Warumpi Band 4 Ever

Warumpi Band 4 Ever




"Warumpi’s influence on Australian music was unique. Midnight Oil covered songs like ‘Blackfella / Whitefella’ for years (as did Powderfinger) and it still stands as a stone cold classic rock anthem. One of many. Songs that reached across the cultural divide, that were ABOUT SOMETHING, songs of positivity and hope...” – Jim Moginie, Midnight Oil

Iconic Aussie Indigenous rock band Warumpi Band are the subject of a new Double CD/Digital release entitled ‘WARUMPI BAND 4 EVER’ on Festival Records through Warner Music.

Featuring acclaimed songwriter Neil Murray, renowned guitarist Sammy Butcher and fronted by the late George Rrurrambu - one of Australia’s most charismatic frontmen - the Warumpi Band blazed a trail out of the Northern Territory in the early ‘80s, taking their message and their exciting sound to the whole nation. They were one of the first Indigenous bands to play the thriving national urban pub circuit and the first to get airplay (2JJJ LOVED them!) for a song sung in language, with their much loved indie debut single ‘Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out From Jail)’ (which in 2007 was selected by the NFSA for its “Sounds of Australia" registry).  They developed a close allegiance with the then biggest band in the country Midnight Oil; indeed it was the joint Warumpi Band/Midnight Oil ‘Black Fella/White Fella’ tour in 1986 that inspired the Oils’ highly successful ‘Diesel & Dust ‘ album.

In the ‘90s, Christine Anu took the Warumpis’ beautiful ‘My Island Home’ to the top of the charts and into the national consciousness, and a young Brisbane outfit named Powderfinger paid tribute to the Warumpis’ influence with a rocking cover of ‘Black Fella/White Fella’

The 2013 feature documentary on the late Warumpi Band front man, George Rrurrambu, ‘Big Name No Blanket’ featured at both the Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals, and has screened subsequently on ABC1 and been released on DVD.

‘Warumpi Band 4 Ever’ sees the band’s three albums – ‘Big Name, No Blanket’, ‘Go Bush!’ and  ‘Too Much Humbug’ - remastered for the very first time, and supplemented by some non-lp material, including that original recording of ‘Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out From Jail)’), a live recording from one of the band’s last gigs of a never-before released song, and a handful of rocking covers that reveal their early energy.  The lavish double-CD package features numerous unpublished photos and includes liner notes by Neil Murray, author Clinton Walker and Midnight Oil guitarist Jim Moginie, as well as words from guitarist Sammy Butcher and testimonials from members of Powderfinger and The Medics, Dan Sultan and others. It is a belated but fitting tribute to a great Australian band; one that changed lives and had a substantial cultural impact on our country.

Jailangaru Pakarnu

Blackfella / Whitefella

My Island Home

Stompin' Ground


Disc 1

“Big Name No Blankets” (1985)

  1. Waru (Fire)
  2. Blackfella / Whitefella
  3. Breadline
  4. Nyuntu Nyaaltjirruku (What Are You Going To Do?)
  5. Animal Song
  6. Warumpinya (Papunya)
  7. Wima Tjuta (All The Kids)
  8. Fitzroy Crossing
  9. Mulga & Spinifex Plain
  10. Gotta Be Strong

“Go Bush!” (1987)

  1. No Fear
  2. Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out From Jail)
  3. Yolngu Boy
  4. Secret War
  5. My Island Home
  6. Didjeridoo Blue
  7. Kintorelakutu (Towards Kintore)
  8. Tjiluru Tjiluru (Sad And Lonely)
  9. My Countryside
  10. Falling Down
  11. From The Bush

Disc 2

“Too Much Humbug” (1996)

  1. Wayathul
  2. Stompin’ Ground
  3. Makes You Feel
  4. Never Change
  5. Djulpan
  6. Stars
  7. Cold Weather
  8. Marrayilyil
  9. Joining My Life
  10. Koori Man
  11. Holdin’ You In My Arms
  12. We Shall Cry
  13. Blackfella / Whitefella (Remake)

Bonus Tracks

  1. Yaka Bayungu (live, Broome, 2000)
  2. Sitdown Money (Powderworks A-side, 1986)
  3. Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out From Jail) (Hot Records A-side, 1983)
  4. Route 66 (CAAMA cassette, 1983)
  5. It’s All Over Now (CAAMA cassette, 1983)
  6. Promised Land (CAAMA cassette, 1983)
  7. Warumpi Rock (CAAMA cassette, 1983)


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