the other evening hanging around in the time being green room
i was having a chat to our cleaning lady mrs macgilliguddy
who speaks in a thick scottish brogue
mrs mac-g comes in regularly to update and sort out our vaults
so much of your bloody stuff to look after …she mutters
we get in a bit of a conversation and after awhile
mrs mac-g (Why Steven, why dont you call me Doreen?) says
I’d love to put together a couple of CDs of all your addenda…
to cut a long story short mac-g and i went rigorously through our sources
and we arrived at these two cds divided in to 1960-1995 and 1995 to now
please see our comments below
mac-gs are in italics
here is the tracklisting for the cds you can now download from bandcamp
(or, of course, you can pick and choose to complete your collection)
1uncle dennis sets the scene
this is me reciting poetry at the age of six introed sarcastically by uncle dennis
this was a tape my dad was making to send home to the rellies in england
Well shiver me timbers, this is the cutest thing you ever heard
so cute i may have to …….
mac-g makes a gesture of fingers down her throat etc
2 put you on my wall
this is the first of four baby grande songs. baby grande existed 74-77?
peter koppes may or may not be on here i cant tell
he left halfway through the bands career
the other players are dave scotland on guitar joe lee on bass
and ken wylie on drums
i dunno if i played anything or not on it….
theres some awful lyrics on this one
i guess you could say it had not occurred to me to be myself
on the other hand i was 19 or 20 or something
This is for all those people who think you sprang into action
already spouting under the milky bloody way, Steven
3 pure white and deadly
inspired by an article i read about sugar……
Christine Keeler indeed my boy……showing your age ..
trust you to have read up on all that grimy bloody business…..
4 getting with murder
me imagining what a rockstar would write songs about
This song is so bad Silverhead would have been embarrassed by it…!!
5 mad damn lash
its like a third rate kiss song or something…..
Now I see why you didnt want some of this out there, young man….
6 statue garden
in 1978 i visited some castle in england that had a statue garden
i sat down on the spot and wrote the words
a year or so later i guess this was ar0und 1980 now i did the music
recorded on my teac 4 track
its not a bad little number at all
A quantum leap forward, my dear boy
Its like you’ve turned into yourself here ,at last!
A rebirth away from that silly saucy tawdry sordid glam rock palaver!
i could imagine you wrote this track yesterday…..
7 electrical disturbance
some of these tracks are from bootlegs
i have long since lost the original cassettes let alone master tape
they have been copied and some have less than average sound quality
i have tried to fix it up a bit but there was not much to be done
but here in about 79-80 i am …living in rozelle now
a huge tropical thunderstorm lit up the big white room i set up in at first
later on i moved my tape recorder downstairs
but i did this one as i gazed out over sheets of rain
and the tangled masses of the back gardens vegetation
Oh my dear boy…i feel like I’m back in Lemuria again….with Mr Mac-G….
i mean what a magnificent piece..and all on a four track… !
8 ur inside
an instrumental with some intensity
this ones ones sonic clout amazed me to hear it again after so many years
this is about 198o i guess
A virile insistent piece ……pure genius I say….
same period same days
me trying to rewrite a t rex song and getting close
10. my abstract model
featuring peter koppes on guitar
my third attempt to record this complex song
truly a weird little oddity….
I love something about this song so much
It was revolutionary then and its revolutionary now!
11 youre my idea
me and peter koppes again
apologies for the tech quality here
but its such a good little song
One just wishes it had ended up on the first Church record on Carrere…
12 prophet margin
recorded by marten jansson karins brother
on a porta studio in 1984 in stockholm dead of winter
once again its been bounced around a bit its not the best quality
but again tho its such a nifty little song
olle jansson on flute
I know youre against such things but you could certainly re record this
(but I bet he wont!)
13 spirit of christmas yet to come
a thing i contributed to some long defunct sydney labels christmas record
i guess we’re in about 1985 86 now ….
Bah Humbug! You miserable devil……!
14 cut up (with margot smith)
this piece of music fascinated me when i did it
i was deeply on the gear
i wrote the music
i got margot in and told her to sing whatever she wanted wherever she wanted
she did that about 5 times and got bored and went home for a while
i cut up her phrases and arranged them all on a computer screen
this was 1991
i had never seen music as a visual process before
but for the first time ever
i created a visual pattern with the little coloured boxes that symbolised her phrases
i added and subtracted them from my picture
then i listened to it
this was the result!
2 cut up people cut off from everything else!
Good God! Aching Awfully…One can hardly bear to hear it…!
But such a beautiful Wasteland you 2 have conjured here….
15 blackrock antitheme
closing credits song for movie blackrock
drums by tim powles me on other stuff and sandi chick singing
Isnt young Sandi a Scottish lass? Yes you can tell!
My, what a four to the floor pounder this number is!
16 gone for good
same personell as last song
this never got used in the movie
it was for a surfies funeral from his girlfriends perspective
the producer was such a philistine
he could not grok how good my music was (sigh!)
He must have had porridge in his ears if he couldnt hear how good this is!
oooh its a beauty!
1 another day
this is a fragment of a track from an album half finished
that i did in about 1998 with irish musician francis xavier kearns
i fucked it up. i was on the gear and i had enough to last me the entire session in dublin
but i got stupid n greedy and did it all quickly, got sick etc etc
i finally got better to do a tiny little bit
but the good news is that we are going to reconstruct it from original tapes…soon!
meanwhile this is a possible taster…
Great music Steven but the words put me off with all weird carrying on…!
Cant wait for the finished real thing…soon you say….(we’ll see, eh?)
done in stockholm with marten jansson this time in about 1998 0r 99
i was again gear affected and i wasnt giving much to the music
marten played some of the instruments
i remember little of these sessions or days
except i was usually either sick or sleepy…
this is the sound of me not really trying
but nonetheless coming up with some pleasant trifles
I like Aquanaut. I like it when you write songs like this!
yeah stockholm and marten again
he did a good job considering what i probably gave him to work with
Dont be too hard on yourself there. This is actually OK, even by your standards…!
me n marten pretending to be a bar band i guess
You succeeded then!
5 aquanaut 2
A swampy take
6 as you like it
a song written for a rubbish film
I saw that film (unfortunately) and this song was the best thing in it!
I love the way the music goes up and up towards the end!
7 mystic western profile
down in a swedish studio with swedish guitarist bengt kirschon
we wrote a bunch of brilliant songs but this is all that survives to my knowledge
lyrics about one of my stockholm drug dealers Christina
great aching guitar …
Yes! Oooh i really do like this one Steven .
I hope one day the rest of it turns up somewhere
8 unfinished kirtan for krsna
hare krsna hare krsna
Hurry up instead !
9 long way home
this was done with a guy called hi fi mike.
never heard of him again this is about 2003
Gorgeous song! Ive always liked this one!
10 the wrong road
grant n i used to do this live to make up the numbers we needed
ive always loved it to bits
great fucking lyrics
recorded round at michael hanlons in bondi with russell supervising
it was gonna be for a go bes tribute or something
but russell didnt see eye to eye with the guy n it wasnt used…
Captivating performance. A sublime song!
11 falling for you falling apart
a guy sent me this music for a project he was working on
i sent him it back with this vocal on it and he seemed disgruntled with it
huh? i think its a truly brilliant track…one of my best…
any way never heard from him again so here it is….
Never fails to send shivers down my spine! How could they have not liked this??!
done with brother JLK at his place in bondi 2004 or 2005?
Very Beatley !Oh come now you must admit that is ! But a lovely track, notwithstanding!
13 the glazier
done with JLK again
for a poetry cd
Some rude lyrics i dont particularly approve of i must say! Mr Glass, indeed!
the australian night
written as a song for some defunct pop star
this is my demo version
hence some of the strange lyrics…
Some tender moments nonetheless for all its Mammon origins!
15 we will fall
cover of stooges song done with ricky maymi adrian and sean hoffmen
for a stooges tribute record somewhere..
Not my cup of tea, Steven….next….!
16 lonely stretch
live version in fremantle wa of triffids classic
with ricky adrian and sean
WOWEE! You were on fire that night.Tell me, did you splice on the applause (just joking!)