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Various – Beyond The Southern Cross

Beyond The Southern Cross

Nice double compilation album of alternative / electronic / post-punk / no wave  bands from Australia and New Zealand.

Taken from the inner sleeve:

“The high point of Australian independent music occurred over the period 1978-81 when bands like Whirlywirld, Tactics, the Birthday Party, The Go-Between and The Laughing Clowns played some of the best gigs that part of the world iseverlikelytosee. But let’s not get overwhelmed by nostalgia. There is still a constant activity in the Australian indie field; old bands break up and their members form new ones; brand new bands appear and occasionally earlier bands re-form. Despite peaks and troughs, the sense that something is happening never totally disappears. This album contains a selection of independently records released over the last five years in Australia and compiled the past fifteen months. The idea was to highlight bands who never had overseas releases, although by the time, of the approached completion, two of the groups, Severed Heads, The Triffids, had been released in Britain. Also, Samurai Trash have now signed to Virgin Australia and can no longer be considered independent. Unsurprisingly, it is probably their track which most closely approaches a major company definition of “commerciality”. We by no means claim this LP to be definitive, merely illustrative. Some very good bands are not featured because they never got around to releasing a record, or if they did it didn’t do them justice. Several groups declined to appear on the compilation while others have been omitted because we never got to hear them. The collection has a strong Sydney bias — we received few records from elsewhere despite advertising in the national music press — but there are also bands from Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle and Wollongong. All the music was recorded in Australia except for The Clean who are from New Zealand.”

Beyond The Southern Cross was released as a double vinyl album by Ink Records (INK 4D) in 1984.


  1. Great White Noise – Parent Apparent
  2. The Triffids – My Baby Thinks She’s A Train
  3. Samurai Trash -    Come Out And Play
  4. Whirlywirld – Win Lose
  5. Tactics – National Health
  6. Other Voices – Another Tuesday
  7. Tactics – The Usual
  8. Upside Down House – Maintenant
  9. Upside Down House – The Wonderful Curse
  10. No Night Sweats – Two Unbidden Cups
  11. The Clean – Billy Two
  12. I’m Spartacus -    Donna Is Distressed
  13. Bring Philip – Bodymen
  14. Sunday Painters – Emotion Sickness
  15. Sunday Painters – ECT
  16. Whirlywirld – Sextronic
  17. Severed Heads – Petrol
  18. Mad Room – The Lever
  19. The Triffids – MGM
  20. The Clean – Point That Thing Somewhere Else

(Tracks 8 & 9, 14 & 15  are recorded together)



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