Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bailter Space - Nelsh Bailter Space EP (1987)

Bailter Space evolved out of the legendarily abrasive Christchurch outfit the Gordons, but this debut release sees Alistair Parker and company mining far less aggressive territory. After all, this early incarnation of Bailter Space included one-half of the fabulous brothers Kilgour--Hamish Kilgour, that is--and yet another ex-Clean member in bassist Ross Humphries. This EP features the song "I'm In Love With These Times," which I can only imagine served as the inspiration for the title of the 1989 Flying Nun compilation. Strangely enough, the Bailter Space song featured on that release is "Grader Spader." Don't ask me. This is really fantastic stuff, and if you like what you hear, Feelin' Kinda Froggy has a very generous selection of Bailter Space material here. By the time Bailter Space released their first full-length, 1988's 'Tanker' (Great album! Get it at Feelin' Kinda Froggy!) Humphries had been replaced by the Gordons' bassist John Halvorsen. With the reformation of the Clean, Hamish Kilgour left Bailter Space, and who replaced him but Brent McLachlan, the Gordons' original drummer! So it's at this point that Bailter Space really becomes the Gordons 2.0 in 1990 with 'Thermos.' Nice bit of closure, yes? Enjoy! More requests are forthcoming! - Ariel

9 comments:

J. said...

Hey boy,
many thanks for the Bailter Space debut. It's a bit different to their later records, but e.g. "Now I will live" or "El Whizzo" are really fantastic and part of my, oops, inspiration.

Greetings Jay

ben said...

While I'm being picky (see "Songs of You and Me" comments) ..... the first Bailter Space album with the "Gordons 2.0" line-up was actually "Thermos" (1990).

Ariel said...

Thank you so much! I'm really quite grateful for your corrections; it's not a case of being "picky" at all. I'm a bit shaky on some of the details, as you can well see. Please, don't hesitate to leave a comment in the future if you spot any other incorrect information.

Ben said...

I spent A LOT of my teenage years absorbing all this information in New Zealand so it's good to be able to put it to use! The best source of info is the 1996 book (w/ a CD of rarities) "Kiwi Rock" by Tim Davey & Horst Puschmann. It has profiles on some of the bigger Flying Nun bands, a huge discography (not complete but as close as you'll get) of every known NZ release between the late 70s and 1996, all of 1995's (or maybe 1994's - don't have the book with me) NZ music reviews from Rip It Up magazine, (now out of date) contact details for record labels and studios, and a very thorough index. Slow Boat records in Wellington, NZ still have it. See here http://www.slowboatrecords.co.nz/catalogue/catalogue_V.htm#Various%20Artists or just email them direct slow.boat.music@xtra.co.nz. Ben.

Ariel said...

Well, I'll just have to pick that up; thanks for the tip! It's so hard to find soundly reliable information online, and I don't think I'll see that title in the U.S. anytime soon. Thanks, again!

huduru said...

On the "being picky" thing, I don't think Ross (Humpheries) was ever exactly in The Clean. He was certainly a key member of The Pin Group and The Great Unwashed, as well as a few other combos.

frank said...

I've never ever seen this EP-cheers!! And bearing in mind I own a copy of everything else they did, including the second Gordon's LP, that's saying something. Many thanks!

diablo said...

This is the best band in the world... Ever!

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