Live - Wollongong University Common Room 21​/​05​/​1981

by Wild West

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Recorded very well by Tim V with slightly boomy bass from Rod at the mixing desk.

This gig came from the time when Wild West and Pel Mel seemed inseparable. Drum duties were taken up by Dave Weston for half of WW's set with Lindsay on the later songs and, of course, a drum machine on a couple and, i think, Phil on one track.

Dave then went back on and performed the whole show with Pel Mel. I think it was fairly soon after this that he stopped playing with WW completely to concentrate on a re-jigged, more funkified Pel Mel.

The Wild West tracks with Dave are all pretty good but the rest go from fairly striking down to almost abominable. However, this recording does contain yet another song that I'd forgotten about and which isn't on any other recording - Why We Talk. It's a quite good, half formed piece with almost jazzy syncopated 'piano'. I'm not sure why we didn't work on it more as it could have become a terrific song with the some changes to the chord progression in the chorus.

So, in all, a good historical document with a couple of stiring moments.

credits

released April 27, 2013

Guitar - Peter Nelson
Bass - Gordon Renouf
Synth/Casio/Vocals - Phil Turnbull
Synth/Vocal - Rae Byrom
Drums - Dave Weston
Drums - Lindsay O'Meara

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