8/20/2010

HUXTON CREEPERS - Keep to the Beat

HUXTON CREEPERS Keep to the Beat 1988 cd
Skin Of My Teeth / Rack My Brains / Edge Of Darkness / When You Sleep / Visually / This Day Is Mine / Better Days / Nights Become Your Days / Keep It To The Beat / Slow Attack / Time Heals All Wounds.
Huxton Creepers: R. Craw: vocals, guitar / P. Thomas: (guitar, vocals / M. Eddy: bass / A. Law: drums.
This quartet from Melbourne, Australia plays gritty Stonesish rock and harmony-laden Byrdsy folk-rock on their first American LP, which might easily be mistaken for the work of an American "heartland" band. The Huxton Creepers could use a more mellifluous singer than Rob Craw — gruffness when he strains is a problem — but his guitar interplay with Paul Thomas, supported by a fluid, strong rhythm section, makes "12 Days To Paris" an unfailingly engaging record. Guest Hammond work (on one song — a second, indicated on the back cover, was somehow omitted from the US LP!) by ex-Procol Harum organist Chris Copping is more eyebrow-raising than ear-opening.
The follow-up "Keep It to The Faith"is an equally inoffensive collection, highlighted by the high-spirited and eminently catchy "Rack My Brains" and "Visually." Craw's vocals tend to venture into perilous adenoidalism, but the rest of the band is still sharp, the material fresh. Though these two albums are hardly essential, Huxton Creepers traffic in the kind of commercial rock that has made stars out of lesser (and less-talented) mortals. Trouser Press

The Huxton Creepers were an Australian rock band from Melbourne. They formed in 1984, three years after they left high school, and split in 1989. Their notable Australian hits were "My Cherie Amour", "I Will Persuade You" and their version of Manfred Mann's "Pretty Flamingo".
The Huxton Creepers recorded seven singles, two lps, one 12'' EP & a mini lp (discography here)
You can read where they are now here !

13 commentaires:

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

We like all these australian bands of the 80's like the Lime Spiders, Hoodoo Gurus, Zimmermen, Screaming Tribesmen, Olympic Sideburns, Beast Of Bourbon, Stems, Chevelles, Bam Balams, The Eastern Dark, Radio Birdman, The Saints, Exploding White Mice, Go-Betweens, Hard Ons, Cosmic Psychos, Sunny Boys, Hitmen, Paul Kelly, John Kennedy, Lipstick Killers, New Christs, Moffs, Ups & Downs, Numbers, Boys, Loaded Dice, Church, Plug Uglies, the Huxton Creepers: you can add more in comments if you want!

Anonyme a dit…

great stuff! I;d love to find their single "My Cherie Amour" sometime....anyone have that one? jim

1x1head a dit…

Midnight Oil and Hunters & Collectors

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

I will post "My Cherie Amour" in september...

Anonyme a dit…

all australian
from Mr MR collection
dust included
in september ?

great news
THX
yellow rules

Anonyme a dit…

http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/images/2357790849/ref=dp_image_text_0?ie=UTF8&n=301061&s=books

Dr Hank a dit…

Australian 80's bands, yes please!

Felix a dit…

Sorry!

Dead link on the fantabulous Babysitters:
http://sonsofthedolls.blogspot.com/2008/02/babysitters.html

Long, long time after this masterpiece, since I bought a copy of "Trash on delivery" a long long time ago. Please, can you re-share this?
Thanks

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

@ Felix:
In the first part of the blog the links were in the comments (Not in the title).
I have checked the Babysitters link and it works.
Be sure to paste all the link in the toolbar!
Here's the link:

http://rapidshare.com/files/
90625148/Babysitters.rar.html

Felix a dit…

Yeah Rambler, you are right!
Thank you very (very) much.

Anonyme a dit…

Saw them on my 21st birthday at the Shenton Park Hotel, fond memories. A great band live. Thanks Adam

Anonyme a dit…

Died Pretty - love to have their single "Winterland"/"Wig Out" (acoustic) again - mine was stolen long ago - Best compilation (Australian or otherwise): "Tales from the Australian Underground - singles 1976 - 1989"

- 'cudawaver

Anonyme a dit…

awesome! can't wait to hear "My Cherie Amour again! thanks for the great blog! jim