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Wendy Matthews LIVE at Mudgee RSL 1991 and Bunnemah Estate 1994

Wendy Matthews LIVE at Mudgee RSL 1991 and Bunnemah Estate 1994
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Wendy Matthews


LIVE at Mudgee RSL 1991 and Bunnemah Estate 1994 tape to be dropped 1st May

Wendy Matthews LIVE at Mudgee RSL 1991 and Bunnemah Estate 1994 is the 14th release of the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) Desk Tape Series.

Wendy Matthews 1500

The successful ARCA Desk Tape Series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for roadies and crew in crisis.

The tapes are released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.

Thanks to Wendy Matthews for the photos, Nprint for the cover artwork, Phil Dracoulis for the mastering and Wendy Matthews for supporting roadies and crew.

Wendy Matthews is the 14th artist to throw her support behind ARCA's Desk Tape Series which provides assistant funding for Support Act’s Roadies Fund. Wendy donated two tapes from the era when she made the transition from highly-respected backup singer to multi-platinum solo artist.

The live tapes are made straight off the mixing desk and made by a road crew member, in this case her sound engineer Jim Blackfoot.

The Wendy Matthews LIVE at Mudgee RSL 1991 and Bunnemah Estate 1994 live tapes and all the ARCA Desk Tape Series recordings are available through:

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The first show was at the Mudgee RSL (NSW) in April 1991, a year after her debut album Émigré went platinum and won her ARIA awards for best female singer and best newcomer (single).

Her hit singles included ‘Token Angels’ (inspired by a tragic school bus crash in Grafton,NSW), ‘Woman's Gotta Have It’ and ‘Let's Kiss (Like Angels Do)’.

It was one of the first shows her band did after just three weeks of rehearsals. Already they were red-hot, quickly adapting to Wendy’s mix of soulful ballads and funk-jazz slammers.

By the time of the second tape, recorded three years later at Bunnamah Estate in Margaret River (WA), she had international tours under her belt, and her stage confidence had soared.

The second album Lily, which reached #2 and certified triple platinum, yielded more hits as

‘The Day You Went Away’, ‘Friday's Child’ and ‘If Only I Could’ and even led to her making her acting debut as a nightclub singer in the 1993 movie Flynn about actor Errol Flynn.

“It was a very prolific time for me, very creative and magical,” Wendy recalls that era. “But it was a bit nerve-wracking because I wasn’t prepared, as a human being and as a dreamer.

“I was used to being in the back line, singing backing vocals as my chosen profession, and it took me a long time to feel more relaxed out in front. So I was still figuring out who and what I was.

“But listening to it now, I seem to have had a strong idea of what I wanted to do musically and what I wanted to say.

“I do marvel at that young voice, I remember in those days thinking I wish I had more depth, age and soul in my voice. Now that I have that depth, age and soul, I’m thinking ‘wow, listen to that clear young high voice.”

Wendy Matthews Live 1991/1994

13/4/91 Mudgee RSL
Band
Mick King              Guitar
Paul Abrahams      Bass
Mark Meyer           Drums
Amanda Brown      Violin, oboe, acoustic guitar
Mark O’Connor      Keyboards

Crew
Jim Blackfoot         FOH sound
Davros                   Monitors
Simon Smithers     FOH rigger
Adam Zak              Lights
Yan Jamieson        Stage
Adam Burbury       Stage
Pat Pickett             Truck driver

1994 Bunnamah Estate, Margaret River, WA
Band
Mick King               Guitar
Chris Sweeney      Drums
Ron Francois         Bass
Amanda Brown      Violin, oboe, acoustic guitar
Mark O’Connor      Keyboards
Lisa Maxwell          Backing vocals

Crew
Jim Blackfoot
Charlie Zarb
Yan Jamison
Davros
Adam Burbury
Adam Zak
Simon Smithers

Many of the band and crew are still with her today. Jim Blackfoot, her front-of-house and tour manager for five years – who recorded Wendy Matthews Live 1991/1994 – remembers how the singer ran her touring party as a family.

“She was absolutely lovely, she was like a mother hen, concerned about every single person in the tour party that they were OK.

“Onstage she has a great time. Off stage, she never complained. In fact she couldn’t get to sleep after a show, so she and guitarist Mick King would come into my room when I was doing the post-show finances and serenade me until 3 in the morning!”

Wendy Mathews and her songs celebrate being a free spirit and outsider and lover of nature. She’s been these all her life.

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Born in Montreal, Canada, her art school parents split when she was 14. Two years later she left school and went busking across North America with friends.

At 18 she was in Los Angeles busking, making jewellery and working as a session singer.

She did backup vocals on Little River Band co-founder Glenn Shorrock’s solo album, and he invited her back to Australia to sing on tour.

She stayed, singing backup on albums by Jimmy Barnes, Richard Clapton, Tim Finn, Icehouse and Cher, and joining bands as The Models and The Rockmelons (where she first started working with Jim Blackfoot) and Peter Blakeley and The Resurrection.

In 1989 she was part of the supergroup Absent Friends, which included members of INXS and The Models, who had a Top 5 hit with ‘I Don't Wanna Be With Nobody But You’ (which is also on the ARCA live tapes) before going solo.

The nature of her relationship with her audience came from her childhood idol Joni Mitchell.

The legendary fellow Canadian said in interviews it was important for her fans to see themselves, and not her, in her songs and that how they responded was uniquely theirs and made them understand themselves better.

“I’ve kept that quote with me for years,” admits Wendy. “If you think a song is totally about me, and if you don’t see yourself in its lyrics, you’ve missed the point entirely. It’s about us all.

“People come to my shows not to headbang or jump in the moshpit or drop acid, but they dance, and they form conga lines. And if they start crying, which often happens, then I’m so honoured because they’re cleansing and expressing their inner relationship with the song.

“As that old quote goes, some people will love you and some people will hate you, and nothing of it has anything to do with you. It’s entirely their own reference in life. That’s a beautiful thing, and I feel honoured to be a catalyst in that.”

She has lived for the past 20 years on a 10-acre spread on a mountain top outside Coffs Harbour on the NSW in a mud-brick house. Her only companion is her six month half border collie half kelpie Odo, whom she got after her long time border collie companion Bear moved into her next universe.

Wendy is bemused by how strangers she meets insist that she lives in a teepee, is vegetarian, abstains from alcohol and meditates every day. It isn’t the case but she doesn’t worry: “they project on to people they don’t know but have accessed through lyrics or photos.

Wendy is currently writing her next album, to release through her own Barking Bear record label.

Two people in her life intensified Wendy’s living her life according to her own rules.

One is her mother, another free spirit, a one time art student who taught special needs children and, now at age 89, conducts eight classes of yoga a week.

The other is late US modernistic painter Georgia O’Keeffe, who left her husband and New York City to live in the desert by herself in a once-abandoned hacienda in Abiquiú, painting the New Mexico landscape and animal skulls.

Wendy who still has a photo of O’Keeffe on her table for inspiration, and who made regular pilgrimages to her home and museum, wrote the song ‘Georgia’s Song’ which is also on the tapes.

“In the song I tried to convey her love of the desert and her single-mindedness (she had trouble being a wife in the city of New York, which I could relate to), her independence, her strengths, and how you can be different from the crowd and still be inspiring to many others.

“I live very remotely up in the mountains and I couldn’t care less what people think of me. I’ve taken aspects of her life and made them my own.”

ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles
Showtech                Rigging                            
CMI                         P.A and Production                      
Clearlight                Lighting                                     
DSE Trucks            Transport                                   
Scully Outdoors      Outdoor Production           
Gigpower                Crewing and Staging                             
Lock and Load        Crewing                           
Chameleon Touring  Production and Lighting                         
JPJ                          P.A and Lighting                                             
Novatech                 P.A and Lighting     
Phaseshift               Lighting                                     
Show FX Australia   Pyrotechnics                     
Event Personnel Australia   Crewing                           
Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production
Nprint                     Artwork

Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson
ARCA Co-founders and Directors.

Note from founders:-
"ARCA and The Desk Tape Series is a small way we can help our mates get some self-worth and recognition for their contribution to the Aussie music industry and help if they are in crisis. It is a great honor for us to be able to present these memories to all."

All Hail Roadies and Crew

"Looking after OUR OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"
 

All enquiries contact :

          Adrian Anderson     0409 789 440
          Ian Peel            0415 667 221
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RUSSELL MORRIS and the RUBES LIVE at the PALLADIUM 1982

RUSSELL MORRIS and the RUBES LIVE at the PALLADIUM 1982

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RUSSELL

MORRIS

and the RUBES

LIVE at the PALLADIUM 1982

TAPE TO BE DROPPED 1st March.

Russell Morris and the Rubes LIVE at the Palladium 1982, is the 13th release of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series.
 
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The successful ARCA Desk Tape Series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for roadies and crew in crisis.

The tapes are released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.

Thanks to Greg Noakes for the photos, Nprint for the cover artwork, Phil Dracoulis for the mastering and Russell Morris and the Rubes for supporting roadies and crew.

The live tapes are made straight off the mixing desk and made by a road crew member, in this case their sound engineer Mark "Ramjet" Williams, who did the sound for the band for 12 months.

The Russell Morris and the Rubes LIVE at the Palladium, 1982 tape and all the ARCA Desk Tape Series recordings are available through:

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The Crew:
Mark Williams (sound engineer)

The Band:
Russell Morris          (vocals, guitar)
Bruce Haymes         (keyboards)
Max Chazan             (guitars)
Spiro Philipas           (bass) (R.I.P)
Rick Puchala            (drums)

The Rubes were formed in 1980 as a vehicle for Russell Morris’ songwriting after he returned to Australia after a lengthy stay in the US.

His early hits like ‘Hush’, ‘The Real Thing Pts. 1, 2 & 3’ and ‘Rachel’ were written by others but he wanted to concentrate on his own work.

“Being a pop star was a wonderful place to be, until I realised I had painted myself into a corner and I lost control of my life,” he admits.

“I decided to sink or swim, and I needed to sing my own songs to have a ring of truth.”

The self-penned ‘Wings of An Eagle’, ‘Sweet Sweet Love’ and ‘Mr America’ continued his run of hits.

‘Wings of An Eagle’ was inspired by Morris’ love for ancient mythology, and how First Australians, Native Americans and early Romans believed an eagle took the spirits of the dead to the heavens.

‘Sweet Sweet Love’ was made up of two songs, inspired by a photo of his then-wife which he stuck up on the wall of a freezing bedsit in London while trying for UK success.

The Rubes formed in 1980 from the ashes of The Russell Morris Band, who imploded through personality clashes between some members.

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The new line-up included Bruce Haymes and Max Chazan.  They’d been in a band called The Rubes, so the name was kept. 

The Rubes’ set centred on interplay between Haymes' keyboards and Chazan’s guitars, and did wonders for Morris’ newer songs as ‘Roar Of The Wild Torpedoes’, ‘Surprise Surprise’, ‘Thunderground’, ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ and ‘One Way Street’, all featured on Live At The Palladium.

The set also included hits as ‘Hush’, ‘Eagle’ and a gritty ‘Mr. America’ and album tracks as ‘So Tough’, ‘Love Stealer’ and ‘How We Run’.

Morris says, “They were really good players. What struck me when I heard Live At The Melbourne Palladium was how fast we were playing.

“Those were the times I guess, you had to go rat-tat-tat to get people jumping up and down!”

The Rubes’ music got critical acclaim but mainstream radio refused to play their tracks as they considered Morris – and many of his contemporaries – “old hat”.

Morris says, “I was writing a fair bit. I’ve always written. But unfortunately I was desperate to get The Rubes up and running with some big hit albums, so we could cut back on the roadwork and not get overexposed and I could pay the guys the same amount of money.

“But many writers fall into the trap of looking at what is happening, and you try and chase it.  It’s like trying to catch a boat that’s already left the port. I call it chasing the pied piper.”

However ‘The Roar Of The Wild Torpedoes’ still remains in his current set, and fans who recently discovered Morris through his blues/roots renaissance have hunted down these songs.

By 1983 the five Rubes made a decision: if their single ‘Get It Right’, which they rated highly, wasn’t picked up by radio, they’d call it quits.

Morris remembers The Rubes with great affection.

“Every night during the encore of ‘The Real Thing’ I’d leap on Bruce’s back and play guitar. It was only later that I discovered he had a chronic back problem, and that he wore braces and had to have exercises every day because of it.

“I said to him, why didn’t you tell me, I could have done serious damage to your back. He said, It was part of the show and you looked like you were enjoying yourself’. He’s a lovely man and I adored being with him.

“He was a geophysicist, highly intelligent, who could have made a fortune working for a mining company. But being an environmentalist and a highly principled man, he declined that route.”

Haymes went on to play with Bachelors from Prague and Paul Kelly, and won an ARIA for soundtrack for the feature film Lantana (2001).

Chazan, an economic graduate, made a fortune on the stock market. Puchala went on to work for a trucking company. Philipas died in the 1990s.

What followed was a tough period when the music work dried up. It was a stressful time during which time a marriage broke up. He tried music theatre (Jesus Christ Superstar) and wrote jingles (Island Cooler, the Australian Diamond Company) and teamed up on retro-acts as (Ronnie) Burns (Daryl) Cotton & Morris and Cotton (Jim) Keays & Morris.

These were financially rewarding, but not artistically.  “I thought, no one is interested in my trying to hits, I should just write for myself.

“It was a question of just thinking of what got me into music. The first Rolling Stones album, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan, go back to writing simple songs.”

One day he saw a faded newspaper photo of the criminal Thomas Archer, which virtually spoke to him, “Write a song about me.” It struck a chord and he started writing of real-life Australian characters, locations and experiences.

“It was a real accident but it brought me back out of the wilderness.”

The 2012—2015 trilogy Sharkmouth, Van Diemen's Land and Red Dirt – Red Heart saw him back in the charts and in demand for gigs. He followed up with more successful albums.

People suddenly remembered his songwriting and singing prowess, and Russell Morris went on to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2018 given the Order of Australia medal for his services to music.

ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles
Showtech                Rigging                            
CMI                         P.A and Production                      
Clearlight                 Lighting                                     
DSE Trucks             Transport                                   
Scully Outdoors       Outdoor Production           
Gigpower                 Crewing and Staging                             
Lock and Load         Crewing                           
Chameleon Touring  Production and Lighting                         
JPJ                          P.A and Lighting                                             
Novatech                 P.A and Lighting     
Phaseshift               Lighting                                     
Show FX Australia   Pyrotechnics                     
Event Personnel Australia   Crewing                           
Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production
Nprint                     Artwork

Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson
ARCA Co-founders and Directors.

Note from founders:-

"ARCA and The Desk Tape Series is a small way we can help our mates get some self-worth and recognition for their contribution to the Aussie music industry and help if they are in crisis. It is a great honor for us to be able to present these memories to all."

All Hail Roadies and Crew

"Looking after OUR OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"

All enquiries contact :

          Adrian Anderson     0409 789 440
          Ian Peel            0415 667 221

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DOUG PARKINSON and The SOUTHERN STAR BAND LIVE at Gobbles. Perth, 1979 TAPE TO BE DROPPED FEB 1st

DOUG PARKINSON and The SOUTHERN STAR BAND LIVE at Gobbles. Perth, 1979 TAPE TO BE DROPPED FEB 1st

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DOUG

PARKINSON 

and The SOUTHERN STAR BAND

LIVE At Gobbles, Perth, 1979

TAPE TO BE DROPPED 1st February.

Doug Parkinson and The Southern Star Band LIVE At Gobbles, Perth, 1979 is the 12th release of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series. 
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The successful ARCA Desk Tape Series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for crew in crisis.

The tapes are released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.

Thanks to Bob King for the photos, Nprint for the cover artwork, Phil Dracoulis for the mastering and Doug Parkinson and The Southern Star Band for supporting roadies and crew.

The live tapes are made straight off the mixing desk and made by a road crew member, in this case their sound engineer Arthur 'AJ" James (R.I.P).

The Doug Parkinson and The Southern Star Band LIVE At Gobbles, Perth, 1979 tape and all the ARCA Desk Tape Series recordings are available through: 

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Doug Parkinson is the son of an artist. Doug matriculated from high school with honours in all subjects and was also a prefect at school. He excelled at school in every way including sport (Cricket , Rugby Union and Rugby League) and left school at 18 to become a cadet journalist at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, and had made it his creed right from the 1960s to always play with the best.

Doug Parkinson helped put together The Southern Star Band which was made up of some of the best musicians in Australia at the time, playing a fusion of rock, jazz and funk. Absolutely brilliant performance.

As the bands singer Doug Parkinson regarded them as being “a little ahead of their time. They were one of the best bands I’ve played with, and with a red-hot rhythm section.”

That included his various bands through the years, including In Focus, Fanny Adams, The Life Organisation and the Doug Parkinson Band, and solo albums as No Regrets.

The Crew:
Arthur "AJ" James (sound engineer) (R.I.P)
Graeme "Rocky" Rothwell (R.I.P)

The Band:
Doug Parkinson (vocals)
Tommy Emmanuel (guitar)
Mark Kennedy (drums)
Frank Esler-Smith (keyboards) (R.I.P)
Keith Kerwin (bass/vocal)

“I started out in garage bands, and had a very casual approach to singing."

“One day I had an epiphany that my voice was my everything, the sole purpose for my being on earth." 

“Early on I realised if you surround yourself with people that you consider are better than you are, then you’ll develop as well. That’s always been my creed."

“That’s why I expanded to doing musical theatre as Jesus Christ Superstar, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Buddy Holly Story and Ned Kelly as well, to stretch my voice and see what it was capable of.”

By the time of the Gobbles show, two of the members were poised for worldwide fame.

For Tommy Emmanuel, the Southern Star Band was the first time he’d step out of the country-rock of his band Goldrush, and his exuberant free-up creativity is evident on the live record. 

Parkinson says of the guitarist’s contribution to the band: “He is a master of the instrument, and as we went along, his musical horizons expanded into jazz and rock, he had a very sophisticated and complicated technique.”

After stints with John Farnham and Dragon, Emmanuel moved to Nashville, USA, and became a multi-award winning global guitar hero and received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2010.

Frank Esler-Smith, who loved classical music and studied architecture in Melbourne, went on to join Air Supply in America, where he made a name for himself as a master strings arranger for their hits. He died of pneumonia in 1991.
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Doug and Tommy Emmanuel              Frank Esler-Smith

Mark Kennedy, who as a teenage prodigy on drums emerged with prog-rock Spectrum and jazz-fusion Ayers Rock, went on to greater heights as a player and as a record producer.

Keith "Stretch" Kerwin who started in the Brisbane Avengers, later joined Jon English’s Foster Bros.

Mark Kennedy and Duncan McGuire, a foremost bassist who’d also played in the Southern Star Band, together went on to form a production company and produced some fine songs.
Mark Kennedy     Duncan McGuire Record Plant
Mark Kennedy                             Duncan McGuire

Parkinson remembers the Gobbles show well. “It was a great night! All the hip people from Perth frequented the place and they liked our band.”

At that time the Southern Star Band were aligned with top promoter Kevin Jacobsen, and they were booked for many shows, including on tours by major international acts as Bob Marley, Genesis, the Four Tops and Randy Crawford.

Also at the same time, the band had just had a hit with ‘I’ll Be Around’, a cover of The Spinners’ 1972 one-million seller written by Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt.

Parkinson first heard the song when Ross Wilson played it at a show they did together at Sydney’s Manzil Room, and fell in love with it.

At the end of the show, Parkinson asked Wilson if he had any plans to record it himself, to which came the answer, “No, go for it!”

The song reached #22 on the charts and was the title track of Southern Star Band’s sole album, a steady seller. The album was produced and arranged by Doug Parkinson and the whole Southern Star Band. 
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Doug Parkinson

The 16-song Live At Gobbles shows off some wonderful interplay between the musicians, especially on ‘Waiting For The Wiz’, ‘I Know A Little’ and ‘You Ain’t Going Nowhere’

It also showcases the astonishing array of songs the band played.

There were band compositions (‘Waiting For The Wiz’, ‘Same Feeling Different Song’) and from various band members like ‘You Ain’t Going Nowhere’ (“it was written by Keith, I thought it had hit all over it and I was heartbroken when it wasn’t”) and ‘I Give You Give Blind’.

Others came from Al Jarreau (‘Midnight Sky’), Paul McCartney (‘Yesterday’), Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson (‘Gangster of Love’), Lynyrd Skynyrd (‘I Know A Little’) and Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield’s lovely ballad ‘The Hungry Years’.

Patti Austin’s ‘In My Life’ was one which Parkinson comments, “I learned so much about lyric writing from that, the way it was a wonderful painting of a person’s emotions in musical terms. Frank did a great string arrangement for the prelude, it still holds up today.”

Dear Prudence has become an iconic song for Doug Parkinson and he still includes it in his shows today. 

At the time, Parkinson’s band In Focus had become one of the biggest live acts in Melbourne.

A tour manager friend of his who was visiting London brought back a copy of White Album which had not yet been released in Australia.

“That album is still among my favourites of all time. It had great songs but ‘Dear Prudence’ leaped out of the page for me. We started to play it at our shows and the crowds went crazy.”

However the A&R exec at his record company didn’t see its hit potential and refused to release it.

An argument ensued and the singer called his bluff by threatening to cancel their contract.

To his horror, the exec agreed and Parkinson was left flabbergasted … and without a deal!

However he went around the corner to the offices of EMI, whose A&R executive Cliff Baxter loved it as soon as Parkinson played it to him. 

“The next thing I knew I was driving around in my car and it came on the radio, and it was the biggest thrill."

“It became a Top 5 hit. I was always grateful to that song because it kept me going through the ups and downs of my career.”

ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles 
Showtech                Rigging                             
CMI                         P.A and Production                       
Clearlight                Lighting                                      
DSE Trucks            Transport                                    
Scully Outdoors       Outdoor Production            
Gigpower                 Crewing and Staging                              
Lock and Load         Crewing                            
Chameleon Touring  Production and Lighting                          
JPJ                          P.A and Lighting                                              
Novatech                 P.A and Lighting      
Phaseshift               Lighting                                      
Show FX Australia    Pyrotechnics                      
Event Personnel Australia   Crewing                            
Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production
Nprint                     Artwork

Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson

ARCA Co-founders and Directors.

Note from founders:-

"ARCA and The Desk Tape Series is a small way we can help our mates get some self-worth and recognition for their contribution to the Aussie music industry and help if they are in crisis. It is a great honor for us to be able to present these memories to all."

All Hail Roadies and Crew

"Looking after OUR OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"

All enquiries contact :

          Adrian Anderson     0409 789 440
          Ian Peel            0415 667 221

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Crowded House LIVE '92-'94 Part 2 Tape to be dropped January 1

Crowded House LIVE '92-'94 Part 2 Tape to be dropped January 1

                                    

Crowded House

LIVE '92—'94 Part 2

TAPE TO BE DROPPED 1st January

Crowded House LIVE '92-'94 Part 2, is the eleventh release of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series. Part 1 was released on December 1st.

The Desk Tape Series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for crews.

The tapes are released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.

Thanks to Nick Seymour for the cover illustration, Nprint for the cover artwork, Phil Dracoulis for the mastering and Crowded House for supporting roadies and crew.

The live tapes, Parts 1 and 2, are straight off the mixing desk and made by a road crew member, in this case their sound engineers Angus Davidson and Bruce Johnston.

The Crowded House LIVE '92-'94 Part 2 tape and all the ARCA Desk Tape Series recordings are available through:

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Crowded House were a band that were more about running than standing still. Which is why it’s so difficult to define or describe their music.

There was a certain impetus about what they did. Neil Finn remembers that at their very first rehearsal, at Factory Sound in South Melbourne, they came up with ‘Recurring Dream’ – one of their most loved live staples, and which kicks off Crowded House LIVE '92-'94 Part 2.

Through the years, Neil (full name: Neil Mullane Finn), jumped from project to project, from solo to duo to various collectives. Crowded House was never about polishing what they achieved but tinkering with the parts and working out how to make them evolve to the next reel. It made them indispensable.

Nick Seymour once described the making of one of their tracks as “a jigsaw puzzle”. In many ways that description could be applied to all, if not, most Crowded House tracks.

In the liner notes of the Crowdies’ greatest hits set, Recurring Dream, journalist Peter Paphides tells of the times when the late British comic Spike Milligan was having a nervous breakdown, lying on his bed crying uncontrollably, when his baby daughter came to him carrying a glass of water.

The journalist wrote, “She wanted to give something. Something to make it alright. This was all she could find.

“A while ago someone asked me to sum up the music of Crowded House. For some reason, I responded with that tale – perhaps because it’s simultaneously the saddest and most uplifting thing I’ve ever heard.”

On Crowded House LIVE '92-'94 Parts 1 and 2 the band was comprised of :

          Neil Finn
          Nick Seymour
          Paul Hester
          Mark Hart

‘Fall At Your Feet’, one of the stand-outs of the Woodface album, is a radio, talent quest and karaoke favourite and been covered by many artists.

It’s seamless pop but it came together in the studio from the fragments of two songs that the band was having difficulty with. This was the song that Seymour described as a “jigsaw”.

On the SBS documentary series Greatest Australian Albums, Finn described what he was trying to achieve with the song: “It was really that moment post a conflict or a struggle, when you sense a great sadness in the person you’re with ... where you want to offer yourself as some kind of sounding board or a weeping wall. You want to take all their sadness, especially if you’ve been responsible for some of it.”

With lines like “The finger of blame has turned upon its self and I’m more than willing to offer myself. Do you want my presence or need my help. Who knows where that might lead?”, Crowded House fans remain divided on whether it was about Neil’s elder brother Tim who left the band midway through a UK tour, or drummer Paul Hester who would take his life in a Melbourne park after the band split.

Another hotly-debated line is the relevance of the address 67 Mt Pleasant Street in ‘Weather With You’. When we asked Neil how many of his songs started at the house, he replied, “Every city has a Mt Pleasant St but I’ve never lived in one.”

However Neil and Tim’s sister did live at Mt Pleasant Road in Auckland but not at that number.

Neil says it was Tim who came up with the lines "Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you" and "Walking round the room singing 'Stormy Weather'” and explains, "Ultimately, the theme of the song is of course, that you are creating your own weather, you are making your own environment, always.”

‘Four Seasons In One Day’ is the second most famous global song about Melbourne’s ever changing weather, the first being The Beatles’ ‘Rain’ penned by John Lennon during The Beatles Australian tour in the ‘60s.

Debate remains to this day as to whether the Beatles’ “Rain” is about Sydney (it was pelting down when the band arrived off the plane) or Melbourne.

‘Four Seasons In One Day’ came together quickly in a house in East St. Kilda in Melbourne. It was actually written for a Finn Brothers record. But when Crowded House’s US label Capitol rejected many the songs Neil had written for the third album Woodface with Seymour and Hester, Neil asked Tim if some of their songs could be used in the band’s 1991 record.

‘The World Where You Live’, the first international Crowded House single, was inspired when Neil was staying at his manager’s house in Los Angeles. He’d be woken up around 6 am when the woman next door enjoyed very loud sex. He never met her, but lines like 'I don't know where you go, do you climb into space, to the world where you live,' was just speculating what was going on there.

The first verse of ‘Into Temptation’, “You opened up your door, I couldn't believe my luck”, started about the time when a (male) rugby team and (female) netball team were staying in the same motel as he, and the two teams started drinking heavily in the bar and pairing off.

When Finn returned to his room he thought he heard a knock on his door. When he opened it, he discovered the netballer was trying to get into the room next door. The chorus was about how in the wake of an earthquake in Los Angeles, some people thought it was a punishment from God for the city’s hedonistic lifestyle.

The other songs on Crowded House LIVE '92-'94 Part 2 are ‘There Goes God’, ‘Love You Till The Day I Die’, ‘Black And White Boy’ (according to fans, it was either about Paul Hester or Neil’s dalmation dog Lester), ‘Private Universe’, ‘In The Lowlands’, ‘You Can Touch’ (initially a Japan-only release), ‘I Feel Possessed’, ‘Nails In My Feet’ (apparently Neil feeling the pressure of stardom), the Hester-penned ‘Italian Plastic’ and ‘When You Come’.

ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles
Showtech                Rigging                            
CMI                         P.A and Production                      
Clearlight                Lighting                                     
DSE Trucks            Transport                                   
Scully Outdoors       Outdoor Production           
Gigpower                 Crewing and Staging                             
Lock and Load         Crewing                           
Chameleon Touring  Production and Lighting                         
JPJ                          P.A and Lighting                                             
Novatech                 P.A and Lighting     
Phaseshift               Lighting                                     
Show FX Australia    Pyrotechnics                     
Event Personnel Australia   Crewing                           
Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production
Nprint                     Artwork

Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson

ARCA Co-founders and Directors.

Note from founders:-

"ARCA and The Desk Tape Series is a small way we can help our mates get some self-worth and recognition for their contribution to the Aussie music industry and help if they are in crisis. It is a great honor for us to be able to present these memories to all."

All Hail Roadies and Crew

"Looking after OUR OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"


All enquiries contact :

          Adrian Anderson     0409 789 440

          Ian Peel            0415 667 221
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Crowded House LIVE '92—'94 Part 1 TAPE TO BE DROPPED 1st DECEMBER

Crowded House LIVE '92—'94 Part 1
TAPE TO BE DROPPED 1st DECEMBER

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Crowded House

LIVE '92—'94 Part 1

TAPE TO BE DROPPED 1st DECEMBER

Crowded House Live 92-94 Part 1, is the tenth release of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series. Part 2 will be released soon.

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The series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for crews.

The tapes are released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.

Thanks to Youri Lenquette for the cover photo, Nprint for the cover artwork, Phil Dracoulis for the mastering and Crowded House for supporting roadies and crew.

The live tapes, Parts 1 and 2, are straight off the mixing desk and made by a road crew member, in this case their sound engineers Bruce Johnston and Angus Davidson.

The Crowded House Live 92-94 Part 1 tape and all the ARCA Desk Tape Series recordings are available through:

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Crowded House make beautiful albums. By July 2010, the band, which formed in Melbourne in 1985 and quickly became a global success story, had sold 10 million of them.

But it is in concerts that they bring a sense of time to the timeless songs, with their improvised humour through whacky onstage patter and the occasional onstage practical jokes on fans.

For Neil Finn, the stage also provided a leveller to Crowed House songs, where non radio hits like Recurring Dream’, ‘In My Command’ and ‘Catherine Wheels’ get as much applause from the fervent fans as those which were.

“Music always travels in mysterious ways,” he admits. “I can’t say I understand why one song is a hit and another one’s not.”

Finn has said that his sense of ambition has never been about how many front covers he’s been on and how “big” a rock star he’s considered, but in making a piece of beautiful music that will last for decades and decades.

When people do remember those songs, it is not important to him that they remember their writer.

Throughout his career he’s leaped from project to project with different names and personnel – at odds with music marketing creed that “you wear the same clothes every day if you want to be famous.”

Crowded House Live 92—94 Part 1 has some of the band’s best ever songs. Part 2 will continue the incredible song list.

‘Don't Dream It's Over’ was enough of a gorgeous ballad to be a world hit including #2 in the US, #1 in New Zealand and Canada and Top 10 in Australia, Norway and the Netherlands.

Neil was feeling lost at the time and wanted to write a song about moving forward. He penned it at his brother Tim’s home, trying to find quiet there while his sibling was away.

But drummer Paul Hester was staying there and had friends over, so while Neil wrote behind closed doors in the piano room, out came the line “when the world comes in”.

“Try to catch a deluge in a paper cup” is a homage to his musical hero John Lennon who used the line “Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup” on ‘Across The Universe’.

The song came together quickly and Neil made a demo of it as soon as he returned to his home, using a matchbox as a snare drum and tapping the table as his bass drum.

The original had a R&B/soul feel and Crowded House found it difficult when they rehearsed it.

In the studio, producer Mitchell Froom suggested changing the flavour, and shifted the key from E to E# to make it more melancholy.

Years after its release, fans remain divided on whether the song is of hope or if the title means “don’t dream (any more because) it’s over”.

According to bassist Nick Seymour: "You think the song is gloomy? The record's about not giving up hope and succumbing to the effects of the mass media and consumerism, but there's an over-riding positive view in all our songs."

The inspiration for other songs on Crowded House Live 92—94 Part 1 come from different places.

‘Pineapple Head’ was something his infant son Liam yelled out while hallucinating during a fever in Melbourne, as well as "the get away car" and "the detective is flat."

Rather than tend to the boy, Neil says he rushed downstairs to his studio to get the lines down – something which he says his wife Sharon ticked him off for, and for which Liam still insists he should get some publishing royalties for!

At Crowded House’s ‘Farewell To The World’ concert, Neil introduced ‘Sister Madly’ as "This is a song about waking up in a room with my sister having nightmares!"

For ‘Hole In The River’ Neil was doodling up a new melody when the phone rang. It was his father to say his sister (Neil’s aunt) had killed herself. He went back to the piano and out came the first line, "There's a hole in the river where my auntie lies."

One interpretation of ‘Better Be Home Soon’ is that Neil is telling Paul Hester he was aware of the demons he was confronting and that he needed to be home where he would be “safe”. At the 2005 ARIA awards, after a depressed Paul killed himself in a Melbourne park aged 46, Neil flew to Sydney from Auckland just to perform the song as an emotional farewell to Paul.

'Kare Kare' from Together Alone is named after the beach in New Zealand where the album was recorded. Neil recalls, Sleep by no means comes too soon/ In a valley lit by the moon.”

Another New Zealand location, Te Awamutu, the town Neil and Tim grew up in, appears in ‘Mean To Me’ about an American tourist who was down on her luck and felt abandoned by everybody.

‘It’s Only Natural’, another global hit, featured in the end credits of 1992 film There Goes the Neighbourhood starring Catherine O'Hara.

‘Locked Out` was part of the soundtrack to American Reality.

Recalling a more simple time in his life, and taking responsibility for his failures "like a Christian fearing vengeance from above" brought Neil to ‘Distant Sun’.

‘Chocolate Cake’ was inspired by an incident in a New York restaurant where a woman loudly chattered, “I don't know, you think I should have another piece of chocolate cake?” The song’s lines like "excess of fat on your American bones” was viewed as a comment on American consumerism and over-indulgence which led to its low sales in the US.

‘Log Cabin Fever’, about a lonely man who kills himself because he was shut in during winter, first emerged in Split Enz’s 1982 album Time and Tide.

Other songs on Crowded House Live 92—94 Part 1 include ‘Whispers And Moans’, ‘Love This Life’, ‘In My Command’ and ‘Fingers Of Love’.

ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles
Showtech                Rigging                            
CMI                         P.A and Production                      
Clearlight                Lighting                                     
DSE Trucks            Transport                                   
Scully Outdoors      Outdoor Production           
Gigpower                Crewing and                                                                    Staging                             
Lock and Load        Crewing                           
Chameleon Touring  Production and                                                              Lighting                         
JPJ                          P.A and Lighting                                             
Novatech                P.A and Lighting     
Phaseshift              Lighting                                     
Show FX Australia    Pyrotechnics                     
Event Personnel Australia   Crewing                           
Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production
Nprint                     Artwork

Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson

ARCA Co-founders and Directors.

Note from founders:-

"ARCA and The Desk Tape Series is a small way we can help our mates get some self-worth and recognition for their contribution to the Aussie music industry and help if they are in crisis. It is a great honor for us to be able to present these memories to all."

All Hail Roadies and Crew

"Looking after OUR OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"


All enquiries contact :

          Adrian Anderson     0409 789 440

          Ian Peel            0415 667 221

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