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The Triffids

Australian folk-pop band the Triffids was formed in Perth in 1980 by singer/songwriter David McComb, his guitarist/violinist brother Robert, and drummer Alsy MacDonald. Although chiefly influenced by the Velvet Underground, McComb's songs also drew heavily on the stark desolation of his rural upbringing, incorporating elements of country and blues to paint haunting portraits of isolation and longing.

Various members passed through the lineup during the Triffids' early years, although the core trio remained intact throughout. Shortly after the additions of Martyn Casey and keyboardist Jill Birt, the band recorded their 1983 debut, Treeless Plain, for the Hot label, followed a year later by the EP Raining Pleasure. Heralding the arrival of steel guitarist Evil Graham Lee, 1986's Born Sandy Devotional was the Triffids' creative breakthrough, and after recording the low-budget follow-up, In the Pines, in a wool-shearing shed in the Australian outback, the group signed to major label Island to issue their 1987 masterpiece Calenture, their first recording with guitarist Adam Peters.

Unfortunately, commercial expectations for 1989's Stephen Street-produced The Black Swan weren't met, and the Triffids disbanded soon after, with the live Stockholm appearing posthumously the following year. David McComb went on to work with the Blackeyed Susans before mounting a solo career with 1994's Love of Will. Three days after a car accident, McComb died of unknown causes on February 2, 1999. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Wide Open Road: The Best Of The Triffids

1. Wide Open Road

2. Red Pony

3. Reverie

4. Beautiful Waste

5. Hell Of A Summer

6. Property Is Condemned

7. Raining Pleasure

8. The Seabirds

9. Lonely Stretch

10. Stolen Property

11. Kathy Knows

12. Bury Me Deep In Love

13. A Trick Of The Light

14. Jerdacuttup Man

15. Too Hot To Move

16. Goodbye Little Boy

17. New Years Greetings

18. Save What You Can

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Track List: Beautiful Waste And Other Songs

1. Jesus Calling

2. Embedded

3. St James Infirmary

4. Everybody Has To Eat

5. Ballad Of Jack Frost

6. Property Is Condemned

7. Raining Pleasure

8. Figurine

9. When My Heart Breaks

10. Mother Silhouette

11. Mercy

12. Crucifixion Speech

13. Not The Marrying Kind

14. Bright Lights Big City

15. Monkey On My Back

16. Field Of Glass

17. Native Bride

18. Dear Miss Lonely Hearts

19. Beautiful Waste

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Track List: Calenture

1. Bury Me Deep In Love

3. A Trick Of The Light

4. Hometown Farewell Kiss

5. Unmade Love

6. Open For You

7. Holy Water

8. Blinder By The Hour

9. Vagabond Holes

10. Jerdacuttup Man

11. Calenture

12. Save What You Can

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Track List: Born Sandy Devotional

1. The Seabirds

2. Estuary Bed

3. Chicken Killer

4. Tarrilup Bridge

5. Lonely Stretch

6. Wide Open Road

7. Life Of Crime

8. Personal Things

9. Stolen Property

10. Tender Is The Night (The Long Fidelity)

11. The 107

12. When A Man Turns Bad

13. Of The Plaza

14. White Shawl

15. Convent Walls

16. Time Of Weakness

17. Born Sandy Devotional

18. Wish To See No More

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Track List: Treeless Plain

1. Red Pony

2. Branded

3. My Baby Thinks She's A Train

4. Rosevel

5. I Am A Lonesome Hobo

6. A Place In The Sun

7. Plaything

8. Old Ghost Rider

9. Hanging Shed

10. Hell Of A Summer

11. Madeline

12. Nothing Can Take Your Place

13. Interview

14. Old Ghostrider (Live)

15. Plaything (Live)

16. My Baby Thinks She's A Train (Live)

17. Rosevel (Live)

18. Hell Of A Summer (Live)

19. On The Street Where You Live

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Track List: In The Pines

1. Suntrapper

2. In The Pines

3. Kathy Knows

4. 25 To 5

5. Only One Life

6. Do You Want Me Near You?

7. Trick Of The Light

8. One A Day

9. She's Sure The Girl I Love

10. Jerdacuttup Man

11. Just Might Fade Away

12. Better Off This Way

13. Keep Your Eyes On The Hole

14. Blinder By The Hour

15. Wish To See No More

16. One Soul Less On Your Fiery List

17. Born Sandy Devotional

18. Love And Affection

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Track List: The Black Swan

1. Too Hot To Move, Too Hot To Think

3. Falling Over You

4. Goodbye Little Boy

5. Bottle Of Love

6. The Spinning Top Song

7. Butterflies Into Worms

8. The Clown Prince

9. Good Fortune Rose

10. New Year's Greetings

11. One Mechanic Town

12. Blackeyed Susan

13. Fairytale Love

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Love the Triffids!! Early, less produced work the best. Pandora, why no Moodists to go with my Triffids fix??
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I love the Triffids, but the gross overproducti o n of Calenture renders it largely unlistenable , compared Born Sandy Devotional and (especially) In The Pines.

In The Pines is one of the most gorgeous-sou n d i n g records of the 80's because of (not despite!) the simple and basic recording techniques and the minimal-to-n o n e x i s t e n t production. The combination of the acoustics of the wool-shearin g shed, McComb's songs and the Triffids performance was about as perfect a combination as one could ask for

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