And This One's Introduced By... Ian Stephen introducing a selection of his music on And This One's Introduced By... on 3CR

Wednesday, 3 May 2023 - 11:00pm to Thursday, 4 May 2023 - 12:30am
Ian Stephen introduces a selection of his music on And This One's Introduced By... on 3CR

Ian Stephen has released some 27 albums and EPs between 1979 and 2020.

Who is Ian Stephen you might  ask, well I remember seeing his first release a 4 track EP on Reverse records called Ian Stephen's Schizophrenia - I'm in two minds about the title,  in the Archie & Jugheads record shop. The cover art looked interesting, so  I plumped down the $2 payment and took it home.

After listening to the EP on both sides I realised that it wasn't punk music, it didn't even sound like new wave, perhaps it was Australian Americana Lounge rock music. I gave it a spin on my radio show on 3PBS and I still own the record.

The next  Ian Stephen release saw him team up with Melbourne's beatnik convenor Johnny Topper in satirical dada combo The Armchairs. Another 4-track EP on Ian's Reverse records titled Ski Lo Lo contained funny baffling tunes Cat in a box, Elvis Presley, Brian Henderson and Dining Room. These songs interested me  and appealed to my sense of the absurd. 

Then came a LP that came with a free balloon by The Armchairs called Party Time with 7 gently satirical songs including a 20 minute version of La Bomba that was a hit by Richie Valens in 1958 as La Bamba. 

A couple years later in 1984 Ian Stephens was playing in The Slaughtermen described on Wikipedia as a post-punk alternative southern gospel group. The other musicians in the group included future Models Bass player Mark Ferrie, Andrew Pendlebury guitarist from The Sports, ex-Birthday Party drummer Des Hefner, and Johnny Crash and Terry Doolan from the Sacred CowboysThe Slaughtermen became a fixture in the live scene releasing 4 albums between 1986 & 1995. They got back together for performances several times and released a final album Temptation in 2007.

Ian Stephens now lives in New York and continues to release music, he joins Dr Gonzo to present a selection of his more recent music on And This One's Introduced By... 

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