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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Peter Jefferies - Satellites and Sparks (best of 1987-2001)



I first came across Peter Jefferies on a Flying Nun compilation back in the 1980s, singing with This Kind of Punishment. I must admit at first I wasn't too taken by the song featured, "Immigration Song", I think it was the rather intense vocals I couldn't really get to grips with. But, I did find their music interesting so sought out their other albums. I soon grew to love Jefferies' vocals, at times like a cross between Peter Hammill and David Bowie when at their most manic. But when he sings in a lower range his voice is just delightful, some might even say seductive. 

As well as This Kind of Punishment I sought out his very first band, Nocturnal Projections, who are probably one of the finest post-punk bands to come from New Zealand. As much as I love those 2 bands, it's his solo work I've come to appreciate the most. Sadly Jefferies appears to have stopped releasing records since 2001, which is a great loss to the music world. So I've decided to celebrate his solo work, including collaborations with other artists, on this collection, with some of my favourite songs by him during this period. I hope you all enjoy!

  1. Peter Jefferies & Robbie Muir - The Fate of the Human Carbine (3:19)
  2. Peter Jefferies - Dryest Month in 100 Years (4:29)
  3. Peter Jefferies and Jono Lonie - The Standing Stone (2:22)
  4. Peter Jefferies - Don't Look Down (2:22)
  5. Peter Jefferies - The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World (3:16)
  6. Peter Jefferies - Signal (6:36)
  7. Peter Jefferies & Robbie Muir - Swerve (3:38)
  8. Peter Jefferies - Crocodile (2:54)
  9. Peter Jefferies - World in a Blanket (4:12)
10. Peter Jefferies - Domesticia (2:19)
11. Peter Jefferies - Won't Be Long (1:06)
12. Peter Jefferies & Robbie Muir - Don't Call Me, I'll Call You (3:16)
13. Peter Jefferies - By Small Degrees (4:36)
14. Peter Jefferies - Red Sky (1:48)
15. Peter Jefferies - Kitty Loop (3:47)
16. Peter Jefferies & Stephen Kilroy - Wined Up (3:17)
17. Peter Jefferies - Echoes (3:40)
18. Peter Jefferies - Next (1:13)
19. Peter Jefferies & Robbie Muir - Catapult (2:14)
20. Peter Jefferies - Ghostwriter (4:35)
21. Peter Jefferies and Jono Lonie - Piano (one) (4:43)
22. Peter Jefferies - Guided Tour of a Well Known Street (2:37)
23. Peter Jefferies - Satellites and Sparks (6:57)

Tracks 3 & 21 from the album "At Swim 2 Birds", 1987
Tracks 1 & 19 from the 7" single "Catapult/The Fate of the Human Carbine", 1989
Tracks 5, 10 & 22 from the album "The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World", 1991
Tracks 7 & 12 from the 7" EP "Swerve", 1992
Track 16 from the 7" single "Crossover", 1993
Tracks 4, 13 & 18 from the album "Electricity", 1995
Tracks 9, 17 & 23 from the album "Elevator Madness", 1996
Tracks 6 & 15 from the album "Substatic", 1998
Tracks 2, 8, 11, 14 & 20 from the album "Closed Circuit", 2001