Deluxe re-release of Powderfinger’s ‘Internationalist’ to contain 35 tracks: unreleased demos, triple j live, b-sides
The deluxe version of the 20th anniversary of the release of Powderfinger’s quintuple platinum Internationalist album will have 35 tracks, in contrast to the 13 of the original.
Due October 12 through Universal Music Australia, it will include a triple j Live At The Wireless session from October 12, 1998 never before available commercially, all B-sides from the album available digitally for the first time alongside previously unreleased demos including the never before heard track Feels Like Something.
Tracked, recorded and mixed in the bands own studio by Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, The Deluxe Edition will be available on 2LP purple vinyl, 2CD Deluxe and digitally.
1998 was a landmark year for Powderfinger. Two years prior, their second album Double Allergic provided a breakthrough to Powderfinger’s career. It occupied 10 weeks in the ARIA top ten, eventually achieving triple-platinum.
The following album was written during a US tour, Of the album title, Bernard Fanning told Juice, “It’s about the idea of all this tension that is around at the moment, all this racial and political tension…
“The idea is that an ‘internationalist’ has an escape from all that. Music can be a vehicle for that escape.”
The band followed up with three hit singles Pick You Up, Living Type and DAF.
On its release on September 7, 1998, Internationalist debuted at #1 on the ARIA chart and stayed in the Top 10 for six weeks.
Recorded at Melbourne’s Sing Sing studios, Internationalist was produced by Nick DiDia, (their first in a long-standing relationship) whom the band credit strongly for finding the Powderfinger ‘sound’.
‘We probably can’t overstate the influence Nick had on helping us define this album, and three subsequent,” the band said.
“We tracked the main body of the album in a few weeks and we were all gobsmacked at how good he’d got it all to sound.
“We had made great sounding records before, but this was alive. It was leaping out of the speakers when we mixed it’.
At the ARIA awards in 1999 Internationalist won album of the year, best rock album and best cover art (by Kevin Wilkins), and The Day You Come won single of the year.
The Day You Come
Don’t Wanna Be Left Out
Over My Head
triple j – Live At The Wireless: October 12,1998
Don’t Wanna Be Left Out *
Already Gone *
Over My Head *
Celebrity Head *
Good Day Ray *
Smithy (Private Man Demo) *
On The Day You Come (Demo) *
Feels Like Something (Demo) *
The Day You Come – B-Sides
Don’t Wanna Be Left Out – B-Sides
Already Gone – B-sides
Passenger – B-Sides
Pick You Up (Live)
Maxwell’s Great Mistake
That Old Trick