Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Fun Things

Perhaps if I had more time, more connections, and even a smidge of writing ability I could generate fine posts like MXV at Punk Vault and Jim at Vinyl Mine. Since I'm lacking in all areas you get links to other folks sites and verbatim block quotes of others articles. Case in point, The Fun Things. Some history:

The Fun Things formed as The Aliens in 1978 with the above line-up. When Graeme Beavis (guitar) joined the three-piece Aliens in 1979, the band became The Fun Things. The band's sound and style were modelled almost exclusively on the Radio Birdman/Stooges/Sex Pistols mould of punk rock. The band's contemporaries included The Go-Betweens, The Riptides, The Apartments and Young Identities. The Fun Things issued what has emerged as one of the most collectable artefacts of the Australian punk rock era, the Fun Things EP which came in a pressing of only 500 copies. The four killer tracks, `Lipstick', `Savage', `When the Birdmen Fly' and `(I Ain't Got) Time Enough for Love', mixed gutsy guitar riffs, breakneck tempos, punk attitude and youthful exuberance in equal measure, even if at times the lyrics wallowed in a mire of purile teen angst cliches.

So all we are left with is one waaaay gone 7 " EP - When The Birdmen Fly and it simply smokes. Thank God for the Murder Punk comps (especially volume 2) which contains the whole EP. Since those comps are also in limited supply I'm going to put the whole thing up, as it's that good:

Fun Things - Time Enough For Love.mp3
Fun Things - Savage.mp3
Fun Things - When The Birdmen Fly.mp3
Fun Things - Lipstick.mp3

Some Notes:
I've rearranged the song order. The correct tracking is 'When The Birdmen Fly / Lipstick // (I Ain't Got) Time Enough For Love / Savage'. I've found most visitors download the first song and then depending upon their reaction go for the others. In my mind "When the Birdmen Fly" is the weakest of the tracks. Much more relaxed than the other three, it plays along the lines of Radio Birdman's "Man With The Golden Helmet", you know, with piano and everything (I may have the RB reference song wrong, it's been awhile)

A couple of the songs will sound familiar if you familiar with some fine 90's bands. Teengenerate covered "Savage" and the Devil Dogs worked up "Time Enough For Love"

Cool Australian punk discography from Henry Weld