Spent some time going through old tapes today and came across this one of Gordon and I working through a song that had just been written by yours truly some 20-25 years ago. We were at Gordon’s place then and had a couple of run throughs, Gordon plugged in some extra verses and lo and behold our first co-written song. Recorded on the fly, a jam session that worked out well.

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A new version of the song is currently in the works and it sounds something like this

© Poulton/Slattery

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Searching through some old material amongst discs that wouldn’t play on the mac (but we managed to get some things off) and tapes that hadn’t been ported across and found this old gem written by Craig. Remember, this is 1985-6-7 (not really sure). Recorded to tape, as a rough demo (at Harley’s place?) with a then, very young, Phil Maher (ex Crystal Set) on slide.

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©Craig Simpson

We did ask….. and here is the first of what will no doubt be many, flying reminisces, pulp fictions and autobahns.

Craig (Slim) Simpson, Gary Poulton and Gordon Slattery…

It was not for nothing that their worlds collided, dimensions shifted, the planets aligned and all caution was thrown to the winds. In a world of unchecked hyperbole and exaggeration, this extremely brilliant group of multi-talented musicians and composers formed an immediate bond of focus and dedication never before seen in the history of western civilisation.

Their first recordings were made at great expense at Higher Studios in Sydney in 1980. Only a few rare copies exist today.  Known in those days as The Arc, the boys were a fixture at hot spots around the suburbs and beyond. There was even a regular gig at a hairdresser in Lane Cove on Saturday mornings (although no one quite remembers why).

But in 1983 when the band began to incorporate electric guitars into a previously acoustic set and started to play the university & college circuits, success was thrust upon our three musicians like custard dropped upon them from a giant saucepan in the sky. They moved out west beyond the mountains and made their base in Bathurst, and became the now legendary Hardwood Falls.

Together with the sharp ear of producer Stephen Bartlett, they now had seven ears between them.