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
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