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Live At Ric's

by Cunningham

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New Fast One 01:37
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Sway 02:48
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Field Day 04:06
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Blundell 02:57
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Just Jeans 03:35
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Expert Tones 04:38
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Twin Attacks 02:59
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Busstop 03:57
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Lady Fate 01:39
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Fast Lane 03:21
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Hey Sista 03:38
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Triplets 04:20
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about

Recorded live at Ric's Cafe on 02/05/2002.

The tracks cover two sets played and represent mostly unreleased material with a few older tunes included for good measure. The recordings are untouched from the night with the exception of approximately 76 minutes of banter (both drunken and non-drunken) edited for your listening pleasure.

This is a fair representation of a good Cunningham show with a few hitches here and there, off kilter pop songs, entertaining banter and most importantly, a fantastic crowd.

Highlights include - Trent actually making a mistake on the guitar ('Hump of the Week', about time), Greg attempting possibly the worst sing-a-long in the modern era ('Fast Lane'), Nick Naughtons "drum solo" ('Winnie Blues'), Cass dropping the C word ('Bus Stop') and general hysteria when either Jeremy or Brett's name are mentioned (most songs).

A bit about Cunningham...
Cunningham started upon Greg’s return from overseas in mid 1995 at a boozy welcome home BBQ where he decided he was keen to start his own band on guitar after previously playing bass in Hugbubble. The Melniks who were there, begged Greg to take Trent as drummer to stop him continuously playing the drums at Melniks practice (he was singer/guitarist) and Cass was not going to let him out on his own so volunteered to play the bass (he was the Melniks drummer/singer).

After an early incarnation with Brett Buckley on the last guitar spot, the steady hand of Jeremy Marshall (previously Hugbubble) was bought in and the only member on his first-choice instrument.

While Greg was the chief songwriter, Cass and Trent being natural tunesmiths also contributed their own songs but with the general proviso of no distortion and so the more pop-orientated sound was formed (eventually distortion pedals were allowed on a case by case basis but only sparingly!)

Cunningham were described on an Antfarm Records compilation as “a bit Velvet Underground“ which impressed the chaps no end and also got a Flying Nun-ish tag, perhaps from Greg’s origins from the land of the long white cloud.

Cunningham released three EPs, 'Very Cunningham' in 1996, 'H*A*M*S' in 1999 and 'His 'n' Hers' in 2000.
All EPs were recorded and produced by Bob Moore who took a shine to them from their first show and was generally responsible for pushing the lads to make better music.

Sometime after the release of 'His 'n' Hers', Trent moved away from Brisbane, and as a result he left the band. The vacant drum stool was filled by Cunningham manager Nick Naughton (Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side, Biro). 'Live At Ric's' was the band's final release. It's a corker!

credits

released October 1, 2002

Greg Brady - vocals, guitar
Jeremy Marshall - guitar, keys
Jason Cassidy - bass, vocals
Trent McNamara - drums, vocals

Recorded live at Ric's Cafe, Fortitude Valley by Jeremy Cole.

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