Press release for the Cruel But Fair compilation
     
As a founding member of The Saints - the hugely influential Australian group that released the quintessential albums: (I'm) Stranded (1977), Eternally Yours (1978) and the posthumously released, Prehistoric Sounds (1979), guitarist-songwriter, Ed Kuepper, was largely responsible for the hedonistic manner in which that group pushed the boundaries of their own limitations and everyone else's expectations, for each of those incendiary releases. Due to those exact same reasons the original line-up of The Saints split, in the UK, in 1978. Whilst singer, Chris Bailey, forged onwards using the Saints banner as his own, Ed Kuepper returned to Australia to form an even more progressive group, the Laughing Clowns.

From 1979 to 1984, over numerous albums, EPs and singles, the Clowns turned out music with its own dark force and rich, occasionally abrasive textures. Swaggering and punchy horns, melodic piano, dramatic guitar playing and sliding, stretching acoustic bass, all underpinned by frenetic but authoritative drums. Bravo!

Hot Records proudly present a complete anthology of every Laughing Clowns recording which truly stands against the test of time as powerful, innovative, wildly experimental rock.