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Inner City Sound


Inner City Sound


Laughing Outlaw Records

various artists 2xCD

 Inner City Sound CD coverInner City Sound was a book which told the story of Australia's punk / post-punk music underground of the late 70s / early 80s, which paved the way world-wide for indie / alternative rock to follow.

Clinton Walker wrote the book Inner City Sound in 1982. It has been out of print for years, but was recently granted a new edition through Verse Chorus Press.

This 2 CD compilation was produced by Clinton Walker as a companion to the book. It includes a fold-out poster with a complex hand-drawn family tree showing the lineage and inter connectivity between the many bands which populated Australia's punk and post-punk years.

An example of the diversity on this set:

  • Triffids' Family Name has music with bass playing like Tina Weymouth on Talking Heads 77 and vocals like Tom Verlaine in Television
  • Surfside 6 Cool in the Tube has music and vocals that sound like the band Fashion early in their career when Luk Sky was the vocalist
  • Voight/465 have a vocalist that sounds like Peter Holsapple in the dBs
  • The Tactics song Long Story has drums as tom tom heavy as Bongos on their Drums Along the Hudson LP
  • Whirlywirld have a vocalist that sounds a whole lot like Peter Murphy in Bauhaus

The set is so well thought out and put together that every tracks fits exactly where it is located in the set. Each disc starts off with an instrumental that eases you in to the long ride ahead.

Some classic tracks are here. Wild About You, (the b-side of Saints' first single I'm Stranded) is here, Gobetweens' incredible and epic Darlinghurst Nights is here. Australia's X is here with TV Glue. Early Nick Cave is here with Boys Next Door Sex Crimes and Birthday Party Release the Bats.

It is almost impossible to imagine someone being disappointed with this compilation. If you buy this CD you are obviously interested in the history of Australian underground music, and there are so many different sounds represented here that no matter what you are looking for, it is probably here.

CD1: 1,4,5,7,9,16,18,21,22,23
CD2: 1,5,6,8

---Carl, April 28, 2006