The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake

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The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake
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Studio album by Spiderbait
Released 25 September 1995 (1995-09-25)
Recorded September 1994 – March 1995[1]
  • Birdland Studios, Melbourne
  • ABC Studios, Sydney
  • Rockinghorse Studios, Byron Bay[1]
Length 37:22
Label Universal
Producer Spiderbait[1]
Spiderbait chronology

The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake
The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake
'Ivy and the Big Apples

The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake is the second studio album by Australian rock band Spiderbait, released in 1995. It peaked at No. 14 on the ARIA Albums Charts.[2]

The album was named after the real unfinished Spanish galleon built in Spiderbait's home town, Finley, which was a "failed civic beautification project."[3][4] The galleon had been partly constructed for many years, before being burnt to the water line by an unknown arsonist. It was then rebuilt in its entirety but then burnt down again and now no longer exists.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]

Emma MacDonald of The Canberra Times opined, in October 1995, that "the music is inventive and quite melodic but, be warned, what seems like a nice musical jaunt at first can turn into a thrashing, speaker-blowing experience without the slightest warning."[4] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, felt it "found the band adding a jazzier touch (as on the title track) to the usually frantic, distortion-fuelled thrash-pop style."[3] Jonathan Lewis of AllMusic that it "consisted of short (most songs are under three minutes) blasts of punk-pop. With their buzzing guitars and the strange vocals of lead singer Kram, Spiderbait were a kind of hybrid of the rawer moments of the Pixies and the Muffs, but less melodic than either of those two."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Gotta Know" 2:03
2. "Sam Gribbles" 2:28
3. "Monty" 2:34
4. "Who Are the Freemasons?" 3:21
5. "Riot" 3:18
6. "Spanish Galleon" 2:58
7. "Jesus" 1:51
8. "Chuck Picola" 1:22
9. "Yeah O Yeah" 1:09
10. "Ooga Booga" 2:58
11. "Goal" 2:32
12. "Detective" 10:48


  1. ^ a b c The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake (CD liner notes). Spiderbait. Polydor. 1995. 529 155-2. 
  2. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Spiderbait". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b McFarlane, 'Spiderbait' entry. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b MacDonald, Emma (2 October 1995). "Home Entertainment: Titles Justify CD Purchase". The Canberra Times. 71 (22,082). p. 34. Retrieved 27 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ a b Lewis, Jonathan. "The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake – Spiderbait". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 

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