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When What You See (is what you get)

I had been bemoaning the lack of significant late 70s and early 80s Australian bands on CD and iTunes and what happens - the complete (well almost - there are some live flexi discs not included) back catalogue of the beloved Laughing Clowns turns up on CD (and now on iTunes) in the shape of "Cruel, But Fair". Ed Kuepper has obviously had a bit of fun here remastering and resequencing the works of one Australia's most important outfits. There IS a logic for the sequencing (which for those who don't know is not in chronological order) - being that it sounds great. There is a stream of conciousness here that beautifully parallels the music itself. And what brilliant music it is. It would be easy to throw out the cliched "jazz punk/punk jazz" labels but that is just lazy. This is music that defies genre and labelling. It is more anarchic than a 100 throwaway guitar/bass/drum "punk" bands could ever hope to be and is timeless in a way that much modern "product" can never match. I won't single out individual tracks for special mention (though having the whole of the "Mr Udditch-Schmudditch Goes to Town" album available is a bit of a dream). Suffice it to say that if you missed them first time 'round, then this is your chance to catch up with the band that personified the experimental tensions that helped define the Australian "underground" scene of the late 70s.


Formed: 1979 in Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Ed Kuepper's Laughing Clowns were a bit more off the beaten path than the Saints, the infamous Australian punk band Kuepper played guitar for during the '70s. Integrating jazz influences into their unique take on post-punk, the Laughing Clowns released several records between 1980 and 1985, before Kuepper began his solo career. They made their debut in 1980 with a self-titled, six-song EP on Aussie independent Missing Link. At the time of its recording, the band was Kuepper on vocals and guitar,...
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