Kim Salmon

With the recording of Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing no consideration has been given to the radio programmer with a 3 second attention span, the stroppy journalist, or a general public with the attention span of a fence post.

No such ludicrous assumptions have been made here.

Every consideration has been given to the notion of what a record is. Just that. A record of something.

Every consideration has been made to avoid the recording process obscuring the performance in any way.

In August 1996 Kim Salmon borrowed some money, hired a stack of recording gear for 7 days, got the Surrealists set up in his kitchen & invited a host of Melbourne's finest instrumentalists around to what amounted to a week long party.

He took the results to Memphis, Tennessee to be mixed by local stalwart & legend Jim Dickinson. Jim Dickinson has produced or played with the Cramps, Alex Chilton, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Ry Cooder, Chuck Prophet, the Replacements & the Spin Doctors just to name a small few. One of Jim's favourite sayings is "I believe misery sticks to tape", and to avoid such a scenario he put his actions where his mouth was & mixed 14 songs in 2 days. When the record was finally mastered a couple of weeks ago the engineer commented that there was little he needed to do, it was such a well balanced mix!

The album was formally known as "@!!!?*#" but Kim changed the record's name to avoid confusion with another local band that got in first with that one. "Album of the Year" was the record's title for 2 weeks until Faith No More announced that was the title of their new record. A new TV ad for Bonds Cottontails underwear bears a striking resemblance to the Surrealists video for "I Won't Tell" first aired a couple of months ago. And there is a song on the record that was called "Freak of Nature"...

Kim Salmon & The Surrealists aren't phased in the least bit. Half A Cow had shown impeccable taste in releasing Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing in mid-1997 (label manager Dave's birthday, no less!) to a Surrealist-hungry audience. A single was released off the album called "You're Such A Freak" which, for a short time, was available as a "Freak-pack" which included a 7" of "Put You're Trust In Me" backed with the exclusive "Crying Game" and a cassette called "The Hamburg Tapes" which had five songs recorded live by Kim in November 1995.

Now The Surrealists are gone (!) but there's a new band...Kim Salmon & The Business with a new single comin' atcha in September.


Gone are the long hair and tacky psychedelic threads of the Scientists.
Gone is the alcoholism of the Beasts of Bourbon.
Gone are those shirts synonymous with the Surrealists.
Gone is any low budget, low-fi sloppiness or ambiguity that might have been part of the charm of what Kim might have been doing at one time or other.
Gone is anything that will stand in the way of an audience recognising that this is the man and here is his music.
In its place there is a new look.
The look heralds a new era.
Now there is the new vision that given a free reign this man could do some serious business.
Now he means business.
The pool of talent he has drawn on to create his vision are the business.
The results he has produced are the business.
Dressed neatly in suits - they have serious work to do - his band is The Business.
His new CD entitled Record is the business.

In its place there is a new look...a new sound...and a new name.

Welcome Kim Salmon & The Business...a man and band who surely are the business. Fourteen tracks of inspired sounds...fourteen tracks that melt hearts and move mountains, Kim Salmon is back...and he's not holding back. And with a band like The Business behind him - four of Australia's finest - filling out the sound with drums, bass and brass, Record is one high time of infectious groove and soulful pop with polish.

From the opening track, the instrumental What's All This Business, in all its sassy, scratchy glory, its obvious that there's new forces at work in Salmon's music. A fresh approach and a rediscovered sense of musical freedom are his tools...and in Record Kim Salmon & The Business offer a unique opportunity to participate in a transaction that will certainly double your investment in ways that cannot be measured monetarily.

The new Kim Salmon & The Business album Record (Hac 86) was released on 25th October 1999. It was Feature Album Of The Week on JJJ, last week of the Nineties.

A single from the album Saving Me From Me was released on Monday 20th September 1999. Also included is the track Caesar's Lament and a cover of the Dudley Moore tune "Love Me" (from the movie Bedazzled).

A second single Disconnected (Hac88) was released 13th March 2000 from the album Record featuring two remixes by Mr Chill, Gary B and Justin Frew. A new touring lineup of The Business occured in May 2000 featuring Phil Collings on drums, Damien Maughan on trumpet, Robert Jackson on tenor sax along with mainstay Stu Thomas on the bass.

Kim had a very busy 1999 doing the live music for a play Features Of Blown Youth which has been performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Germany and Perth. Kim also did a European solo tour in 1999.


Half A Cow
Half A Cow Records
PO Box 1100 STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012 Australia
Email: haclabel(at)
Phone: +61-2-8097 5857
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