The Triffids (Australian rock band)

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The official website of the Triffids is run by ex-Triffid "Evil" Graham Lee.

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The Triffids were a seminal Australian alternative rock and pop band formed in Perth, Western Australia, in May 1978 with David McComb as singer-songwriter, guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboardist. They achieved negligible success in Australia, but greater success in the U.K. and Scandinavia in the 1980s, disbanding in 1989. Some of their best known songs are "Wide Open Road" (February 1986) and "Bury Me Deep in Love" (October 1987). Their 1986 album, Born Sandy Devotional, was featured by SBS television in 2007 on the Great Australian Albums series, and in 2010 it ranked 5th in the book The 100 Best Australian Albums by Toby Creswell, Craig Mathieson and John O'Donnell.

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised The Triffids' importance on 1 July 2008 when they were inducted into their Hall of Fame. Music historian Ian McFarlane declared, "The Triffids remain one of Australia's best-loved, post-punk groups [...] McComb was an authoritative singer and accomplished songwriter [...] he infused his melancholy songs with stark yet beautiful and uniquely Australian imagery. Few songwriters managed to capture the feeling of isolation and fatalistic sense of despair of the Australian countryside." They, along with The Go-Betweens, from Brisbane, were two of the most literate and evocative Australian bands of the 1980s, both created outside the mainstream Sydney-Melbourne pop/rock nexus.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1983 Treeless Plain 3
1986 Born Sandy Devotional 8
1986 In the Pines 4
1987 Calenture 7
1989 The Black Swan 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1986 Love in Bright Landscapes Compilation 1
1994 Australian Melodrama Compilation 2
2008 Beautiful Waste and Other Songs Compilation 2
2010 Wide Open Road: The Best of The Triffids Compilation 2

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 Live - Stockholm Live 2


Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Stand Up 1
1986 Wide Open Road 3
1987 Bury Me Deep in Love 6
1988 Trick of the Light 2
1989 Goodbye Little Boy 5


Year Title Rating Releases
1982 Reverie 1
1983 Bad Timing and Other Stories 1
1984 Raining Pleasure 1
1985 Field of Glass 1
1987 Peel Sessions 1

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