Well researched and beautifully presented compilation from Austudy Records showcasing how reggae influenced and infiltrated Australia's post-punk, new wave and alternative rock scene in the 70's and 80's.
Highlights include the bizarre yet jauntily infectious punk-funk-reggae-proto rap of 'Don't Mess' by Timelords Inc which sounds like the kind of thing the Beastie Boys might have come up with if they'd grown up in mid-80s small town Australia rather than New York. Also worth checking Janie Conway's Grace Jones-esque classy reggae tinged new wave gem 'Temptation' and the dubbed out delights of 'Shape I'm In' by JoJo Zep & The Falcons.
Comes with an authentically DIY looking fanzine insert that includes interviews with the original artists talking about the tracks.
A1 The Nights In Shining – Surfin' Reggae
A2 Wide Boy Youth – Busy Bleeding
A3 Delaney Venn – Prisoner (Extended LP version)
A4 Time Lords Inc. – Don't Mess
B1 The Lifesavers – Burning It Up
B2 Janie Conway – Temptation
B3 Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons – Shape I'm In (Dub Version)
B4 Agents – Night People