Classic Albums: The Axeman’s Jazz by Beasts Of Bourbon

So after missing posting yesterday I’m back today and Wednesday morning with, what Beasts album was it ever going to be for me? It’s just got to be one of the most perfect forty mins. of music, I was going to say Aussie and 80’s but really anytime or anyway! These nine tracks are just pure swamp, gutter, pub, punk, rock chaos like nothing else.

It’s the record every hard rocking and drinking band would like to make but there is only one like it. Not just rocking, drinking but as Tex the lead singer points out in his book, it’s total nutcase lyrics with death toll of 41 people and one dog by various means including murder but also quoting his lyrics of the last tracks “I’ve got 15 kinds of diseases.” If you never heard it your in for a happy, happy and joy, joy ride today, if you do press play?

To make it clear from the start it’s NOT jazz too, you know? I did learn full meaning for that book he wrote, all about the New Orleans serial killer who murder people in there homes just after WWI. He would change his mind to kill someone if jazz was being playing, it sounds like a record company ad campaign. Other books have been written about this guy, off course he did kill people with axes too. I think I remember some vague idea about all this but reading it clear it all up for me, so there you go.

This was Tex Perkins‘ debut album he record at just 18, he points out that’s his goofy chuckle right at the start of the album where everyone else are older blokes. The guitar player Spencer P. Jones asks drummer James Baker but he says “I don’t start it” where guitarist Kim Salmon jumps in with “1, 2, 3, 4” and then all hell breaks loose. The bass player who doesn’t open his mouth in these opening secs. is Boris Sujdovic. Off course I had two or three Tex post lately but Kim Salmon is already on my little list of fave albums already with The Scientists’ Human Jukebox which I added back in April this year so here’s that link, if you missed it and want to check that out too?

These names might not mean anything to you but it’s pretty much the who’s who of  Aussie 1980’s underground scene at the time! It’s repeat how and why these blokes got into a recording studio for a binge drinking, less than one day/night session a thousand times so no glorify all that again today. I’ve have tagged all names above plus at the bottom of the post so if you like clicking away can see what else I’ve got on these guys already and most likely will not be the last time they all pop-up here on my blog but here’s wikipedia page if you need it?

Now my all-time fave track from the album is the Salmon written slacker anthem Drop Out! Which is the only track no one get’s killed or died in it on the whole album too. Also whenever they do play shows to this day it’s also the main one still in the setlist from this album. I even got to see Tex singing it live with the Aussies legends You Am I once too!

My live Beasts gigs have been: The original lineup reunion at the ATP fest thingy a few years back now. But also did see my first shows in the very late 90’s around the time of the Gone album. Thinking about now it, one was at the Big Day Out fest and another one was a sideshow where headlining act Soundgarden’ Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Chris Cornell did hanging side of stage but because it was a small-ish Perth venue they were just on the stage’s left side in plan view with nowhere to hide. Spencer who was on that side just seem to be talking with them all night like they were just sitting at the bar together not playing a show. That place is now a strip club and one drunk night a mate drag me into that hellhole and I just got all sad and depressed, he was like naked girls but I just wanted to cry and that was even before Chris passed away too. Anyway I think I did see the Beasts at some point in-between late-90’s and ATP reunion too so a few times and they never disappointment me but that original lineup show was very special show! The Beasts early drummer always lived in Perth and still see him playing with The Painkillers and at others gigs like last time Tex was in town.  

The year was 1984 not 1988 as some YouTube clips have dated, Perko even listed the album as 1983 in his book but to clear it all up here on my blog right now. The recording date inside the album says October 1983. Then released on a label called Green in 1984 but later reissued on a different label Red Eye in 1988. Also got to note that Tony Cohen did this album too.

If you need to be fill in who Marty Robbins is? I did wrote a CA post about him last year, if you would like to check it out? Or not? just click on this sentence for more Marty, OK?

In the long line of released by them my personally faves after The Axeman’s Jazz is the third studio album Black Milk and then double disc of live and rare stuff called From The Belly Of The Beasts. So those three I enjoy the very most in that order and would be my top three, if you’ll like to know? How about you? As always please feel free adding your own two cents below about the Beasts with my own two cents here?

The Axeman’s Jazz track listing and times:

1. Evil Ruby – 3:12
2. Love And Death – 4:01
3. Graveyard Train – 7:11
4. Psycho – 3:52
5. Drop Out – 3:04
6. Save Me A Place – 5:39
7. Lonesome Bones – 4:33
8. The Day Marty Robbins Died – 3:18
9. Ten Wheels For Jesus – 5:19


So here’s all my Classic Albums posts and it’s number 95 today! Counting them all up today and adding the numbers. Which really only mean the order I wrote these posts in and that’s it! NOT a chart of best to least, they’re all my fave albums and the basic idea is write a little about each of all my fave albums but I don’t know why really I titled/tagged them all as classic albums? I’m not anywhere close to finishing this little project too, you know?

  1. Tales From The Australian Underground – Volume 1 & 2 by Various Artists
  2. Station To Station by David Bowie
  3. Unplugged In New York by Nirvana
  4. Rust In Peace by Megadeth
  5. Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs by Marty Robbins
  6. Henry’s Dream by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  7. Whatever You Love, You Are by Dirty Three
  8. Gala Mill by The Drones
  9. Black Monk Time by The Monks
  10. Ex Tropical by Lost Animal
  11. Work (Work, Work) by HTRK
  12. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
  13. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd
  14. Songs Of Love And Hate by Leonard Cohen
  15. Warm Leatherette by Grace Jones
  16. The White House by The Dead C
  17. Silence Is Sexy by Einstürzende Neubauten
  18. Lulu by Lou Reed & Metallica
  19. Kaira by Toumani Diabaté
  20. Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants
  21. Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth by Dan Kelly And The Alpha Males
  22. Aerial by Kate Bush
  23. The Future by Leonard Cohen
  24. Rock For Light by Bad Brains
  25. Last Splash by The Breeders
  26. Sex by The Necks
  27. Emergency Ward by Nina Simone
  28. Paradise by My Disco
  29. Batman by Prince
  30. Sings Christmas Carols by Mark Kozelek
  31. What Are Rock Stars Doing Today by Magic Dirt
  32. Love Of Life by Swans
  33. Big Name, No Blankets by Warumpi Band
  34. Blue Valentine by Tom Waits
  35. In The Pines by The Triffids
  36. Where Joy Kills Sorrow by Various Artists
  37. TV Sky by The Young Gods
  38. King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime by Faith No More
  39. Jean Lee And The Yellow Dog by Ed Kuepper
  40. Law Of Nature by Laughing Clowns
  41. (I’m) Stranded by The Saints
  42. Super Ape by Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters
  43. The Soft ‘N’ Sexy Sound by Dave Graney ‘N’ The Coral Snakes
  44. Mutiny/The Bad Seed by The Birthday Party
  45. Bahdeni Nami by Omar Souleyman
  46. Ascension by John Coltrane
  47. The Definitive by Blind Willie McTell
  48. Rid Of Me by PJ Harvey
  49. Horses by Patti Smith
  50. Vespertine by Björk
  51. Hex Enduction Hour by The Fall
  52. Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood by DMX
  53. I’m New Here by Gil Scott-Heron
  54. Charcoal Lane by Archie Roach
  55. In My Own Time by Karen Dalton
  56. Stay Sick! by The Cramps
  57. Primary Colours by Eddy Current Suppression Ring
  58. Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison
  59. Trainspotting by Various Artists
  60. After School Session by Chuck Berry
  61. Body Language by Kylie Minogue
  62. Bricks Are Heavy by L7
  63. Trailer Park by Beth Orton
  64. Arular by M.I.A.
  65. Moon Pix by Cat Power
  66. White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground
  67. Y by The Pop Group
  68. The Human Jukebox by Scientists
  69. The Shape Of Things by Pere Ubu
  70. Congotronics by Konono Nº1
  71. High Voltage by AC/DC
  72. Self-tilted by The Seeds
  73. His Best by Bo Diddley
  74. Embracism by Kirin J Callinan
  75. Benji by Sun Kil Moon
  76. Betty by Helmet 
  77. Late Registration by Kanye West
  78. Under The Western Freeway by Grandaddy
  79. What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have by Sarah Blasko
  80. Regret Is An Inevitable Consequence Of Life by Ricaine
  81. Tu-Plang by Regurgitator
  82. Hourly, Daily by You Am I
  83. In A Bar, Under The Sea by dEUS
  84. Gurrumul by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
  85. Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti
  86. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
  87. Adult Themes For Voice by Mike Patton
  88. Candy Apple Grey by Hüsker Dü
  89. This Is It by The Strokes
  90. To Record Only Water For Ten Days by John Frusciante
  91. How I Love You by The Angels Of Light
  92. Soaking Red by Tendrils
  93. Rock Action by Mogwai
  94. Rock And Rollin’ With Fat Domino by Fat Domino
  95. The Axeman’s Jazz by Beasts Of Bourbon

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