Stranded podcast #187

February 15, 2014

* Happy Valentines Day! *

Marty Willson-Piper was one half of the superb dual guitar attack of legendary band The Church, from 1980 until just last year, before the shock announcement that he was being replaced by ex-Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, for the recording of The Church’s next LP. I discovered Marty’s 1988 solo release at a second hand shop in Victoria, BC recently. Today you can hear two lush tracks from this album, as well as a sampling from two of Marty’s other collaborations – Noctorum and MOAT. And don’t forget, you can dig deep at the website of Marty’s impressive In Deep Music Archive.

Our Valentine’s Day pick for today is the sublime and tender power-pop hit ‘Alone With You’ by The Sunnyboys.  The Sunnyboys sprang from nowhere to national prominence in Australian in 1981 with this single and subsequent album.  Tragically though, frontman and songwriter Jeremy Oxley was afflicted by schizophrenia, and the band derailed due to his erratic behaviour and substance use.  Amazingly though, they reformed for last year’s Dig It Up Festival hosted by The Hoodoo Gurus and all reports indicate Jeremy and the band were in blistering form.  Maybe there is time for them to reclaim their rightful place alongside the nation’s other great rock bands.

Featured video: The Sunnyboys – ‘Alone With You’ [1981]

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