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)
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