I'VE GOT A LOT OF FAITH IN YOU
On this record, I was trying to get a more band approach to my music. We'd had the same line-up for a year or so and tried to take that cohesive sound to record. Shane O'Mara played guitar, Peter Luscombe drums, Bill McDonald bass, Rebecca Barnard handled the harmonies and Chris Abrahams played keyboards. Shane, Peter and Rebecca went on to establish Rebecca's Empire and play with Paul Kelly. Bill now plays with Frente and with me in Four Hours Sleep.
TAKEN BY SURPRISE
Written by Steve Kilbey and his sometime partner Karin Jannsen. She recorded it under the name Curious Yellow. It was a favourite record of mine. I played 12 string guitar and Kilbey played everything else I think.
KEEP THE BALL ROLLING
From the Unguided Tour album. Shane O'Mara played a great guitar riff. The lyric refrain "Three little girls playing dress-up, they all want to be queen" comes from a Spanish proverb.
I FELL FROM A GREAT HEIGHT
Recorded in Sydney at Steve Kilbey's old studio in Surry Hills. When I think of this song the image that comes to mind is the old ICI Building in Melbourne. It was the first skyscraper that I can remember. Steve Kilbey played bass, Chris Abrahams played piano and Grant McClennan played the simple guitar. Like most of the songs on Falling Swinger it was recorded in two or three takes.
SHE SET FIRE TO THE HOUSE [BAND VERSION]
This is from the Lovetown album. Recorded this at John Rees's house in Hawthorn with Andrew Pendlebury and Mark Ferry, Peter Lindon and Peter Jones. John was the old bass player from Men At Work and set up a small eight-track studio in a spare room. It was a very relaxed recording. Has been a song that I can sing over and over and still enjoy. Many people have offered different interpretations of its lyric. I can't recall why I wrote it. Many of my songs deal with a character getting themselves in and out of a chaotic situation.
YOU'RE A DREAM
This song comes from Escapist. It was recorded with Bill McDonald on bass and Michael Sheridan on guitars, drums were played by John Murphy. These three last played together in the legendary? Max Q. Another positive love song. I think I'd just read a self-help book or something.
On the first day of recording Falling Swinger, Kilbey and I discovered we shared the same birthday. I immediately fell in love with the song. It didn't have a title, so I suggested our shared birth date. Boris played the trumpet.
This song was created in the studio by Kilbey and myself. He had a tape loop of Karin Jannsen singing over a drum beat and we basically used this as a foundation that we constructed the song over. Kilbey played most everything. Tim Powell played the drums.
Part one of the Jane Saga. A guy goes into a bar and chats up the waitress. Wrote this after watching Alan Rudolph film, "Trouble In Mind". Bill McDonald once dragged me across Brisbane to show me the best waitress in the world. She worked at a Greek restaurant in a mall. She was beautiful in a melancholy, Juliet Binoche, kind of way. The best waitresses are dedicated to waiting as a higher pursuit, they're not part-time artists or hoping to break into movies, advertising, etcetera.
Part two of the Jane Saga. The same guy goes back to the bar and finds that his best friend has slept with the waitress too. Much gnashing of teeth etc.
WALK SOFTLY BUT CARRY A BIG STICK
Part three of the Jane Saga... Years later. It's Christmas Eve and the same guy has taken a few wrong turns in life. He can't sleep and visits the local convenience store. It's here, he runs into that same waitress from years before. She works behind the counter. They get together for one more shot at making it work.
THE BLUE HOUR
I get confused at the blurring between light and dark. Hate going to intermediate sessions at movies. Don't like going into the theatre in sunshine and coming out and it's night. This is the first song I wrote with Sydney pianist Chris Abrahams and the tune was covered by Vika and Linda Bull.
WHEN LOVE COMES BACK TO HAUNT YOU
The path of true love doesn't always run smoothly. Sometimes it doesn't run at all.
Recorded with the Four Hours Sleep group at Tim Finn's Periscope Studio. Another chance for me to do a jingle-jangle rock tune. Written with Bill McDonald. Dan Luscombe from the Black Eyed Susan's sings a joint lead vocal with me throughout the song.
THE BIG ROOM
This is my musical interpretation of Michael Herr's fantastic book on Las Vegas and those that have performed in its hallowed big rooms and lounges. It was the final song recorded for Falling Swinger. Kilbey played most everything. Simon Polinski created the drum loop and Boris played the trumpet again.
WHATEVER LOVE IS
This is me striving to be Fleetwood Mac. Video Smash Hits loved it. Bruce Haymes plays the Hammond solo and the part of Christine McVie, Robert Goodge pretends he's Lindsey Buckingham and Rebecca Barnard and Nick Smith play the challenging impersonation of Stevie Nicks.
WAITING FOR A TRAIN [NEW]
This song was a hit in Germany in 1982 for Flash and the Pan. It was written by Vanda & Young. I've always been a bit of an admirer of Vanda & Young's pulp-pop sensibility. It's a drug song. It could be about Stevie Wright?