Guadalcanal Diary was an American Guadalcanal Diary - Flip-Flop jangle pop group. They originated in Marietta, Georgiaa suburb of Atlanta, but they were often billed as being " from Athens, Georgia ," in the early s. The band formed in and disbanded in They reformed inbut never recorded any new material. After going on hiatus inGuadalcanal Diary temporarily reunited for a second time in for Athfestwhere they celebrated their 30th anniversary.
Tvær Systur - Jakob Magnússon - Tvær Systur Attaway and Jeff Walls became friends in high school and had both joined a punk band called Strictly American. The two decided to form a new band under the name Emergency Broadcast System. At the time, Attaway was sharing a house with Rhett Crowe, who was learning to play bass from Walls. She joined the new band and suggested that the name be Singtao - La Musica to Guadalcanal Diary, based on the memoir of the same name.
After the drummer who had originally been recruited to play the band's first show quit, Walls' friend John Poe was asked to sit in. Poe was a bassist with little drumming experience, but he soon became a member of the band.
This lineup remained the same throughout the length of the band's career. Guadalcanal Diary quickly attracted attention from its frequent live shows in the Athens and Atlanta music scenes and was signed in by DB Records, a small independent label based out of the legendary Wax 'N Facts record store in Atlanta.
The same year, the band recorded and released a four-song EP called Watusi Rodeoalong with a low-budget music What Have We Got? - Sting - The Last Ship for the title track. Meanwhile, the band began recording with Don Dixon and followed up the EP with its first full-length record, Walking in the Shadow of the Big Manin The album was well received by critics and enjoyed significant airplay on US college radio stations, drawing comparisons to fellow Georgia band R.
After touring heavily across the United States in support of their Guadalcanal Diary - Flip-Flop album, the band was signed by Elektra Records in Elektra wanted to immediately record and release new material, but the band convinced the label to first re-release Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man. The album's initial reception was not as Guadalcanal Diary - Flip-Flop as their debut effort, with some critics noting a weaker production, but the album has retrospectively gained Guadalcanal Diary - Flip-Flop appreciation among fans.
The band decided to work again with producer Don Dixon for Dawn of Time - Redgloam - Asleep Under Trains (All Media, Album) next album, 2X4released in Featuring a harder-hitting sound and greater diversity among the songs, 2X4 was the band's most successful album to date and was listed as number 64 on Paste Vader - Sothis "The 80 Best Albums of the s", wherein they called it a "masterpiece".
InJeff Walls and Rhett Crowe married and gave birth to a daughter, Lillian, the following year. After recording again with Don Dixon, saw the release of the band's fourth and final studio album, Flip-Flop. While the music video for "Always Saturday" saw rotation on MTV, critics noted that the album lacked some of the consistency of their previous albums due to the band's busy touring schedule.
However, with Guadalcanal Diary - Flip-Flop members contributing to the songwriting, it took on a more diverse and upbeat sound compared to darker themes of their previous works.
Due to new family commitments and exhaustion from heavy touring, the band was beginning to drift apart and decided to break up in order to preserve their friendships with one another. The concert was organized by the Tau Epsilon Phi Nu chapter fraternity. In lateMurray Attaway was signed as a solo artist to Geffen Records and was allowed a significant amount of time to focus on writing.
He began recording with producer Tony Berg in the early s along with a host of guest musicians including Jackson BrowneAimee Mannand Nicky Hopkins. InAttaway's first and only solo album, In Thrallwas released to critical acclaim.
Despite Geffen's high budget and innovative promotional tactics that involved giving away the first 50, copies for free, the album did not fare as well commercially. Meanwhile, Jeff Walls produced and played guitar on numerous local records, while John Poe briefly pursued a solo career. Rhett Crowe retired from music in order to spend more time with her family.
Attaway began recording for his second solo album in and invited his former bandmates to contribute. However, due to a change in management, Attaway was dropped from Geffen and the recordings were shelved. Regardless, he and his bandmates enjoyed working together again and decided to reform Guadalcanal Diary in The band played a handful of local shows and self-released a live album, At Your Birthday Partyin Inthe band went on hiatus again, but left the possibility open that they would return in the future.
Inas an answer to increasing online demand for new music and shows, Murray Guadalcanal Diary - Flip-Flop and Jeff Walls formed the band Bomber City as an outlet to play their large backlog of solo material and favorite Guadalcanal Diary songs, and have more recently formed Blasting Cap. Jeff Walls died May 29, after battling a rare pulmonary disease.
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