Graham Reid | | <1 min read
This treatment appeared on their Hail album (and was on the flipside of the Hail 12"), and was the line-up which many considered the most musically interesting, with guitarist-singer-writer Andrew Brough alongside Shayne Carter.
The popular and critical consensus was that Brough brought some folk-rock sweetness to the band alongside Carter's more vinegar-flavoured indie.rock tendencies. Maybe, maybe not. If the similar McCartney Vs Lennon divide doesn't always fall so easily in the Beatles, it's fair to say it also doesn't with Brough/Carter.
But at the time, this line-up of Straitjacket Fits -- with drummer John Collie who contributed their distinctive cover art, and bassist Dave Wood -- was the one which everyone agreed was a world beating combination.
After Brough left in '92 (and formed the short-lived, one album outfit Bike), Straitjackets took on a very different complexion.
You couldn't imagine the Broughless line-up doing a Leonard Cohen song.
(Incidentally, the backing vocals here are by Jan Hellriegel.)
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