Gossip (album)

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Gossip
Studio album by Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls
Released September 1986 (AUS)
July 1987 (USA)
Recorded Trafalgar Studios, Sydney (March–May 1986)
Genre Australian Rock
Length 81:38
Label Mushroom/White (Australia)
A&M (U.S.)
Producer Alan Thorne, Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls chronology
Post
(1985)
Gossip
(1986)
Under the Sun
(1987)
Singles from Gossip
  1. "Before Too Long"
    Released: June 1986
  2. "Darling It Hurts"
    Released: September 1986
  3. "Leaps and Bounds"
    Released: January 1987
  4. "Look So Fine, Feel So Low"
    Released: July 1987
  5. "The Execution"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Gossip is the double LP debut album by Australian rock group Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls.[2] Produced by Alan Thorne and Paul Kelly,[3] it was released on Mushroom Records in September 1986, which peaked at No. 15 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart,[4] and achieved gold record status.[2] There was commercial success for "Before Too Long" which peaked at No. 15 and "Darling It Hurts" reached No. 25 on the related Singles Chart.[4] Gossip was released in different forms, initially as a double album with 24 tracks, it was edited down to a single 15-track LP for North American and European release on A&M Records, when released on CD in North America, it featured 17 tracks.[3]

Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls had been named for a lyric in Lou Reed's song "Walk on the Wild Side", but all North American and European releases were credited to Paul Kelly and the Messengers due to possible racist interpretations.[5] "Darling It Hurts" peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart in 1987.[6] The initial 1987 Australian CD release contained 21 tracks; in 2005, a special deluxe 2-CD version was released in Australia which contained all 24 tracks.[3] In October 2010, it was listed at No. 7 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[7]

Background[edit]

After relocating from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985, Paul Kelly had recorded and released a solo album Post.[2][3] Kelly then began to play and record with a full-time band, which included Michael Armiger on bass guitar, Michael Barclay on drums, Steve Connolly on guitar, eventually bassist Jon Schofield, and keyboardist Peter Bull joined.[3] Through a joke based on Lou Reed's song "Walk on the Wild Side", the band became known as Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls.[2][5] Their first release was "From St Kilda to Kings Cross" but it did not chart.[2] The line-up of the Coloured Girls changed rapidly with some stability late in 1985 as Barclay, Bull, Connolly and Schofield.[2][3] Stuart Coupe, Kelly's manager, advised him to sign with Regular Records due to difficulty re-signing with Mushroom's Michael Gudinski.[5] Michelle Higgins, Mushroom's Public relations officer, was a Kelly supporter and locked herself into a Sebel Townhouse Hotel room for nearly a week in mid-1986, refusing to leave until Gudinski had signed Kelly to a two-album recording contract.[5][8]

In September 1986 Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls released the 24-track double LP Gossip.[3] The album included remakes of songs from Post and also featured "Maralinga (Rainy Land)", a song about the effects of British atomic testing on the Maralinga Tjarutjaindigenous people of Maralinga, South Australia.[9] Gossip peaked at No. 15 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Charts, with singles chart success for "Before Too Long" which peaked at No. 15 and "Darling It Hurts" reaching No. 25.[4] A single LP version of Gossip featuring 15 tracks was released in North America and Europe by A&M Records in July, 1987.[3] Due to possible racist connotations the band changed its name, for international releases, to Paul Kelly and the Messengers.[2][5] They made an American tour, initially supporting Crowded House and then head-lining, travelling across the United States by bus.[2] "Darling It Hurts" peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1987.[6] The New York Times rock critic, John Pareles wrote "Mr. Kelly sang one smart, catchy three-minute song after another - dozens of them - as the band played with no-frills directness." following the band's performance at the Bottom Line Club in New York.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Kelly unless otherwise indicated.[11]

  1. "Last Train to Heaven" – 4:51
  2. "Leaps and Bounds" (Paul Kelly, Chris Langman) – 3:25
  3. "Before the Old Man Died" – 2:35 Remixed by Scott Litt for North American issues
  4. "Down on My Speedway" – 3:25
  5. "White Train" – 2:47^^
  6. "Randwick Bells" – 3:38
  7. "Before Too Long" – 3:24
  8. "Adelaide" – 3:39^^ Omitted from North American LP and CD issues
  9. "I Won't Be Torn Apart" – 2:51 Omitted from North American LP issue
  10. "Going About My Father's Business" – 3:34 Omitted from North American LP issue
  11. "Somebody's Forgetting Somebody (Somebody's Letting Somebody Down)" – 3:41
  12. "The Ballroom" – 2:02 Omitted from North American LP and CD issues
  13. "Tighten Up" – 2:57 Remixed by Scott Litt for North American issues
  14. "I've Come for Your Daughter" – 3:21 Omitted from North American LP and CD issues, 1993 Australian CD issue
  15. "So Blue" – 3:32 Omitted from North American LP and CD issues
  16. "The Execution" – 5:17 Remixed by Scott Litt for North American issues
  17. "Incident on South Dowling" – 3:13^^
  18. "Maralinga (Rainy Land)" – 3:57 Omitted from North American LP and CD issues
  19. "Darling It Hurts" (Kelly, Steve Connolly) – 3:19
  20. "Look So Fine, Feel So Low" (Kelly, Maurice Frawley) – 3:22^^
  21. "Stories of Me" – 2:45
  22. "Don't Harm the Messenger" – 3:47
  23. "Gossip" (Kelly, Chris Coyne) – 2:56 Omitted from North American LP and CD issues, 1993 Australian CD issue
  24. "After the Show" – 3:17 Omitted from North American LP and CD issues, 1993 Australian CD issue

^^ = previously recorded on Kelly's 1985 solo release, Post

Chart positions and releases[edit]

Year Chart Peak
[4]
1986 Australian Albums Chart
Kent Music Report
15
Format Country Label Catalogue No. Year
LP AUS Mushroom L45961/2 1986
Cassette AUS Mushroom C45961/2 1986
LP USA A&M SP 5157 1987
CD USA A&M CD 5157 1987
CD AUS Mushroom/White MUSH32282.2 1993

Personnel[edit]

Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls

Additional musicians

Recording details

  • Producer — Alan Thorne, Paul Kelly
  • Engineer — Alan Thorne
  • Remixer — Scott Litt (tracks 3, 13, 16 for North American release)

Art work

  • Cover Art — Ann Redmond
  • Photography — Wayne O'Farrell

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original on 30 September 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Holmgren, Magnus. "Paul Kelly". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Jenkins, Jeff; Meldrum, Ian (2007). Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia. Melbourne, Vic.: Wilkinson Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921332-11-1. 
  6. ^ a b "Billboard singles charts". Allmusic. (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  7. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  8. ^ "Songs from the South: The Best of Paul Kelly". Amazon.com. 13 May 1997. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  9. ^ Horsburgh, Susan (4 June 2007). "Song lines". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  10. ^ Pareles, John (18 September 1988). "Two Rock Storytellers Hit Their Stride". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  11. ^ "APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 23 September 2008.  Note: requires user to input song title e.g. Last Train to Heaven