"With a song under our belts we convened on the verandah of Victim
Manor and brainstormed to find a moniker that would capture our caveman existence. ‘The Troggs’ was already taken so we opted for irony and came up with ‘The Scientists' "
"The songs were written thus: James Baker, the original Scientists drummer, would announce that he had a song and 'sing' the lyrics for me to play back to him. From his atonal renderings I would invent a melody with an appropriate chord sequence and perform it, to which he would say 'Yeah, that's how it goes…" or, "No, not like that," if he didn't like it." - Kim Salmon
An early six-track mini-album from Australia's foremost proto-grunge outfit. Kim Salmon's Scientists were certainly ahead of their time in 1979 when recording this collection, which contains their classic "Frantic Romantic" (if one can imagine the singing in an Australian accent, one can understand that this is a classic punk stuff). Though the Scientists were never so obsessed with the genre, their sound was a hybrid of the Seeds' hard psychedelia, Big Star, and the Stooges -- and this made them stand out from the rest. While the Saints would popularize this power pop sound, the Scientists' relative obscurity could be attributed to the wanton guitar fury and swampy rhythmic styling that made them a little less accessible. However, Salmon may be post-punk royalty in his home country as well as in the stable of Sub Pop, which signed the group for its back catalog in the early '90s -- and which should demonstrate to some the vitality of this antipodean group. (by Dean McFarlane).
Tracklist: Disc 1: 1.Frantic Romantic/ 2.Shake Together Tonite/ 3.Pissed on Another Planet/ 4.Last Night/ 5.It's for Real/ 6.Bet Ya Lyin'/ 7.Larry/ 8.Teenage Dreamer/ 9.That Girl/ 10.She Said She Loves Me/ 11.Shadows of the Night/ 12.High Noon/ 13.Girl/ 14.Lookin' for You/ 15. Walk the Plank/
Disc 2: 1.Don't You Lie to Me/ 2.Sorry Sorry Sorry/ 3.Girl/ 4.Looking for You/ 5.Makin' a Scene/ 6.Sorry Sorry Sorry/ 7.Another Sunday/ 8.Walk the Plank/ 9.It'll Never Happen Again.
Recording info: 1st single (D1:1-2) recorded @ the Sweet Corn studios, Perth in early 1979. Engineered by Graeme Sands. Produced by Chris Tuna and The Scientists; 2nd single (D1:3-6) recorded @ the Sweet Corn studios, Perth in October 1979. Engineered by Graeme Sands. Produced by Chris Tuna and The Scientists; first/'pink' album (D1:7,9-12+D2:3-9) recorded @ the Shelter Recording studios, Perth between January/March 1981. Engineered by Andy Priest. Produced and mixed by Peter Simpson; (D1:13-15+D2:1-2) rehearsal sessions recorded @ Kim's place -the 'loft'- in Northbridge, Perth during June 1978. Mixed by Chris Tuna .
Notes: Compilation of the first 2 singles, the first/'pink' album and 5 tracks from the 'loft' rehearsal sessions in June 1978 (omitting "Frantic Romantic" from "Rubber Never Sleeps").
Line-up #1: (rehearsal sessions) Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Roddy Radalj (guitar)/ Boris Sujdovic (bass) and James Baker (drums)
Line-up #2: (1st single) Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Roddy Radalj (guitar)/ Dennis Byrne (bass) and James Baker (drums).
Line-up #3: (2nd single) Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Ben Juniper (guitar,vocals)/ Ian Sharples (bass,vocals) and James Baker (drums).
Line-up #4: (first/'pink' album) Kim Salmon (vocals,guitar)/ Ian Sharples (bass,vocals) and James Baker (drums), with Peter Simpson on keyboards.
Stratton, Jon. 2005. Pissed On Another Planet. Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture. 7 (2): pp. 36-60.
released January 1, 1990
James "Iron Head" Baker Drums
Denis Byrne Bass
Ben Juniper Guitar, Vocals (Background)
Rod Radalj Guitar
Kim Salmon Composer, Guitar, Liner Notes, Vocals
Ian Sharples Bass, Composer, Vocals (Background)
Boris Sujdovic Bass, Composer
Peter Simpson, Producer
Chris Tuna, Producer
Mark Taylor Mastering from vinyl
Rick Pier O'Neil Mastering for CD/this digital package
Peter Barrett Design (www.hoof.net.au