Hi, thanks for letting me join the forum.
I found some tapes which I thought might be of interest. A little backstory, growing up in Perth I've always known who The Triffids are, I know BSD but that's about as far as my knowledge on these guys goes. Anyway, getting onto why I'm here, there's this salvage store in O'Connor, I'm a bit of a record/cd/music collector of sorts, I've always kind of ignored this shop as I assumed it would have been picked dry, but I was in the area so I stopped in.
Through a bit of digging I managed to find a bunch of tapes connected to David McComb and after a bit of sleuthing I've figured out they belonged to David McComb's brother John, who, I found out sadly passed away last year
(if I'm wrong I apologise). The list of what I grabbed and a bit of a description.Pic of the tapes
- Red Ponies Powerhaus 21-08-91 (A live recording of a Red Ponies show)
- Red Ponies Subterania 22-08-91 (A live recording of a Red Ponies show - apparently their 3rd and last show, as announced on the tape)
- Red Ponies Malmo, Sweden, May 1995 (A live recording of a Red Ponies show)
- Black Eyed Susans 18-02-89 (An early live recording of a Blackeyed Susans show)
- I've Heard Things Turn Out This Way (a tape with 3 versions of this song, 1) Less Reverb, 2) More Reverb, 3) No piano or guitar, with the comment "At least it's got a melody!")
- David McComb J-Files x2 4.3.99 - Two tapes with Richard Kingsmill from Triple J conducting a special feature on the Triffids and DM shortly after his passing, includes a lot of interview footage from the VHS tape below, also songs from the Triffids going all the way back to their early tape releases and chats on air with fans with stories about the band.
- Farewell Tape For John and Jac 6-1-86 (a mix tape by David McComb for his brother John, possibly when JM was moving to PNG. I know Dave made a lot of mixtapes from my research, I made a Spotify playlist of it if you would like to check it out here
- Letter From Dave 15-11-91 (John must have sent a letter on a cassette tape to David when DM was in the UK and JM was living in PNG, it's a pretty candid and personal, talks about everything from Dave's frustration with the music industry to buying a car from his parents.)
There are also two tapes which I suspect are simply vinyl to tape dubs of The Black Swan, although one tape is dated 1988, so maybe some sort of pre-release that DM sent to his brother.
There were also a number of blank VHS tapes, this is what they contained
- Official copy of Bury Me Deep In Love music video
- A clip containing a ABC 7:30 Report Interview Click here to view
- Goodbye Little Boy - Live on Countdown Revolution - Click Here to view on Youtube
- History of Australian Rock and Roll - Interview with David Click here to view on YouTube
(There's also a 15 min interview with Graham and Phil)
- Music videos of Raining Pleasure and Wide Open Road (shown on Rock Arena)
- Thick of the Light (version 3) music video. Looks the same as all versions on youtube etc
- David McComb - Set You Free (music video)
As you can see I have shared the footage of the interview with David, the 7:30 Report and the Countdown performance simply because the interview with David I thought was pretty incredible and the other two were not readily available, the rest of the "Official" material as it is copyrighted, the Graham and Phil interview I'm happy to share if Graham is happy for me to share it (maybe an unlisted youtube video) but it is incomplete I think (tape cuts out). Also, I do feel funny about sharing the "Letter from Dave", simply because of it's personal nature, what do you guys think?
The live recordings I will be backing up to .Wav for my own enjoyment but the tape deck I am currently using is a vintage Technics, need to get my hands on a better quality deck. I'm not sure if they are commonly available or have been officially released, maybe that's where you guys might be able to help.
In the meantime, when I was last at the shop, there was still tapes left and I know that one of them was a DM mixtape, so if you're nearby, might be worth checking out and the 50c investment! Here are some scans of the tape inlays