Artist: Wretched Child Title: Better Late Than Never Year: 1994 Genre: Hard Rock, Glam/Sleaze, Metal
Category: Full Length Album Format: Compact Disc (Verbatim CD-R) Label: – Catalog No: WC01 CD Matrix: – Comments: – Collectors Status: Very Rare Estimated Value: ~$25 – $50 AUD
Track List 01. Now It’s Time 02. Damnation 03. Believe in Me 04. Fantasy Lover 05. Besty Blues 06. Survivor 07. Batter Late Than Never 08. Sweet Lill Sister 09. Nightmares 10. Wretched Child
Line-Up & Album Credits
(and the “Chanters From Hell!”)
• All songs written & performed by “Wretched Child”
• Recorded at – “Soundtrack 919” Ballarat 93-94
• Produced by – Lyndon Kriss & Wretched Child
• Photography – Thani – Jo Flewers (?) – Deborah Wright
• Other Vocals – Karen Fraser – Simone Calaby
• Keyboards & Ass Sound FX – Lyndon Kriss
• Candid Comments – Lefty & Bart
• Layout A.C.B
Description Wretched Child are a little known hard rock band from Ballarat, Victoria who formed in the early 90s (?’92) and released this one off CD titled ‘Better Late Than Never‘ in 1994. At first glance, this album appears to have a real DIY feel to it. Maybe it’s the hand-written band logo on the front cover, the scrapbook style rear insert photo (complete with flannelette shirts and cans of VB); or the Printable Inkjet Verbatim CD-R. Actually it’s probably all of these things combined! Regardless though, the music here is of a high standard – well performed and nicely produced hard rock. Of the ten tracks featured on this CD, all are studio recordings from ’93 / ’94 with a variety of hard rock styles on display.
It might look DIY, but the songs are great and this is an album that I’m pleased to finally have in my collection.
Artist: Black Rose Title: Fast Times at Black Rose High Year: 1996 Genre: Hard Rock, Glam/Sleaze, Punk
Category: 6 Track EP Format: Compact Disc Label: Stark Raven Records Catalog No: SRR 001 CD Matrix: IFPI L282 – MADE BY PMI * DCD0818 * #01 Comments: – Collectors Status: Extremely Rare Estimated Value: ~$250 AUD
Track List 01. Fast Times at Black Rose High 02. Fuck Off Back to Byron Bay 03. Tell the Chicks I do Surf 04. Sweet and Sour 05. I Drive a Holden (My Ones a Brown One) 06. Rosso Live at the Dubbo RSL
Not to be confused with a Sydney band of the same name, Melbourne hard rockers Black Rose released an EP titled ‘Fast Times at Black Rose High‘ in 1996. According to details on the CD inserts, the band “formed as a joke” in 1994 and were lucky enough to record this EP in an L.A. studio with the help of producers Daryl Hall & John Oates (!). I strongly suspect those last few pieces of information are also a joke and are characteristic of the jovial lyrics and attitudes of the band members on this EP – including comedian Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, best known for his role as a radio host on Nova 96.9 FM.
Musically this is tongue-in-cheek hard rock with glam-sleaze and punk influences. There are links to a number of other Melbourne bands including The Bowers, Rocket Science and The City Lights, all featuring Kit Warhurst; as well as Manic Suede featuring Kit Warhurst and David Lord. And finally there is Dashboard featuring Andre Warhurst (brother of Kit) and David Lord. In case you were wondering, Kit and Andre are brothers of former Triple J radio station host / Spicks and Specks team captain, Myf Warhurst. In fact Kit is also known for his part in the Spicks and Specks touring band – The Specktors.
Overall this may not be for everyone – but it’s good fun Aussie rock and you can’t argue with that. A pretty rare CD that I have only ever come across once. Any more information regarding Black Rose would be most welcome.