The Numero Group have announced a 4CD collection from Australian garage rockers The Scientists for 19th August.
A Place Called Bad gathers together all their official material as well as a previously unreleased live set recorded in Adeleide.
A 2LP version features 22 essential tracks, unpublished photographs, a discography and Perth band family tree.
The Scientists were formed 1978, in the cultural isolation of the Western Australian capitol city of Perth. Restless teenaged singer/guitarist Kim Salmon, inspired by such far-off icons as the Stooges, the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls, teamed with some like-minded locals to launch the Scientists, helping to spark a nascent local punk scene in the process. Through subsequent relocations to Sydney and London and assorted lineup changes, the Scientists continued to mutate and evolve in uncompromising and unexpected directions, with the band eventually returning home to Perth to live out its final chapter.
“We were Scientists!,” notes Kim Salmon, who in his post-Scientists life continues to be one of Australia’s most vital musical forces. “We didn’t measure our success in dollars or fame. The Numero box set sheds light on what happened.”
The band play London’s Lexington on 25th June.