THE PUB DOGS‘ SCATTER’S LIVER – THE ONLY RECORD BY THE BAND FEATURING THE LATE, GREAT CHRIS WILSON ALONGSIDE GRAHAM LEE OF THE TRIFFIDSBARRY PALMER OF HAREM SCAREM AND HUNTERS & COLLECTORS, AND COUNTRY SINGER MARK C HALSTEAD – GETS FIRST EVER VINYL RELEASE ON CHEERSQUAD RECORDS & TAPES. 

ORDER THE PUBDOGS’ SCATTER’S LIVER HERE

Following on from Cheersquad’s ARIA Album Chart Top 20 and ARIA Blues and Vinyl Chart-topping reissue of Chris Wilson‘s iconic Live at the Continental album, and its earlier release of the great man’s final (self-titled) album, the Melbourne indie label now presents a rare jewel from the Chris Wilson catalog. 

Originally released on CD only in 1991 on legendary 3RRR presenter Max Crawdaddy‘s Crawdaddy label – and out today on vinyl for the first time ever – Scatter’s Liver by the Pub Dogs is a rough-hewn country-blues gem. It was the only release from a scratch band par excellence which Chris was part of around the same time as the Crown of Thorns, and Chris’s last release before signing to Mushroom’s Aurora label.
 

Scatter’s Liver is available on black vinyl and digitally, as well as a 100-copy limited edition “yellow and black smash” vinyl. All vinyl includes a download card, and all digital tracks will be added to your Bandcamp collection too.

LISTEN TO “ALIMONY BLUES” (Chris Wilson) BY THE PUB DOGS HERE

The Pub Dogs, as their name might suggest, was a band made up of drinking buddies. In addition to Chris on vocals and harp, from Chris’s Sole Twisters and Harem Scarem days, and Crown of Thorns, was guitarist Barry Palmer (who would later join Hunters & Collectors and then form Deadstar). From Chris’ days playing with Paul Kelly & The Messengers was pedal steel guitarist Graham Lee, also known and loved for his work in The Triffids and the Black Eyed Susans. And from Graham’s corner was singer, guitarist and mandolinist Marko Halstead, a man perhaps best known at that point as a member of Qld bluegrass outfit the Kingswoods, notorious for their 1983 cover of the Sex Pistols’ ‘Pretty Vacant’ entitled ‘Purty Vacant’, and his stint as twangmaster in Tex Perkins’ early hillbilly punk band Tex Deadly & the Dum Dums. As Mark C. Halstead, he would go onto make a fine country record for W. Minc Records  the label that Graham Lee ran with The Moodists’ Steve Miller – and become a regular performer (and customer) at Miller’s pub, the Standard in Fitzroy St.

A loose and short-lived combo that didn’t really get beyond the bar, The Pub Dogs nonetheless made musical magic, and Scatter’s Liver is a document of a time in Melbourne when the influence of American roots music was really starting to be felt north of the river. The album includes a couple of key songs in the Chris Wilson canon, ‘Alimony Blues’ and ‘Face in the Mirror’, as well as a superb Marko Halstead composition called ‘Tell Me’. It finishes off with another Halstead vocal, on a gorgeous version of the haunting ‘Way of the Flesh’, written by the Black Eyed Susans’ Phil Kakulas

Originally a live radio broadcast on JJJ FM recorded by Jim Atkins and produced by Chris Thompson in Melbourne, Scatter’s Liver, upon its release, was played almost every afternoon in the bar at The Punter’s Club in Fitzroy during the early 90s. The album’s title refers to Elvis Presley‘s pet monkey, who apparently liked a tipple.

https://cheersquadrecordstapes.bandcamp.com/album/scatter-s-liver-live-on-the-wireless

https://www.cheersquad.com.au/releases/scatters-liver/

 
ORDER THE PUBDOGS’ SCATTER’S LIVER HERE
 
THE PUB DOGS’ SCATTER’S LIVER IS OUT TODAY ON VINYL AND DIGITALLY ON CHEERSQUAD RECORDS & TAPES
(The album is available on black vinyl and digitally, as well as a 100-copy limited edition “yellow and black smash” vinyl. All vinyl includes a download card, and all digital tracks will be added to your Bandcamp collection too.)

https://cheersquadrecordstapes.bandcamp.com/album/scatter-s-liver-live-on-the-wireless
https://www.cheersquad.com.au/releases/scatters-liver/

 

 
The Pub Dogs (L-R): Graham Lee, pedal steel, vocals; Barry Palmer, guitars; Chris Wilson, vocals, harp; Marko Halstead, vocals, guitar, mandolin.

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