Jim Salmon's Lament

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    Australia's storyteller is back. Back among the people whose lives he knows like the shortcuts and backstreets of the inner city he still rolls around.

    Perry Keyes grew up in and around Redfern, on the fringes of Sydney's CBD, when most of the families around him worked in the factories and the warehouses nearby, drank in the pubs you could walk to for a beer or bet, and maybe kept an eye on the local footy team that once had tasted glory.

    Some of those families made it week-to-week, on benefits and good will; others did whatever it took to get by. Some were shunted off to barebones new estates in the western suburbs; others didn't make it at all.

    Nobody was telling their stories then, but since his first album in 2005, that's been Keyes' territory, including in 2007's The Last Ghost Train Home, which was Radio National's Album of the Year and shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize.

    Jim Salmon's Lament is a Sydney story. An Australian story. Hell, it's a universal one.


    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - PERRY KEYES

    Label - EH Records

    Music Genre - Alternative

    Music Genre Primary - Alternative

    Music Genre Secondary - Pop & Rock

Track Listing


  1. Let's Have a Smoke Outside
  2. Surf and Turf
  3. Fugazi Shirt
  4. Girl in the Crystal Cylinder Hoodie
  5. Oh Jimmy
  6. Hyde Park Hotel
  7. Iris
  8. Jim Salmon's Lament
  9. Man With the Coppertone Tan
  10. The Killer Jim Johnson
  11. Ballad of a Drunk Man's Car
  12. Bluebird of Unhappiness


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing songwriter The great chronicler of the Sydney working class. Makes my hear ache with memories of inner city Sydney, Darlo, Kings Cross and Redfern in the 70's onwards
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perry Keyes’ most mature creative statement yet Perry Keyes fifth album returns to the inner-Sydney environment of Johnny Ray’s Downtown and focusses on a single family – husband and wife, son and daughter. Perry explains, “It’s the most obvious I’ve been…I just thought I’d go really hard on condensing it down to people and follow them through. I began writing about the dad…some of the men I remembered as a kid… irresponsible, self-centred guys who quietly roll through the world creating havoc around them, oblivious to the people they’re hurting. The story on the record is really the brother and the sister and how in the end they only have each other to rely on. The more I wrote about them the more I felt closer to them, to their struggle and their stories…the constant reminder that there are consequences to your actions, to having children and caring for them.” Keyes’ phrasing, both in his writing and his singing, is relaxed and assured. While local references again abound, the effect is less explicit, more impressionistic in its imagery. Produced by Wayne Connolly, the album was recorded live over a couple of days with his band. Jim Salmon’s Lament is Perry Keyes’ most mature creative statement yet.
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another superb collection chronicling Sydney life This adds to the body of work Perry has created which examines all ranges of seedy inner city Sydney life .
Date published: 2019-02-08
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