Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Trilobites - Turn it Around (1987, Waterfront)

My first encounter with Sydney's Trilobites was on a college radio station via a tune called "Why Can't I Remember" a taught, sturdy exercise in driving post-punk a la the Godfathers (the band) and to a lesser extent the Jam.  It wasn't long before I purchased the 1988 ep it was derived from, I Can't Wait For Summer to End.  Over the years I learned there were a spate of releases that preceded it, available in small quantities with little to no distribution in the States.  I happened upon a used copy Turn It Around a few years ago, and mistakenly assumed it was a studio record.  Instead, the nine incendiary blasts it houses are culled from a live 1987 gig at Caringbah Hotel in New South Wales.  The audience applause bookending each song strikes me as suspiciously canned, but nonetheless I take the Trilobites at their word, as they proceed to blow the damn roof off the joint.  Containing their signature single side "American TV," as well as other pounding, adrenaline fixes like "Come to Where It's At" and the title cut, the band sounds less stifled in a live setting, and makes the case for them even more effectively than the aforementioned ep.  We receive a couple of choice covers to boot - The Records "Teenarama" and the Paul Collins Beat classic "Walking Out on Love." 

01. Dress in Black
02. I Wish it Could Be 1965 Again
03. American TV
04. Walking Out on Love
05. Not Trying to Hurt You
06. Turn it Around
07. Teenarama
08. Piece of Shit
09. Come to Where it's At.

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6 comments:

Nick Stanley said...

killer release. do you happen to have Bedhead's Beheaded?

spavid said...

Sorry, I don't have this.

etcetera said...

Diggin' it, thanks again for your delicious auditory awesomeness.

Jim H. said...

a good one! i remember buying this when it came out, and here in Boston, i was surprised to see them cover the Blackjacks, as well as the Beat, Barracudas and the Records...they DID have some great originals in them-i wonder why they chose all the covers? thx again!

billybadbum said...

The recording is indeed live at the Caringbah Inn - I was there the night it was recorded. The audience, however, was dubbed in from the Springsteen "Live '75-'85" box set....

Unknown said...

Been looking for a good copy of The Trilobites first cassette 'Let's Pump'. Anyone know where I could find it?