Friday, February 20, 2009

Straitjacket Fits - Down in Splendour 2x7" ep (1990, Flying Nun)

When all is said and done, The Straitjacket Fits will probably always remain my favorite New Zealand export. Way back in July of 2007 when Wilfully Obscure was cutting it's teeth, I shared their first album, Hail, the CD version of which also contained the Life In One Chord ep. Ever before and since I've craved some rare studio material to surface, but either the Fits are keeping a tight lid on things of the bottom of the barrel has been scraped. The Flying Nun released Down In Splendour double 45" ep is about the best I can do for now. The title cut, a beautiful ballad which would have been grist for Top 40 radio then, and for that matter now, saw the light of day on the band's second album, Melt. The not-so-drastic-remix of "Missing Presumed Drowned," made it aboard that album as well. The live at Triple J track "Seeing U Fled," was only recorded in this incarnation I believe, while "Cave In" was a Melt studio outtake. I have a static-free version of "Cave In" on the ep Missing From Melt, which I may post at a later date, along with some more JJJ session tracks.

01. Down In Splendour
02. Seeing U Fled (live, Triple J)
03. Missing Presumed Drowned (George Martin Knew My Father mix)
04. Cave In

http://www68.zippyshare.com/v/74560028/file.html

12 comments:

Monkey Flinging Poo said...

Thank you. Melt is a wonderful recording. I wonder how this band turned so awful on their next release?

the new said...

Can't wait for more JJJ recordings! I first heard She Speeds on a late night show on JJJ, I guess it must have been '88ish?, and was sold on them immediately. Had the pleasure of seeing them live more times than I can remember (well, probably a dozen...)

evr said...

Well, MFP it's because Andrew left the band and what he brought was sorely missed.

Hey Spavid, did I already give you the rare stuff I have from them?

Seeing them at CBGB's in '90 and both Toronto (on my birthday) and Maxwells in '91 rank high on the great gig list!

Garageland said...

great flying nun stuff. thanks for posting !!!

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rodrigo22 said...

Thanks for this.
I found a live recording of "Down In Splendour", perhaps form JJJ.

http://mypage.direct.ca/j/jniven/downinsplendourlive.mp3

Ralph Dodger said...

Thanks!

Maximum Jack said...

Any chance for a re-up? Please and thanks!

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

Maximum Jack said...

Thanks!!

jlg said...

I'm catching this from a re-up. May I also request a re-up of Hail? It would be much appreciated.