Biggest Tallest a.k.a Tiny Town
Band members Michael BOUWMAN, Deborah CAVALLARO, Jeannette GILFEDDER, Martin MACKERRAS, Stephen MACKERRAS, Rodney MCALLISTER
Michael BOUWMAN, Deborah CAVALLARO, Jeannette GILFEDDER, Martin MACKERRAS, Stephen MACKERRAS, Rodney MCALLISTER
Wondrous Fair music clip filmed and edited by Stephen MACKERRAS and Deborah CAVALLARO
PLACE OF BIRTH
From the collection of Michael BOUWMAN
Brisbane’s Wondrous Fair began around 1986 and had lasted up until 1995. In nine or so years they chalked up the following releases: the cassettes ‘Wondrous Fair’ (C60), ‘Tidy Town’ (C90) and ‘Live All Over the Shop’ (C60). They also self-released a CD in 1994 called ‘Cosmological Clock’.
They appeared on all three SPILL label compilations (1 on cassette, and 2 and 3 on CD) as well as the 1986 4ZZZ compilation LP ‘State of Emergence’. They wore outlandish costumes.
Members of the band were formerly of Tangled Shoelaces, Gobble Gobble and Clag to name three. The story of Tangled Shoelaces and the rest of what I call the Class of 1982 is to be continued for the readers of SSS. They made a selection of videos. Most of them are on YouTube. Some of their songs were played by Dragster after the band and beforehand by Tangled Shoelaces. This cassette came out in 1987. As the notes in the 7” sleeve suggest, they were recorded live.
Deborah played in the Sump, the Fair Muses and Dragster (to quickly name three) – she’s currently in the Golden Circles. Rodney was the drummer in the Sump when Jeffrey Wegener or a drum machine wasn’t or weren’t keeping a beat. Richard had a tapeloop-heavy project called Wank Engine and did a curious radio show on 4zzz in the 90s called Winky Wanky Woo. Jeanette’s in Italy now, and I think Stephen’s in Japan. Michael plays in Not Pictured. And I’m not sure what Martin’s doing at the moment but he played in Puppenspiel in the early 1990s.
Super Eight/ Video
You Tube – Published on May 18, 2013
Wondrous Fair music clip filmed and edited by Stephen Mackerras and Deborah Cavallaro. Look closely Brisbane dwellers and you will see the site of the unfinished cathedral foundations in the Valley that is now where Cathedral Place stands. Band members Michael Bouwman Deborah Cavallaro Jeannette Gilfedder Martin Mackerras Stephen Mackerras Rodney McAllister. The song concerned a plan to build the world’s tallest building in Brisbane. A reference to advertising airships: they had them over Brisbane at the time, flying out of Lang Park over Red Hill and beyond. “Slabs of concrete might hail down from the tallest boiling”.. this happened tragically, when the Commonwealth Bank in Queen Street was being built, killing someone. The early Severed Heads album (available then only on cassette) was called “City Slab Horror” after a Newspaper banner at the time. Lyrics Michael Bouwman.
Kindly reproduced with full permission of Michael BOUWMAN