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PB:100, a catalogue number and album title in one. Ninety-nine underrated indie pop releases on the independent Popboomerang Records label have come before!

PB:100 is a compilation of 32 newly commissioned recordings and unreleased songs from the Popboomerang roster and a handful of musical friends. This compilation pulls together many styles of songs and sessions so cohesively; timeless hooks, harmonies and melodies binding them all together!

Disc 1 kicks off with The Killjoys and their bombastic tribute to the Popboomerang label, Marching Out Of Time; Sydney band The Gaze drop their first ever recording with the charming Wouldn't Wanna Miss You, and Mick Thomas contributes a folky version of Patti Smith’s obscure Mermaid Song.

Livingstone Daisies serve up a growling roots rocker with Turning Blue, Danny McDonald crafts a chiming ode to the Yarra River with The Melbourne Divide, and The Earthmen visit their vaults to unearth Legroom, an unreleased track from their aborted 1995 album sessions with Wayne Connolly.

The tunes keep rolling on as The Little Murders reveal their not so secret obsessions with London with Kings Cross Dawning, Go-Go Sapien conjure up the cheek sleazy Pandora's Box and Underminers provide a live recording of Brave In Other Ways, which would turn out to be the last song they wrote together before disbanding.

PB:100 also reveals the first solo recording from iconic Australian musical poet Adam Gibson (ex Modern Giant/Aerial Maps) with Empty Bars (with lyrical shout-outs to The Go-Betweens and Weddings Parties Anything) and contains a brand new jangly gem from the Angie Hart-fronted Four Hours Sleep in I Don’t Know. Melbourne tunesmith Tim Reid also teases his fans, who have been waiting 11 years for him to finish his sophomore album, with the punchy In The Dark.

The bonus tracks (Disc 2) are a lucky dip of previously unheard recordings. Lazybirds (featuring ex Rainyard/Header/Ammonia members) deliver the power popping Slinky Skanky, The Weekend People accepted a challenge to record a cover from the Popboomerang catalogue and deliver an epic take on Underminers’ TV Song, and Adam Dennis crafts a lyrically biting song in You’re So Mean about a certain Australian politician (can you guess who?).

We also unearth a lost (sounds like the Sunnyboys) recording called Happy Together from early '80s Brisbane band Curiosity Shop, exhume a lost recording from the vaults of disbanded Melbourne band Celadore (10 AM In A Lion's Den) and officially release the label anthem Popboomerang from UK band Kelly’s Heels for the first time.

There have been many times when it felt like we would never get to PB:100, reaching “the ton” is a fitting time to proudly sit back, tune in, and contemplate the future of the Popboomerang label.
Whatever does happen with the future of the label, Grand Atlantic’s Never Say Goodbye provides a fitting full stop to end this compilation and an amazing 100-release chapter in the Popboomerang history to date.

All media and distribution enquires to Scott Thurling @ Popboomerang
info@popboomerang.com or 0438740080

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released April 15, 2015

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Popboomerang Australia

Australian music label founded by Scott Thurling and releasing its first CD in 2002 with over 80 recordings to date.

Specialising in melodic pop, jangle, folk and rock and predominantly working with Australian bands with the aim to building their careers locally & internationally.

Artists include Skipping Girl Vinegar, Georgia Fields, The Aerial Maps, Celadore, Bon Scotts, Tamas Wells & Tim Reid
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Track Name: Livingstone Daisies: Turning Blue
Everything is turning blue
The neon lights and billboards too
Everywhere you look it's true
Advertising's brainwashed you
What could I do?

Everywhere you look it's true
Advertising's brainwashed you
It's all obscene and kind of rude
I'm gonna paint those billboards blue
What else could I do?

Eventually, and this is true
I got arrested by the boys in blue
They locked me in a little room
With murderers and perverts too
For painting things blue
But what could I do?
What would you do?
Track Name: The Bon Scotts: All My Friends
With all my lessons learnt
With all our bridges burnt
I raise a glass in imitation
drunk on empty conversation
Now we're are young again
We can laugh everything
I raise a glass in celebration
Drunk on empty words my love

Never going listen
Never going to let you down
We fight the fight that barely matters
For the dirty world we see outside
All our friends are cold and useless
And all your friends are friends of mine
But I have never loved you more
Than when you took flight

The more I let you down
The more I love this town
I find myself in times of trouble
I have no faith in common people
But now we're bored again
We dismiss everything
I jeer for all our mock rebellion
Drunk on empty words my love

I don't mind
We're never going to make it out here alone
Never going to make it on my own
Never going to make it out here alone

All my friends are bored and sober
and all your friends were friends of mine
and all our friends are old and useless
and all our friends will die but that is quite alright
Track Name: Nick Batterham: I Didn’t Mean To Be So High
Waiting for the memory to fade away
But there's more than meets the eye
Waiting for the hours to go away
I didn't mean to be so high
Waiting for the memory to fade away
I didn't mean to think so hard
Waiting for the hours to go away
I didn't mean to be so high
Track Name: The Gaze: Wouldn't Wanna Miss You
The only time you're allowed to lie is when you're in my bed
and I know that you know it's only something I said
We were both tired, sleepy eyes, too much wine, filling our time
We went too far, a false start, now we can't uncross that line

...and I wanna be wanted, but nothing like before
I wouldn't wanna miss you, there's no meaning anymore
My only regret is I was drinking to forget
and the problem is I'll always wonder
I'll always wonder what you meant/said

Every little thought of you seem to stay inside my head
Everything that I know that I needed to say was never said
I guess all the while you were right, maybe I'm just a losing fight
so if you know let me go, I could learn to be alright.
Track Name: Danny McDonald: The Melbourne Divide
Too thick to drink it, too thin to plough
It’s the Melbourne divide – you’re north or you’re south
The mud and the refuse, and God knows what else
It’s not a water supply, not a picture of health

But it breaks up the buildings and it breaks up the streets
Her murky façade creates a mystique
Invisible river, industrial dump
She flows upside down and chokes Punt Road

The history that she holds
The culture, down it flows
Steady as she goes
The culture down it flows
Track Name: Underminers: Brave In Other Ways
Well I didn’t
Save that kitten from the tree babe
And that busload of orphans
Well the flames got in the way

But I’m brave in other ways
I’m brave in other ways

And I didn’t
Stop the drunks on the train
I’ve seen on the news what they can do
To a Good Samaritan’s brain

And I’m brave in other ways
Brave in other ways

What are those ways exactly?
I hear you say
Well I’m keeping it a secret
I’m afraid
The man who stands before you
Is brave in other ways

I’ve seen them jumping
From a mountain to the ocean
Hanging from some rubber band
Man you’ve got to be joking

I’m brave in other ways
I’m brave in other ways
Track Name: The Little Murders: Kings Cross Dawning
Kings Cross Dawning I’m still yawning
Am Em
Rub my eyes and greet the morning sun
softly sleeping my Chelsea girl

In the street they dig for plenty
spend their cash if they’ve got any
a little light that shines upon my world


She looks so pretty dancing in the city after midnight
and everyone you see looks like a photograph
Em Am Em Am
I wanna go I wanna go
Where the girls look pretty dancing in the city tonight


Half past 4, I’m on the train that takes me back to you again
I hope to god you’re waiting there for me

Neon lights they shine so bright
Illuminate this cold wet night
West End won’t you shine a light on me
Track Name: Adam Gibson and the Ark-Ark Birds: Empty Bars
How many empty bars have you sat in?
How many solitary beers have you spent drinking?
Like small change on those old strangers in towns where your name was never necessary

So you recall the nicknames of your friends?,or the last girl you kissed?

Beside the porchlight of a Hawksbury shack, just like that
How many times have you misjudged the timezone, phoned in the middle of the night? To your former sleeping home

So it’s time to backtrack, it’s time to take stock, remembering the streets of your town,
And the ones that you forgot
A picture’s worth a thousand words, but you could never scratch the surface

Just like you never went away, away
How many empty bars have you sat in?
How many solitary beers have you spent drinking, in towns where your name was never necessary?
Where your name was never necessary
How many empty bars have you sat in?
Track Name: Four Hours Sleep: I Don't Know
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
I don’t care, that I don’t know, I don’t care anymore that I don’t know
And I don’t care that I don’t know
Does it show, that I don’t know, least I hope it doesn’t show that I don’t know
And I don’t care that I don’t know
If it doesn’t show that I don’t know, least I hope that it doesn’t show that I don’t know
I don’t care, I don’t know
I don’t know, I don’t know
I don’t care, anymore that I don’t know, cos’ all I know is, that I don’t know
Smart enough or dumb enough, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
Track Name: Central Rain: What A Day
You don't have to ask, you don't have to try
You may never know the reasons why
You don't have to look or notice the day
the morning has broken anyway
there's nothing too bare
It's all anywhere
the rooftops are shouting

You just have today
what a day, like today

You don't have to look or notice the day
the morning has broken anyway
there's nothing too bare
It's all anywhere
the rooftops are shouting

You just have today
what a day, like today
Track Name: Tim Reid: In The Dark
I met the girl of my dreams in the dark
Lying next to me on the screen, in my heart
In the dark
We built a house on a hill in our minds
Waiting for night to come and the stars to align
And the world will shake its head
As we fall into the web
I met the girl of my dreams in the dark
We used names that were made just for us
Bound virtually by lines and dots
In the world that shakes its head
As we're married on the internet
I met the girl of my dreams in the dark
We could build a life of bricks and stones
Or I could call these 1s and 0s home
Breaking up and making out alone
Through wires in the telephone
I met the girl of my dreams in the dark
Tiny memory now is a she in my heart
In the dark...
Track Name: D. Rogers: Don’t Smile ’til Easter
Don’t smile ’til Easter

With a projector screen and a crumpled up degree
the black line master falling at your feet

You've got a broken smile and that hand me down style
You'll Rock the boat ’til someone grabs the oars, or

Don’t smile ’til Easter
Don't let them know your not that hard of heart
That the system could fall apart
Don't let them in

Don’t smile ’til Easter
Don’t let them see you see yourself in them
That you've been taught how to pretend
Don’t let them in

With a bounce in your stride and ears open wide
From “I’ll try to wonder” to “I wonder why I try?”

You take what you get and you get what you give
You gave all you got but then forgot to live, so

Don’t smile ’til Easter
Don’t let them know what’s underneath the facade
And that you won’t let down your guard
Don’t let them in
Track Name: The Steinbecks: Inside, Out
Within the stone walls of the penitentiary
Did my penance – no one there to see
Swallows mock me – yes, they fly
At night the camp lights block the stars from the sky

Betrayed today by a treacherous breeze
You overcome by staying off your knees
But I had no feelings in my fingers and toes
And no pockets in my featureless clothes

It’s about
Inside, out

I’ve been this alone
But I’ve never felt so low
I’ve been this alone
But I’ve never felt so low

Within the stone walls of the penitentiary
Did my penance – no one there to see
Track Name: Splurge: Kiss Me
Kiss me don’t kiss me please
Tease me don’t be a tease
Make me don’t make me plead
Ah please ah please ah please ah please

Touch me don’t touch me where
I don’t care don’t make me care
Take me don’t take me there
Ah please ah please ah please

Cos my mouth is open wide
Suck in the air
It makes me feel alive

Be here now don’t be here
I want you don’t want you near
I’m so scared but I love the fear
Ah please ah please ah please ah please ah please

Tell me ah don't tell me
You love me
Let me don't let me be
Ah please ah please ah please ah please

Mess me don’t mess with me
Free me I can't be free
Believe me I don’t want to believe
Ah please ah please ah please

Cos my heart is open wide
Pumping my blood
It makes me feel alive

Kiss me don’t kiss me please
Tease me don’t be a tease
Make me don’t make me plead
Ah please ah please ah please ah please
Track Name: Love Parade: Inside and Out
Love's got me rushing inside and out I will never let it rule again,
Love's got me rushing inside and out I will not put on a show again

When it occurred to me to try Didn't hurt to see that I might When it all falls down, at least I know the very best was on show Saw you walking past Jackson St. The earth, the ground, my knees When it all falls down, the streets, the show, you had some movements, I know.

Love's got me rushing inside and out You should never let him near again Love's got me rushing inside and out I will not give up on this again When it occurred to me to try The world stopped passing me by When it's all a blur, they're all words to bend and break as we please
And you should probably just go back to him
Three meals, the bike lanes, the gym

When it's all a blur, they're all words to bend and break as we please
If you love her like you say you do Hitch a ride to where you know she might be Hoist a flag in your name and turn yourself inside out Anyone could be the one to make you cry
Anyone could be the one to make you smile
Track Name: The Solicitors: His Robe
Since you went out on the tiles, and you went out of town
I guess you could say I've been in denial,
But I've been in my dressing gown.
I won't check my emails, the phone is off the hook
I'm like a child with a mouthful of crayons
But without a colouring book.

But it don't mean I'm lonely just cos I'm alone..

Hanging on the bathroom door, or laying on the bedroom floor
There used to be so much more
Than a 'His' robe.

I really should get out more, I haven't seen the sun
Since all the things that were both 'his' and 'hers'
Became just 'his' or gone
I know you tell me to move on but I know that you're so indecisive
So I'm not going to move from the living room futon
The bed was always to big.

If you want to find me you know just where I'll be..

Hanging on the bathroom door, or laying on the bedroom floor
There used to be so much more
Than a 'His' robe.

You'll come running back when you realise that the things in your backpack ain't whole
(they're only 'hers')
And lest that we forget, you two are half a set, come ring our bell before
I'm knocking on deaths door.

It's hard to tell if he'd still be alive and well
Were it not for the flannel belt
On his 'his' robe.
Track Name: Mick Thomas: Mermaid Song
Do you remember me/The ocean rolled/Time was slow/We felt an energy
The cock was crowing/The rum was flowing/A mermaid burns to sea
Beyond the sea/I’d long to see/And if you could/Turn where you stood/Would u remember?
So turn the little key/The ocean rolls/Time is slow/Turn the little key/
The cock is crowing/The rum is flowing/The mermaid burns to sea/Beyond the sea/
I’d long to see/I’d long to see/If there's a page for me/A page for me/In your diary.
Track Name: The Beautiful Few: I Just Needed You
And he didn’t take those words seriously
And it’s fourteen years on
And he’s never ever heard those words again
I just needed you so much

She can do without every hearing from him again
Not being the type to revisit
Now he wonders how he ever got so close to someone
To recall the echo of that simple plea

I just needed you so much

How he underestimated her bright side of care
Couldn’t see something good in the fact
That nothing had to change
Now these old guilts resurface
On nights when sleep is red lights
When beds are tired and broken ships
And blankets drape the bedside

I needed you so much
I just needed you so much
Track Name: Go-Go Sapien: Pandora's Box
Don’t be surpsised at what you’ll find inside of Pandora’s box

Ghostly actions at a distance is one instance of them changing the locks

The goal posts moving out of union like an onion such a sweet paradox

There’s something looming in the macroscopic closed confines of Pandora’s box

Well we was just a couple of dumb youg kids

That night we decided to lift up the lid

Don’t pop that bubble there’ll be trouble knock you outta your socks

Observe the probabilities now if you please now keep a watch on that box

Maidens dancing in the phosphorescent crimson hues at the equinox

There’s something moving in the ultraviolet pilot light of this melting pot

Well we was just a couple of dumb youg kids

But now the whole world’s gonna see what we did

Beam me up Scotty-Pop!

It’s getting hot in here... Popboomerang 100 degrees celsius!

I tip my fedora to the lady Pandora

I tweak my moustache to the myths of the past
Track Name: Grand Atlantic: Never Say Goodbye
Remember when you spoke to me
Walking by my side
We were only 17
Time was ours to bide

We were 17
When you said to me

Don’t ever say goodbye
Never say goodbye

Remember when you said to me
We could disappear
History and circumstance
Rung out with your tears

You found your relief
When you said to me

Remember when you promised me
You were in for life
Innocence is hard to keep
But harder still to buy

Bitter poetry
A recurring theme
When you said to me
Track Name: Celadore: 10 AM In A Lion's Den
Beads of sweat on hand and neck
Coats of red on lid and lens
Finger-paint a motorcade

'Cos the days go by so slow

Talking frost to those who cross
At 10AM in a lion's den

'Cos the days go by so slow
So I'll sell you my best clothes

But I wouldn't want your money for shit
I would not know what to do with it
For my cowboy boots and conductor hats
Guess I'll buy a house in Halifax
And when thoughts belong to the ghostly gums
I'll throw my arms up to the circling gulls
Keeping sentry
For centuries

'Cos the days go by so slow
Track Name: Adam Dennis: You’re So Mean
Somebody told me that you'd finally hit the wall
I saw a poster that said I had made you fall
But I don't wanna take the blame for that
I let you have your head, that's all I did
That's all I did

You made yourself into someone we just can't like
And all of the workers in your factory went on strike
But I don't wanna take the blame for that
I'm feeling kinda sad, that's all there is
That's all there is

You're so mean, so mean
You make this world unclean
And you drive the biggest car you can afford
When the consequences call
You'll have no defence at all
But I guess that day has come to you at last

You started arguments so your friends got outta the way
But when you fight the world, the world will make you pay
And you've gotta take the blame for that
You made your bed and now, you've got to lie
You've got to lie in it

You're so mean, so mean
You make this world unclean
And you piss off everyone who won't applaud
When the votes go the other way
You'll vow to make us pay
You're incensed the little people dared rebel

When the consequences call
You'll have no defence at all
So take that nasty mouth and go away
Track Name: Kelly’s Heels: Popboomerang
Scotty had a notion
A way to make his mark
A major commotion
No blind shot in the dark
If he can get the world to listen in
He knows he can win

Popboomerang, Popboomerang
You keep me coming back for more bands
Popboomerang, Popboomerang
I always come back to your hands
And never ever ever ever land

He sent an invitation
A global RSVP
A Planet compilation
Would be out soon on CD
And we can start the party when we please
If we get off our knees

(Chorus)

Nobody else can stop you now
Nobody else can stop you now

Way across the ocean
And all points in between
His major commotion
Is making every scene
And maybe when the world wakes up again
His records will be playing

(Chorus)

Changing all my weekend plans
Bring me back my favourite bands
I will not ask for lesser brands
The booklet's whipped out of your hands
In the road with cars and trams
Keep me coming back for more bands