TIM FINN and the Escapade Band Live at The Venue St Kilda 1983, is the 22nd release of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series.
Tim Finn and The Escapade Band are the 22nd act to throw their support behind ARCA and Support Act’s Roadies Fund, via the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA)’s Desk Tape Series.
The Series was created by ARCA to raise funds to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for roadies and crew in crisis.
The live recordings are made off the sound desk by a crew member – in this case sound engineer Richard Bilinski – and released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.
Thanx to Grant Matthews for the cover photo, Greg Noakes for other photos, Nprint for the cover artwork, Richard Bilinski for the recording, Phil Dracoulis for the mastering and Tim Finn and The Escapade Band for their incredible support for roadies and crew.
TIM FINN and the Escapade Band Live at The Venue St Kilda 1983 live tape and all the ARCA Desk Tape Series recordings are available through Black
Tim Finn put The Escapade Band together after the success of his first solo album Escapade.
It came together after Split Enz went on an extensive break after four years on the road.
Tim thought it was time for a solo album with some leftover tunes. Some like ‘Fraction Too Much Friction’ hadn’t fitted the Enz sound.
After hectic Global touring in support of their hit albums, Split Enz took a break.
Tim coalesced his new found freedom with a group of talented musicians and friends in Sydney, at a mansion owned by ex Beach Boys/Bonnie Raitt drummer Ricky Fataar and his wife Fashion model elite, Penelope Tree. What eventuated was an ongoing relationship that produced Escapade with guitarist Mark Moffatt.
No one thought it would do as well as it did.
But it had too many great songs as ‘Fraction Too Much Friction’, ‘Made My Day’, ‘Through The Years’, ‘Staring At the Embers’ and ‘In A Minor Key’ which resonated with fans.
Released on Mushroom Records, Escapade went to #1 in New Zealand #8 in Australia.
At the 1983 Countdown Awards it took home Best Australian Album and “Fraction Too Much Friction” won Best Video.
Having dedicated a decade entirely to the Enz, Finn thought making the solo album as “really like having an affair.”
Tim explained: “It was exciting and sneaky and I just went off and did it – and it was a little bit naughty as well.
“But then I got caught! It became more successful than I thought it would and there was pressure to follow it up.”
Tim Finn and The Escapade Band Live At The Venue, St. Kilda 1983, came from two Melbourne shows at the Melbourne music venue.
The only other dates on the tour were two in Sydney. All four sold out instantly.
“We could have done more shows and made a lot of money,” Enz’s manager at the time, Nathan Brenner, says.
“But it was never about the money, it was always a labour of love.”
For Finn, the album was about making music with a whole bunch of new people.
The four dates extended the concept more.
He used some of those musicians on the album.
In the core studio band were Fataar who also played drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals; one time Stylus member Sam McNally on synthesizers, and US born singer Venetta Fields (Boz Scaggs, Tina Turner, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Humble Pie) on backing vocals.
Wilbur Wilde and Joe Camilleri of Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons had also made guest appearances.
The rest of the band included guitarist Mark Punch (Peter Blakeley, Mother Earth), bassist Joe Creighton (Billy T, The Revelators), Alan Mansfield (Dragon) on keyboards and guitar, Mark Williams (Dragon) on congas and backup vocals, and Sunil Da Silva (Marcia Hines, Renee Geyer) on percussion.
Remembers sound engineer Richard Bilinski, “The band had really great players, Ricky Fataar was a fantastic drummer, solid and snappy, and Tim was sounding really well and reaching those high notes.
“When it’s already sounding good, you just have to make it louder!
“The live tape captures the show, it’s got a great live feel and you’re really there in front, you can hear everything clearly.
“There were a couple of mistakes, I didn’t get the first song of the night, so it comes in as a fade.
“But the band and the audience were having a great time, and that comes across.”
Richard Bilinski, John Farrelly and stage tech Colin Skals had worked with Split Enz on their True Colours run.