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The Fall & Rise of King Curly

by King Curly

Contemporary Australian songwriting at its finest voiced through a highly original, loose and sparse style of instrumentation - occupying territory somewhere between the tragically misunderstood Tiny Tim and the gritty storytelling of Lou Reed.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Falling Downstairs
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2. The Bumblebee Has No Home
3:04 $0.99
3. Lets Have an Orgy
3:44 $0.99
4. These Wheels Will Not Die
2:40 $0.99
5. King Curly
3:03 $0.99
6. Curly & Sue
4:19 $0.99
7. What a Beautiful Day
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8. Dreamalittle
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9. Lullaby
4:03 $0.99
10. I Am Coming Back (In a Revenge Song)
3:44 $0.99
11. I Wish I Was a Girl
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12. I Wanted to Sing
2:57 $0.99
13. It's Alright
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14. All I Want Is Happiness
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15. Porpoise Club
3:52 $0.99
16. The Girl in the Store
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17. Daydream
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18. One More Job
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19. Family Man
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20. Dreams Come True
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Album Notes
King Curly: Proudly Serving the Public since 2000, k.d lang had them open her Australian tour while Australia's Folk legend Paul Kelly reckons "their name should be shouted from the roof-tops.

King Curly is contemporary Australian songwriting at its finest, voiced through a highly original, loose and sparse style of instrumentation aptly termed “Garage-Cabaret”. Their work is a refreshing anomaly on our musical landscape. Its apparent creative naivety masks exceptional skill that draws as much from the tragically misunderstood Tiny Tim as the gritty storytelling of Lou Reed.

Hailing from the Blue Mountains in NSW, King Curly is the invention of Stephen Appel - one of the great enigmas of Australian music. For a decade, his slowly evolving, chiefly acoustic ensemble has been quietly capturing the hearts of fans including some of biggest names in the business.

In Appel's words:

"“King Curly” was born of the desire to right wrongs and to punish evil. In that respect, his spiritual forefathers are Robin Hood, Batman, Moses etc. When I first conceived the character - in the songs “King Curly” and “Curly and Sue” – Evil was enjoying a stronger-than-usual stranglehold on the world and I was working in the public service. King Curly was a drab little man in a drab little job – circumstances curiously similar to my own. But unlike me, King Curly had a dangerous and wonderful secret: on his R.D.O’s he was raising an army of outsiders – lepers, failed artists, amputees, frustrated adult film producers and marginalised school bullies to set right the many wrongs of the world.

A decade down the track, and as far as I know, King Curly is yet to chart anywhere. He hasn’t been invited (or even nominated) to an awards night either - and I’m confident he would do badly if he ever competed on ‘Australian Idol’. And yet King Curly records have found their way into people’s houses all over the big wide world and folks sing along at shows.

Like many people, I’ve grown used to the feeling of operating in an alternative dimension that runs parallel to the one shown in mass media. For some time now the word on the street has been that the music industry is bloated and will pop itself, (hasn't that already happened?) and that cockroaches like me will have our day. I find that exciting and strangely in keeping with the original King Curly fantasy but Im still waiting for that happy day to arrive.

King Curly has become a Lost Dog’s Home for all those bum-notes digitally shifted out of existence, a safe haven where the awkward and the ugly lie down with the beautiful and the damned. But let’s not get too carried away - King Curly was never intended as anything but a half-baked expression of myself and the people who play in it."

Stephen Appel 2016



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