Many a garage or basement was hoppin' back in the day on the southwest coast of Oz, with purist purveyors like The Graverobbers, The Kryptonics and The Marigolds standing out as the most archetypal examples. Others like The Neptunes and the positively legendary Stems took that rootsy vibe and melded it to something a little more contemporary. The Stems are definitely worth further exploration if you're at all moved by "Under Your Mushroom." The Triffids were arguably the breakout band spawned from the Perth pop movement, and their "Convent Walls" is as fine an introduction as any. The little spoken of Palisades brought the C86 jangle in very sweet way (check out their A Month Too Soon album here). The like-minded Ricken-poppers The Never Never rule the roost on this disk, with the chiming "The Girl's in My System." Would love to hear more from them. Should you ever happen upon a copy of Bad Timing, I'll warn you that the track listing on the tray card is atrociously mixed up (so much so that I didn't scan it in).
Speaking of jangle, one Perth area outfit conspicuously missing from this album is The Spliffs. Their lone album, House of Seven, and a clutch of singles go for a sickening amount of money on Ebay, but you can experience them gratis here and here. Enjoy.
01-The Stems - Under Your Mushroom
02-The Graverobbers - My Baby's a Tramp
03-The Jackals - Sister in the Graveyard
04-The Neptunes - Heartbreak Beach
05-Chad's Tree - Crush Lily
06-The Triffids - Convent Walls
07-Diddywah Hoodaddys - Linkola
08-The Never Never - The Girls in my System
09-The Marigolds - Lying Again
10-The Palisades - Alternatively Wednesdays
11-The Kryptonics - The Land that Time Forgot