Live At Jamesons

by the Cherry Faced Lurchers

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After the break-up of Corporal Punishment James Phillips formed a new, short-lived band “Illegal Gathering” before embarking on studies towards a bachelor’s degree in music, initially at Rhodes and then at Wits University, before forming The Cherry Faced Lurchers. Starting initially as a novelty band, playing songs like "Do the Lurch" or “That’s my Shirt and I Want it Back”, things really started when the band got a residency at the then-unknown Jameson’s.

Jameson's was a bar in Commissioner Street in Jo'burg's central business district, it had a Kruger liquor license - one of a small handful issued by the onetime president of the Transvaal at the turn of the 20th century, a license that transcended the racially divided and time-restricted liquor laws of the day. Young (mostly white) South Africans mixed with their counterparts of colour; everyone got trashed together. It was like the bastard child of Sophiatown. It was the new South Africa in twisted embryo.

Jameson's made The Cherry-Faced Lurchers, it was the moment at which a rather ramshackle band pulled itself together. By July 1985, when Lloyd Ross of Shifty Records put Live at Jameson's down on tape, they were an extraordinarily tight three-piece with a repertoire of songs exceptional for their strength.

I’m a white boy who looked at his life
Gathered in his hands and saw it was
All due to the sweat of some other man,
The one who got
Shot down in the streets.
—Shot Down (1984)
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released January 24, 2013

Shift 7 1984

all composed by J.Phillips except track4 by K.Helgard
published by Shifty Music ZA

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Starting initially as a novelty band, things started when the band got a residency at the then-unknown Jameson’s in Commissioner Street in Jo'burg's central business district, it had a Kruger liquor license - one of a small handful issued by the onetime president of the Transvaal at the turn of the 20th century, and transcended the racially divided and time-restricted liquor laws of the day. ... more

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Track Name: Shot Down
Shot down in the street (lyric)

Long have we all waited
Many times have we seen
In the eyes of the labourers
In the eyes of the neighbours
A feeling that leaves none to guess who’s been doing what for who and when for less
And who’s been left out there with dust on his dead feet
Shot down in the street
Look right at the sunset
Look left and pour the tea
Look on in amazement
Milk first and mass crazy here
Nowhere else in the world can you see so many monsters and mutations that creep out so
efficiently
And leave you wandering what happened to all those sacred things
They got shot down in the street
New morning, new morning
Old ways get away
But here in my cradle
I lie incapable
I’m a white boy who looked at his life gathered in his hands
And saw it was all due to the sweat of some other man
That one who got shot down in the street

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