APRIL 16 2019
Yes, it’s coming back. Grown Up Wrong! Records, which started in 1986 and morphed into Dog Meat Records in 1989, has crawled from the wreckage and will kick back into life with two incredible releases in June. Whilst nothing’s been formally announced yet, we can give you the lowdown here.
The Scientists’ “Not For Sale: Live 1978/79” is something of a dream come true for us. We remember taping the live set that comprises the bulk of the set when it was broadcast live to air on Melbourne’s 3RRR back in December 1979, and we flogged that tape to death over the years. It was cool to find the original master in the RRR archives and get permission from all involved. It’s a killer set – recorded around the same time as their great White Rider Records EP, and featuring a lot of songs that later appeared, in sadly watered down form, on their posthumously released ‘Pink album’. Also included is a bunch of raw tracks recorded by fan Doug Thomas (of Dagoes & Greasy Pop records fame), amongst which is my favourite unreleased Salmon/Baker tune “Kinda Girl”, and, on our vinyl release, great covers of the Velvets, Searchers and Masters Apprentices. And finally there is the complete ‘Loft Tape’ – a rough and ready 1978 session recorded at Kim Salmon’s pad in Perth. A couple of these tracks surfaced on the early ‘80s ‘fan club’ tape “Rubber Never Sleeps” and on the Citadel Scientists collection “Pissed on Another Planet”, but most of it has remained unheard. And we’ve managed to get the long lost epic from this session, “Baby, You’re Not For Sale”, a hypnotic Velvets-inspired piece which rhymes “Groovies” with “movies” and clocks in at over 10 minutes. Coming on CD and deluxe double vinyl, this is Perth’s “Legendary” Scientists as they should be heard.
Our second release is one of the great live albums, and probably the great ever recorded example of the Detroit/Sydney axis of energy – better even than the legendary New Race live album “The First & The Last”. Recorded in 2002, “Ann Arbor Revival Meeting” in the teaming of legendary Radio Birdman leader Deniz Tek with fantastic Ann Arbor/Detroit band Powertrane, who were fronted by Sonic’s Rendezvous Band and Rationals singer Scott Morgan, and featured journeyman Detroit guitarist, best known for his work with both Mitch Ryder and MC5 singer Rob Tyner. Joining them for some of the show was legendary Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton – the Stooges’ reformation was still a year or so away – and local legend Hiawatha Baily. Apart from a small set of Stooges tunes with Ron and Hiawatha, the material is a mix of Morgan tunes and Birdman and Tek solo tunes, including a phenomenal versions of Tek’s greatest solo tune “Outside”. The energy on this record is unbelievable. Previously released on Real O Mind Records on CD only back in the day, we’re releasing it with a few extra tracks (including a seriously wild “Smith & Wesson Blues”) on double LP as well as a remastered CD edition.
With killer stuff from Sydney legends The Lipstick Killers and The Hard-ons coming up next, and loads more that we’re working on, Grown Up Wrong! is back for the long haul this time. Stay tuned for formal announcements and more details.