Aussie DIY legends The Cannanes originally released their magnum opus A Love Affair With Nature in 1989. Although the band have always operated at an definite underground level, their legendary status was confirmed when they had a pair of Converse shoes made in their honour. They’ve also been the subject of a book and documentary film. If you missed ‘em first time round, this reissue will solve that problem quite nicely.
Vinyl LP £15.49 CH127LP
Picture disc reissue LP on Chapter Music with new liner notes, an extensive PDF booklet and a full 13 digital bonus tracks from early singles and unreleased sessions.
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- A Love Affair With Nature by The Cannanes
Bit of a classic this one. I first became aware of the Cannanes when back in the early '90s my brother struck up a postal friendship with their (presumably) multiple armed drummer David Nichols (also of Crabstick). Nichols had mentioned another band - the Canines or something. We found 'em, purchased this and the rest is some kind of private history.
Although the Cannanes had other high water moments (I loved their earlier Randall Lee era material and am very fond of 'Caveat Emptor') this was probably their most consistent set. It's noted for containing 'Take Me To The Hotel Johanna' - a track that features a violin actually weeping - and is sung in jerky new wave style by Stephen O'Neil. It's a sumptous lo-fi folky pop song that hits all the right melancholic spots. I was always happier though when Frances Gibson the female portion of the Cannanes was at the mic and there's plenty of reasons here why she should by rights be regarded as one of the finest singers of her generation. It's not because she stays in tune - she rarely does - it's just because every word is invested in such emotion. This matched with the scratchy guitars and the scattershot drumming make for such a heartwarming sound that I feel that it's wrapping me up in a delicious duvet.
Australia has arguably always had the more undersung but better bands. We had the Smiths they had the Go Betweens. We had U2, they had Midnight Oil. We had Heavenly and they had the Cannanes. And 20 years on I still love them....and I still can't spell the damn word.
Marvellous lo-fi shambolic pop for fans of Beat Happening, Crabstick, the Go Betweens, C86.
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