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The Cruel Sea

454 The Honeymoon Is Over by The Cruel Sea

The Honeymoon Is Over

Red Eye / Polydor
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The Cruel Sea, Tony Cohen, Mick Harvey

What happens when you combine the blues, reggae, cajun and soul via Australia? You get the 1993 album The Honeymoon Is Over by The Cruel Sea

What if Nick Cave or Mark Lanegan decided to record an album of Bob Marley, ZZ Top, War, and Slim Harpo covers? That's the question posed by the 1993 album The Honeymoon Is Over by The Cruel Sea, an instrumental blues and surf band from Australia that added Beasts of Bourbon frontman Tex Perkins to create a weird and oddly compelling album. Somehow, that combination managers to come together better than we could have ever expected, as the players involved completely buy into the swampy grooves with organ stabs, lurching bass lines and more. It may not be for everyone, and we may not even agree on it completely, but it's definitely worth a spin to reorient your understanding that the 90s weren't just grunge, pop-punk, industrial rock, etc.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Delivery Man
  • 5:27 - Black Stick
  • 14:36 - Naked Flame
  • 21:48 - Woman With Soul
  • Outro - Better Than Love

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