1990 – Lock It – Falling Joys
The early ‘90s was a blissful time for women in Australian Indie music. Particularly in Sydney. The Clouds, The Honeys, The Hummingbirds.
Falling Joys’ Suzie Higgie began her musical life as manager of her brother’s band. The groups initial singles were promising but with ‘Lock It’ Falling Joys hit the nail flush on the head.
It’s a slow burner enticing the listener with a sinuous bass line before a starburst of guitars and drums. This is as exciting as a new romance can be but the word love never appears, instead Higgie sings ‘Christ / I really like you’ which seems more powerful.
The Falling Joys were a great singles band. ‘Jennifer’ and ‘You’re In A Mess’ were both cracking singles. Feel the quality.
Michael Witheford is a freelance writer and author. He has been published by RAM, Juke Magazine, On The Street, Beat, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Launceston Examiner, The Melbourne Sunday Sun, Melbourne Times and various periodicals. His novel Buzzed was published by Penguin in 2002.
He wrote songs, played bass guitar and sang in the Fish John West Reject and ARIA nominated Lust In Space, among many bands.
He now lives in Tasmania and is working on a memoir and personal account of the Tasmanian and Melbourne Music scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s.