This page covers the period 16th August 2002 till 16th June 2006 when Fran decided MySpace was the go ~ see Vanity 2007-12 page for that period or 2013-Now page which should contain new bloggs any moment now!
Friday 16 June 2006
Received the new CD Grassy Flat from Dark Beloved Cloud! They look rather delightful with their little magpie insignia and sound pretty good too. We picked them up in the afternoon, then picked up Ms Penny and then practised and played rather a fun show at the Golden Vine. Dirtbird lived up to their advertising and were hauntingly beautiful at times and we had fun had a nice mixer and were complimented by a number of people who had had rather a lot to drink but hey ! who are we to say their judgement was impaired. Perhaps it was enhanced. The bar staff at the Golden Vine are very pleasant to deal with and Penny and I had lots of $2 whiskies. Mary Ann got home in the taxi in time to stop her house from burning down. All Very satisfactory. Came home to some Korean So Chu as is the tradition.
Today and tomorrow are trumpet recording days as we have to catch Penny before she swans off overseas to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. You can buy tickets to see her now! It is called Police Emergency show
Sunday, June 11, 2006
We are aspiring to do a split CD single with the glorious Goblins with a scratch and sniff cover- working title Scratch my flower.....
If I were a boat I'd commit my life to rivers and seas
I have been listening to some translations of Chinese poetry from the Ming dynasty or possibly prior to this. It sounds moronic to say it ( i suppose because it is so obvious) but it is very beautiful.
One of the lines was" I'm too frail even for wine" which definitely captures how I felt yesterday but now hey all is well.....About 10 minutes walk away from my house is a national park and I go there sometimes to walk among the wattles and to see the kangaroos. Pretty good. Yesterday on the way back from the party for Jane's book publication ( http://nla.gov.au/nla.int-ls27617-bk) we stopped at Organ Pipes National park which is just off the Calder Highway and quite impressive and watched a wallaby gnawing on a tree. It is difficult to decide about living in the country versus living where all your friends are. I cannot decide and spend too much time thinking about it.
Jane's book looks very good . I just read a diatribe by Clive James on the demise of the English language. Does all his poetry rhyme?
Friday, June 09, 2006
Isn't it enough to have your country in chaos but to have Alexander Downer hugging you ................all too much.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
That's the Way God Planned It
Did God really plan for Billy Preston to spend some of his precious last remaining hours recording with Jet? Seems unlikely. Farewell Billy - We loved your stuff
Bananas now cost about $5 each in Australia. It is all anyone can talk about. No wonder Penny McBride is off to Scotland but not before her appearance here in next weekend to play the first show we have done with just the three of us. A bit nervewracking
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Shane Warne The Musical
I have never been much of a one for musicals but I shall be attending this one. Sounds very good though I dont think it is actually written yet- but the concept is excellent. It's a stunningly sunny winters day and I am going to do some recording of recorders........
Sunday, May 28, 2006
pink stainless tail and new estate
fabulous night out in the worlds most liveable city seeing above bands Very Good. And only slightly marred by having to read Danielle Spencers appalling lyrics about her relationship with Russell Crowe in the Sunday paper on the train home. Apparently she has them all up on her myspace but I am not going to check.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Provincial Life (2)
Drinking cheap red and dancing round to Richard Buckner . Not so bad. And Its Tuesday- Very UnBendigo
(thanks to the gorgeous Shane and Olivia)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Grassy Flat- Dark Beloved Cloud label-Seattle
All indications are that the Grassy Flat 3inch CD being put out by Dark Beloved Cloud label is winging its way across the Pacific from the USA as we speak! or perhaps it's sailing across.Either way Good on You Douglas Wolk DBC supremo!♥
Monday, May 22, 2006
living in the country is so weird. Yesterday afternoon after a couple of glasses of champagne I was sitting in my neighbours house on a fancy chair eating fine chocolates and watching my doctor do a bit of spanish dancing parading down a Persian carpet attired in wafty silk painted with images of the Australian outback- Mallee country to be precise.
I did lots of recording but not sure if it is up to scratch as there is a problem with Gain or something annoying.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Been thinking about KLF burning a million pounds.I cant remember knowing much about it at the time which is strange as it must have been really big news. Rereading the Manual is fabulous-all seems quite true.........
I am about to go to my neighbours house for a fashion parade.ahhh dear....if there is one thing that is not interesting it is fashion. The one saving grace of this event is that I don't think it will be fashionable.
Mystery of the Week:
Why would the Canadian Parliament give John Howard a standing ovation? Perhaps they thought he was someone else.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Subtly every aeroplane is different........
Unsubtly they are all the same - bloody scary - Anyway I have been travelling around the place like a mad person. In the last 48 hours I have been on a plane Canberra to Mel, spent 14 hours on various trains and 2 coaches. Crazy.
So now we shall make Ms Penny "trumpet " McBride come to us for the accoustic show on Friday 16th June with Dirtbird whom I hear are hauntingly beautiful. The Cannanes, I fear, have rarely been hauntingly beautiful - actually one or two times when we played Guilty maybe and also "Screaming" used to be a bit HB but it's rare - I think we shall work on it-Our next CD will aim for this perhaps.
AS well as learning Japanese I am to take up the violin -The results of both these activities are unlikely to fit the HB category.
This weekend I am recording vocals and more vocals.Wish me luck
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Grant MacLennan is dead. It is shocking and very weird to think we won't see the Go Betweens again.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Those poor miners in Tasmania - Stuck underground for over a week and now we hear they are listening to Foo Fighters songs. What can they be thinking?
Keith Richards has either
a) fallen out of a coconut tree he was climbing with Ronny or
b) been injured in a jet ski accident
and has either
a) a serious head injury which will require drilling into his skull
b) minor migraines for which he should rest up.
We wish him good luck
Monday, April 24, 2006
So long ago now but my distant memories of Bendigo show after a week and a lot of Sho Chu and the special Okinawan lime juice later on in the night are not perfect. I think I gave our playing on the night 4 out of 10 but a lot of people did turn up so that was great and who could not enjoy meeting the Cheese Excursion folk and Steve Saxton. The highlight of the evening was the Cheese's first piece and a couple of our songs were OK.
Members of the audience were most gracious and cheered me up no end after it was over.
ROCK Reading highight of the week was Paul Weller's comments on winners of British lifetime award winners in magazine Uncut .Very nice and rude. Oh and Annabels news that Mick Jagger will be appearing in a sitcom. And news about him popping into Sydney nightclub Ruby Rabbit. He's a funny old stick.
Is myspace on the decline already? I wonder. This weekend off to see Deep Country and Muddy Spurs and Flywheel in that great Southern city of Melbourne. Had a quick listen to B and S as J gave us a copy.hmmm....not bad but a couple of bad ones - but who are we to criticise. James has done some lovely guitar on new album for the Cannanes which will be a treat to listen to.
Looks like it won't be out till October or so when Penny gets back from Edinburgh Festival.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Excellent fun Saturday night despite the Cannanes only getting through two and a half songs of their 5 before being cut off mostly because we were what is known in the business as "too good' oh yeah and it was 12 Oclock and the authorities running the venue were in fear of the police returning and carrying out their civic duty to make sure everyone who wants to can go to sleep at 9pm on saturday nights. I note that Jack Ross AUSTRALIA'S only veteran of World War I celebrated his 107th birthday in Bendigo on 11 March. His sister said on the radio that he never smoked or drank but liked staying up too late. "Only old people go to bed at 8.30" he said. I think he must have been referring to the inhabitants of North Melbourne,
Anyway Francesca Bussey sang a lovely version of Tennyson and all FJG 's mistakes due to being slightly tipsy were forgotten in the general melee. Sad about not doing Dont Fear the Reaper (now available on very limited CD release from Shane Moritz) and denied the glory of Gus the Singer performing but no doubt his time will come.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
A Very late night coming up
summer is on the wane and it is about to start getting colder- the Cannanes are playing 20 minutes at a venue in North Melbourne on Saturday night. As some members are too far away to participate it will be an amalgam of Cannanes new and old with we hope some former members treading the boards.
It's Shane Moritz and Mia Schoen's 33 and a third party. As these 2 individuals are the fun loving centre of Melbourne society it should be a hoot. We have, I am perhaps surprised to say - recorded a version of Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper with pump organ, tenor recorder and vocals for their birthday CD. Even more surprising some bits are quite enjoyable-or at least I enjoy them anyway- Who am I ? Well I am the voice of the Cannanes. To quote anthem-if you're stupid or wierd you'll know what we mean.
Of course when that was written (and who exactly did write those words? Hmm not sure) I dont think that anyone thought for a second that anyone who liked the Cannanes could be stupid.. and happy ending....that is still the case today! What should we do with the 100th friend on myspace! Feature them in the blog I guess - remind me if we ever get there......
Thursday, March 02, 2006
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World wide offers to tour
Current mood: excited
Category: Travel and Places
In the last 3 weeks we have received offers to play in Perth, Mexico,USA, Germany. Hmmm.........time to get organised...............
Monday, February 27, 2006
Where is everybody?
I have now been up for 36 hours.Things are getting a bit blurry.This time Qantas gave us a plane with only 2 engines and then made us watch Pride and Prejudice again. Not good.Only saved by the whisky. It is nice and warm in Australia but the place looks like a ghost town after Shinjuku. Shintaro Kiyonari is a very wonderful man.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Today we went with Kenji and Chisa to see some of the amazing sights at Kamakura. Temples and shrines. Shrines are from the Shinto religion which seems a lot more sensible than others I have encountered though I do not purport to know much about it and temples from Buddhist. Anyway it was all extraordinary and too hard to describe but you should go there. And we had a very yummy curry lunch and a train trip back along the sea where we saw japanese surfers braving the winter seas.
Friday, February 24, 2006
I am just starting to begin feeling normal again-Quite a wild ride as usual but recovery is in sight. Details to follow. Last night went to a huge Radio station-national one at Shibuya to watch Mools and Deerhoof do a live to air.
Mools were ultra entertaining. They just get better and better. Stephen refuses to take off his Uichi T shirt.I just went shopping.it feels like snow. We seem to be be making progress on the transport systems and have been happily travelling round on monorails,water buses, JR rail, subways. Todays experiment.........we are going to try a Bus! and a private rail line.
Watched a bit of winter olympics-very good..........those ski jumpers but there has apparently been little joy for Japan.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
It must have been this Tuesday night that we saw an excellent show by the Andersens at the 2nd floor CD shop in Koenji whose name momentarily escapes me. This shop is not exactly spacious but has bands most days and is obviously run by a person who is devoted to music and serves pleasant drinks. We were drinking Sho Chu and Hoppy. I was told that this was drunk by japanese people when they couldn't afford beer.On the whole its probably nicer than beer. I was also told that Sho Chu was used as a disinfectant during the Edo period 1600-1868. Somehow this does not seem unlikely. I think it could certainly kill a few germs.
Also performing was an Australian person going under the name of Inquiet. Boy with casio. Strangely enough (??) he was not interested in talking to us. There was an fascinating last group who were members of various bands with drummer from Andersens too. Good night out.
Thursday 2 February 2006
good times on the weekend at the Old Bar with Flywheel and New Estate and many very interesting attendees. It was about 40 degrees and so hot we could hardly speak but though somewhat rough and ready a good show and great performances from the others . Get the new CDs from New Estate and Flywheel if you werent there.
Reading Martin Amis Yellow dog he refers to the emergence of a new human type:the high IQ moron. Wised up, affectless and non empathetic,high IQ morons are supercontemporary in their acceptance of all technological and cultural change. I think I know a couple.
I have been playing with my space.com. Sort of annoying but pretty cleverly put together I must say. Seems like they are trying to create a site that does everything. If David Nichols is right as he tells me everything put on the internet stays there forever there are some boring tasks ahead for historians reading through those comments .I wonder how scary the plane trip to japan will be
Monday 9 January 2006
So much for resolutions. I guess I have just been so busy being nice to everyone I haven't had time to write. It is extremely hot. The news is full of shark attacks and jellyfish stings and fishermen being washed off rocks. Seems safer to stay in Bendi on the whole though it must be time for snake attack stories too. We are going to do a version of Don't Fear The Reaper. James doesnt know it yet but he'll be singing along. (I hope). Blue Oyster Cults motto is "On Tour Forever". I am intrigued by this paragraph discussing why they changed their name from Soft White Underbelly.
With Eric’s influence, the band began to go down a slightly different musical path--leaving behind the more psychedelic/San Francisco sound, and gravitating toward a more rock & roll approach. This, along with the fact that the SWU name had “been around” and had received bad press after a particularly disasterous and embarrassing gig, it was decided that the band needed a new name. They were dubbed the “Stalk-Forrest Group,” and in February of 1970, headed out to California to record their new record at Elektra’s studios in Los Angeles. It was for the Stalk-Forrest Group that Pearlman created stage names for each band member, which were immediately rejected, with one notable exception: “Buck Dharma.
What was the disastrous show?
Thursday 5 January 2006
Just when I was quietly bemoaning my lack of Christmas presents (but thank you Vedna and S) articles have been pouring through the post - New Dr Konig Arthaus CD and split single with Boyracer from Oliver in Germany , exciting looking mix CD from Kenji in Tokyo , lovely Christmas card from Masako in Tokyo , and gorgeous awe inspiring 20th birthday poster for the Cannanes from Ouidir in France with 2 mysterious CDs of Algerian music I know will be glorious- Not bad !
Wednesday 4 January 2006
So one song off the new album is sounding pretty good....only 12 more to go.AAAggghh.... I have set to work on my A-Z of Human Rights book. I am going to ask for help from others and it may have some chance of completion. David and Hairy are discussing the contents of the Best of the Cannanes CD . Some of their suggestions seem rather strange to me but then I always go for the obvious .I am reading Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim. The first few chapters are disturbingly reminiscent of work. Stephen has got a bill for $1400 from the ambulance. I am sure they are worth every cent but we only went about a kilometre. Next time he breaks anything he will have to get a taxi.
Tuesday 3 January 2006
Watched Oliver Stones JFK. Rather confusing. I wouldn't have convicted on that evidence if I was in the jury though no doubt there was something awful going on.
Monday 2 January 2006
So far so good-all resolutions going swimmingly. I have been pondering about the purpose of this page - It is entitled a Vanity Page so I suppose it is fine to just write about me but still...there is something sort of odd about the whole process even though I know everyone and their dog is doing it. (see http://www.blogcatalog.com/directory/pets/ for instance) People used to write diaries just for themselves and possibly for posterity - not leave them out at parties for everyone to read or pretend it was written by an animal. I see one of the galahs out the window- Should I write a blog from the galahs point of view - possibly a first but it would seem very dumb.
Anyway it is I suppose good practice for writing and heartening that so many people are keen on it possibly. It does appeal to the voyeur in all of us.
Hairy has been mixing Maybe This is Not my Business and resting his broken arm. I put a bottle of Lemon lime and bitters in the freezer and it blew up and finished Sea Change by Elizabeth jane Howard. The main character is rather like Lucy Pevensey in Narnia would have been when she got a bit older. The film was quite good though Lucy did have some rather odd facial expressions at times -When she was walking through the woods for the first time she looked as if she was in drama class expressing "wonderment" Still mostly she was pretty good so why quibble. I have started to read Running with Scissors By Augusten Burroughs which despite being in the present tense seems good.
Gus told us today he cant go to Japan which is a pity. Broken wrists take it out of you I guess.
I just read on Davids blog that Michael Nichols and Nicola have had a baby - Laurie. Good news! This function of blogs is very useful I suppose in cases like that.
Sunday 1 January 2006
I"ve been contemplating suicide but it really doesn't suit my style
These were the first words I heard sung this year done in a real rocking out version by a band at the Brian Boru hotel Bendigo 1am. I wouldn't have thought the Birthday party per se would have suited their style but I guess it just shows that Nick the prick has now moved into the boring rock cover band world. This is the second year in a row we have visited this Bendigo pub on New Years Eve to watch a band - there were about 8 people there last night. One character who seemed to be a cross between Bertie Wooster and Bunny from the Secret History doing some pretty gruesome dancing/air guitar and a few very interested observers not including me but definitely including Stephen who kept saying we knew the bass player. I did not agree and if we did I couldn't see much future in the relationship.
I have made so many resolutions it's a joke- tenor recorder lessons - cigarettes, exercise, becoming a much nicer person etc etc - Probably the most realistic is that I shall write here every day and we all know how likely that is. Japan tour is fast approaching -everyone has broken limbs and the Australian dollar is falling like a lead balloon
I was just looking up what lead balloon referred to and found this :
"In the late '60's Keith Moon and John Entwistle of The Who left the band over a disagreement and formed a band with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. During a rehearsal, Keith Moon said, "This is gonna go over like a Lead Zeppelin". Thus, when Moon and Entwistle rejoined The Who, Plant and Page kept the name and became Led Zeppelin.
The expression 'go down like a lead balloon' has been around for a while and was in common English usage prior to the 1960s. It was in using a variation of 'go down like a lead balloon' - meaning the sense of to crash/fall to the earth/be very unsuccessful - that Moon (I think) said the band would flop."
Tonight we shall walk in the rain to go and see Narnia. It has stopped being 42 degrees and become quite civilised.
Monday 21 November 2005
Why don't you come to Penguin House?
Japanese shows are looking pretty good-
Some of the shows are with Scottish band BMX Bandits. Those of you familiar with them may be interested in this exerpt from Duglas' diary in August 2005
"BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO"
This is sort of sad but after 18 years of being BMX BANDITS together Francis and I are parting company. I have to hold my hands up and say this was my idea, I’m totally responsible for this happening. I hear some of you saying “he must be crazy” but I really hope this will be ultimately good for BMX Bandits, for me and for Francis.
This decision is not a reflection of something lacking in Francis or his talents.Francis has made such a massive contribution to BMX Bandits and has co-written and solo written some of our best loved songs but I felt it was time for a change. Francis is an incredibly strong musical force and personality. I feel musically we were drifting apart and pulling in different directions. I was feeling it difficult to assert what I wanted to do with the group and would be ultimately left frustrated. I even found myself resenting Francis at times, getting snappy with him and treating him a little unjustly, not good behaviour. I’ve been writing solo more than ever (lots of songs), I have a vision of what I want us to be doing and I don’t want to compromise that. There are other factors…Francis is such a busy and in demand person that it is sometimes difficult to do a lot as a band because he’s busy or away places. BUT the main factor is I wanted to steer things in a more personal direction. Francis was very gracious and understanding when I told him all this and I'm really grateful to him for that.
Part of what BMX Bandits has always been about is its morphing and changing line up. I hope maybe Francis and I will write again someday but not just now.
I wish Francis lots of luck with new ventures and he’ll always be a part of what BMX Bandits are whether he’s in the group or not. He is still my brother in ROCK!
We are very excited about the future of BMX BANDITS and will hopefully have some NEW records out soon. The site will be updated with stuff on the new line up, new photos and music down loads. Give us a few weeks to get this all sorted.
Thursday 10 November 2005
As I sit here typing away I can hear Ms Penny blowing her own trumpet furiously in Studio 1 - Yes work proceeds on the new album though whether such a concept as an album will exist by the time it is finished is another question. Another eventful week.
Japan very exciting. I wonder how the BMX Bandits feel about the whole idea. As they are Scottish, Hairy will not be able to understand anything they say and no doubt the reverse will apply also. Ah well....
last weekend we played the Little Day Out in Sydney - a teensy bit disorientated from too much driving and arriving about 30 minutes before the show. The kiddies were not as enthusiastic as last year - So blase young people these days though they momentarily cheered up when we did Schnappi die kleine Krokodil though Hairy says they were upset it was in German. I don't even know what language it was a hit here in . They also seemed to like using the giant blow up microphone as a weapon. Mossy seemed cheerful enough though I note he did a much shorter set than last year so perhaps he didn't feel the crowd was showing their love. Or perhaps he was distracted by his kiddie (Julian?) playing drums and throwing a tantrum when removed from them. Then to the Sando for a few drinks for Bon's birthday and dinner at Turkish restaurant called Sultans Table in Enmore which is just brilliant.
This Saturday we are at the Empress playing with Tugboat for their CD launch. It is Shane Moritz birthday so I hope we can be good enough to make him dance. Hairy wants us to do Schnappi but I dont think so.
I am trying to ignore John Howard and Co who are going from bad to absolutely worse. Rally on November 15th to show your hate.
Wednesday 2 November
Wanna be a rock superstar, live large big house 5 cars
I think having 5 cars would be a nightmare - look what a trial it is having one but living large sounds like the go. I think there was a bit of living large at the First Annual Wipplegong event. Having fervently hoped for no rain for a week, it rained more than one could think possible in Bendi on saturday starting just when the first guest arrived. Still there managed to be a lot of singing and striding around so...could have been worse...and a lot of culinary delights. Looking forward to appearing on stage again on Saturday despite the apparent loss of all percussion instruments-tambourine shaped like a fish and maraccas (assorted). I wonder if rock superstars even notice when a tambourine goes missing. They probably buy them buy the dozen - or maybe they have someone whose job it is to carefully pack them away. The tambourine is that very one which led to the disappearance down the hole of the stage of the Annandale Hotel of the Russian Brides chap. As it appears that Sydney is soon to be riddled with holes on account of poor construction of tunnels under the city we should all prepare for such eventualities I suppose. I wonder if Glebe is on firm ground. Today is Bon's birthday.
Monday 24 October 2005
A long strange week with bands (Tennis coats and Maher bash etc) and work and parties and 2 baby galahs learning to fly in the garden. The bands were pretty interesting , the audience were annoying-I kept thinking they wouldn't be so annoying in Sydney but they probably would - too reverend....saw a good Ken Loach film called Carlas song and I am still getting through Mary McCarthy-. She and Edmund Wilson seemed to drink a lot - as much as us-Possibly more. Strange how literary figures do seem to be so keen on imbibing.Maybe cause they dont have to get up early in the morning. I have been reading about animal law.......the cannanes are off to Sydney very son for Annual Little Day Out with Mossy again I think. Very good.
Monday 17 October 2005
I haven't written for such a long time...I can't even remember now why not but probably something to do with having been on an island in Queensland,and then in Sydney for Plug Uglies show and then Canberra in the last 3 weeks I guess. Sydney was fun though a show with a broken bass string and a broken guitar string in 40 minutes is not always an ideal night out but what the hell...The poor boy from the Russian Brides fell down the hole in the stage when I asked him to play tambourine and I feel I was not very sympathetic at the time not understanding the magnitude of his injuries which were quite severe , I also momentarily forget the name of the lighting chap who was utterly fabulous (!) but I do remember and thank Steve the mixer .Plug Uglies were terrific.Canberra was also full of unexpected pleasures like being in the moosehead (or something) at about at 2 am on a Tuesday evening dancing like in an American soapie to very faint music and brilliantly finding Shontelle from Toowoomba's bag under a table.Oh I was pleased with myself indeed....Musically the Queensland island was a bit of a dud rage (though it certainly had other consolations) but we did become acquainted with the music of Phil and Amber who seem mysteriously not to have a high profile on the Internet so I cannot give you further details.
Tonight I have been "reading" Rolling Stone and although the gorgeous Simon Woolridge is editor the magazine still sends me into a frenzy of irritation-this months issue on a cursory examination being no different - first Gerling advertising sunglasses (Why? the answer - money is NOT good enough),Green Day being overawed to meet Paul MacCartney, an ad for $89 thongs, an article on that fucking Nick Cave film which I am so biased against I cannot speak rationally on the subject . No doubt there are some good things in there . Very good to read Sean P Diddy Combs has declared he will now be known as Diddy as " I felt like the P was getting between me and my fans". Who are his fans anyway?. Anyway I shall go and read some more about Mary McCarthy who seems to have been a real troublemaker - I am looking forward to the story of her and Edmund Wilson. On Thursday we are going to see the Tenniscoats which should be a hoot.
I am also trying to learn a song about an Egyptian crocodile to entertain at the Little Day Out ( and also because someone called Patrick Macdonald wrote to Rolling Stone complaining about that song Schnee Schnau Shnuppy saying people should be listening to what he seems to regard as underground bands like the Strokes instead). I think the lyrics of SSS would repay more study than many other ' alternative" faves. And anyway they are in German which stops them being so annoying.
PS I have worked out I Tunes and there is one Very old Cannanes song you can buy for 99cents. Annabel is singing. Farewell Cd shops..Your time is up NOW
Sunday 11 September
Yesterday I went into Sanity to buy Kanye West's- Late Registration. They searched for ages - then came up with a CD which they refused to sell me as they didn't have a cover. Allegedly no sanity employee is allowed to sell a CD without a cover. Roll on ITunes is all I can say. When I asked what would happen to it they looked rather blank. Annoying. I like the Goldigger song but I also like the fact that in the Concert for Hurricane Relief, Kanye West and Mike Meyers were narrators during the segment, and West said:"I hate the way they portray us in the media. "If you see a black family it says they are looting if you see a white family it says they are looking for food.
"We already realize a lot of the people that could help are at war now fighting another way and they’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us.""George Bush doesn't care about black people." Anyway if Sanity Bendigo can ever find the cover of the CD it will be mine. I also have my greedy little eyes on Sufjan Stevens- Illinoise
This week we have been offered a show with the Plug Uglies in Sydney October 8 - Hope that happens as it will be fun. Also had some contact with Eric from the Phillipines who says we could maybe get a show there - Stephen is still mixing Grassy Flat- Can you believe it....... will it ever end?
OK This weeks competition..Who are currently the worlds most overrated bands?
My submission is Foo Fighters and White Stripes.
Don't forget the El Duende CD launch this Saturday night 17 September at the Hopetoun Hotel Sydney with El Mopa. See almost every Cannane except me and Gus and James perform. Well at least I will not be performing on stage.
Last week sometime
the misery in New Orleans is shocking-there is nothing useful I can say.
Sunday 4 September
Last Sunday...the Oxfam show was quite OK despite being in the midst of recovery from over 8 hours of happy partying the night before. Funny how French pop music is much easier to dance to at 4.30 am than any other time.
I was not feeling at my sparkling best and was definitely at my lowest ebb during the first band Jumbledat who appeared to consist of a large group of cabaret jazz funk rappers from the Blue Mountains -max age 19 with more than a hint of Christianity about them. I cannot however hold them totally responsible. Lovely Trish Young followed and with the help of 2 Bloody Marys we got on and everyone else played very well and I was not too bad and it all seemed to go over reasonably well which was a relief. But after we played I saw the most fabulous band-Paper Scissors who were just excellent. I can't wait to see them again. Last time I liked a band this much it was the Bird Blobs (see 7/9/2002)
A DJ on Triple J Radio station said yesterday about writing his new songs "Every time I pump one out I get a bit of a head nod going". I found this terribly inspiring so must rush off now to do more composing.........
Tuesday 23 August
The front page of today's Bendigo Advertiser contains the wise statement by Kyle Sandilands (whoever he may be) about the Bendigo contestant in Australian Idol-"You can go all the way even though you're daggy". This is very comforting and it was in this spirit that I went out to dinner to the lovely Piyawat Thai restaurant on Friday to celebrate the end (I hope ) of the Grassy Flat EP. It has been sent off to Greg Wadley for any clues on a particular frequency issue. If he comes back and says it must be remixed I shall kill him.
a weekend full of ideas. I have belatedly discovered an interest in Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath -about 100 years after everyone else so have started reading my way through all the stuff- Read Giving Up -a last days memoir by Jillian Becker and the Silent Woman by janet malcolm and Ted Hughes' book of poems for Sylvia- I suppose now I should actually read something she wrote , I also read Andrew McGahan's the White Earth which was " a good read" but I long for the more familiar territory of Praise. I also went and saw the Bukowski film "Born Into This" which was very interesting-You should go and see it. Now I better read some of his stuff too. I also wrote and recorded vocals on a song which is not exactly in the same league but hey...we all do our bit-it was fun anyway and has a couple of spooky lines
suggestions for Ron Penos day job are pouring in- Thank you Mr JD of Coburg.
carves chess pieces from soap.
weaves his chest hair into tiny figurines.
station programer at vega fm.
runs a jim's lawn mowing business.
works in a shop
bottles his breath
he's a department store santa
sells his peno sperm.
makes plaster casts of his manhood and calls them penos
a beauty queen.
bass player in jet
It;s Thursday night in Bendigo. I am off out to hobnob with Australias best constitutional lawyer. Others are putting the final touches to the Grassy Flat EP. Vague texts are arriving from Ms P Mc Bride. She appears to be somewhere in the vicinity of Uluru. She's a crazy gel!
Sunday 14 August 2005
Well..Stephen has been working flat out on the EP for Douglas Wolk .I would never have the patience to do mixing-listening to the same songs over and over is excruciating. It is a lot more entertaining watching the galahs in the back garden. They and the magpies and lorrikeets lead a life full of fascinating interactions. I believe the magpies will be playing a featuring role on the next EP.
The Ex Cat Heads CD is released on 1 Sept which is good. That project took so long...ah well...Next weekend we venture up to Sydney tp attend a Party - Annabel Bleach is having a birthday and all the great and the good will be gathering. Then the next night is the Oxfam benefit at the Hopetoun Hotel. As we are never allowed to play there possibly since slagging off the booker sometime last century or possibly as they would say because we are not popular enough, this is a good way to weasel our way in there (though we had no idea of this of course when we agreed to do the show). Strangely enough Peter Fenton and Dave McCormack are playing also. How our paths do cross! I am expecting to enjoy this event. With any luck it will actually make some money. Only sorry that James will not be with us.
Just went outside for a look around but it is very dark and I quickly hurried back inside as there was something out there...
aahhh...I am feeling so inspired. Currently working on 3 new songs:
1. oh those bogus people
3.She's such a creative lady
9.15pm From The Age ;
It's me-its me Kim right....
When rock legends Kim Salmon and Ron Peno start making country music, you know the result isn't going to be anything like Garth Brooks...
Unfortunately this statement certainly has the ring of truth. I rather like some Brooksy. But the big mystery of this article by the perceptive Mr Blackman is this sentence;
Peno declines to reveal what he does for a day job, but it is clear that both he and Salmon have given up on the dream of making a living out of music.
What does Peno do? Shall we have a comp?
Friday 28 July 2005
oh the last
few weeks are a blur primarily made up of food
and music - a small but perfectly formed row of
dancers at the Town Hall Hotel, lemon tarts and
spaghetti Marinara in Lygon Street, laughing at
the Empress, enjoying playing with new lineup,
the huge brilliant blue/green fish at dinner at
the Aquarium, Liz complaining about baby boomers,
3 possibly productive days in the depths of Simons
recording studio, Curry Masala with Penny,"its
all good" as some would say, after show drinks
at Francescas (too many but fun).
lovely to be back in
Bendi though where I have been making a number
of interesting new acquaintances. This morning
I cut out the picture of John Howard in combat
gear and stuck in on the work noticeboard. Really!
Sunday 26 June 2005
Sanitation Education Availability
of shoes Trade
Unionism - JL from Sydney proffers these suggestions
for how the world has improved. Another very good
list was supplied by MS AB of Sydney but I efficiently
deleted it by mistake when i got a message saying
my mailbox was too full. Nothing from Melbournites.
Perhaps, as the Age keeps saying, now that the
political and corporate power has shifted to Sydney
so has the intellectual centre of the country.
Mr L of Sydney also
came up with the following celebrity sighting
"I was on a tour
of old Melbourne Gaol on Monday and I'll swear
till I'm blue in the face that Douglas Wood was
on the tour with one of his brothers at the gallows
hearing about Ned Kelly getting hung. I was standing
there with my copy of the Age comparing his front
page picture, and though he didn't do the smile
he was a dead split". Wierd. But was he shouting
God Bless America. I wonder when Doug and Mercedes
Corby will be in the Big Brother House. The mufti
should be Australian of the Year.
The other news issue
here this week was the vote at the "exclusive"
Sandhurst Club on the issue of whether women should
be allowed to become members. The committee recommended
that they shouldn't on the basis that there would
be no benefits and it would cost too much (the
facilities (toilets) argument again!!) The members
agreed. Honestly sometimes living here is like
being in the 1950s. You are a radical if you think
clubs should be open to both sexes. Most of the
women I met agreed they shouldn't be members as
"we can go there for lunch anyway" and
"Let them have a place of their own".
Forget the issue that the members are 300 men
who at least nominally make most of the decisions
about the place. It doesn't matter of course as
they will die and the club will go downhill and
they ail be begging women to join. It is the smug
parochialism that is irritating. But hey you cant
have fresh air, no traffic, and the ideal lifestyle
without a bit of small town idiocy and it doesn't
affect me at least.
Back to Cannanes news
I did some singing on a Flywheel song -Not sure
what they want so just warbled happily along and
will submit for decision on whether any ideas
are useable. Hairy has been mixing elephant noises
all week for an Animal Liberation Comp. Probably
very similar sounds to the Sandhurst Club AGM.
Saturday 18 June 2005
So last Sunday
there we all are, assembled in the kitchen staring
at a telephone receiver waiting for the phone
to ring . It rings and we all go on staring at
it. Hairy shakes his head and leaps over to answer
it. We are on air. Or at least on the internet
from Rhode Island USA. What a strange and interesting
place the world is.
So we proceed to play
reasonably well considering. For some reason I
am rather nervous and muck up a few things but
I guess not many people know and I suspect no
one cares. Anyway that was fun and given it was
the first time we have played as a band with Gus
back went pretty much according to plan. James
Dutt played some lovely guitar
I am still working on
my list of "Ways the world has Got Better" since 1200 in order to be better able to continue
the argument with Bon amongst others who claimed
the world is rapidly deteriorating. All I could
come up with at 1am the night before was penicillin
which was hopeless. Having now read Saturday by
Ian McEwan I shall add brain surgery. Any suggestions
gratefully received. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some good news this
week - Michael Jackson Not Guilty, Douglas Wood
freed. I am still a trifle concerned about the
allegation of Michael having a porno magazine "Barely Legal" I would like to see the
evidence on this point because although of course
he has every right to be in possession of such
magazines, it does seem out of character with
my vision of MJ.
I met some of the fans
of this blog on Friday night. They told me the
main appeal of this vanity page was the incredibly
exciting life I lead and how they live vicariously
through my days as relayed here. This allows them
to escape the dreariness of their own lives. I
am pleased that this little bit of nonsense can
bring so many so much pleasure and a brief respite
from their plebian existence. Of course all the
really exciting things I do are highly controversial
and would shock and amaze you all so much I must
not even venture a whisper!!!!!!!
Just saw the Mike Leigh
film Vera Drake. God he is a good film maker.
Next week off to that gleaming Metropolis in the
north to check in with all those superficial sun
lovin' real estate crazy Sydneyites and bring
em a little bit of Victorian culture.
Sunday 5 June 2005
like japan is on in February. Next weekend all
gather at Wipplegong to see if we can actually
play any songs and then off To sydney at the end
of June for further practice then recording in
Meanwhile I have a new
hobby. Prior to spending any time in the country
I was unaware of the scrapbooking craze that seems
to have attracted the masses. I am still not quite
sure of the purpose of scrapbooking though there
is scrapbook paraphernalia everywhere. It seems
like it consists of sticking photos in a book
and drawing borders around the photo and writing
funny comments on them but this may not be correct.
Anyway we have started a scrapbook of our own
dedicated to the appearances by our neighbours
in the local paper. It is coming along nicely.
We are not adding comments though.
Wednesday 1 June 2005
a lovely weekend down at Wilsons Prom celebrating
JBs birthday. Apropos of nothing at all managed
to create 2 songs-The Stephen O'Neil classic "Guilty
as Charged" and James Dutton's imaginatively
titled "Going to Hell in a Boogie Board Bag".
With Miranda Picton Warlow's and my dulcet tones
and excellent lyrics we really had 2 surefire
hits on our hands but who knows if they will ever
be performed again. Still...I guess they were
of their time.
The magpies are immersing
their whole bodies in the bird bath and it is
about 3 degrees outside. Are those birds impervious
to cold! Shintaro Kiyonari has very kindly sent
us footage of the last Japanese tour which no
doubt will be up soon on the site. He also sent
a new flavour of the FRAN chocolate on a stick
range from Japan. What a civilised country it
Monday 23 May 2005
Stephen Hairy O'Neil dreamt last night that he
was told the Trade Union Club in Sydney was open
again. "Oh yes", the anonymous excited
informant told him. "Only the third floor.
Underneath its got all offices but the third floor
is the same as it ever was". What a nasty
awakening to discover that it was only a dream.
Unlike the reality of a trip to another late night
venue called The Pub in Central Victoria. For
some inexplicable reason I ended up there last
Thursday night or rather Friday morning early.
I had been drinking green drinks. As one walks
into the Pub as this venue is imaginatively titled
you are given a large number on sticky paper.
The y stick this on your jacket. After a while
you notice that there's a big sign with text on
it saying stuff like No 352 come home with me.
At the time I was very scathing about this crude
pick up mechanism but on further reflection there
are endless possibilities for amusement that may
warrant a return visit. Maybe when the rest of
the band is down sometime.
Finished some retakes
of tracks for Proust opera and now onto Flywheel
song. New Lamingtone release will be delivered
Friday 13 May 2005
weekend Penny was in town and Gus came up and
we recorded some tunes to Bon's drum loops. In
theory these are for singles in Germany. This
was done with the aid of a large amount of fine
Central Victorian wine but surprisingly enough
the results were not bad. Then down to Mel for
James birthday gathering and I have rarely heard
such a fine chorus as surfaced during his birthday
song. During the course of the evening popped
out to see the Golden Circles (from Brisbane)and
Origami who were both in their different ways
very entertaining and good. It must be time to
see some crap bands as this good run is going
on far too long.....
The video compilation
from No Parachute sounds like its on its way to
fruition so am looking forward to that - 30 bands
from around the world....
Tuesday 7 March 2005
forward to the musos reunion in the countryside.
Even though it will take 16 hours driving or something.
Are people really curtseying
to the Aussie real estate agent/Princess? It seems
extraordinary to me but I suppose its true. Nobody
in the Press seems to have noticed the absurdity.
Princess mania. Thank God I don't have a TV!
Monday 26 February 2005
it is so long since I wrote. Oh well you know...summer
and all that. We spent a few glorious weeks at
Cannanes cottage and played in Sydney 2 shows
last weekend. The first was at the CAD Factory
with the delightful, entertaining Vic in charge
and the Beautiful Few and Brother Man Dude. Both
of whom are good. The Beautiful Few are one of
the most entertaining bands I have seen in quite
a while actually... The show was recorded but
I haven't heard the results so far. Next night
back at the Warren View with La Huva-also very
entertaining. It is rather unlike me to be doing
so much praising but truly they were all good.
Go and see for yourself...Sydney was very sultry
and dirty and noisy and lovely as usual.
We also played in Melbourne
and were lucky enough to play with New Estate.
It is time to get some
stuff done though and so the next few weeks I
have high hopes of getting the next Lamingtone
release to the pressing plant. Is that what they
are called these days and finishing the Proust
singing. I am so slow....................................But
I don't blame me. There is always some annoying
issue going on to get in the way of productive
activity. I also want to get to work on the Hume
Highway website. Not enough hours in the day.
Stephen told me today that Quincy Jones and Stevie
Wonder are giving evidence for Michael Jackson.
Good on them.You all know of course that he is
Monday 13 December 2004
Well what a strange and grotesque evening the
show at the Warren was. Despite the rather positive
comments from some audience members (thanks Tom
and Mike) the weirdness never stopped. First the
bar staff had to throw 2 people out who refused
to stop having sex in the front bar.There is no
evidence that they were there to see the Cannanes
but if they were, other matters soon overcame
their interest. Then Elvis Costello turned up
or so everyone kept saying. I myself did not see
him but I did run across a roundish British gentleman
who if I remember correctly came from Ireland
but said he didn't have the money to get back.
At one point he was on stage but I am afraid I
am still rather at sea about what he was saying
or was it singing. He offered to buy me a drink
and we had a long conversation about the merits
of cider but the drink never actually eventuated
which I in no way hold against him as I know how
diffcult it can be to remember these things. At
the end of the evening however he came and congratulated
me saying I was the fat cock of the band ; a statement
which he assured me was a compliment. Still somewhat
reeling from this statement , I was accosted by
what seemed to me to be an elderly gentleman with
a white beard who exclaimed happily that I was
obviously from his generation and was I singing
folk music in the 70's. I gazed at him rather
unhappily and muttered something about watching
TV in the 70's and Mary Wyer sitting next to me
added helpfully Countdown etc. I also couldn't
talk to my friends in the break as I was dispensing
simplistic marriage counselling to someone who
had last seen us in San Francisco on 1991 and
had obviously taken their time about trying again.
I think one could sum up 20 minutes of revelations
and advice ( for some reason the details of which
I feel obliged not to reveal) as being that he
should talk to his mother.
Bad, bad ,bad ...all
rather depressing and added to the fact we played
quite badly, enough to make one rethink things
rather.But on the good side we did get to play
with the lovely Mary and her band Her Name in
Lights which was an honour-my only regret being
I did not get to watch all their set as closely
as I would like as I had to talk to my poor friends
dragged from their comfy homes on this rainy Sydney
night to this madhouse.Oh well as they say "Things
Can Only Get Better..................
CD of the Week
Wednesday 17 November
So back to
the Warren View on Friday 3 December. According
to the Sydney Morning Herald the Warren View is
now cool as someone (Hamish?) from the Vines drinks
there. What must it be like to be a person who
can make the Warren View cool merely by stopping
in for a beer. Very strange.
Who'd be a celebrity
though - look at poor old Jeff Shaw humiliated
by accusations of drunkenness. I guess judging
is not the best profession to be in for drinking
though. Now if he were in the Vines everyone would
take it for granted and it would probably be cool.
I don't think anyone in the Cannanes has ever
been cool - though some of my colleagues might
disagree. Perhaps Penny is but she's far too nice
to be really. Jim probably thinks he is but I
don't think so. Francesca suffers from Pennys
problem....David and Annabel...nuh...Hairy doesn't
appear to really understand the concept.
The Australian dollar is at 77c US$. I said when
it gets to 80c it's time for a visit.What are
all you Americans doing in July?
of the week
Tuesday 8 November 2004
2 really bad election results in a few weeks is
hard to handle but it pays to remember lots of
people didnt vote for them and those that did
are probably uneducated rather than totally greedy
and stupid (we hope). Anyway lets forget it for
a moment-at least there has been some rain and
its nearly summer and the poppies and roses are
all blooming. As far as Cannanes news goes the
recording gear is working!!! the band are due
to assemble in the first week of 2005 and we are
trying to sweet talk our way into someone elses
show in Sydney before Christmas but maybe not.
Doesn't matter as I am sure there is plenty of
fun to be had anyway.I am trying to urge Hairy
to get a show with I am a Hovercraft cause I saw
them once and liked it.
Why don't you go to
101 Smith St Melbourne
Australia on 20 November to see Flywheel, New
Estate, Pits, Bites. We'll have a dance
Monday 1 November 2004
On the eve
of the US election we wait with trepidation. Hopefully
as a nation they will prove themselves to have
more sense at this point in history than the Australian
public though I doubt it. Seems bit like a mirror
image. Polls showing neck to neck but then eventual
big winners the bastards. I do hope I am wrong....The
Liberal National Government in Australia now has
control of the Upper House probably meaning we
are about to enter a new dark age where they can
pass every meanspirited bit of legislation that
they can to assist employers and grind workers
down . I hate rich people even though I probably
count as one relative to most of the worlds population.
There is even talk they will stop voting being
compulsory. Very bad...
I am sure this is a
simplistic and naive approach to world politics
but who cares. I know it's right.
Meanwhile it is time
for the Cannanes to start thinking about entering
foreign climes. Plans are beginning to surface
through the foggy mess..............There is even
talk of recording some vocals for the Dark Beloved
Cloud cd this weekend.....
CD of the week
Der Konig Arthus - Ohne
Wham und Abba (Germany)
Monday 4 October 2004
rainy Sydney, though there was one day of glorious
sunlight where we played with Aussie Icon Mossy
(aka Ian Moss) at a benefit for Bons child care
centre. Now we've played with him and Christine
Anu I feel about as close to being on Countdown
as we will ever get . (Though was Christine ever
on? Perhaps not...) I heard Christine on the radio
last night actually complaining that she gets
criticised for shaking her hips on stage and claiming
she was not Mother Theresa. Not many people would
dispute this though I think a number of people
might dispute whether being Mother Theresa was
all its cracked up to be. But hey! enough controversy..........We
played a fun show with Darren Hanlon on the bill
and Sunbargain and the kiddies stood there dutifully
and waved their tambourines and little Leo gave
a stirling performance on the recorder. The weird
thing is that they dont get bored but perhaps
they haven't played Met You As A Baby as many
times as I have. Yannick Caffarel Slade made his
brilliant debut on guitar. Jim ignored Hairy and
I on King Street later that night after a farewell
party for Mandy Pearson (Love Me) who is off to
taste the delights of Tasmania. The reason for
Jim's actions is hard to fathom but either embarrassment
about his activities or ours must be the key to
it. We just point out we were not coming
out of the Townie.
Election Saturday coming
up with a house party at Wipplegong attended by
ex Cannanes David Nichols and Francesca Bussey
and other wonderful people. If the ALP dont win
we will all drink a lot.....................If
Current Cds being played
at our house are
for the tip Toby Dutton), Her
Name in Lights, Scout Niblett Uptown Top Ranking
and an Indian CD I can't recall the artists name
at the moment and Hairys 2 Cure albums he got
on tape for 50 cents
Wednesday 8th Sept 2004
level of the Cannanes is picking up after a small
abeyance. This Saturday off to Mel to play 3 songs-Fine
Line, Optimistic Freakout and a mark of respect
for James Dutton at the Victoria Hotel which as
Stephen has said is a rather good place. That
being the case no doubt it is bound to close or
be sold soon though perhaps things are different
in Melbourne to the Sydney scene.
Rumors of great things
are afoot with talk that Innes Phillips (Relict,
Clientele) is coming to Australia from UK to live
for a while so we shall try and lure him down
to do some recording. Also Stewart is making noises
about a return visit to Australia with Ms Jen
Turrell. Maybee we'll try and get the 40 songs
we already recorded with him out before he arrives
as well as the other tragically delayed recording
projects. Computers. Huh. What are they good for
Absolutely nothing. Actually I just saw the new
Mac G5. Looks pretty good I have to say.
With 2 very important
elections coming up we Cannanes are hoping desperately
that both Bush and Howard disappear from our lives
but pessimistically I have my doubts.
If you are looking for
serious entertainment. I am making cameo appearances
in a TV documentary called Street Practice(!)
on Tuesday nights on ABC TV Reality Bites. (Well
this is my vanity page............................)
Sunday 18 July 2004
Well I am
back but it is Sunday night and I feel ill after
carousing with Theresa and others till the early
hours in the glorious spaces of Wipplegong aka
Cannanes manor. Much has changed since I last
wrote-some very bad things but I don't want to
talk about them and there have been some good
things as well like japanese tour etc.
Theresa asked me last
night how you get to be a singer in a band and
I couldn't answer-best I could come up with is
to hang around other people in bands for a long
time. I fear this was not the answer she was looking
for. I forgot about ads in music papers ! (he
The trees we planted
in Sydney Park are now a forest and I am very
proud of them. Stephen has gone tree crazy and
planted hazelnuts, pecan, walnut, lime, kaffir
lime, orange, bay cherry, apple, pear and plum
trees. If they grow we will be practically self
sufficient. Next Saturday we are going to see
Belle and Sebastian. I wonder if they will be
good or intensely annoying. We shall see.
Off to Sydney on Thursday
for 2 days.
Sunday 24 August 2003
Lately I have spent a lot of time lurking round
at home-only venturing out for strolls around
Sydney Park. South Sydney Council are construcing
a major inner city park right near our house and
I even spotted a pelican one day . We planted
some trees near Lake 1 which are doing very well
so far though at the start it seemed they may
not survive the drought. I was however lured out
by the prospect of seeing Minimum Chips at the
Mandarin Club which as Nicole said is the most
beautiful place on earth. They were very good
as usual and i wished I had gone to their other
Sydney shows . The weirdest and best thing about
the Mandarin Club was discovered downstairs where
they had a small/bar/theatre where you could listen
to the star of the day singing what I presume
where Chinese classics accompanied by a band consisting
of a flautist/saxohone/drummer /guitarist. The
singer was dressed in the height of a fashion
I did not recognise but did enjoy. Chinese people
danced elegantly to some of the tunes. Drinks
were cheap. It was the most beautiful place in
town and I will be back.
SUNDAY 10 AUGUST 2003
you still like us then?"
D Harry State Theatre
I have just woken up
from a sleep after wandering the city till late
following the Blondie show last night. They were
surprisingly good I thought - The last time I
saw them, which was at the Canberra Theatre many
years ago, hordes of the audience streamed out
after a few songs as they weren't doing songs
like In the Flesh to please the public servant
audience and I think everyone found them far too
punk rock. Last night I think all that audience
were back and waving their arms as if they were
at some long and cheerful Countdown special. Deborah
was in fine form and was singing magnificently
and after a slow start the band were really cooking
as they say in the jazz world. She has a nice
line in crazy old nymphette dancing which was
Noted a few strange
things such as the bouncer kneeling at the front
of the State Theatre like a ball boy (What does
go on in their heads? I should go and interview
them one day and find out), Annabel Bleach was
accosted by an enthusiastic man on the way out
who claimed he only came to see the drummer. As
a drummer himself he knew Clem was really good.
Annabel of course countered this assertion with
the statement that as a singer herself she thought
Debbie was really good. After having described
Charlie Watts' drumming as "basic",
he revealed that he was in a band called Hells
Kitchen who were hoping to make it big. He mysteriously
said he was working 6 days a week for this whereupon
Annabel told him he should make it 7, a comment
he did not seem to understand. In the Civic Hotel
we were approached again by another man keen to
chat with Annabel. This one was a stand up comic
(I think or was that a joke) but very drunk and
soon managed to offend by muttering something
I have been having
a restful time in the last couple of weeks following
Mick Jaggers 60th birthday party. I would write
more about that but since I can remember virtually
nothing about it anything I could say would be
lies or fantasy. A few facts remain - A lot of
people came and they drank a lot, a lot of people
wrote very rude things in Micks card, there was
a lot of dancing and Jim took a poll. As a Sociology
major I feel the survey methods were dubious but
when he has the results I will put it up here.
Anyway the others are
all busy with their other musical projects - Penny
and Hairy are recording with El Duende, they have
also been doing some trumpets on El Mopa Cd which
will be very good and allegedly will be launched
at the Bat and Ball on 5 September. Since it hasn't
even been recorded yet this seems unlikely to
me but maybe someone is being very efficient.
Bon is of course working on this. I don't know
what Jim is up to but if you wish to find him
you could try the Town Hall Hotel where no doubt
he will be in a leather jacket trying to pick
I hear the Lamingtone
execs are deep in negotiation with A Gold Star
Secret with a view to releasing their next CD
and finally work is in progress to get the Ex
Cat Heads CD out before Christmas.
The Cannanes are getting
ready for the Japanese excursion in September,
and a few Sydney shows before that. I am still
reeling in horror at seeing myself in the documentary
but the rest of it is coming along nicely. Stephen
is still the victim of the greatest computer breakdown
in the history of mankind and STILL cannot record
anything. It is enough to make you cry but maybe
this week - If that bloody thing gets going again
I am going out on the town to celebrate I tell
Interview: Frances Gibson
with Eden Howard for Rave Magazine ~ Brisbane
~ May 2003
EH. Trouble Seemed So Far Away was released
in the US almost a year ago, but Australia got
it six months late. Why the delay?
FJ. Oh just the usual boring stupid reasons that
always seem to make putting out any recording
take 10 times longer than you would think it possibly
could. We changed a track or 2 and slightly changed
the cover and as it was being put out on our new
label Lamingtone wanted to make sure everything
was done well and people actually got a chance
to hear it. EH. Are you still planning on spending
a lot of time abroad as a band?
FJ. Well- I don't know about a lot of time but
it is one of the more entertaining aspects of
being in a band that you get to travel to interesting
places and meet (usually ) interesting people.
Glorious as Australia is it does have a very small
population and its hard to play in too many places.
EH. What inspired the electronic experimentation
and directions on Trouble? Did it stem from working
with producer Explosion Robinson, or was the idea
there before you hooked up?
FJ. To tell you the truth we didn't do any electronic
experimentation really - we just did what we usually
do - i.e. write guitar bits and sing and write
words - it's just that this time we happened to
be doing it in Manhattan and left it with Explosion
who then added his magic touches..
EH. The band is approaching twenty years. Are
you comfortable with being referred to as indie
pop legends? How do you look at what the band
FJ. Yes go ahead... you may call me a legend...though
I am not sure how close to the truth it is - We
once were in a book by a bloke called Richie Unterberger
called Unknown Legends of Rock where we rated
about a sentence. (http://www.richieunterberger.com/)
I guess that is ROCK though not indie pop - the
term indie pop is pretty creepy in itself - I'd
rather be an unknown legend of rock than a real
legend of indie pop. From the very beginning the
band has achieved more than any of us could ever
have dreamt of really - I mean I never would have
thought that I would be answering a question about
whether I was comfortable in being referred to
as a legend!! 5 or 6 overseas tours, friends all
over the world and some pretty bloody good songs
along the way ( not to mention the occasional
atrocious ones ...but then you have to laugh ).
EH. Do you think there is still a definable Sydney
pop sound? FJ. Probably but I can't define it
- considering 80% of the people I know in music
from Sydney have now moved to Melbourne it is
probably most evident in bands from down south
EH. What did you think when you first saw yourselves
mentioned in the Kurt Cobain journals?
FJ. I was told there was a mention in the book
and went and sat in a bookshop in Melbourne looking
through every page till I found it as it was rather
an expensive item to buy on the off chance.. I
was quite impressed but then I am always easily
impressed by celebrity. It's a good journal though
- reading it made me like Kurt even more than
I had previously....
EH. How many other projects are members of the
band involved in at the moment? Oh lots apart
from me as I only do the Cannanes. Bon is recording
his solo project and playing with El Mopa and
A Gold Star Secret, Penny is in a band called
the Hoo Hahs and plays trumpet with Stephen in
El Duende and a reggae band, Stephen is also having
high level talks about a one off Lighthouse Keepers
reunion, I don't think Jim is doing anything else
EH. Do you look at the current line up of the
act as the ultimate for what you're trying to
achieve musically, or are things still fairly
fluid from gig to gig?
FJ. The current lineup is made up of musically
talented people who are a very positive lot and
this is a delightful situation - With help from
James Dutton and Greg Wadley from Melbourne I
think this is about as good as it gets but judging
from previous experiences something will happen
to ruin it....
EH. How difficult is it to fit the band around
everyone's work schedules and other commitments
FJ. As I say the band are a very positive lot
who actually seem to enjoy it and go out of their
way to put the band as a priority so its been
EH. What else is coming up for the band?
FJ. Triple J live to air in next few weeks, new
videos, Japanese tour in September, new EP in
next 2 months, new CD by Christmas, another new
CD by may 2004 and now that I see that Aussie
dollar is going up I have been making a few tentative
inquiries about another world tour next year with
a big 20th anniversary celebration in a volcano
in Arizona that is being turned into an artwork
(http://www.rodencrater.org/) where 555 Records
head Stewart Anderson and Jen Turrell live......most
of this will probably happen !