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It doesn't happen often, but every now and then bowing to the marketplace can really help an artist. A case in point is Everybody's Got To, the sole major-label effort by former Laughing Clown Ed Kuepper. Though the Australian guitarist's old group was responsible for some memorable avant-jazzy moments, this set of tight, polished alt-rock was his best outing of the '80s, and is perhaps his finest album ever. Kuepper's production — focusing on booming drums and layered guitars — was perfectly in step with the times, and it's little wonder that Capitol agreed to release the album in the U.S. (At first listen, it's not incredibly dissimilar from the then-current sound of Kuepper's countrymen, Midnight Oil.) But Kuepper also wrote a batch of great songs that could withstand, and in fact prosper from, such glossy treatment. The title track and "Burned My Fingers" set his alienated musings on love gone wrong to insistent, folk-based melodies, while "Not a Soul Around" even flirts with a dance beat, and like several other tunes, features horns punching out the main riff. Rebecca Hancock's prominent backing vocals add further sweetening throughout, and even at its most adventurous (the moody, menacing closer "No Skin off Your Nose"), the album never sinks into the murk that sometimes clouded the Clowns' work. Anyone wanting to explore Kuepper's substantial and often superb back catalog will find Everybody's Got To the perfect place to start.

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Aussie Indie classic from the late 80s. Don't know what you're missing out on if you haven't listened to this. "Nothing Changes in My House", "Not a Soul Around", "When There's This Party", worth listening to.


I bought this on cassette when it first came out, It was one of the first few records I ever bought. Coming back to it again years (lots of years) later is a real pleasure. I thoroughly recommend this album for those familiar or not with Kueppers other work. Its a classic and a must for lovers of intelligent song writing and crafty musicianship.


Born: Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Though he formed the Saints with Chris Bailey in 1975, Ed Kuepper left the band before its biggest popular success (though after its best recordings). The Saints were one of Australia's premier punk bands, and Kuepper played on two albums before leaving in 1979 to form the Laughing Clowns, a band whose sound was jazzier and quite a bit more experimental than his former group. The Laughing Clowns released three EPs during the early '80s before their debut self-titled album appeared in 1982. Kuepper...
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