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Who agrees? Nick Cave gets all the kudos and praise but the Triffids were fantastic as well.
I think A Trick of the Light is perhaps one of the best songs of the 80s.
Truth is that I should be much more into this band than I actually am (same goes with Nick Cave), but it's actually the Blackeyed Susans that I love the most.
Dull & boring as fuck!
Born Sandy Devotional is one of the best albums of the 1980s and one of my all time top 20 I would say. I also really like In the Pines, but I think the later records have dated a bit as everything with that high gloss 80s production has, although the recent remasters have overcome that a bit.
In truth I think The Triffids fell into a gap that exists between the alternative and the mainstream - Microdisney were another great band of the period who did the same, The Go-Betweens too. All of them too clever and complex for Top of the Pops and Smash Hits but too melodic and individual to fit into any identifiable indie pigeon hole. I have a whole theory on this, as you may have guessed
that I find most interesting -- the fact that they are unmistakably mid/late-80s recordings by virtue of their production but otherwise otherwise so indebted to an old tradition (or patchwork of traditions) of music that many would want to call them "timeless".
And, yes, the Go-Betweens are also unreal.
but it hasn't really made an impression on me
I should give it another go
Born Sandy Devotional is really good. Songs like Wide Open Road, Tarrilup Bridge and particularly Lonely Stretch are all really moody and atmospheric, in fact Lonely Stretch could easily be a Bad Seeds song. I might have to stick it on later actually, it's been a while since I've listened to it.
is on an indie rock forum...