The Cruel Sea
12-14-07 The Cruel Sea
(re-run from Aug. ’02)
CRUEL SEA HONEYMOON IS OVER, THE RED EYE AUS
514870.2 CD 1993 13 TRKS
GENRE: Late 80’s/Early 90’s, Australian swamp rock
Another group that I was introduced to via the magic of “Rage”, the Australian music video show. Thanks, again, go to Ken G. in
Apparently, The Cruel Sea came out of a band called “The Beasts of Bourbon”, who always sounded a tad Birthday Party / Nick Cave-ish to me.
“The Honeymoon Is Over” is The Cruel Sea’s 3rd album, I think. And it’s a good one. It was a huge hit in
I had the good fortune to see The Cruel Sea live in
For me, their best single is called “Better Get A Lawyer” (which comes from the album after “Honeymoon” = “Three Legged Dog”), the funkiest thing I ever heard come out of a
One of the sad things about liking non-US/UK bands on major labels – if they don’t get US/UK releases, you might never hear of them, even when they have a huge success in their home country. So, after “Three Legged Dog”, The Cruel Sea may have had another #1 album…but I won’t have heard of it unless I see it on “Rage” (which, sadly, I receive somewhat infrequently these days). This same formula goes for French, Dutch, Japanese music etc…it’s a lot harder to follow the mainstream than it is the ‘indie worlds’ of these countries!2007 addendum: C’mon back, boys! All is forgiven!