To celebrate 21 years since the formation of Eskimo Joe, the past 12 months has seen the platinum-selling band from Western Australia reissuing their back catalogue in new formats.
After reissuing coloured vinyl and special edition CDs for Girl, Ghosts Of The Past and Inshalla in 2018, Eskimo Joe now announce the latest album to be given the deluxe treatment will be Black Fingernails Red Wine. Red vinyl, 2CD deluxe edition and 40-track digital versions will be released on Friday May 10 and are available for pre-order now HERE.
Eskimo Joe’s third studio album Black Fingernails Red Wine was released in 2006 and went to number one on the ARIA Album Chart. It spent 62 weeks in the ARIA top 50 albums chart, won four ARIA awards and has sold four times platinum (more than 300,000 copies in Australia alone).
As well as the popular singles Sarah, New York and the title track, the 2CD edition of Black Fingernails Red Wine features more than 25 bonus songs. Chosen by the band, the package includes remixes, B-sides and live material. It includes a 2019 remix of Black Fingernails Red Wine by Melbourne production duo Le Sauvage, as well as unheard demo recordings from the album’s earliest 2005 sessions.
“At that time we were listening to all types of music, from Eurythmics to INXS,” frontman Kav Temperley recalls. “We were jamming on a combination of dark chords, constant kick drums and experimenting with down and dirty vocals: low and sinister.”
Temperley recalls the album as a particularly important chapter in the evolution of the band. “If you’re lucky, you get one moment in your career where all the stars seem to align, and everyone is in the right place at the right time,” Kav says. “For us, it was the album Black Fingernails Red Wine. This album was a benchmark.”
With the single Black Fingernails Red Wine coming in at #2 in the 2006 Triple J Hottest 100, there’s a strong sense its parent album has entered the canon of Australian rock classics. As Icehouse frontman Iva Davies notes in the Anniversary Edition’s foreword, “At the heart of the album is the undeniable sound of a quality Australian rock band who had learned the value of dramatic dynamics, cinematic atmospheres and infectious melodies.”
To align with the reissue of this special album, Eskimo Joe will play Black Fingernails Red Wine in full at an exclusive, intimate hometown show on Friday May 10 at The Fremantle Social. Tickets for this very special one-off show will be available from Thursday March 21 via www.eskimojoe.net. Eskimo Joe will be available to sign new CD and LP editions of Black Fingernails Red Wine after the performance.
ESKIMO JOE – BLACK FINGERNAILS RED WINE ANNIVERSARY EDITION TRACKLISTING:
Black Fingernails, Red Wine
This Is Pressure
Beating like a Drum
How Does It Feel
Trying to Sleep
Don’t Get Me Wrong
One Little Desire Called Love
Black Nails from the Red Sea (Nixmix)
London Bombs (Sneaky Sound System Remix)
Beating Like A Drum (Dexter’s Raskol Mix)
Black Fingernails Red Wine (Le Sauvage Mix)*
Comfort You (Live from the Enmore Theatre)
New York (Live from the Enmore Theatre)
Black Fingernails Red Wine (Live from the Enmore Theatre)
London Bombs (Live from the Enmore Theatre)
From The Sea (Live from the Enmore Theatre)
How Does It Feel (Live from the Enmore Theatre)
Comfort You/New York (Live At The Chapel)*
Black Fingernails Red Wine (Live At The Chapel)
Sarah (Live At The Chapel)*
Setting Sun (Live At The Chapel)*
Black Fingernails Red Wine (Acoustic)
Breaking Up (Acoustic)
How Does It Feel (Acoustic)
London Bombs (Acoustic)
This Is Pressure (Acoustic)
Black Fingernails Red Wine (Acoustic With Strings)
Sarah (September 2005 Demo)*
Breaking Up (September 2005 Demo)*
Comfort You (September 2005 Demo)*
Black Fingernails Red Wine (September 2005 Demo)*
* Previously unreleased