Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gonna set fire to the town (Cold Chisel) #152

Cold Chisel  One Long Day; Home And Broken Hearted/ Merry-Go-Round; Mona And The Preacher; Wild Thing (Elektra 12", EP 12001, 1978)

The EP made a welcome return in the form of the 12" single in the late seventies/eighties. Sometimes called 'mini albums' they provided value for money and with 5 or 6 songs they didn't overstay their welcome.

The Chiselers called this one You're Thirteen, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine (recorded live) which managed to be both mildly offensive and mildly boring at the same time. Apparently it's an attempt at a humourous reference to Jerry Lee Lewis (who married his 13 year old cousin to general outrage back in the day) and the hit song You're Sixteen etc.  

Thankfully the A side songs are way better than the clumsy EP title.

The EP was recorded live in 1977, before the debut album but released just after it, and it's nicely rough and ready (unlike the second album Breakfast At Sweethearts which is too cleaned up for my taste).

Hidden gems: The boys continue in fired up form on the B side. If anything these three songs ace the first two (which were to appear on the debut album). Merry-Go-Round was re-recorded for Breakfast At Sweethearts but this live recording (according to Jim Barnes the second time they'd played it live) ripped it up. 

Neither Mona And The Preacher nor Wild Thing (an 'old standard' according to Jim) appeared on any Chisel albums.

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