All songs previously released on moo08 and hac50.
Sneeze do a complete u-turn from the soul sounds of 2001's Lost The Spirit To Rock & Roll and come up with a sprawling, crazed and defiant 20-track ode to Rock & Roll. The recording of Just The Blues Sped Up dates back to 1998 when Sneeze planned to trump their 41 Songs In 47 Minutes album with a 50-tracker. Realising that they didn't need to prove for a second time that they could put out a record crammed with short tunes, instead all the sad, sweet soul songs were assembled into Lost The Spirit To Rock & Roll and the more upbeat Rock & Roll ones were reserved for the next one. And that album has now arrived. If Lost The Spirit were a melancholic love-sick woman, then Just The Blues Sped Up is her out-of-control teenage lover.
With a solidified line-up of guitarist Tom Morgan, multi-instrumentalist Nic Dalton, drummer Simon Gibson plus bassist Bill Gibson and keyboard wizard Cameron Bruce, the bulk of Just The Blues Sped Up was completed in 2003 with special guests - such as Leticia Nischang, original Sneeze drummer Lara Meyerratken, You Am I's Russell Hopkinson, John Encarnacao and Ben Whitten - filling in some of the blank
spaces along the way. The album had its ups and downs, for example in the last few months of recording when Nic had a brain haemorrhage and Tom and Leticia got married. Huh?
Some of the songs are old standards from when Sneeze first started playing live in 1996 - 'Going Skiing, Pretty Weird', 'When Honey Snaps' and 'Loud & True' - to more recent crowd faves such as 'Dress Ups' and 'That Man's My Weakness'. The album also contains the recent Triple J and FBi summer hit 'If It's Catchy It Means You Stole It' which features backing vocals courtesy of Treetops' Ben and Jordan and the audience at the Annandale Hotel on June 13th, 2003.
To set the pace, the album starts off with the 6-and-a-half-minute 'On Again, Off Again' which was a song that had its genesis in a dream. Nic dreamt that You Am I were playing at a party where they decided to write a reply to the Beatles 'Got To Get You Into My Life'. They started playing the main riff and opening line, which, when he woke up, Nic sang into a Walkman - this eventually became 'On Again, Off Again'. This song also features the debut of Sneeze's new secret weapon: the fuzzwah mandolin. That's it playing the solo. Hey, they're not shy!
Sneeze take a quick breather with the next song, Tom's country-rock-flavoured 'Might As Well Chalk It Up' which contains the banjo talents of Sydney's own Jenny Shimmin. Bill Gibson takes centre-stage on '(Take The) Headache Over Heartache', his vocal style being perfectly suited to this classic 70s AM Radio hit about a guy who'd rather drown his sorrows with a bottle of booze than worry about his broken heart.
Okay, there just ain't the room here in this bio to write about all 20 songs on the new Sneeze longplayer Just The Blues Sped Up so if you want to know what the songs are about, you're just gonna have to work it out on your own! Oh, and there's also a mini-rock opera in tracks 12 to 19 about a heartbroken guy who goes from a party to a few clubs and ends up on the ski slopes. Right. Who said Rock & Roll had to make complete sense?
CD DELETED available on iTunes only
The first cd release by Sneeze with 21 bonus songs. Tracks 2-21 taken from the double 7" album Sneeze (moo06) released in 1993. All songs recorded between August 1991 and April 1993. The Sneeze recordings began when they asked the 'overseas touring band' The Lemonheads, who they'd only just met a few days before, to come in (before sound check at The Landsdowne) and record a couple of songs. With co-producer Mickey Levis, Sneeze chipped away at recording bringing in special guests along the way. Simon Day from Ratcat sings and plays on Pedal, Alannah "Hummingbird" Russack performs Shaky Ground, the Lemonheads play two songs Autumnal Eyes and Trouble In School, which happen to be the last ever recordings featuring the original line-up. Simon and Robyn Hummingbird sing a lullaby Baby Asleep. Smudge, the Plunderers and Swirl all contribute as well. All songs clock in under 2 minutes...great for those compilation tapes. Now you know what to do with that last minute!
Sneeze double 7inch (moo08):
Single of the Week x 20!
The ultimate release for the short attention span generation, Sneeze is a 'double album' on two seven inch singles. Working with the premise that what you can't do in two minutes (or less) really isn't worth doing, Sneeze is not just an attitude, it's a way of life. These short & curlies were the inspiration for the brevity that made the Lemonheads It's A Shame About Ray so cool. Yep, the Sneeze project has been a long time in the execution, but its generally been worth the wait. Sneeze is basically Tom Morgan of Smudge (and co-author of most of the best Lemonheads songs) and Nic Dalton of the Lemonheads/Godstar/Half A Cow fame. There's also plenty of indie royalty as guests. Some of it you may have heard. Evan Dando has covered Shaky Ground, which is pretty silly as its a duet between Tom Morgan and Alannah Hummingbird. Actually Jimmy Barnes could cover it and it would probably survive. It's Sneeze's finest moment. There's ample amounts of low-fi spread throughout the four sides, from the buzzy and fuzzy Back Down to the pure veined pop of 2 Kates. Simon Day creates his own little thunderstorm on Pedal, Simon & Robyn (ex-Hummingbirds) provide the cute Baby Asleep, for their child Milo no doubt. One time Lemonhead Jesse Peretz joins old bandmates Evan Dando and David Ryan for two songs, Trouble In School & Autumnal Eyes. This was originally meant to be a CD single, with a bonus 25 tracks. But with a final track called Goodbye Vinyl you know where their loyalties lie. Even so, it's a shimmering example to the beauty of not milking a tune. It's the antithesis of Meat Loaf. And not just because it's really good. If a song doesn't grab your attention in the first minute then it's never going to. Consequently if you don't like a song it's not going to hang around & grind you. Sneeze is the least painless double album ever. - Beat, 1993
The kings of Sydney pop, Nic Dalton and Tom Morgan, have been working hard. This release is comprised of the now deleted double 7" Sneeze debut plus 21 bonus tracks. That makes 41 tracks in 47 minutes, with only one insrumental, the Sneeze Theme. Listening to this CD, I have come to the conclusion that Sneeze is the Seinfeld of pop. How else could you describe these short, catchy and lyrically packed songs about life, love and mixed lollies? All of the tracks were written & performed by Morgan and Dalton and also include giest musicians from their many band mates and indie pop friends such as members of Smudge, Swirl, the Hummingbirds, Simon Day from Ratcat, the late Stevie Plunder of the Plunderers and of course the Lemonheads with Jesse Peretz on bass. There are many moments of humour and brilliance here but my favourites would have to be Shaky Ground, a duet with Tom and Alannah Russack (later recorded by Evan Dando as a Lemonheads B-side), Ripped Jeans, a Ramones tribute, Autumnal Eyes, which has been performed live by Nic with Godstar, Dad's Trailer, which has traces of Steppenwolf, "R" in which one lyric goes a long way, the melodic bass runs of Cold, Cold Morning, and the very listenable Explain Deep December as sung by Tom. What more can I say? In 41 songs, Sneeze has said it all! - Form Guide, 1996
Vinyl comes with FREE cd-r of album!
Q: What does a band do after their last release - which was a ceedee with 41 songs in 47 minutes?
A: They record an 19 minute epic and release it on 12 inch vinyl only.
And this is exactly what Sneeze have done. In May 1996 Nic Dalton and Tom Morgan, the two heads of Sneeze, sat in a loungeroom about to head off to a recording studio to begin what they had been calling for a few years "Sneeze 2". A band should move on, progress, rally forth they both agreed. An idea struck. Let's record our interpretation of "The Four Seasons". Yes! What better way for Sneeze to return than with the opposite of an album of songs under two minutes in length - an epic titled The Four Seezons.
So it began and they recorded one day each over the next four seasons to capture the spirit in the air. And mixed in the fifth season. 19 minutes later "The Four Seezons" appeared.
Available on 12 inch vinyl and baked with a live-on-radio-FBI broadcast from July 1996 featuring 11 songs including the classic 'Shaky Ground', 'Ripped Jeans' and 'I'm Upset Enough (Parts 1 & 3)'.
DISC DELETED - available as a download only.
Track 1 from Lost The Spirit To Rock & Roll. All other tracks prevously unreleased. Russell Hopkinson (from You Am I) drums on tracks 1, 2, 3 and 5. Justin Credible lead vocals track 3. Keira Hopkinson lead vocals track 5. Robyn St. Clare backing vocals tracks 2, 5. Track 4, with Lara Meyarratken on drums, recorded live at the Sandringham, Newtown 28/8/98 (a week before it closed). Artwork by Simon Day (featuring the "Blind Love" doctor and nurse).
Comes with limited edition poster
Review>: Sneeze have got soul. It's taken Tom Morgan and Nic Dalton five years to perfect, but Lost The Spirit To Rock & Roll is a masterstroke of songwriting and vision greater than anything they¹ve released before. Sneeze (and friends) sing unashamed lyrics of joy and sadness over simple melodies with expert arrangements, and wrap it up in strings and horns for that 70s soul authenticity.
Sneeze are back with a new EP, featuring the upbeat Maybe Moving In Together Wasn't Such A Good Idea, taken from last year's Lost The Spirit To Rock & Roll. The Maybe Moving In EP also includes seven phenomenal new b-sides; first up, the beautiful and catchy (Love Theme From) Cousin Erich, a duet between Tom and Lara about a Marrickville couple who just can't get it together. Then there's (Theme From) Smoke! - Sneeze's buoyant theme song for a 70s TV show, whose hero is a Shaft-esque Native
American PI . Track four, Beibe Pelu, is a Spanish rendition of Baby Asleep (the original version was released on Sneeze's debut album) with the lovely vocals of Leticia Nischang (of Spain's 120 mins). Next up are four separate tracks that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle - Tittie Bar (Part 2); Girls, Girls, Girls, Crazy Girls; Nurse Jones; and Tittie Bar (Part 3). The Tittie Bar Suite is a 13-minute journey through the sad world of strip clubs, seen through the persective of a lonely customer, a club MC, and a single mother stripper with a law degree.
Plenty of fun, value and diversity within this indie eight-tracker and you'd do well to get yer mitts on a copy. In particular, check out the Steve Miller-ish tones of the title cut, the brief but moving 'Beibi Pelu' or the meandering 'Girls, Girls, Girls, Crazy Girls'. - Time Off
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