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See You In Hell

by James Freud

Australian rock artist James Freud is back with an album that weaves the stories of his struggle with alcohol and drug addiction through the maze of this edgy rock/pop album. This collection of songs are the soundtrack to his best selling auto-biographies
Genre: Rock: Aussie Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Desperation Road
3:34 $0.99
2. Killing Me
3:42 $0.99
3. Junk
4:08 $0.99
4. See You In Hell (feat. Sonic Dogma)
4:07 $0.99
5. Ghoul's Window
3:53 $0.99
6. Lazarus
4:42 $0.99
7. Wreakage of My Youth
4:33 $0.99
8. Guilty
3:45 $0.99
9. Hard Country
3:50 $0.99
10. In The End
3:34 $0.99
11. Beautiful Sin
4:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born Colin McGlinchey, James Freud has had a diverse and successful career as a solo artist, author and member of Models, Beatfish, and Moondog.

In 1977 James and school friend Sean Kelly formed Teenage Radio Stars who were signed to punk label Suicide Records after only one show. The band’s first single ‘I Wanna Be Ya Baby’ was released on a compilation titled Lethal Weapons but failed to make an impact on the charts.

The Teenage Radio Stars broke up the following year and Freud formed James Freud and the Radio Stars. They were immediately signed to Mushroom Records and released their debut album Breaking Silence in June 1980. The single 'Modern Girl', was released simultaneously and peaked at number 11 on the Australian national charts. That same year, the band supported Gary Numan during his Australian tour and so impressed Numan that he invited Freud to record an album in the U.K. Unfortunately neither Freud nor Numan were happy with the result and the album was never released.

A name change to James Freud and Berlin followed, thanks to a U.K. band that was already called The Radio Stars. In March 1981, James Freud and Berlin released the single 'Automatic Crazy', produced by Gary Numan. However one month later Freud decided to destroy his pop image by shaving his head, disbanding James Freud and Berlin and moving to London to pursue his creativity.

In 1982 Freud returned to Australia and reunited with Sean Kelly as the bass player for Models. The band went into the studio with producer Nick Launay and came out the critically acclaimed ‘The Pleasure of Your Company’ which produced the band’s first chart success with the hit 'I Hear Motion'. The band was propelled to the next level and supported David Bowie on his ‘Serious Moonlight Tour’.
After line-up and management changes the band released the album ‘Out of Mind Out of Sight’ which spawned the #1 and #2 hits 'Barbados' and 'Out of Mind Out of Sight'. The band toured relentlessly and signed a deal in the USA with Geffen Records. But like most bands at the peak of their career The Models broke up in June 1988 after the release of the album ‘Media’. Kelly and Freud went solo.

In March 1988 James moved his wife Sally and new born son Harrison to New York to record what is reputedly the most expensive album Mushroom Records has ever made. 'Step Into the Heat' was recorded at the famed Power Station studios with Bernard Edwards from Chic and peaked nationally at number 16 in Australia in June 1989. The single 'Hurricane' peaked at number 15. James was crushed by it’s lack of major sales and found himself looking for a new project.

Freud spent 1992 playing bass on Kylie Minogue's first world tour but found no joy as a back-up player.

At the end of 1992, Freud teamed up with old buddy with Martin Plaza from Mental as Anything for the dance act Beatfish. The duo’s self titled album produced the top twenty hit 'Wheels of Love' and showcase gigs in Los Angeles.

Beatfish called it a day a year later so James moved on to writing and producing over 100 TV commercials for major clients like Coke, Singapore Airline, Honda and Rayban.

In January 1996 another solo album, 'Big Mouth', was shelved by Freud. The single, 'Postcard to Hawaii', was the only track that met Freud's expectations so he went back into the studio and recorded ten new tracks. The album was released under the Moondog banner which turned into a collaboration with guitarist Phil Ceberano, released in January 1997.
James joined Les Gock’s (Hush) company ‘Song Zu’ as their head composer in Melbourne until he decided that the world of commercials had nothing creatively stimulating to offer him. He walked away from advertising in 2000.

After a near death experience on the road with a reformation of Models James turned his hand to writing. In 2002 James released his hilariously gritty autobiography 'i am the voice left from drinking'(Harper Collins).

A move to Queensland saw Freud head up a Government funded record label called Elston Records. But his own demons proved too hard to conquer so James checked into rehab in October 2004

A newly invigorated Freud toured Australia on the hugely successful ‘Countdown Spectacular’ and relocated his family to Los Angeles. While there he produced the debut EP for his sons Harrison and Jackson’s band Sonic Dogma.

Tired of travelling the world for over 30 years James decide to return to his hometown Melbourne in February 2007 to see the release of his follow up biography 'I am The Voice Left From Rehab(Random House).

Music had began to ring loudly in his head for the first time in years so James began writing and recording his latest solo album ‘See You In Hell’.

The album was completed in February 2008.



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I have a soft spot for Aussie rockers. INXS, Boom Crash Opera, Hand of Fate, Midnight Oil, Taxiride, the list goes on...fantastic artists. Now I have to add James Freud to the list. I got his promo in the mail last week and can't seem to bring myself to eject the CD from my player.

His new release "See You In Hell" (2008) in just brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. James skillfully updates the feel-good rock sound from the 80s, bringing a tastefully modern edge to it. The 80s vibe really comes out strong - and that is a GOOD thing. Case in point: "Junk" comes complete with hand claps and Deborah Harry references, and I hear overtones of Psychedelic Furs, Timbuk 3 (especially track 9), a lively Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) (track 7), and a melodic Iggy Pop.

So who is this guy and where has be been? Freud played in various bands during the 80s (including The Models), and then spent 1992 playing bass on Kylie Minogue's first big tour. He then went "commercial" so to speak, writing over 100 of them for TV. Thankfully, he returned to making his own music that has culminated in the victorious "See You In Hell."

Every track on this tight and coherent effort is a short ride on a pop rock thrill ride - the collective CD is like a day at the amusement park. The momentum just doesn't stop until the very end, and the CD gets better with each listen. The highlights for me include "Desperation Road", "Junk", and "Guilty". James Freud has delivered a masterpiece in the finest Aussie rock tradition.

iPOD-worthy: Seriously, every track is great!