Written somewhere between ’79 and ’81. This was one of my first songs written for the ARC. Recorded at Earth Media Studios on 3/4″ tape in the good old days one take recordings with no pitch adjustment. Great harmonies from Gordon and Craig made this song what it is.

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©Gary Poulton

To good to be left hiding on the ‘About’ page so I’m throwing this comment of Gordon’s up front. As Gordon says we’ve spent some time going through the 100+ tapes we have between us and found a goldmine of un-recorded, un-finished, un-plugged songs, many that I had forgotten, and that’s bad, because I wrote many of the ghosts we found on our most recent run.

So this is what Gordon had to say…

“You know, this started off as a fleeting notion to somehow mark the phenomenon of our time writing and playing music together under a number of names: the Arc, Hardwood Falls, A Book for Boys, then under various combinations of two of us, and then individually with others.
It has always surprised me how often people will approach me to ask after the band, after all this time. We thought it might be nice to direct people to a website when they asked after us.

Well that fleeting notion has far outstripped my expectations! It’s worth noting that none of us would’ve believed how much recorded material we actually have, ranging from rough cuts & home demos to polished studio quality. I expected to find maybe 4 or 5 songs but we have spent hours and hours so far going through analogue tapes and we’ve barely scratched the surface!

Little by little our technical wizards will clean these up and post them on the site for you to enjoy as we have.

Meanwhile, we’d love to hear from any of you out there who have photos, newspaper cuttings, old posters, videos or recordings from the 1980s that might help to build this site.

And yes, Slim, Gary and I are inspired by all this activity! Stay tuned….Gordon”

So here’s one we found. I wrote it in the late ’70’s and Gordon added a verse or two after he first heard it and it was eventually recorded some years later.

Can’t you get enough.

©Poulton/Slattery

Arranged by Gordon (and what a gem of an arrangement)

Look around for some of Gordon’s other comments

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.

🙂