Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Bats

More Kiwi-pop. The Bats were the band Robert Scott formed after the breakup of The Clean, and he continued putting out music with that band through The Clean's many reunions. In fact, The Bats just released a new album last year. I don't think it would be difficult to argue that The Bats ended up being the best of the post-Clean efforts (including the reunions).

This song originally appeared on The Bats second EP, And Here Is "Music For the Fireside"! The Bats early singles and EPs have a more low-fi, homespun feel than the material that would emerge on their later LPs, but the material is just as good. Most of the early EP and single material was compiled on the Compiletely Bats CD, but that is now out-of-print and hard to find. The CD makes for a very good Bats album and is well worth picking up if you find a copy.

I have no idea what a "Chicken Bird Run" is. Maybe in New Zealand people take their chickens out to chicken runs much as Americans take their dogs to dog runs. I imagine it would be a nice place for chickens to socialize and maybe get a little exercise. Perhaps someone with a better knowledge of local New Zealand customs could fill me in. Anyway, despite not knowing what this song is about, I like it.


Anonymous said...

Any more luck with that whole Ron Klaus thing? Also, let's hear it for Squirrel Bait!

Pete Bilderback said...

I have another Big Dipper post in the pipeline. No luck finding Ron Klaus...there have been a few restraining orders issued. Squirrel Bait were one LOUD band.

dan said...

Squirrel Bait were one LOUD band.

True, but the singer turned out to be a real wuss.

Pete Bilderback said...

I'm not too fond of any of the post-Squirrel Bait wankery. Ironically, that is probably why they are mostly remembered today.

Anonymous said...

Those two Squirrel Bait records are fantastic. Indeed, based on later efforts, I suspect that the members, themselves, were unaware of how good they actually were or, more importantly, what made them so good.

I suggest a future examination of bands that went from brilliant to lousy over the course of one record. I nominate fIREHOSE.