Collected Recordings 1994​-​1996

by Friends Of The Iguana

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Navigation 02:37
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Fall 02:42
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Holidays 02:36
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Window 03:10
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Careful 03:29
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Brown River 02:46
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Cold Moon 02:44
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Net 03:35
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One Extra 04:24
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Simple 03:03

about

Friends of the Iguana were an unusual Brisband. Two guitars and a cello were the core of this group, formed in 1992 as a scratch band for a cabaret at La Boite Theatre. Guitarist/songwriters David Megarrity and Anthony Mullins began to arrange their original material with cellist Madelaine Hale shortly afterwards: literate and emotional domestic landscapes captured in delicate and austere chamber-pop settings. They played all the local venues, were state finalists in the National Campus Band Competition and recorded a self-titled EP in short order.

They followed this with full length album ‘Fall’ and kept on playing, including supports for My Friend The Chocolate Cake, whose style they resembled, and Regurgitator, whose style they did not. Strong reviews followed (including a write up in UK music rag NME). Madelaine left the group and moved to the UK where the group later played duo gigs. New string players David Sills and Liz Elliott expanded into the ensemble’s second lineup. The ‘Black and Brown’ EP was recorded followed by appearances at the 1996/7 Woodford Folk Festival. Later in 1997 the band played their last gig at the Valley Fiesta, cut short by a storm. With the encouragement of James Lees, the band’s original lineup reunited in 2004 to play the Keep off the Grass anniversary show at The Zoo, along with other folk/pop Brisbands of the nineties. Having released only cassettes during their time together this compilation CD came out in 2005.

Watch the video for 'Come Into My Garden' - youtu.be/hjX9INYWuyE

Check these links for further reading:
lifeinthelongtail.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/friends-of-the-iguana-part-1
lifeinthelongtail.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/friends-of-the-iguana-part-2

credits

released March 1, 2005

David Megarrity: guitar, vocals
Anthony Mullins: guitar, vocals
Madelaine Hale: cello, vocals (1993-5)
Liz Elliott: violin (1995-7)
David Sills: cello (1995-7)

Songs 5,7,8,11 written by Anthony Mullins
Songs 1-4, 6, 9, 10, 12-16 written by David Megarrity

Tracks 1,2,3,7,8,9,11 from ‘Fall’
Recorded W.E.M. Studios Aug-Nov 1996/Engineer Tony Childs
With Linus Monsour Drums/Percussion
Rachael Hunt Violin
Samuel Vincent Bass 2,7

Tracks 4,6 from ‘Fall’
Recorded Red Zeds Studio October 1995/Engineer Joe Panetta
Track 5 from Debut EP
Recorded Red Zeds Studio October 1994/Engineer Joe Panetta
Track 13 from ‘Black and Brown’ EP
Recorded Queensland Conservatorium of Music Nov 1996 Engineer Justin Tressider

Track 10, 15,16 from ‘Black and Brown’
Recorded OPM Studio June 1996/Engineer Daniel Seymour
Linus Monsour Drums
String arrangement by Lynette Pratten

Track 12 Originally form ‘Fall’
Re-Recorded February 2005 at Milliamp studio/Engineer Brett Collery

Compilation remastered by Brett Collery
Artwork by Tyrone
Layout and Design by James Lees
Photo by John Winstanley

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