1999)
Anthony Chau (2000-2005)
Eddie Foo (1993-1998)
Samuel Faigen (1994-1999)
Andrew Hau (2006-2011)
John Wormell (2005-2010)
Jamie Croft (1994-1999)
David Harris (1999-2002)
Vincent Salomon (1995-2000)
Ziggy Harrison-Tikisci (2003-2008)
Phil Sullivan (1994-1999)
Ben Friis-O’Toole (1999-2004)
Tom Crocker (1996-2001)
Daniel Ghezelbash (1997-2002)
Mayuran Suthersan (1996-2001)
Casey Nicholson (1993-1998)
Robbie Moore (1995-2000)
Jack Clegg (1994-1999)
Alexander Reznick (1996-2001)
Rahul Dubey (1995-2000)
Thomas Diep (2006-2011)
Hal Wootten AC QC. (1935-1939)
Lachlan Brown (2004-2009)
Victor Wei (2001-2006)
Carl Warning (1994-1999)
Will Fry (1994-1999)
Benson Ou (2006-2011)
Michael Oppermann (1994-1999)
Marcus James (2008-2013)
Kevin Lin (2006-2011)
Patrick Gallego (2006-2007)
James E Menzies (2003-2008)
Daniel Smith-Light (2005-2010)
Tom Kaldor (2000-2005)
Jesse Moffat (2009-2012)
Shahar Merom (2003-2009)
Moussa Farhat (2002-2007)
Kevin Li (2006-2011)
Jack Burney (2003-2008)
Anthony Nemeth (1993-1998)
Nicholas Chew (1994-1999)
Nathan Kwok (2003-2008)
Charles Heathfield Dodgson (1972-1977)
Adam Booth (2009-2012)
Oliver Dwyer (1993-1998)
Oliver Cashman (1999-2004)
Serag Saleh (2007-2012)
Sacha Coles (1985-1990)
Isaac Eveleigh (2006-2011)
Marco Stojanovik (2008-2013)
Raphael Dascalu (1994-1998)
Jordan Rastrick (1997-2002)
Alistair Taylor (2003-2008)
James Slezak (1990-1995)
Adrien Auzou (2006-2011)
Nicholas Landreth (1995-2000)
Alex Ivanov (1994-1999)
Yoo-Chyon Lee (1985-1990)
Jacky Chen (2004-2009)
Andrew Gaffney (2006-2011)
Robert Ignjatic (1992-1997)
Francis Lin (2006-2011)
Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy (2006-2011)
Varan Perananthan (2003-2008)
James Lafiatis (1990-1995)
Kin Pan (2008-2013)
James Gerofi (1999-2004)
Youssef Saleh (2007-2008)
Julian Byrnes (2004-2009)
Dougall Norris (2006-2007)
Sam Marques (2007-2012)
Edwin Fernandes (1995-2000)
Andrew Bennie (1992-1997)
Chris Maltby (1968-1973)
James Elphick (1993-1998)
Ben Chesterman (1985-1990)
Andrew Lim (2003-2008)
Keegan Au (1995-2000)
Sheikh Siddiqui (2006-2011)
Robert Chen (2003-2008)
Dustin Bookatz (1996-2001)
Owen Duffy (2008-2013)
Vincent Tsui (2003-2008)
Alexander Wong (1999-2004)
David Sygall (1985-1990)
Nye Rozea (1995-2000)
Krishan Sivayogarayan (2006-2011)
Joshua Freiman (2002-2007)
Gary Lord (1976-1982)
Daniel Keogh (2008-2013)
Atif Syed (2000-2005)
Simon Tracey (1985-1990)
Terence Zhou (2008-2013)
Daniel Chen (2006-2011)
Mischa Steen (2000-2005)
Ted Popper (1973-1974)
Tasneem Choudhury (2004-2009)
John Luu (2002-2007)
Nishan Abeysuriya (2004-2009)
Benjamin Holzman (1996-2001)
Charley Liu (2004-2009)
Michael Glass (1993-1998)
Chris Evans (2004-2009)
Iliya Boulos (2001-2006)
Malik Razeen (2001-2006)
David Lumsdaine (1945-1949)
Peter Fagan (1996-2002)
Thariq Razeen (2001-2006)
Edwin Montoya Zorrilla (2003-2008)
Daniel Liu (1999-2004)
Gil Morris (teacher 1971-1980)
Sameer Al-Ameen (2002-2007)
Neerav Bhatt (1994-1999)
Stephen Conry (1977-1982)
Paul Pang (2005-2006)
Ritam Mitra (2004-2009)
Glenn Fraser (1980-1985)
Justin van Stom (1978-1981)
Lachlan Burnham (1985-1990)
Mark Matillano (1995-2000)
Chong Shao (2001-2006)
Lachlan Spark (1992-1997)
Rodrigo Manahan (2007-2012)
Bishoy Eskander (1999-2004)
Jonathan Alexander (1995-2000)
Alon Ilsar (1994-1999)
Michael Fischer (1965-70)
Shaun Walsh (1992-1997)
Peter Bazzana (1968-1973)
Sahir Syed (2001-2006)
Demitri Voulgaropoulos (1985-1990)
Cambridge Wong (2002-2007)
Nathan Guerry (1997-2002)
Ben Pearson (1981-86)
Nicholas Procopiadis (1977-1982)
Leo Byron (1997-2001)
Daniel Conway (1983-1986)
Andreas Purcal (2007-2012)
Ivan Marinkovic 1994-1999
Jim Koukouras (2007 – 2012)
Michail Schwarz (2009-2012)
Jed Coppa (2004-2008)
Patrick Locke (2003-2008)
Matt Mulroney (1997-2003)
Matthew Reid (1970-1975)
Sean Chen (1999-2004)
Phu Tang (1998-1999)
Joshua Scharfegger (2000-2005)
David Yang (2000-2005)
Aaron Shuttleworth (2002-2007)
Barry Kelly (1964-1969)
Godwin Wang (2002-2007)
Suk Hee Lee (1995-2000)
Ravi Amirthalingam (1998-2003)
Hunter Millar (1995-2000)
Michael Prior (2005-2007)
Gordon Wong (1993-1998)
David Grenet (1998-2003)
Kelvin Wong (2002-2007)
John Seroukas (2011-2014)
John Pilger (1952-1957)
Geoff Hodgkinson (1987-1992)
Nick Hannan (2005-2006)
Soon Nyean Chin (1993-1998)
John Buencamino (1993-1998)
Thomas Wai-Chun Lung (1999-2004)
Robbie Girdler (1999-2004)
Matthew Osinski (2004-2009)
Fred Kimel (1993-1998)
Jae Jung (1993-1998)
Blake Druery (1993-1998)
Paul Watzlaff (2000-2005)
Viv Paul (1997-2002)
James Vu (2005-2010)
Ben Glass (1999-2004)
Russell Ward (1983-1988)
John Hodgkinson (1958-1962)
Adnan Husaini (2002-2007)
Gabriel Knowles (1995-2001)
Conor Hannan (1998-2003)
Rupert Hoang (1995-2000)
Michael Coutts (2002-2007)
Sabeeh Hussain (2002-2007)
Ron Goldstein (1998-2004)
Phil Sloggett (1998-2003)
David Lucas (1972-1977)
Sacha Molitorisz (1981-1986)
Graeme Coss (1969-1974)
Maximus Jones (2007-2012)
Oliver Heath (1992-1995)
Anthony Xu (2006-2011)
Adam Bedford (1997-2002)
Harry Oppermann (1959-1963)
Patrick Dodgson (1964-1969)
Joshua Meyer (1993-1998)
Damian James (1983-1987)
Raiyan Khan (2007-2010)
Geoff Meers (1972-1977)
Lok So (1981-1982)
Sam Anderson (1997-2002)
Robert Simons (1990-1995)
Vincent Nguyen (2001-2006)
Ken Shao (2006-2011)
Aaron Chong (2001-2006)
David Ma (2005-2010)
Blake Angell (2001-06)
Robert Wills (1958-1962)
Alexander Pereira (2010-2013)
Arthur Manolias (1984-1989)
Stuart Cranston (1977-1981)
Monaj Bari (2000-2005)
David Farrington (1996-2001)
Arghya Gupta (2001-06)
Benjamin Agnew (1990-1995)
Justin Garber (1997-2002)
Karl Mayerhofer (1990-1995)
Justin Walls (1981-1986)
Tom Clark (1989-1990)
Harrison Reid (2003-2008)
Jason Motbey (1985-1987)
John Kampfner (1957-1962)
Alice Ferguson (1995-2000)
Paul Wong (2000-2005)
Dave Aitchison (1972-1977)
Sean Martin (2008-2011)
Masnun Kayes (2004-2009)
Robert Lu (2005-2010)
David Hills (1967-1972)
Nick Seow (1994-1999)
Suman Prusty (2007-2012)
Michael Zhang (2005-2010)
James Salter (1995-2000)
Mike Roache (1986-1991)
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Mojo Reviews Challenge #011 – The Wonder Stuff – If The Beatles Had Read Hunter…The Singles

Where I dig into something I’ve not heard before, from the reviews section of old Mojo Magazines, on an irregular basis.

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If The Beatles Had Read Hunter…The Singles
1994 – Polydor

I would count Brit Pop as my big light bulb moment of music. I loved chart pop and a little bit of grunge, but the war between Blur and Oasis – and the rush of bands that included Ash, Supergrass, Pulp and more – was the first music that was mine.

Which is unfair to Brit Pop because It was already on its second or third wace by 1994/1995. The few years before that are still largely a mystery to me, although I’ve heard of a lot of those bands. Take the Wonder Stuff, who had several chart hits and four albums (3 of them bothered the top 10) and had broken up and released a greatest hits before ‘Common People’ was even recorded.

My knowledge of the Wonder Stuff can be summed up thus;
– ‘Dizzy’, the friggin’ awesome single they did with Vic Reeves in 1991
– ‘Size Of A Cow’ and ‘Unbearable’ on various compilations
– The singer has long, curly hair

The kind of perfect amount of knowledge to bring in a Greatest Hits, then.

The title comes from a review of the band, (the Hunter being Hunter S Thompson) and it is a very generous assessment. They don’t have the clean lines of the Beatles, but they do have a lot of thrash-it-out energy, which is the most exciting part of this compilation.

There seems to be no order with this set, and I hate Greatest Hits collections that do this. Why? Why not just go chronological? Tell me a story. I don’t know your songs, and putting it in some biggest-hit-to-obscure-songs order helps me nothing. It is a bit of a jumpy listen straight through – production values and instrumentation (the violin in particular) come and go.

There’s a lot of catchy, fun stuff here, regardless. The songs I knew still shine. ‘Welcome To the Cheap Seats’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down Gently’, ‘Caught In My Shadow’, ‘A Wish Away’ – all lovely little pop confections. But there is filler too – a very British thing to have so many singles over a short career. The quieter stuff, the country-ish stuff, are nice but unremarkable.

(Here’s Welcome To the Cheap Seats, album in a longbox and Paul Schaffer on keys and everything)

Unremarkable also, because of history. Maybe it is my age bias, but the aforementioned Blur and Pulp would sweep in and add this level to artistry that would bury this band and other similar bands. I don’t know about the Thompson comparison – I don’t know if the lyrical ambitions are that literary. Maybe these were cool lyrics in 1994, but by 1996 they were pop fluff.

At some point, I’ll probably start deleting some tracks off the iPod and be left with like 10 absolute solid thumpers. I don’t know if anyone talks about these guys anymore, and history is written by the victors. They missed to Brit-Pop movement going mainstream and international, although they have reformed and put out new albums. They also look dated. They had some great songs, but they just didn’t have it.

One last note – ‘Dizzy’ is still an amazing track. One of the very best.


Mojo Reviews Challenge #010 – Portishead – Dummy

Where I dig into something I’ve not heard before, from the reviews section of old Mojo Magazines, on an irregular basis.

1994 – Go! Beat

Dummy is an album that was very much around, but avoided. I guess, in 1994, I was falling madly in love with guitar bands from the UK. The strange sophistication of this record and Portishead came second to, say, Supergrass‘s ‘Alright‘. An age thing.

I did hear a couple of the songs. Heck, I remember the TV ads for his album – this was a big deal. So some of the big songs from this album are familiar. I know of their acclaim, and I’ve heard bits and pieces from their later records.

And yes, this album was exactly what I expected. Which isn’t totally good thing. The same reason I’ve not ever really felt the need to explore this band is all over this record.

We probably don’t talk about trip hop now, and the groundbreaking sound of trip hop has been absorbed and seem normal. The album has an interesting sound, but even by the late 90s, Moby, the Chemical Brothers and all would make it mainstream.

Listening to it today, it just seems nice. It drifts by. Yes, that Barry-Meets-EDM thing is clever, but it is not arresting. The real highlights come when Beth Gibbon‘s voice just….GOES for it. ‘Sour Times‘, ‘Glory Box‘ and others kicks ass, as Gibbons gives it her all. Songs like It Could Be Sweet, however – so light that they float away.

Lyrically, its all a bunch of nonsense. There’s a sense of longing and drama, but there isn’t much to say. Maybe I’m just coming to this record when I’m too old, and I care about lyrics more than ever. But it hampers this record. Repeated listens, and I found it to be all surface, little feeling. Maybe if I held more leftist dinner parties…

Gibbons is a gifted singer, and Geoff Barrow has put together a very interesting soundscape. It sunds great in films, and film music is no doubt a big influence. It won the Mercury Prize, and it definitely pushed the conversation of music forward. It certainly hasn’t dated.

I’ve given this album weeks, and I’ll give it a few more. But as I suspected about Portishead for twenty years seems to hold ture – its not really my thing. And it comes down to the songwriting. Gibbons sounds like she’s tearing her heart out. Why is mine still intact and bored?


Mojo Reviews Challenge #009 – The Cookies – The Complete Cookies

1326006410_the-cookies-the-complete-cookies-fWhere I dig into something I’ve not heard before, from the reviews section of old Mojo Magazines, on an irregular basis.

The Cookies
The Complete Cookies
1994 – Sequel Records

This is a wonderful compilation. 12 tracks covers the complete As and B sides of this 60s girl group The Cookies. Four tracks by Earl Jean in solo mode round it out to 16. The Cookies were not on a big label like Stax or Motown and would probably be extremely obscure if not for their association with Carole King and Gerry Goffin. They were lucky enough to first sing some of the greatest pop hits.

I only really knew of The Cookies from that association, and their later work with Ray Charles. They are included on a couple of comps and box sets I own. So it’s great to have songs I know from later versions in original form. The classic ‘Chains‘, ‘On Broadway‘ and solo Earl Jean’s original of ‘I’m Into Something Good‘. I particularly love ‘The Old Crowd‘.

Ten of the songs here are King/Goffin compilations – making it an essential part of the Carole King discography. Goffin contributes to the other two, and the others are by other Brill Building stalwarts. It’s a tour de force of songwriters. It turns out that King continued to give Earl Jean financial support after her career ended.

I don’t know if this is an obvious point, but this was the first rush of teenage music from the girl’s point of view. It’s all about teenage concerns and a lot of romance. The mystery of the boys. A lot of it is pretty chaste – hugging and kissing. But the passion underneath – it’s pretty fiery.

These funny old regional girl groups. There are so many of them, and in many ways they caught into a fad. The Cookies didn’t even get an album out of it. Like so many more fads to come, be it Nuggets, Punk, Disco, Brit Pop, Grunge, New Rock etc. The Cookies were not one of the greats, and were not signed to one of the big labels. So they are a bit of an also ran, and there are lots of those. Who knows what treasures are hidden amongst those discount discs on obscure labels.

The production here is actually pretty good. They could sing, and sing with character. It hasn’t dated too much, and the songs remain solid. It’s a brisk listen – no filler and half a dozen absolute classics. A great compilation.