Kiss My Wami

This is possibly the largest post this site will ever see and has taken years of work to compile.

Passionately committed to championing Western Australian music since 1987, WAM is the peak industry body responsible for supporting, nurturing and growing all forms, genres and levels of original contemporary music in WA.

WAM was originally formed as the Western Australian Rock Music Industry Association Inc. (WARMIA) in 1985, with its main aim to develop and run annual awards recognising achievements within the music industry in Western Australia. WAM first received project funding from the state government in 1989, and in the early 1990s the word “rock” was dropped from the title to give the organisation scope to take on a broader constituency.

And what a job they do! I’ve always been a fan of WAM and the great work they do for W.A music. Hats off to all involved throughout the years. From their annual awards shows, enormous amount of gigs they put on or help with, to sponsorship, to their work helping remote outback artists get recorded and heard, WAM and the people behind it has been a fairly integral part of the WA music scene for a very long time.

Since 1997 they have released a compilation CD that showcases a great cross section of music from all parts of the state.

I’ve managed to collect most of them over time and felt it would be great if they could be shared online. I will update this post with artwork as I scan covers of each year. I have some of them done already. Some years had up to 3 audio CD’s and a DVD. I have not included the DVD’s due to their sheer size, just the music. Click the year or the artwork to download a zip file of the music. You will more than likely need to do this from a computer due to their size. Enjoy!

1997

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1998

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1999 –  artwork to follow


 

2000

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2001

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2002 – artwork to follow


 

2003

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2004 – A very concise version of the WAM CD this year. 1 CD only, called ‘The WAM Weekender’.


 

2005

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2006

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2007 – artwork to follow


 

2008

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2009

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2010

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2011 (Discs 2/3 do not have artist names on the tracks. Grab the tracklist image below.)

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2012

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2013

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2014 and onward……soon to come!

 

 

 

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Perth CD’s for sale!

Throughout the years of running this blog and collecting Perth music, I seem to have inadvertently ended up with some doubles (and triples) of some CD’s. I know physical media is oh-so-passé these days but here’s a list of some extra discs I am happy to let go to new homes. A fiver each seems fair? Let me know what you’re into and I’ll put them aside. I don’t live in Perth but I’ll be down a couple weeks and can work out somewhere for you to pick them up. Email elhornet@elhornet.com

All Washed Out
Capital City vs The Bangkok Lady Boys
Cinema Prague – Zasph!
Fluid Time Carnival
The Growl – Cleaver Lever
Gyroscope – Sound Shattering Sound
Hazel Bionic – The Princess May
Header – Sugarfix
The Homicides – Gimme Some More
Jebediah – Of Someday Shambles (2 copies)
Martian Radio (aka Wasted Youth)
No Flowers – Broken Head
No Flowers – One Day Closer
PC Thug – Warn The Others
Red Jezebel – Joyful Possibilities
Sodastream – Reservations
Team Jedi – Good Morning Last Night
Whitechapel – Image Over Content
Valvolux – Supercharger (currently spoken for)
WA Grade Perth Punk + HC Compilation
Wormfarm – You Betcha (2 copies)
WAMI 2008 and 2011

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Waste Of Space

Debut release from ska/punk band Waste of Space. Recorded in 2001, this recording is pretty much indicative of their live shows. Just tighter! They played around the Perth punkrock scene for a good long time and had a great crew of friends who seemed to accompany them to most of their shows.

Band : JJ, Spencer, Rhys, Paul, TA, Claire and Yancey.

Grab it here.

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And thanks to Benny Mayhem here is 4 tracks from their ‘Place Your Bets‘ demo.

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The Next Big Thing – 10 year anniversary dvd.

Thanks to Leo for sending this disc to me!

I was not aware that this organisation was no more and that is a definite shame. The Next Big Thing kicked off in 1996 and was responsible

for the promotion of countless Perth bands through shows, releasing compilation cds and helping artists out  in many ways.

This disc contains a huge amount of music as well as a bunch of interviews with musicians, promoters and journalists from Perth and regional Western Australia.

Heres the music. It’s 489 megs in size and is all of the 130 odd tracks from the annual NBT CD’s 1996-2006. Well worth the download.

And here is the artwork for all of the cd’s. 26 megs.

Heres part 1 of the DVD :

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Channel 31 – Filter

A fantatic VHS conversion thanks to Figg featuring a pretty healthy cross section of the Perth scene in the year 2000.

It features interviews and footage of No Wonder, Capital City, The Rats,  Turnstyle, Brett Rowe (that hair!!),  DJ’s

Echoic, BJam, Krank, Dan Stinton and some of Perths record store staff at the time.

 

 

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The Next Big Thing Volume 3

Presented by Healthways, Drinksafe and Respect Yourself, this is a compilation from 1998. It features 12 tracks from acts such as John Butler,

Wide Open Spaces (aka Halogen), Idle 55, The Dirty Whitler but to name a few.

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Punkrock 101

Good times.

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Rabbit Records

The lovable Rabbit Records has recently thrust itself into the digital age thanks to the help of Bandcamp which allows artists and labels to sell their wares directly to the world.

You can pay as little or as much as you like for the releases which is a great idea. Don’t be cheap. Rabbit needs a new pair of shoes.

Grab the music here.

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Begerk + Rage

Stolen from Dr Al’s Begerk Recordings facebook page, and well worth the repost.

Way too many hours spent watching Rage over the years has given me an unnatural love of filmclips. Yep, luv em. Anyway, I’ve got a playlist on youtube featuring all the clips I could find from past and present Bergerk! clients but if I’ve missed anyone let me know and I’ll add it in.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL839929928593E539

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Prankwagon

A 3 piece punk rock band from Northam who released this record in 1998. Arguably the worst cover artwork of that year, they were nice enough guys and played around town for a few years.

This is their album ‘Backdown’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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W.A Grade Compilation

This is a great 2003 compilation by PCW Records featuring some of the best hardcore/punk/pop punk bands the city had to offer at that time.

The label was also responsible for another compilation ‘Perthquake‘.

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This one has tracks from :  3 Days Later / AIDS / Alleged / Capital City / Change of Face / Eleventh He Reaches London / Fool The World / From The Ruins / Homicides / Jed Whitey / Kerb / Killed In Action / Last Years Hero / Local Pricks / Miles Away / Nailed Down / Negative Reply / PC Thug / The Coffins / The Critics / The Dead Ends / Times Up / Waste Of Space / Whitechapel ..

Get it here.

 

 

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Prawns With Horns

I saw these guys once at Yac It Up in Melville, I think anyway. I was really into ska and had no idea they existed before that fateful day around 1999. I was kinda bummed too, like I’d missed out on a local band with a horn section who could actually play. I never saw them again after that day either, go figure. They were a ‘wacky’ party band of sorts. That time I saw them was the first time I saw anyone ever use a real theremin on stage, it ruled.

Annyway it seems they toured outside of Australia quite alot, no mean feat for a pre-internet band from Perth. I’ll let their website do the rest of the horn blowing for them.

Here is their 1999 LP ‘Ampersand’.

And their 1996 LP ‘Cisco And His Disco’.

 

 

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Behind The 8 Ball

This post is courtesy of Bendog over at Westska the best place for all your Perth ska needs, but he seems to update the facebook more frequently.

Behind The 8 Ball were a pretty decent ska/punk band, the main difference between them and other bands playing that style of music was they actually had a horn section. I played with them a couple of times an really enjoyed their stuff.

Their bio here is quite in depth. They recorded an album called ‘A New Love For Summer’.

They have a myspace and some great photos here. 

Behind the 8 Ball rocked socks and inspired insubordination about Perth for 5 years. Formed during school days at Como High, the band went on to play a heap of shows and sell more than a few copies of their cd ‘A new love for summer’. Some of the highlights included drunken parties and school balls, cd launches and countless gigs at liscensed venues while underage. They don’t play any more, which sucks, but a few of the members have new ventures. Leonard MC’s and produces for his hip-hop outfit ‘The Anonymous’. Josh, Pete and Josh play for ‘Shotgun Wedding’ and have formed a new band, ‘Burning Fiction’. Thanks to everyone who helped with the good times, we hope you enjoy the leftovers!

For those into the Asian Man records kinda sound you will dig this.

Download ‘A New Love For Summer’ here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crippled Children on Youtube.

Jason Driver, vocalist from the long gone 90s punkrock favourites The Crippled Children has recently started uploading some very rare gems from his past onto Youtube.
I’ve got some recordings on the site already but alot are incomplete.

Check his Youtube profile for some goodness!

http://www.youtube.com/user/Thedukedriver

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lowdown

This was a band that rose from the ashes of ska/punk ‘Not In Use’. Louise (of SHIP TO SHORE fame!!) went one way and it seems the guys went the other, forming the thoroughly awesome ‘Ballpoint’.

I don’t know what to make of this EP. Around this time I was right into my ska/punk and this just didn’t hit a chord with me.

Anyway here we go : Lowdown – The Green EP

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the crippled children

Now this is digging into the vaults.

The Crippled Children were a great punk/ska band much in the vein of Operation Ivy. Actually they were a fucking mess, but it was the 90′s and nobody really gave a shit.

They moved to Melbourne for a bit and tried to make it there, I don’t beleive that lasted long. Their drummer passed away and they had an amazing benefit gig for his girl and family as Club A (before it was utterly shit). Probably one of those most insane nights I can remember in that venue.

Half of these mp3s are incomplete, and they came from a tape so they sound like shit at best. I still love them.

Driver, wherever you are, I hope you’re doing good.

The Crippled Children.

 

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billings method

This is the unreleased (well officially anyway) demo from Billings Method who played around perth from 98-2002.

They were great.

The singer Yianni went on to play in Whitechapel, bass player Pete Gellin is in some kind of cabaret act touring around the world and drummer Paul Harding went on to form Pendulum and moved to England.

Download.

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