Thursday, August 25, 2011
Somewhere In The City/Be Careful What You Pray For/Foggy Highway/I Wasted Time
Paul Maurice Kelly (born 13 January 1955) is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player. He has performed solo, and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and the Messengers. He has worked with other artists and groups, including associated projects Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five. Kelly's music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output straddles folk, rock, and country. His lyrics capture the vastness of the culture and landscape of Australia by chronicling life about him for over 30 years. David Fricke from Rolling Stone calls Kelly "one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise." Kelly has said, "Song writing is mysterious to me. I still feel like a total beginner. I don’t feel like I have got it nailed yet".
After growing up in Adelaide, Kelly travelled around Australia before settling in Melbourne in 1976. He became involved in the pub rock scene and drug culture, and recorded two albums with Paul Kelly and the Dots. Kelly moved to Sydney by 1985, where he formed Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls. The band was renamed Paul Kelly and the Messengers, initially only for international releases, to avoid possible racist interpretations. At the end of the 1980s, Kelly returned to Melbourne, and in 1991 he disbanded the Messengers. Kelly has been married and divorced twice; he has three children and resides in St. Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne, with his girlfriend, Sian Prior. Dan Kelly, his nephew, is a singer and guitarist in his own right. Dan performed with Kelly on Ways and Means and Stolen Apples. Both were members of Stardust Five, which released a self-titled album in 2006.
Kelly's Top 40 singles include "Billy Baxter", "Before Too Long", "Darling It Hurts", "To Her Door" (his highest-charting local hit in 1987), "Dumb Things" (appeared on United States charts in 1988), and "Roll on Summer". Top-20 albums include Gossip, Under the Sun, Comedy, Songs from the South (1997 compilation, his best-charting album), ...Nothing but a Dream, and Stolen Apples. Kelly has won eight Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards, including his induction into their Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2001 the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) listed the Top 30 Australian songs of all time, including Kelly's "To Her Door", and "Treaty", written by Kelly and members of Yothu Yindi. Aside from "Treaty", Kelly has written or co-written several songs on Indigenous Australian social issues and historical events. He has provided songs for many other artists, tailoring them to their particular vocal range. The album Women at the Well from 2002 had 14 female artists record his songs in tribute.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
You're So Fine/Roll On Summer/ I Was Hoping You'd Say That/Every Fucking City
Roll On Summer is an EP by Australian artist Paul Kelly and originally released in October, 2000. It was released on EMI in Australia. "Every Fucking City" was recorded live at The Continental, November 25, 1999. The EP peaked at #40 on the ARIA singles charts.
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The Other Side Of You/The View From The Ground Up/Sorry I Tested You/You Promised, You Said
Formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1989, Club Hoy was a folk duo, comprising of Penny Flanagan and Julia Richardson. Flanagan and Richardson began performing together at the age of 19, and after a year of writing and performing, released their first single, "On and On," in 1990. Late that year, additional musicians Bernie Hayes (bass) and Vincent Sheehan (drums) joined the band.
In early 1991, their second single, the double A-side "Da Da Da Da/Green and Blue" was released. For this single, Club Hoy enlisted the help of former Go-Between Grant McLennan, who performed on and produced a couple of tracks with Club Hoy; they later returned the favor on one of McLennan's albums. By this time, there was a significant amount of critical acclaim for the band and they were developing a dedicated fan base, although commercial success was proving elusive.
The first taste of their debut album, Thursday's Fortune, was in the form of a single from that album ("House on Fire"). It generated a great deal of interest in the upcoming release, which finally saw the light of day two months after the release of "House on Fire," in September 1991. Greeted with critical praise, Thursday's Fortune saw Club Hoy receive minor commercial success. This was thanks in no small part to extensive touring with the likes of Things of Stone and Wood, Margaret Urlich, the Falling Joys, the Clouds, and the Hummingbirds. One of the strengths of Club Hoy's music lay in their well-crafted songwriting, which produced some of the best folk-pop music of the early-'90s. Richardson and Flanagan's vocal harmonies were another highlight.
Two more singles were released from Thursday's Fortune ("Walk Away" and "Not Like That") in 1992. These were followed by their final recording, the Trumpets EP, which was promoted with the track "You Promised, You Said." This choice as lead single from the EP caused tensions within the group to be exacerbated, and, in 1993, Club Hoy disbanded. Penny Flanagan went on to pursue a successful solo career, while Julia Richardson and Bernie Hayes formed a new group, the Troublemakers.
Thanks to RAM once again for this CD which he ripped as a FLAC file.
Ordinary Angels/Book Song/Seamless/Paper, Bullets And Walls/Nadi
Frente! are an Australian alternative rock group, formed in 1991. The original lineup featured singer Angie Hart, founder and guitarist Simon Austin, bassist Tim O'Connor (later replaced by Bill McDonald), and drummer Mark Picton (later replaced by Alastair Barden). In 1993 they released the successful singles "Ordinary Angels" and "Accidently Kelly Street".
Frente! burst onto the Australian music charts with the singles "Ordinary Angels" (from the Clunk EP, #3, gold) and "Accidently Kelly Street" (#4, platinum) in 1992. Notable as much for the bizarre film clips ("Accidently Kelly Street" consisted of the band with oversized novelty props of household items, and the title of the song was purposely written with an initial lowercase) as their light-hearted pop lyrics, Frente!'s debut album, Marvin the Album (#5) was also a success, going platinum in Australia. Another single was released from the album in early 1993, "No Time" (#50), which did not fare as well.
"Ordinary Angels" finished the year as the 20th best selling single of 1992 on the ARIA charts, with "Accidently Kelly Street" finishing 29th.
The band promoted overseas in 1994 with their biggest success being an acoustic cover version of New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" which reached #76 in the UK (following releases of earlier tracks "Ordinary Angels" which did not chart and "Accidently Kelly Street" which reached #84). "Bizarre Love Triangle" was released in Australia on a re-issued version of the "Lonely" EP in 1994 (#7, with the first issue charting at #88). The cover was also a hit in the United States, charting at #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and #49 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band's only other chart placement in the US was a re-release of the "Labour of Love" single, which managed #9 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
They appeared on the 1994 soundtrack for the American TV show: Melrose Place with the song "Ordinary Angels".
In between the first and second Frente! albums, Angie Hart lent her vocal to an Australian single by Pop! titled "Tingly" (#92), released in late 1995.
Frente! also has a track on the compilation album Saturday Morning, a cover version of "Open Up Your Heart (and Let the Sunshine In)". The album was released on 5 December 1995.
Frente! released a second album, Shape, in 1996. The first single "Sit On My Hands" peaked at #66 in Australia, and the second, "What's Come Over Me" did not enter the top 100 although it did reach #83 in the UK. The album peaked at #35. Frente! broke up shortly after its release in 1996.
Thanks to RAM once again for this CD which he ripped as a FLAC file those of you wanting the alternate FLAC file can get it HERE.