Following on from Romolo 86-88, seventeen songs recorded by Nic Dalton between 1987 and 1989 on his 4 Track. Includes early versions of eight Plunderers songs (including 'Muffin'). All tracks previously unreleased except a different mix of 'Ring On Every Finger' appeared on a French compilation.
Includes double-sided A4 liner notes.
from the liner notes:
"It was strange mixing songs from twenty years ago. I thought it was a long time back when I mixed the songs on the Romolo 86-88 cd and that was ten years ago, so this is double the memories. Strange also that it seemed like such a normal thing to do. Hearing me, twenty years earlier, same me, different me. Stoned lyrics. Better drumming than I could do now. Strange old songs. Funny thing they sounded so fresh still. I've got drawers and shoeboxes full of 4-track cassettes, more than I can count. Plus the ones lost in space. And the one that escaped and ended up inside Eagles Greatest Hits. From early 1986, right through to NOW I have been recording on the trusty Tascam 244 (been through about six of the machines). The work rate has dropped a little these days but in the late 80s whenever I wasn't working, mixing bands, seeing bands, (occasionally) recording in a 'proper' studio or playing shows, I was at home or tucked away in a daytime rehearsal space recording the latest batch of songs I'd recently written. Sometimes I was really organised and I'd have six to ten new tunes to lay down drums for and then spend the next few weeks adding the good stuff on top. I've never treated my 4-track recordings as 'demos'. Why going to all the bother of borrowing drums, borrowing a car, an amp, a 12-string or electric guitar, hiring a space, getting the drum tracks as good as possible and then calling it a demo? I know the ones that are demos, though. They're the ones done real quick with a vocal and guitar played onto one track or, more typically, played into the Walkman.
"I wrote and recorded a lot of songs back in the mid-80s to early 90s. It became my favourite thing to do. You could say I was obsessed. I didn’t care that these songs were being recorded simply for their own sake. And it didn’t bother me that songs (most of them) didn’t get to be played live. There were all the other songs done by the Plunderers and, like I said before, they seem to be the ones that had that extra spark to them. Stevie and I still wrote songs together but we would only work on them at our weekly rehearsal. We hadn’t done any band 4-tracking since early-mid 86 when we first arrived in Sydney from our nine months in Melbourne (where we 4-tracked heaps!).
"So there’s a five-second gap and then the rock songs appear. Tracks 11-17 were all written to be performed by the Plunderers. All were, except ‘Coming Attraction’. In Spring 88 Pete Velzen left the Plunderers to play drums for the more commercially-appealing Falling Joys. ‘You want to be underground,’ Pete said to me at a party at Miles Ferguson’s place in Clovelly around this time, ‘just like the Velvet Underground, you want to stay underground. That’s why you didn’t want the Plunderers to play ‘Turn Around’ because it would have been a hit!’
"Stevie and I had only one drummer in mind and if we couldn’t get him, we’d pack the Plunderers in. We wanted Geoff Milne from the Eastern Dark. ‘That’ll show Pete and those Falling Joys,’ we said, ‘we’ll replace him with one of our heroes!’ And Geoff joined the band. The first rehearsal wasn’t that great and Stevie and I avoided each other for the next week, knowing that if we saw each other and started talking about it, we would have lowered the flag. But at the next rehearsal, we were on fire. Geoff nailed it. And we worked on a whole bunch of new songs. Plundees Mark Three Are Go. (We still did one last show with Pete at the end of December 88 billed as ‘All Petered Out’)."
NIC DALTON Last Seen Near Trafalgarwill be launched on Wednesday 30th July during Bernie Hayes' regular spot at the Rose Of Australia, Erskineville Road, Erskineville. Dubbed Nic Dalton and the Tascam 244s, Nic has surrounded himself with musical cohorts from each of the last three decades. Lindsay Dunbar on the drums played with Nic in the Plunderers in the mid-80s, John Encarnacao on guitar and bass played with Nic in Godstar in the mid-90s (amongst many other projects) and Bryan Estepa on guitar has been rehearsing and writing songs with Nic in the late-00s. The band will be playing around twelve of the Trafalgar songs sometime around 10pm during the Bernie's night at the Rose. A night not to be missed!