Thursday, November 1, 2007

Crime & the City Solution

Crime and The City Solution were a rock music band formed by Australian singer and songwriter Simon Bonney. They completed four studio albums and a number of E.Ps during it's existence, and a live album has since been released. Further early recordings have resurfaced on the internet. Parallels have been drawn between Crime and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The long term influence of the band has yet to be acknowledged. Crime were famed for their live performances. Bonney has since gone on to record solo material.

Friday, 11 October 1985, "Dance Hall", 22:30 - 23:15

Line up
Simon Bonney – vocals; Rowland S. Howard – guitar; Mick Harvey – guitar; Harry Howard – bass; Epic Soundtracks – drums

Set list
01 Five Stone Walls
02 The Coal Train
03 Rose Blue
04 The Dangling Man
05 Trouble Come This Morning
06 The Wailing Wall
07 Down A Path (a.k.a. The Blue Room)
08 The Last Day
09 The Kentucky Click
Thanks to tapesfor2 for the setlist

A complete, good audience recording exists, 45". Track 04 was broadcast by VPRO radio.

Other info
Harvey played Pandora’s 1985 a second time as member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds (on Saturday). Both Harvey and Rowland S. Howard were ex-Birthday Party, together with Nick Cave. In fact, Rowland had filled in as guitarist for the Bad Seeds in April 1985 to do a short British tour, when Blixa Bargeld was too busy recording Einstürzende Neubauten’s Halber Mensch album.

Article from festival booklet

Rowland S. Howard (?) at Pandora's 85 (

1 comment:

Marco said...

Dit is geen Rowland S. Howard. Die herken je eenvoudig. Waarschijnlijk is dit één van de jongens van Flesh For Lulu