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Guadalcanal Diary – Discography

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I useta be into this crowd way back in the day and even had their albums, on cassette. I wonder where the fuck those cassettes are now! I wonder how the fuck I can play them if I find em!

Despite the awful name (I know it’s from the book and the film!), this band from Georgia were actually quite excellent.

Purveyors of inventive, intelligent, rocking music and with a great sense of humour.

Very unfortunately, success always seemed to evade them though.


It was great fun to be able to take a line from a revered blues song, a drum pattern from Africa, and a guitar or bass riff from The Stooges, and squeeze it all into some loud, tongue-in-cheek mush.

-Murray Attaway

The boys were together originally in the period 1981-1989, and again, after almost a decade apart, in the period 1997-2000.

There seems to be a great interest in these wonderful Rhino re-releases. Hopefully, this will encourage the boys to reform and make some new music. We’ll keep our broken fingers crossed!

https://i2.wp.com/us.ent1.yimg.com/images.launch.yahoo.com/000/010/503/10503758.jpgWith roots in the Civil War ballads and Southern-gothic imagery of their Georgia home, Guadalcanal Diary’s jangly stew of garage rock, roots twang, and exotic rhythms encompassed global styles and expansive themes. This wasn’t your parents’ Southern rock.

Longtime friends Murray Attaway and Jeff Walls had played together and separately in various projects. Walls was in a new wave band called Strictly American when the two began collaborating seriously. Attaway was a fan of prog and punk, at one time singing for the Yes cover band Blue Ash.

Conceiving a new group that would play oddbal covers, Civil War ballads, and original songs, Attaway and Walls enlisted John Poe on drums and Attaway’s then-girlfriend Rhett Crowe on bass.

Emergency Broadcast System, as they were known, made their live debut in late 1981. With a name change to Guadalcanal Diary, they became part of an emerging Atlanta-area new-music scene home to The Fans, The Swimming Pool Q’s, The B-52’s, and, later, R.E.M.

The band quickly developed a sound of its own. As Attaway describes it in the liner notes to this Handmade release, “It was great fun to be able to take a line from a revered blues song, a drum pattern from Africa, and a guitar or bass riff from The Stooges, and squeeze it all into some loud, tongue-in-cheek mush.”

After creating an underground buzz with their four-song Watusi Rodeo EP, Guadalcanal Diary signed with Danny Beard’s respected DB label. R.E.M. producer Don Dixon was hired for the big-budget ($3,000) record that would become Walking. Well received by critics and college radio upon its release, the album caught the ear of Elektra, who signed the band to a four-record deal (the re-release of Walking being the first of the four).
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Some great works from this great band plus one solo Murray Attaway:

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April 10, 2008 Posted by | Guadalcanal Diary, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | 3 Comments

Guadalcanal Diary – Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man (Expanded Edition)

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Guadalcanal Diary – Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man

Expanded Edition

Label: Rhino Handmade

It was great fun to be able to take a line from a revered blues song, a drum pattern from Africa, and a guitar or bass riff from The Stooges, and squeeze it all into some loud, tongue-in-cheek mush.

-Murray Attaway
I useta be into this crowd way back in the day and even had this one, and two more of their albums, on cassette. I wonder where the fuck those cassettes are now! I wonder how the fuck I can play them if I find em!

Despite the awful name (I know it’s from the book and the film!), this band from Georgia were actually quite excellent.

Purveyors of inventive, intelligent, rocking music and with a great sense of humour.

Very unfortunately, success always seemed to evade them though.

The boys were together originally in the period 1981-1989, and again, after almost a decade apart, in the period 1997-2000.

There seems to be a great interest in these wonderful Rhino re-releases. Hopefully, this will encourage the boys to reform and make some new music. We’ll keep our broken fingers crossed!

Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man was their first full-length album by the Marietta, Georgia jangle poppers. The album was originally released in 1984 and was produced by Don Dixon.

This expanded, remastered Rhino Handmade release features Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man in its entirety, plus the Watusi Rodeo EP and the previously unreleased “Just An Excuse.”

This versoin of Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man was available as an individually numbered limited edition of 2,500 copies.
Her eyes look up with tears of dust
Her breath all smoke, she left hanging
She heard a voice that came so near
A lowly life in darkest night
All the power of heaven,
No moon on nights like this
Two hands reach up…
Nothing…nothing…
nothing but the fire


The photo on the cover shows two African tribal adolescents awaiting circumcision – a revealing choice of visuals for such an unassuming group of musicians. With roots in the Civil War ballads and Southern-gothic imagery of their Georgia home, Guadalcanal Diary’s jangly stew of garage rock, roots twang, and exotic rhythms encompassed global styles and expansive themes. This wasn’t your parents’ Southern rock.

//www.guadalcanaldiary.com/images/gdcoloredit2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Longtime friends Murray Attaway and Jeff Walls had played together and separately in various projects. Walls was in a new wave band called Strictly American when the two began collaborating seriously. Attaway was a fan of prog and punk, at one time singing for the Yes cover band Blue Ash.

Conceiving a new group that would play oddbal covers, Civil War ballads, and original songs, Attaway and Walls enlisted John Poe on drums and Attaway’s then-girlfriend Rhett Crowe on bass.

Emergency Broadcast System, as they were known, made their live debut in late 1981. With a name change to Guadalcanal Diary, they became part of an emerging Atlanta-area new-music scene home to The Fans, The Swimming Pool Q’s, The B-52’s, and, later, R.E.M.

The band quickly developed a sound of its own. As Attaway describes it in the liner notes to this Handmade release, “It was great fun to be able to take a line from a revered blues song, a drum pattern from Africa, and a guitar or bass riff from The Stooges, and squeeze it all into some loud, tongue-in-cheek mush.”

After creating an underground buzz with their four-song Watusi Rodeo EP, Guadalcanal Diary signed with Danny Beard’s respected DB label. R.E.M. producer Don Dixon was hired for the big-budget ($3,000) record that would become Walking. Well received by critics and college radio upon its release, the album caught the ear of Elektra, who signed the band to a four-record deal (the re-release of Walking being the first of the four).

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Tracklisting

Trail Of Tears (2:27)
Fire From Heaven (3:54)
Sleepers Awake (3:12)
Gilbert Takes The Wheel (2:37)
Ghost On The Road (2:52)
Watusi Rodeo (2:38)
Why Do The Heathen Rage? (3:03)
Pillow Talk (1:59)
Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man (Part 1) (4:37)
Kumbayah (3:41)

Bonus Tracks

Watusi Rodeo EP

Johnny B. Goode (Live)
Michael Rockefeller (4:52)
Liwa Wechi (2:50)
John Wayne (3:20)
Dead Eyes (3:12)

Just An Excuse (3.11)

Here she be (updated links);

WITSOTBM (tracks 1-10)

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WITSOTBM-bonus (bonus tracks)

http://sharebee.com/85021426

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More Guadalcanal here!!

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April 8, 2008 Posted by | Guadalcanal Diary, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | 3 Comments