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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Crime and the City Solution - Just South of Heaven (1985)

Crime and the City Solution was formed by Simon Bonney in Australia in 1978. The band has had four distinct phases, with Bonney's role as singer/songwriter being the only constant. The first two phases in the band's history (Sydney 1977-1978 & Melbourne 1979) came and went with virtually no released material. These phases existed in that same time frame that the Dogs in Space film captured the spirit of so well. This Australian indie, post-punk period running from 1975-1984 has been documented by Clinton Walker in the book Inner City Sound.

After a roughly six year period of inactivity, Bonney relocated to Berlin and reformed the band for their third phase. The bandmates included Simon Bonney on vocals, Mick Harvey and Rowland S. Howard on guitars, Harry Howard on bass and Epic Soundtracks on drums. The earlier incarnations of Crime and the City Solution were peers to The Birthday Party and so this third build of the band includes two former members of Nick Cave's earlier band.

From 1987-1991, the band reshuffled for its fourth and final phase. Mick Harvey remained, joining four new members, and released four studio albums, with a live CD issued in 1996. Being a fan of the band, Wim Wenders featured the band, along with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, in his absolutely incredible film Wings of Desire. Simon Bonney released two excellent country-tinged solo albums in 1992 and 1995. His current activities and whereabouts are unknown.

This posting is a complete collection of all the material released by the third phase of the band. The mini-LP Just South of Heaven is preceded by their first official release, The Dangling Man E.P. and finishes up with The Kentucky Click/Adventure 12" single.

This third phase of the band is their most intense. The music is dark, with a deep echo twangy guitar sound, a desolate rumbling rhythm section and emotionally overwrought vocals. Hold on, don't run yet, I mean this all in a good way! Later on, in their fourth incarnation, they became more musically complex (and accessible) and the lyrics became even more ambitious. However, it is with this material produced in their third phase that I connect with and enjoy the most.

Crime and the City Solution - Just South of Heaven (1985)
From The Dangling Man E.P. 12" (1985):
1. The Dangling Man (4:01)
2. The Last Day (5:23)
3. At the Crossroads (5:46)
4. Shakin' Chill (3:31)
From Just South of Heaven mini-LP (1985):
5. Rose Blue (4:53)
6. The Coal Train (6:00)
7. Stolen & Stealing (3:15)
8. Five Stone Walls (4:22)
9. Trouble Come This Morning (4:33)
10. The Wailing Wall (5:33)
From The Kentucky Click/Adventure 12" (1986):
11. The Kentucky Click (5:29)
12. Adventure (3:29)
13. It Takes Two to Burn (4:53)

95.8MB ZIP archive
MP3: (7x) Constant bitrate (192kbps) & (6x) Variable bitrate (251kbps average)



Anonymous said...

Thanking you very very much. I have this back in Australia on vinyl with no turntable. Been wanting to hear 'Rose Blue' for yonks!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Thanks loads. Hey, 'Shine' is out of print as far as I can tell. Don't suppose you have it and would be willing to post it?

Anonymous said...

Any chance to post the LP's?

Room of Lights (LP, 1986)
Shine (LP, 1988)
The Bride Ship (LP, 1989)
Paradise Discotheque (LP, 1990)

I'm looking everywhere, but can not find anything.

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Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Kevin.
I've both the Dangling Man EP and Just South on vinyl, though I've not heard either (except for snippets in my head) in nearly 20 years. The Last Day remains a powerful piece of work to this day, some 30 years after it was written. Excellent vinyl rips, I might add.
Bravo, Dude.

Anonymous said...

here:, you can find the 2 solo albums of Simon Bonney + 1 video.
Enjoy it!!!

LunaTic said...

thx a lot 4 this rare stuff

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Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for sharing. I already had just of heaven EP only. I have Paradise Discotheque and Shine that I will post soon in a blog that I will make. I shall send you a link when I finished my blog. Sorry, for my bad english, I'm from Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Amazing post!!! The 3 eps together is a clever touch. That version of adventure is great...much different for the ROL version. I could go on but i'll spare you all. visit the man back from the (nearly) dead...
so happy he's back and working.
anyone interested in this has got to get Teenage Snuff Film. It's brilliant.


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Anonymous said...

What an amazing blog...thanks for all of the hard work here.

I was fortunate enough to see Crime and the City Solution live many years ago in Chicago at a club I was working at. The show was poorly attended but what an incredible show. I worked around live music for over 25 years and that show still stands out as one of the best I have ever seen. Thanks for the memories and thanks for the music.....

Anonymous said...

sweet! thanks

Anonymous said...

i get a format error when i try to type in the password after i have downloaded the file

error #17540

any one know what i should do?

Kevin Sartori said...

Hey, Anon, have you tried using UnRarX?

Anonymous said...

i can't open. can you reupload this

Kevin Sartori said...

Check out the Please Read This First note at the top of the page.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant stuff, thanks a million!

chino said...

thanks so much!!! one of my favorites band....greetz from Peru

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Roots said...

Thanks so much for this clean rip. this band is unique and so does everybody who guess to great lenghts to find their music online.
thank you.

keep this blog alive ! it's priceless and brings alot of joy to my life.

Anonymous said...

They're Ba-ack! In the process of recording a new album and have announced some tour dates for the U.S. and Europe 2012/13.

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to Rapidgator and is available now!

Kevin Sartori said...

Because Rapidgator has become unreliable, the share has been uploaded to Game Front and is available now!

Unknown said...

I'm late to the party but may I request another Re-Up? Cheers!

Kevin Sartori said...

Thanks for the heads up Steven Watson! Sorry it took me so long to get to it. Share has been uploaded to and is available now!