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Album Review

Things of Stone and Wood's second album, Junk Theatre, appeared in 1994. While similar in many ways to their debut The Yearning, this album had a harder musical edge, often more rock than folk. Greg Arnold's songwriting, however, remained a large part of Things of Stone and Wood's appeal. The band set the agenda for the album early on, with the release of "Wildflowers" (a commentary on the rise of racism in Australia) as the first single. The song's chorus ("We're all just earrings to the left of our parents/They're all just haircuts to the left of theirs/And we all wonder/Why do Nazis grow like wildflowers?") was almost prophetic, given the rise of a right-wing political party in Australia espousing thinly veiled racist views less than two years later. "Wild Man Shouting" was also released as a single from this album, but it was "Wildflowers" and "Churchill's Black Dog" that received widest attention, both becoming Australian hits. Again, social commentary was Things of Stone and Wood's main source of inspiration, although on Junk Theatre there were much fewer specific Australian references. Everything from racism to the negative effects of television ("A worthless god in an accidental moment of reality" on "Junk Theatre") are touched upon. In Junk Theatre, Things of Stone and Wood produced a worthy follow-up to their brilliant first album.

Customer Reviews

Lullaby is a beautiful song

In my humble view - the track Lullaby on this album is a truly beautiful song and I can never understand why it wasn't a smash hit for this brilliant group.

Greatest Australian album! A must have!!

Lyrical this is hands down the best australian album ever made. For those that have the album all agree of it,s beautiful brilliance. Don't waist time in life not having a copy of this master-peace!

Hugely Underrated OZ classic!

Easily one of the great Oz albums of all time that fell victim to the 2nd album curse. Slightly darker than the Yearning but riddled with fabulous tunes and hooks that's will keep you coming back.

Windflowers, Fingertips, Child no more, Chuchills black dog and the entrancing beauty of Lullaby make this one of the greatest folk/rock efforts produced IMHO.

Just buy this album because it deserved to be the hit album TOSAW had coming for producing music with a soul in what was an era of throw away pop and grunge.

It never took the charts by storm but it it took my world by storm and remains one of if not my favourite albums ever!

No Junk in this theatre! As Molly used to say 'do yourself a favour'!! :)

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the more successful Australian bands of the mid-1990s, Things of Stone and Wood formed in 1990 in Melbourne. Playing their own brand of folky pop, the band had six Australian Top 50 singles by 1995. Comprising of Greg Arnold (vocals and guitar), Michael Allen (bass), Tony Floyd (drums) and Justin Brady (violin, harmonica and guitar), Things of Stone and Wood released their first album, The Yearning, in 1993. The album was greeted enthusiastically by the public and critics alike, in no small...
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