Victoria Bitter (VB)

Wretched Child – Better Late Than Never

Wretched Child - Better Late Than Never (Front) LQ

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

Wretched Child - Better Late Than Never (CD) LQ

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

Wretched Child - Better Late Than Never (Back) LQ

Line-Up & Album Credits
Grazz (v)
Lefty (b)
Besty (d)
Bart (g)
Campbell (g)
(and the “Chanters From Hell!”)

Wretched Child - Better Late Than Never (Band Photo) LQ

Credits
• 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

Wretched Child - Better Late Than Never (Credits) LQ Wretched Child - Better Late Than Never (Poem) LQ

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.

Wretched Child - Better Late Than Never (Line-Up)

Final Comment
It might look DIY, but the songs are great and this is an album that I’m pleased to finally have in my collection.

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Black Rose – Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP)

Black Rose - Fast Times At Black Rose High (EP) (Front)

Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Logo)

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

Black Rose - Fast Times At Black Rose High (EP) (CD)

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

Black Rose - Fast Times At Black Rose High (EP) (Back)

Line-Up & Album Credits
Rosso (v)
Hursto (d)
Carpsy (g)
Killer (b)
Lordo (t, h)

Black Rose - Fast Times At Black Rose High (EP) (Inlay)

Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Line-Up)

Description
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.

Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Band 1) Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Band 2)

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.

Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Live 1) Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Live 2) Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Live 3)    \

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.

Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Live 4)Black Rose - Fast Times at Black Rose High (EP) (Live 5)