Monday, June 9, 2008

Independent's Day - Australian music's all time best indy Lps

Via Decomposing Trees - an insider-industry shortlist of fifty LPs of Australian Independent releases has been collated here at the AIR website and you are asked to select your top 5 Australian Independent LPS of all time.

My picks - all postpunk m'fraid.

The Birthday Party - Prayers on Fire [Favourite tunes from each Lp]: ('Figure of Fun')
Died Pretty - Doughboy Hollow ('DC' - youtube link)
The Go-Betweens - Before Hollywood ('Cattle & Cane')
Laughing Clowns - Mr. Uddich Smuddich Goes to Town ('Theme from Mad Flies' listen here)
The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional ("Seabirds")

Close seconds to:
Necks – Sex (Hanging Gardens is my fav., but this is less 'speedy'. What tantric sex must feel like.)
Go-Bees – Liberty Belle & the Black Diamond Express (I like the songcraft better on this later LP, but 'Before' never stops giving and surprising - and it contains 'Cattle and Cane'!)

Notable Omissions

Crow - My Kind of Pain
Underground Lovers - Dream it Down
Tactics - My Houdini
Clouds – Penny Century
Reels - Quasimodo's Dream
Hunters & Collectors - eponymous debut long player
Triffids - Treeless Plain

Obscurities, Eps, compilations, fantasies

Lobsterman - Sexy Milky (North Sydney Bears tragic and Don van Vliet of Sydney Inner West Christopher W. Lobb and kameraids. inc. yours truly - see sidebar)

Do Re Mi – 1st ep (Contains "Standing on wires" - best Oz agit-prop funk song. Evah)

Various - Where Joy Kills Sorrow (Aus artistes do alt. country - Renee Geyer, Rob Snarski, Tex Perkins, Joel Silbersher, Paul Kelly and others in top form. Evil Graeme Lee at the helm)

Pel Mel - Greatest Hits and rare live recordings (in my dreams)

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