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In the 1980s, Australian independent music, especially the Detroit inspired, garage style guitar driven pop, attracted some fanatical attention in Europe. Music fans in countries like France, Holland, Belgium and Spain were rabid about some of our bands. As a result, many of them sold a lot more records over there than they did at home. And, with bands like our own DM3 and the Chevelles, that interest continues today.
One such fan was Divine Rites Webmaster, a 38-year old computer programmer from Strasbourg in France. He started his own label, Divine Rites Records, and his very first release was this double 10" vinyl job called Storming The Citadel, which was limited to just 700 copies. It is a tribute to John Needham's Sydney label that was the early home of the Died Pretty, the Stems, the Trilobites, the Lime Spiders, the Screaming Tribesmen, the Bamboos, the Dubrovniks, the Moffs, the New Christs, Wet Taxis and a bunch of others. Several current Australian bands like Challenger 7, Asteroid B-612, Indignation, the Panadolls, Sheek The Shayk and Perth's Jack & The Beanstalk (doing the Spiders' Slave Girl), along with a couple of European and US outfits, will each tackle a favorite song from the Citadel catalogue.
The tapes were mixed by Rob Younger who, as virtual house producer for Citadel in the '80s, oversaw most of those bands' early sessions. His own bands Radio Birdman and the New Christs are still with the label today, as are DM3 and the now returned Died Pretty. (Year of Release: 1998)
Volume I: 1. Jack & the Beanstalk - Slave Girl (Lime Spiders) 2. Challenger 7 - Move A Little Closer (Screaming Tribesmen) 3. Hunchbacks - Virginia (Bamboos) 4. Sheek The Shayk and his Royal Camels - Liquor Fit (Lipstick Killers) 5. Mother Jones - Sad TV (The Visitors) 6. Indignation - Sister's Life (Porcelain Bus) 7. Tension - A Legacy Of Morons (Trilobites)
Volume II: 1. Panadolls - Voodoo Slaves (Minuteman) 2. Pyramidiacs - Don't Talk About Us (Someloves) 3. Backsliders - Savage (Fun Things) 4. Louis Tillett & Charlie Owen - Headin' South (New Christs) 5. Asteroid B-612 - Mirror Blues (Died Pretty)