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Offline Gazza

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2009, 11:50:45 PM »
Think it was William Faulkner who first said it, on the subject of editing, and it's absolutely bang on: kill your darlings. First step with this list is to head (briefly) into the editing suite to hack off a few intros and endings that get in the way and bugger up the transitions; second step is to get the marketing department so drunk that they don't realise that Wide Open Road, Bury Me Deep In Love and Goodbye Little Boy are all missing. Guess it's more a journey with The Triffids than a traditional best of.

Road tested in iTunes, and despite what you might think of some of the juxtapositions, they work. Think the last three tracks should have been arranged like that at the time, though you need to imagine the tail of American Sailors running straight into Spinning Top Song, and snip out a smidgen of the start of Black Eyed Susan and start on the first bass note.

Anyway, here goes. Not expecting a huge amount of agreement…

I Am A Lonesome Hobo
Old Ghostrider
Jesus Calling
Property Is Condemned
You Don’t Miss Your Water (Till Your Well Runs Dry)
Field Of Glass
Estuary Bed
Lonely Stretch
Life Of Crime
Stolen Property
In The Pines
Trick Of The Light (ITP version)
One Soul Less On Your Fiery List
Kelly’s Blues
Blinder By The Hour
Calenture
Save What You Can
American Sailors
The Spinning Top Song
Black Eyed Susan
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2009, 12:33:11 AM »
Not wishing to sound like a total "yes man" but I like yours too, gazza.

It's the one that says to those cool indie kids out there, "You know, you think you know it all. You've probably got The Triffids already marked down in your iNotes folder as Bad Seeds lite or Waterboys heavy or Bunnymen in the outback on mixamatosis. But boy are you wrongo. Here's a kaleidoscope of songs to blow your mind and soothe your throat and teach you how to really swing! Yeah!"

...or something like that at any rate. The beginning is like an early UK Triffids gig and that's a s good a start as any.

And I approve of the fact that people are slipping in the reissue-omitted You Don't Miss Your Water. It deserves to be included somewhere. It wasn't rubbish. The sleeve was rubbish. The song was great.
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2009, 01:28:43 AM »
An almost impossible task which is why Australian Melodrama was a bit patchy.

I suspect it would be easier to agree on which songs you wouldn't want on a compilation  :)

Maybe that's the key. Pick all the songs you really like that you wouldn't put on the list and make that the CD...  :D

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2009, 10:39:32 AM »
Hell Of A Summer
Raining Pleasure
Red Pony
Place in the sun
Beautiful Waste
In The Pines
Stolen Property
Lonely Stretch
Estuary Bed
Wide Open Road
The Seabirds
Blinder By The Hour
Bury Me Deep In Love
Hometown Farewell Kiss
A Trick of the Light
Save What you Can
Personal Things
New Year's Greetings
Too Hot To Move, Too Hot To Think/American Sailors
Tender Is The Night (The Long Fidelity)

I'd go for maximum possible appeal. Which songs would grab the most people and make them want to play it again and again?  So this list - which is not unlike Johans  :) - omits some of my and the forums favorites (the brilliant but difficult).  The possible exception  is Lonely Stretch - but I had to include that.
 
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2009, 03:18:21 PM »
This is it!

Red Pony
Hell Of A Summer
Place in the Sun (album version)
Beautiful Waste
Property Is Condemned
Raining Pleasure
The Seabirds
Wide Open Road
Life Of Crime
Stolen Property
Tender Is The Night (The Long Fidelity)
Kelly’s Blues
Hometown Farewell Kiss
Unmade Love
Blinder By The Hour
Save What you Can
Too Hot To Move, Too Hot To Think/American Sailors
Spinning Top Song
New Year's Greetings
Fairytale love

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2009, 06:48:56 PM »
Keiran, that is a really good list - they all are - but the problems for me with Australian Melodrama were twofold - how do you follow Save What You Can, and no Stolen Property. 

I'd suggest that the order of songs on the eventual CD isn't chronological - could that work?  Starting with Too Hot...(which is an early song reminted anyway)....

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2009, 08:24:58 PM »
Stolen Property is there (#10) - but I certainly understand the point about how you follow it (and Save What You Can) - hence why I approached it as chronological - its the easy way out.  Otherwise all comps open with the Seabirds!

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2009, 09:22:16 PM »
Well thanks...knew I could rely on you all.
CD should indeed be aimed at the masses, maximum appeal etc etc.
It's a tough one but just slightly easier with the advent of slightly longer CDs.
 

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2009, 04:39:46 AM »
The "hits" album

Bury me deep in love
Trick of the light
Wide open road
Raining pleasure
Hell of a summer
Place in the sun (album version)
Monkey on my back
Beautiful waste
Lonely stretch
Goodbye little boy
The seabirds
Property is condemned
You don't miss your water
One soul less on your fiery list
Once a day

should sell millions  :D

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Offline Kieren

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2009, 02:21:10 PM »
Your probably right about "the hits" approach - but I'm sure all of us think that many of the best Triffids songs were never singles.  How about a limited edition 2 CD version of the best of that then reverts to a 1 CD version?

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2009, 07:50:32 PM »
you're right, but us fans do not really need such compilation and of course everyone has his or her favorites.
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2009, 11:29:27 PM »
We've all got the reissues right? And many of us have the originals (in vinyl, cassette and cd I expect). So we can assume that this is not for us. Why would we want a 'best of', when I think it's been established that there really couldn't ever be one. Instead, we are in charge triffevangelism, and we have to get the word out there, where indeed it should always have been. Sorry, but this has to be a lowest common denominator type thing.  I'm thinking Scott and Charlene, Countdown, MTV. Did the Triffs ever do TOTP? Has anyone got Holy Water in their list yet? Get whoever is a currently fancied DJ to remix it. And when the ledger is flush with funds after we've bought copies for our relatives and sent it to number one, Domino will see their way to releasing the early singles & rarities that we want.

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2009, 11:52:55 PM »
Not aimed at you all, aimed at the masses. The rarities you mention are in our minds as well...

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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2009, 04:46:23 PM »
Good luck to whoever is going to do this.  :)

I could spend some time coming up with a list [it would finish with Butterflies into worms - demo - as the perfect pay off post Save What You Can. The preceding 18 are a Gordian knot I can't untie] but the ones from LAMF, Kieren, etc would all do.......

Anyway, my twopenneth. A singles compilation looks interesting if underpowered. I have substituted a song where there was no lead single from the long EPs and took the liberty of using Red Pony [it had a video so it counts  :) and In the Pines  and Billy in lieu of anything else]. :

STAND UP
REVERIE
SPANISH BLUE
BAD TIMING
RED PONY [trEELESS PLAIN]
BEAUTIFUL WASTE
RAINING PLEASURE
FIGURINE [LAWSON SQUARE INFIRMARY]
FIELD OF GLASS
YOU DON'T MISS YOUR WATER
WIDE OPEN ROAD
IN THE PINES [IN THE PINES]
BURY ME DEEP IN LOVE
TRICK OF THE LIGHT
HOLY WATER
GOODBYE LITTLE BOY
FALLING OVER YOU
BILLY [STOCKHOLM]
SAVE WHAT YOU CAN [lead track from reissue!]

The other alternative would be to carry on the excellent reissue tradition and get someone to do a mix of more than 20 songs a la Love by the Beatles. Wouldn't that be great?
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Re: The Ultimate Triffids Compilation 20 Song CD
« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2009, 05:03:04 PM »
As the person who originally started this thread way back when, I have had time to refine my thinking and test my compilation CDs on interested but non-hardcore-fan friends. I am now of the view that one CD is simply not enough - two are necessary:

CD 1 (Absolute best of)
Red Pony
Hell of a Summer
Rosevel
Beautiful Waste
Property is Condemned
Jesus Calling
Raining Pleasure
Bright Lights, Big City
The Seabirds
Estuary Bed
Lonely Stretch
Wide Open Road
Personal Things
Stolen Property
Tender is the Night
Bury Me Deep in Love
A Trick of the Light
Unmade Love
Holy Water
Too Hot to Move, Too Hot to Think
American Sailors

CD2 (Near misses)
Family Name
Spanish Blue
MGM
My Baby Thinks She's a Train
Hanging Shed
Embedded
Field of Glass
Tarrilup Bridge
Life of Crime
In the Pines
Kathy Knows
Once a Day
25 to 5
Born Sandy Devotional
Kelly's Blues
Hometown Farewell Kiss
Blinder by the Hour
Jerdacuttup Man
One Mechanic Town
Fairytale Love

Early songs Reverie and Bad Timing just miss the 2nd cut. Favourites of others that don't really do it for me include Place in the Sun, Save What you Can, Goodbye Little Boy and New Year's Greetings.