Thursday, January 29, 2015
From Georgia, But Not Athens Georgia...
Guadalcanal Diary originated in Georgia in the early 1980's, but not Athens, Georgia as they were often said to come from. That was some other lot that went on to world domination. Often lazily lumped in with the Rapid Eye Movement lot, they had a distinctive sound that was quite different to their peers, as evidenced on their debut EP from 1983, the wonderful Watusi Rodeo. *
Released on the Athens based DB label, it introduced their literate, melodic music to the public at large. Formed by Murray Attaway and Jeff Walls, they also had one of the finest rhythm sections you will hear with the bass playing of Rhett Crowe and the dynamic drumming of John Poe. Unjustly forgotten, they really do sound like no-one with their blend of jangly guitars, rockabilly, a dash of country and whatever else they happened to be listening to at the time.
* Just to confuse matters, the track posted did not appear on the Watusi Rodeo EP. The song, Watusi Rodeo, that appears today is from 1985 album Waiting In the Shadow Of The Big Man *