THE KELLAWAY SAGA (continued from 'Warhorse')
After almost 20 years, the dwarf studio was not so small in capability any more; in fact, the gap between commercial and home studios had become but a bee’s dick. And in the parallel football universe a new phenomenon had emerged. Ken’s beloved Tigers included two brothers – Duncan & Andrew - both broadly placed in the category of ‘Back Pockets’.
In football-speak, back pockets are not full forwards, not star goal-kickers like Plugger, Roachie or Huddo. No, back pockets are the glue that holds good teams together, the unsung heroes. From time to time though, the team discipline that they exemplify is shrugged off and the back pocket makes a run down the wing, baulks and feints, shrugs a tackle, shows the ball, sells the dummy, takes a bounce, straightens up and puts it through from beyond the 50. Then reality sinks in and he sprints back past bemused celebrating team-mates to the familiar territory of the back half, whereupon he resumes standing on his shamed opponent’s toes. In music-speak, Back Pockets don’t fill stadiums and aren’t Lennon, Mick or Keef. They beaver away, year in, year out, always looking for improvement, refining the technical side of their games. Their occasional hits lack only one or two minor ingredients - airplay and tinkling cash registers.
And so Paradise: Lost became the first Back Pocket production, honouring this distinctly Australian flavour, with songs of the local environment and other home-grown issues. John returned to regular attendance at band training sessions and Ken continued on his merry way. This album heralded the emergence of the high quality Back Pocket studio from its humble dwarf origins, as well as the one and only Kellaways, Back Pocket brothers-in-arms.
released September 1, 1999
Songs and vocals: Alf Davies
Backing vocals, acoustic 6 & 12 string Matons, mandolin, percussion: John Dean
Guitars, keyboards, bass, stand-up snare, drums, backing vocals, engineering & arrangements, all aspects of production: Ken Stephenson
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