Playlist: Street Music Playlist by Gareth Liddiard of Tropical Fuck Storm

Just should be hash tag repost today for my Monday post because it’s almost all from here:

“Gareth picks out more songs he wishes he could claim credit for and tells us why – Aaron Curran”

X – ‘Waiting’
From Sydney around 1979. I think it’s about waiting for a smack dealer who’s late but it could be about any kind of waiting. It has the most unearthly scream in the middle of it. Perfect street music.

Rowland S. Howard – ‘Sleep Alone’
Brian Hooper’s bass riff is one of his best and he has quite a lot of great riffs. The guitar is outrageous. The whole misanthropy sentiment is something I can agree with. Imagine a big red button that would instantly kill every single human being if you pressed it. Objectively, when you take into consideration all other life, the right thing to do would be to press it. Subjectively too, if you consider that it would solve 100% of the world’s problems seeing as its humans who decide what is and what isn’t a problem.

Lost Animal – ‘Lose The Baby’
I heard this over a decade ago as a demo on Myspace. The album version and the demo are great. Most music nerds haven’t heard it and it’s fun to see their reaction when you chuck it on. They’re always like “wow, why didn’t I know about this?” I showed it to Don Walker recently and that was pretty much his reaction too. TFS has recorded it for our next 7 inch B-side. I secretly hope people think we wrote it.

Cold Chisel – ‘Flame Trees’
Up until recently it was illegal to publicly say you liked Chisel but nearly every musician I know has always liked them. Not liking them is like not liking The Beatles. Meaning you’re just trying to look cool. There is an interesting aspect to this song that’s overlooked and it’s that you really feel for the protagonist, he’s having a hard time, then he sings:

“And there’s a girl, she’s falling in love near where the pianola stands
With her young local factory out-of-worker, just holding hands
And I’m wondering if he’ll go or if he’ll stay…”

and everyone seems to think the protagonist hopes this couple stay together and have a good life or something. He’s such a romantic. But what people miss is that he hopes this guy fucks off so he can have a crack at chatting her up. He’s a prick.

L. J. Hill – ‘Pretty Bird Tree’
I like writing sad songs, it feels good in a bad way or bad in a good way. But I wouldn’t like to have written this because I would have had to have lived it.

Spencer P. Jones – ‘The World’s Got Everything In It’
Indeed it does. But now it has this song too.

All The Weathers – ‘Dogga’
This one is from Tassie. This song seems made up of all of the feelings valium removes.

The Nation Blue – ‘Mansion Family’ 
Another Tassie thing. This is the sort of tune I’d write so it felt like a good choice for TFS to do it on our last B-side. Tom says all of his songs are A-G-C based but he forgot the C here. So when we did it I added a C and it was like supercharging a V8. Cal and Georgia from All The Weathers sing on it too. Cal sings like Prince if Prince was born in Hobart. The Nation Blue version is reminiscent of Rhianna’s Consideration, the backing singers go “whoooaaa” like Rhianna and SZA do. I like that about it.

The Saints- ‘This Perfect Day’
Great chorus. Mad guitars. Heavy as fuck.

Percy Grainger- ‘Shallow Brown’
I like songs with lots of dynamics. I also like guitars. I like it when girls and guys sing on the same track. And I like opera. Good Aussie Opera.

So they you go a ten track playlist of all Aussie songs bookend by both Soft Power and Lose The Baby by Tropical Fuck Storm on mixcloud player.

So this was posted up only last week on but I just can’t help myself here because it’s wicked great songs! My continuing collecting of anything The Drones, Gareth Liddiard and now Tropical Fuck Storm. Am I breaking some copyright law? I guess, the whole internet is one huge broken copyright law! In other TFS band news I got my copy of Soft Power/Lose The Baby 7″ in the snail mail today and it’s bloody red too!

Gurerrroos Boxing team!



  1. “But what people miss is that he hopes this guy fucks off so he can have a crack at chatting her up. He’s a prick.”

    Interestingly enough, I’ve never considered this lyric any other way. Good point about Chisel as well; at the very least I think most people consider Don Walker one of Australia’s greatest ever songwriters.

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