(Half A Cow)
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