poison to the mind

2Sep/050

the bible would be a lot whinier

In the '90s, Greta Gertler kicked about Sydney, playing the odd gig, doing the occasional collaboration, forming a band to complement her piano-led songwriting here, self-financing an album there. At the end of the decade, she lifted roots for New York, just in time to miss being beatjacked for the most-played Australian song on national radio. Since settling in NYC, she's played the odd gig, done the occasional collaboration, self-financed an album or two... but it's taken her until recently to form a regular band to back her up.

Greta Gertler & The Extroverts have been playing over the last year, and did a radio session on WVUV a couple of months ago. You can go here to download the entire program with chit-chat and intros and other peoples' records, but we've got a few otherwise unrecorded songs from the session, plucked out for you.

Greta Gertler & The Extroverts live on WFUV:
Veselka
Uniform
If Bob Was God

And just because those are more or less on the gentle singer-songwritery side, something a bit more upbeat and silly: a version of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)" - followed promptly by another one, as the program's host Vin Scelsa is roped in to jam on glockenspiel.

There's another live version of this on Greta's Myspace page right now, and I'll dig up some older soundboard stuff with her old band Peccadillo before she comes back to Sydney to play in December.

It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)
It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Glock 'N' Roll)


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