Welcome to ~ The Cannanes Japanese Press Kit


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of The Cannanes

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Back: Jim, Fran, Penny McBride
Front: Bon King, Andy
[ 2002 ~ 2004 lineup ]


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Frances Sputnik Gibson, Stewart Anderson, Hairs, Jim Woff and (seated) Andrew Coffey
[March 2001]


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Guy Blackman, Fran, Stewart and Hairs New York Uni 2001


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Fran, Explosion & Hairs

Brooklyn June '99


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Fran, Stewart & Hairs Brighton June '99


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Fran & Hairs NY May '99

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For forthcoming band activities

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The Complete discography of The Cannanes


The illustrated CD releases of The Cannanes (with some reviews)

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The illustrated Vinyl release of The Cannanes

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The full 50,000+ word illustrated history of The Cannanes

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The Cannanes with Steward Sydney - April 2001
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L - R Fran, Andy, Stephen

Some Favourite Quotes

"Cardigan-owners, rejoice!"
Marc Hogan Reviewing the Small Batch EP on 09/01/13

"The Cannanes saved me from a lifetime of seeking approval off others. "
Houseboy for Faster Louder Apr 2005

"Now the bands bittersweet jangle comes with a cosmic hue"

4 stars

Review of Trouble CD in Rolling Stone Feb 2003
"the Cannanes latest album Trouble Seemed so far Away is one of the definitive musical highlights of 2002"

Meeshell Ho for Ozmusic project Nov 2002
"the Cannanes can melt your heart with moonlit symphonies more comforting than orchids and chenille"
Portland Mercury 26/7/01

"Their attraction undoubtedly lies in their Australian identity, which often evokes the same mythmaking as Brisbane's Go Betweens."
David Olivetti Rolling Stone April 2001

"... a dream-pop manifesto, but has anyone ever woken up from a dream as gorgeous as "You Name It"?"
Greil Marcus SALON 18/12/00

''Australia's secret pride, and the most casual indie-pop band Anywhere''

''They have inspired more groups world-wide than you and I have had hot dinners''
Shane O'Donohue INPRESS June '00

''The Cannanes are, without a doubt, Australia's best-kept musical secret.''
SF WEEKLY July '99

''gorgeous barbed pop songs that sound deceptively smooth until you listen to the lyrics - 'castigations of dim friends, clueless ex-lovers and technologically fostered isolation'. It's like biting into a chocolate fudge cake and finding it filled with tongue-blistering chilli''
Joanna Fag in BACK:BEAT June/July '99

''Each of this record's eleven tunes has a melody warm enough to melt an iceberg and catchy enough to hook a school of haddock with one cast.''
Bill Myer reviewing Arty Barbecue CD in INK BLOT '98

''It all adds up to another essential release from one of the most criminally taken-for-granted bands of our time.''
J Neo Marvin reviewing 'Arty Barbecue' CD in PUNCTURE 42 July '98

''they've pre-empted every major music trend of the past decade (ok, so they missed the boat on the manchester thing...) AND done it with more guts and honour than anything that followed''
(h.) in c.e Xmas '97

''The fluid Australian combo is willfully amateurish and occasionally a bit too cute for its own good, but the utterly unpretentious purity of the band's output is hard to deny.''
dss in TROUSER PRESS GUIDE TO 90's ROCK 5th ed.'97

''I'm, getting tired of telling folks over and over again how the Cannanes' unlikely lyrics, quick-shuffle strumming, offhandedly-original vocal melodies, and general endless-shoebox-of-pop makes them Exhibit A among bands whose parlor-pop portable simplicity hasn't prevented them from making very good music for a very long thyme.''
Steve B in POPWATCH No.8 December '96

''I feel compelled to go out and gather their rather extensive back catalogue. if only someone would give me a list!''
Geoff Towner (reviewing 'The Cannanes' CD) in DRUM MEDIA September '96

''to describe The Cannanes for you, in a single image, would be this - James Joyce in exile from his beloved homeland writing Ulysses on scraps of newspaper.''
Richard Vogt in OTS August '96

''Plaintive music about the limits of dreams, the Cannanes are a Ken Loach movie for your ears''
Ann Powers VILLAGE VOICE March '96

''You'd be an idiot to miss this rare chance to see the Cannanes, a group that practically embodies the essence of truly independent truly personal music.''
Richard Salty TIME OFF 23/11/94

''you'd be hard pressed to find prettier songs than 'Perfect Light' and 'Chosen One.''
Matt Hickey ALTERNATIVE PRESS Oct. '94

''tonight I was reminded what good pop songs should sound like''
Guy Blackman (live review) in SALTY & DELICIOUS Aug. '94

'International Pop Conquorors'
Lauren Z IN PRESS 15/6/94

''The Cannanes will always be one of my favourite bands. Like, I never remember the fact , but each time I hear them I just think, 'F***, I love this band''
Sarah Kestle (reviewing 'Witchety Pole') MELODY MAKER 18/9/93

''They are a bit quirky, a bit pop, a bit reflective, and a bit jolly, but they are all class''
Michael Olliffe (live review) OTS 17/8/93

''Cannanes music, lies in the stylistic lucky-dip somewhere between the Stooges & the Carpenters''
Kylie Burtland HONI SOIT 13/10/92

''The Last Of The Great Shamblers''
Everett True MELODY MAKER 8/10/88

''The Cannanes are pranksters of pop who poke their jests at everyone including themselves''
Steven Cadbury RAM 21/1/88

''Kings of the do it now''
Simon Reynolds NME 3/1/87

"sound that is TIMELESS"
The Legend NME 11/4/87


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