Friday, April 13

Peter's 1989 Australian Adventure

Peter Holsapple
Melbourne, Australia
“Fast Fictions” 3RRR-FM Radio Show
David Vodicka, interviewer
Feb. 13, 1989

Pre-FM soundboard (sound quality Ex-)
Highlights: A relaxed-but-engaged Peter sings & plays the heck out of 10 songs

Peter Holsapple: seeing & hearing double
Marty Perez photo / B.O.B. Issue 33

1.   Soul Kiss
2.   Storm Warning
3.   Elvis, What Happened?
4.   Lonely Is as Lonely Does
5.   Bonneville
6.   Today Could Be the Day
7.   Second Time Around
8.   Why Did You Sleep With My Girlfriend?
9.   The Next to the Last Waltz
10. The Child In You

Alt. Link 

These live acoustic tracks come from a 3-hour marathon radio session with announcer David Vodicka (one of those interview-plus-live-in-studio-performance thingies). The occasion was a stop in Melbourne on R.E.M.’s 1989 “Green” world tour, during which Peter played sideman extraordinaire. Later, Vodicka created and sold cassettes of the live songs as part of his “Fast Fictions” tape series. Apparently, he did this without Peter’s permission or approval. As you can read in his comment below, Peter didn’t think too much of the whole thing — but the fans get to enjoy it anyway...

Here’s what Peter said in Sept. 2007, in a comment he posted at (which is where I first heard about these performances):

“I was in Australia with R.E.M. and got invited to do a radio interview. We couldn't get at any of the tour guitars, so the disc jockey's friend provided a rusty old axe which popped a string early on. I honestly don't love the cassette, since I was never consulted about its release and still find it going for exorbitant amounts and felt the performance was iffy at best.”

Hey Peter, I paid a hefty price for a copy of the tape, but I think it’s worth it — and, if it makes you feel any better, anyone who wants can now have a listen.

BONUS FEATURE: Printed Highlights 
from the Radio Interview

Thank God for Bucketfull of Brains, the great indie/alt rock music ‘zine from England. Jon Storey & co. love The dB’s, and have had the good taste over the years to feature articles about, interviews with, and reviews of our heroes. In B.O.B. Issue 33 (March-April 1990), they published excerpts from Peter’s 1989 radio interview with Vodicka.

Here's the article in 5 high-resolution files ("Cool, Keen & Eccentric" indeed...). You may want to snatch them from the blog and use your pdf reader's zoom feature, depending on how good your eyes are. 
For the full multi-media experience, I recommend downloading the songs first & playing them while you read the interview.
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  1. heeeee i have this cassette, and was encoding it to sending it to you Robin but you did the job many thanks great sound!!!!! greetings from the Netherlands , Alie.

  2. Ah -- great minds think alike, I suppose!