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Here at you will find all sorts off stuff on, by, or about the band ~ The 'News' page is a portal to a myriad of history, music, photos etc. in what we hope is a more user friendly virtual environment than those annoying social networking sites - please signup for our Newsletters if you want email notice of shows etc. + check back from time to time as we are constantly adding to our history section; as well as MP3s, Photos, Galleries, Videos etc....


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Hey sorry we haven't been keeping the website up to date - had some heavy family issues to deal with in recent months +Still catching our breaths after a hectic end to 2015 (see below) ~ Anyways, a couple of U.S. shows coming up, both featuring the Communicating lineup of Andy, Stew, Fran & Hairs; Dates are; Thursday May 26th in Flagstaff Arizona + Friday 3rd of June ~ San Francisco Pop Fest - many more details over on our gigs page

While in 'The States' we are aiming to finish a substantial recording project we began in Flagsaff a little while back - will be tweaking the website in weeks/months to come so check back for more News ~ much in the pipeline! see below

On Sunday January 17th 2:30 am ABC TV show Rage broadcast a short documentary Class of '84 Special - Working In The Rock'n'Roll Business which included interviews etc. with The Particles as they rehearsed at home in Chippendale/Sydney - head on over to thecannanes YouTube channel for a link to the full doco


December - we promise! we were busy putting the finishing touches [touches now finished! ed.] to a very special re-issue of perhaps our best loved album - more detials soon. On Wednesday the 18th of November an interview Fran and Stephen did with Krista Krull for Green Tea Berlin radio show was broadcast and podcast on German 'Radio ' Stations: Alex Radio. and 88vir you can listen to the interview now streaming on SoundCloud at -

October - we all made it back to "God's own" now after a very busy August/September with a most enjoyable U.S. Tour (as a 6 piece!) - see poster below for details; after which 3 of us headed to Europe where we managed a stripped back show in Berlin with top notch assistance from Oliver Budack on drums ~ many thanks to all involved with the shows, we'll get a proper tour diary up here one day, in the mean time head over to our FaceBook where there are some nice shots and a new filmclip! a postcard of sorts; very nicely put together for us by Megan Spencer and Jim Coad.

Our July 'mini-tour' with UV Race + Coburg BandNight are sadly over - all shows were a blast - and boy can't Castlemaine turn it on! Special thanks to Melbourne Legend Al Montford for making it happen + The rest of UV and The Stevens (+ for all their help), and Moon Ritual & The Shifters for joining us on the journey + The Engineers, and Richard at The Tote and last but not least, undoubtedly Central Victorias finest Venue! The Bridge - oh yeah and the huge crowds that turned out for the shows

Next 'Gigs' TBA- full details over on our gigs page

Late May - flood of news but no time to add full accounts here now - first show with new bassist Nick Ketley on 16th May went swimmingly... we have some lovely photos of it to put up here some day soon + thanks to Miranda Picton-Warlow for putting this show together as well as a very attractive 'showbag' that raised close to $400 for earthquake victims in Nepal, Deep Country made a welcome return to the stage and the wonderful Ocean Party went down a treat as always

As a warmup to Overseas shows coming up in August/September, we have more Victorian shows in June ~ a return to the legendary Melbourne venue - The Tote + our first ever show in Castlemaine!

8th May English Website Music Review Database featured our song Fawn Summers [as well as some subliminal content in the clip] in a Promotional Videoclip for their new and nifty online Web-Zine 'Discovery' - you can view the promo on YouTube here +check out the MRD +follow the link to discovery [inside which The Cannanes also feature]

April - Excited to be playing Melbourne on 16th of May + U.S. tour is now confirmed for August (see our gigs page for dates & details) ~ then our first ever show in Berlin! on 23rd of September

March - we have a new release - the song Grotto Capri - on the compilation Nail House Party ~ LP/CD/Digital out now on Emotional Response records of Flagstaff Arizona - listen + details here


Early March we had some terrible news in that we lost our dear friend Astrid Spielman; Artist/Musician/Inspiration. Looking back now it seems Astrid was an integral part of the Cannanes coming together when she welcomed Stephen into her band The Particles back in 1982; as a result connections were made between Michelle Cannane, Annabel Bleach, David Nichols and Frances Gibson which soon led to the birth of 'The Cannanes Meet The Newtown Sounds'. Astrid was a strong supporter of great causes over the years; and as was obvious at the 'Celebration of Life' held in Sydney recently, her zesty outlook on life will live on in many of us for the rest of ours. A small sample of Astrids artwork can be found at

Much of February was spent cataloguing and trawling the archives for a surprise mid-2015 re-release; and preparing for some live outings - see below


January saw the Digital release of our 'Communicating at an unknown rate: Original Masters' available now with a very nicely laid out PDF Booklet! - Praise be to our good friend Megan Spencer for unsparing us to track down the original masters in late 2014 and Andy Coffey for his classy work on the new artwork and groovy booklet and naturally Greg Wadley for his original mastering back in the year 2000 ~ Check out the Feature Article on Double Js' Website - also the album was played in full on Sunday 25th Jan on Double J Digital... and sounded great!

Communicating at an unknown rate ~ Original Masters!

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2015 ~ 1st Time release of the 'original masters' now available online:

in 320kbs MP3 download (with pdf Booklet) from The Chapter Music Store

in WAV or FLAC at: Chapter Musics Bandcamp

is also now available now on iTunes, Spotify and the like...

If for some reason you missed out on the pdf booklet ~ we provide you with a copy here:

Mid November we arrived back in 'God's own' after a lengthy sojourn to the United States where we teamed up with our dear friends Jen Turrell, Stewart Anderson & Andrew Coffey to record a bunch of tracks in Flagstaff, Arizona. On hearing the sad news of the passing back home of the inspirational Australian politician Gough Whitlam, Fran dashed off a celebratory tribute (that very morning!) to that magnificent giant of progressive thought. We decided the song should be an eternal freebie and released it on various platforms on 5th November the day of Goughs Memorial Service in Sydney. You can listen to or download(free) on Soundcloud here. The song was also featured song of the week ended 16th Nov. on top notch Sydney based community radio station 2ser 107.3FM, oh and the title is 'Tempus Fugit' [trans. Time Flies]

September 23rd - at last! thecannanes YouTube channel is unveiled, you can now check out the clips for 'Bumper', & 'You Name It' as well as many other clips streaming in high quality + plenty of links to Official / Live / & Other stuff that just may be of interest?

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Check out this swinging 7" w/complimentary 10 track download - a Tri-continental collaboration featuring our mates (and occasional Cannanes) David Nichols - Stewart Anderson - & Crayola
You can have a listen or purchase over at thesafedistance

Sad news late August to hear of the passing on 8th August of Robert 'Bo' Boehm who along with Perri Kenrick recorded our 3rd album (and Broken Bottles EP) at Phantom Tollbooth Studio [Melbourne] many years ago, Bo also compiled the Love Affair CD for us and was a much loved and inspirational figure on the Australian music scene

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Midyear work continued on the clip for the song Bumper - soon to debut on the Cannanes YouTube Channel - you can watch the clip now here

After jetting off to Samoa for a couple of weeks in June to clear our heads and decide on an order for the new album, work continued in the studio through July and in to August. We managed a brief live set on the 10th May; a very fun (secret) show in Melbourne to celebrate 50 years of Jam E Donutts. Most of our recent releases are now available at Polyester in Melbourne; Repressed in Newtown & good old Red Eye in Sydney... see our orders page for full list of links to stockists. Nice mention in The Guardian on 4th of February; also reviews continue to flow in in response to the flurry of releases we had in the latter half of 2013 - particularly nice one for our Hit The Wall Maxi-Single from 'This Wreckage Blog' here. We have been a bit snowed under by life the last few months, but will endeavour to get more recent goings on up on the site soon

In case you missed it... we had a bunch of clips made recently to accompany our bunch of recent releases - our good mate Andy Hall suggested we put some links up here.... so you can - check them out on YouTube
'Not Camping Out' [ from the Howling at all Hours album ] clip by Greg Appel, on YouTube here
'A Bigger Splash' [ from the Howling at all Hours album ] clip by David Nichols, on YouTube here
'Crawler (Richie Phoe Remix)' [ from the Small Batch EP ] clip by Charlie Kinyon, on YouTube here
'Tiny Compartment' [ from the Small Batch EP ] clip by David Nichols, on YouTube here

December '13 and touring and shows over for the year, thanks to all the organizers and bands who made it possible and the doting crowds and dancers who made it so enjoyable! - some sort of tour diary up here one day

To finish off what was a bumper year for Cannanes release wise, we present ~ Our new Hit The Wall 7" EP (and Digital) out now! - we have copies! and they look and sound fantastic! - currently available in limited edition 'Uranium Ware' look - clear vinyl + 'Audiophile' black vinyl.

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Our last Gig for 2013 was on 9th November in Melbourne ~ The Duo experiment! To oblige the organizers theme for the evening, Frances & Stephen braved the (friendly) audience as a two piece! as did a number of others, most of whome are used to having a band behind them ~ Francesca declared the evening a success!
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poster by David Nichols

Extraordinary review of the Howling album on UK website Music Review Database read it here

So much news in recent months... Howling received a Four Star review (their maximum!) in this months Rolling Stone (Australia) toggle down the page a bit to read, a four and a half Star review on the 23rd August 2013 in Australian dailys The Age, The Canberra Times, and The Sydney Morning Herald. On Saturday a 'live to air' and interview with Megan Spencer was broadcast on ABC Radio Central Victoria, a 2 page interview appeared in September issue of Bendigo Magazine (thanks again to Megan and Photographer David Field) and - oh yeah and Small Batch is now available from Red Eye Records and Phantom Records in Sydney or check out our Orders page for other outlets and links to Digital Distributors

Happy birthday to our mates in top band New Estate who recently celebrated 10 years together in style at The Grace Emily in Melbourne - complete with New Estate Cake! Cheers to the next 10!

Listen up! ~ Sydney based radio station 2SER 107.3 FM made our new album Howling at all Hours Feature album of the week 29th July -4th August

New VideoClip! Made by Davo! for the song 'A Bigger Splash' from the new album Howling at all Hours premiered recently on adhoc check it out here

June ~ spent in the United States (Penny still somewhere in South America or Bali?). After playing and attending the Chickfactor 21st Fest at The Bell House in Brooklyn - Stephen, Fran, & Penny recorded a new EP/Album? with Stephen Hermann + drummer (DJ & music historian) Carlos Icaza & extremely talented multi-instrmentalist Zak Engel, along with most excellent Engineer Mitch Rackin at the also-excellent Seaside Lounge Recording Studios in Brooklyn, followed by a week of overdubbing at Explosion Robinson Studios in Manhattan

Then S+F trained it over to Flagstaff where they demoed 3 songs with Steward & Jen Turrell, then next day recorded them at the also most-excellent Studio Patchwork where the also most-excellent Ben Lippard engineered, and added a beautiful Mellotron line to what is now the Hit the wall EP - we'll try and get a full account of the trip up on history some time soon

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Sandwich Board Polyester Records [Melbourne] August 2013
Review Rolling Stone [Australia] September 2013

HOWLING CD + 12"(in handsome gatefold sleeve!)
+ (boring but convenient) Digital
Released on Friday 5th July 2013 - reviews beginning to flood in but no time this week to put them up
want a copy? ~ you can order direct from

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or heaps of other places - details over at orders

LP sleeve design by Davo

NEW YORK 'chickfactor 21' ~ June 11th 2013 ~ over 3 nights! ~ account coming to history soonish?
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Cannanes Curse strikes again! ~ this time Stephen fell victim in May whilst sharpening a knife to prepare coleslaw ~ missed the tendons... and was almost as good as new by Brooklyn!

April? 2013 Re-Issue of the 1986 K Release - this time on Detroit based Allgone records
Bask in the warmth of timeless tape hiss and featuring original Cannanes lead vocalist Annabel Bleach with David, Fran, Michelle and Stephen ripping through the classics: Sunday, Skeleton Is Your Little Boy, Do the Happy Swing, It's Hardly Worth It, Teardrops & Gloom turns to Boom

WOT THE? (2) ~ ANOTHER NEW EP ~ SMALL BATCH REMIXES! ~ OUT ALREADY! (16th April 2013) Features 7! Brilliant Remixes the Small Batch EP by: Richie Phoe, Dr. Version, & Chowtime

Available from:
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Small Batch ~ Available now!

You can order the 45RPM 12" or CD or Digital downloads from:

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or if you prefer... from: iTunes

the 45RPM 12" out now - details of outlets over at orders

(acetate cut recently at Masterdisk [New York] by Mastering Engineer Alex DeTurk, sounding good and has been sent for plating in Norway!)

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Small Batch got stacks of grouse reviews since it's release ~ we are trying to trim down the size of our News page so hop over to CDs to read reviews

6th March 2013 ~ also very nice reviews at

5th March 2013 ~ U.S.A. Todays 'Pop Candy' section previews 'CRAWLER' a song from our Small Batch EP (Due for release 19th March 2013 on CD, Digital & 12" Ltd Edition Vinyl) also 'BUMPER' (also from Small Batch) Debuted on 9th Jan 2013 at to read their glowing "cardigan owners rejoice!" review and have a listen just click here and a Cannanes 1st - even though Small Batch is not yet released it has made it into the University of Washington (Seattle) KEXP 90.3 FM charts! link here also Fran did an interview with online pop journal GAT on 25th Jan '13 - check it out at + More reviews starting to flow in we'll try and get some up here soon



On the evening of Sunday 7th October 2012 over ONE MILION AUSTRALIANS heard The Cannanes; many for the first time! We are still a bit thin on details of how this came about but for some reason the song 'Here is the Blade' from our 1993 album Caveat Emptor was chosen for use in the Telemovie (and now DVD) Underground: the Julian Assange Story [which tells the story of Julian Assange through his teenage years growing up in Melbourne (Australia)]. Keep your ears peeled during the Squat Party scene; there we are squeezed in between GOD 'My Pal' and The Hard-Ons "Bye Bye Girl". The film was apparently a hit at this years Toronto Film Festival. Though details still a bit thin we think we owe massive thanks to Jemma Burns (Music Supervisor) for putting us on the bill!

On 3rd of October Stephen attended a mastering session at Sydneys Turtlerock Studios - for the new album Howling at All Hours. It's sounding good and we hope to be able to announce a release date any moment now...

After a recent spate of traveling and side projects (see below) we recently played our first live show in ages at the 2012 SOUND SUMMIT held in Newcastle (Australia) over the Labour Day Long Weekend ~ thanks to Guy Blackman & Pete Timmerman for helping out on Bass & Drums + Adam Lewis and the SS crew for asking us to play. As usual a good time was had by all. Over the weekend we hung out and were able to catch quite a few of the other acts + catch our mate Bacon Cakes doing a very impressive street show outside The Odditorium

Whilst in New York Late July Fran and Stephen joined Explosion in a visit to Masterdisk (arriving soaking wet after a 10 minute dash in torrential rain) where Chief Engineer Andy VanDette was putting the finishing [Mastering] touches to our New EP Small Batch EP

Andy VanDette, Dopey & Explosion @ Masterdisk NYC '12

The new album is also finished! (and we may even have agreed on a title!!) David has designed the cover art and it looks great, we hope to be able to announce a release date soon

Stephen has been busy with numerous Cannanes related and other projects ~ including ~ writing/recording & live trumpet duties with the fabulous New Estate (new album Recovery out now); filling in on Bass for Canberra Punk/New Wave innovators The Vacant Lot, and also playing bass with King Curly as 'the band' in a musical play called Van Park. Starring John Paul Young, Steve Kilbey and sometime Cannane Francesca Bussey! and an impressive cast of singer/actors; written by ex Lighthouse Keeper Greg Appel ~ Van Park had a two week run at Chapel on Chapel in Melbourne during April 2012 ~ as well as another short run in March 2013 talk of more shows in the future details as they come to hand here

Well that's it for reent events ~ though; if you dare! ~ check out our History Portal or perhaps some:


1ST U.S. TOUR [diary] ~ See History Pt.2

1ST WORLD TOUR! ~ See History Pt.6


2006 JAPAN TOUR DIARY ~ See History Pt.9


If this is your first time at cannanes dot com check out the links at top of each page + many more links to: Bibliography, Collaborators, Film, Interviews, Lyrics & More to be found on our Links and:


Also check out these two recent releases: Both to raise funds for Autism Societies in Australia, and The United States and to help pay for an Autism Companion Dog for Tullulah (daughter of occasional Cannanes Stewart Anderson & Jen Turrell) details here

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The cd 'the indefatigable stewart anderson : a retrospective compilation for tallulah' featuring 32 songs by bands Stew has been in! including The Cannanes (w/ Stew) doing a pretty decent cover of Al Greens L-O-V-E (Love)! ~ you can order a copy of the cd here

Emu parade cd art by David Nichols

And also the cd & digital compilation 'Emu Parade' 40 songs lovingly collated by David Nichols check out the details at bandcamp



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The Limited edition Electro 2000 ep ~ features hand printed lino cut sleeve art by Neil Michka and five rare tracks including the DJ 461 re-mix of You Name It and phat instrumental From the keyboard to your door
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The Limited edition Felicity ep: A very funky collaborative effort with both Explosion Robinson and Steward; features the songs Felicity a classic spring pop number, the ballsy I like cellos, 6 & 1/2 blissful minutes of the dub-disco drive of Lost in darkness and a spacious rendition of Al Greens genius (a rare Cannanes cover) L.O.V.E. + extremely smart cover art by Explosion - released by 555 Records of Philadelphia
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Crank it up! EP selections from two raunchy shows recorded live in San Francisco in 1999, rough yet gutsy! released by BBPTC of LA (limited release 500 only)
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Communicating at an Unknown Rate An extremely fine album we recorded in January 2000 with our good friend Stewart Anderson (of Steward and Empress fame) released at the end of 2000 by YoYoRecords of Olympia. Go to cds for info and reviews
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Was also available in beautiful 12" picture disc format!! for two pressings, good luck finding one! thanks to 555 Records of Leeds
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Living the Dream A good rockin collection we recorded in Sydney a while ago is now into it's 2nd pressing courtesy Chapter records of Melbourne. Go to cds for more info and reviews or check out the April 2001 issue of Rolling Stone for a critics review


Oh and yes; we do have videos
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Links & streaming [AdFree] over at our video archives

ABOUT CANNANES DOT COM is now the official Cannanes website, established at the start of the millennium it brings together our old darnet site run by our dear friend Jerome Gaynor of St. Louis for a good long while, & our site set up in 2001 as a work in progress which has now it seems come to fruition! Many thanks to Jerome for all his hard work + also many thanks to Neil Johnson who set up and ran our original site on wood & wire many years ago. The new site was cleverly designed by our own Andy Coffey, is maintained by all of us. We would also like to thank David Major for helping us get the site up on his server during the difficult transitional period.

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