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Album Review

If Pete Seeger had been a member of the Clash, circa 1979, this is probably the sound they would have created. Mike Thomas, the principle writer for the band, wears his influences on his sleeve on this debut album, but he is still able to make his own distinct style of folk/alternative rock. Listen for Tex Morton, Pete Seeger, punk influences, and traditional folk songs all rolled into one beautiful sound. He also manages to cover a great many topics, such as infanticide ("The Infanticide of Marie Farrar"), women's rights ("Ladies Lounge"), and poverty ("Hungry Years"), all within a Marxist's perspective. Pretty impressive for a debut rock album. And, he is able to mold such diverse topics around some very accessible, if not downright addictive melodies. The band is tight, and this tightness helps shape the songs into intense, thought-provoking melodramas. Weddings, Parties, Anything were able, very early in their career, to carve out their own sound, which is a remarkable achievement for a young band. Overall, a great album that will reward the brave new listener.

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Scorn of the Women

Woo hoo! Absolutely awesome album, this was the first Weddos album I ever bought (on vinyl) back in '87 but hadn't been able to find it anywhere on CD. I was rapt to find it on iTunes - thanks! Every song is a cracker, especially Ladies Lounge, Away Away and Woman of Ireland. Chonk on!

Australian Classic

This is an Australian 'Classic Album' a must have for all serious music collections.
Wonderful lyrics by Michael Thomas & Dave Steel capturing Australian stories & legends around beautiful melodies and chorus.
From the opening 'Hungry Years' that draws you in, the barnstorming 'Ladies Lounge', thought provoking 'The Infanticide of Marie Farrar' and the wonderous pop of
'Away Away' this album and it's songs remain as strong now as they did in 1987.


Formed: 1985

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

With their name "borrowed" from a Clash song ("Revolution Rock"), and influences such as Woody Guthrie, Tex Morton, and the Rolling Stones, one gets the idea that it is not easy to categorize the Australian band Weddings, Parties, Anything (W.P.A.). And it isn't. One part rock, one part punk/alternative, one part country, and one part whatever strikes their fancy. With experience including solo performances, and playing in Australian "bush bands," principal writer (and leader of the band), Michael...
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