Grinspoon goes Deluxe

Grinspoon will play their breakthrough album 'Guide to Better Living' cover to cover in Townsville this August. IMAGE: Sophie Howarth

Post-grunge Aussie rockers, Grinspoon today announced a 20th Anniversary deluxe edition of the album that kickstarted their long-standing music career, Guide To Better Living, alongside an epic 27-date national tour of Australia, which will see them play the album cover to cover for fans in Townsville on Friday, 11 August.

In 1995, Grinspoon submitted their track Sickfest to triple j’s Unearthed national band comp in its inaugural year.  To everyone’s amazement, they won – and for the next two months the song was the station’s number one request.  Fast forward to September 1997, signed to Universal Music’s Grudge imprint, Grinspoon released their debut album, Guide To Better Living.

Since then, it’s been a rolling success and yeah, occasionally, excess story with certified sales of well over half a million, seven albums all very familiar with the Top Ten, ARIA Awards, 13 ARIA nominations, more than 1,000 gigs, tens of thousands of international frequent flyer miles, 7 appearances at the Big Day Out as well as slots at Homebake, Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, an NRL Grand Final and a Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Melbourne.

Twenty years later – with the album chalking up a double decade of acclaim – Grinspoon are emerging from hiatus to celebrate their debut album with the Guide To Better Living tour.

Grinspoon vocalist Phil Jamieson said the band couldn’t wait to bring back the album, warts and all.

“I hate nostalgia, it gets my goat.  What I do love are tunes, and we’ve got tunes!  NBT, Balding Matters and Scalped are probably what are considered to be album tracks or ‘filler’, but I can’t wait to spit ‘em out with as much venom as I did as a 19 year old,” said Phil.

“Then there is Railroader; Repeat; Just Ace; Champion; Boundary…. it’s like a little treasure box of ditties!  I don’t think I really knew what I was doing when I made Guide To Better Living, but I know that playing this album from start to finish is going to be one of the most challenging, enjoyable & kickass things I’ll ever do!”

To correspond with the tour, an accompanying expanded, multi-format reissue of the album will be released on June 23. Grinspoon have curated a 20th anniversary edition of Guide To Better Living, expanding the original 16-track album to a mammoth 49-track feast of rarities, live tracks and unreleased recordings. The album also appears on vinyl for the very first time in the form of a limited edition red vinyl pressing, coupling the original album with a second disc Live At CBGB’s – an incendiary 10-track live recording of the band taken from the fabled CBGB’s venue in New York. The recording was found in a scour of the vaults late in 2016.

“It’s a real honour to be releasing the 20th anniversary of Guide To Better Living.  It was an amazing time in the band’s life.  Going back and listening to the album and watching old footage reminds me of what was an unbelievably exciting time in all our lives,” said guitarist Pat Davern.

Catch Grinspoon‘s Guide to Better Living Tour stopping in at the Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville on Friday, August 11. This will be an 18+ event. 

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