Some Pauls

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Paul Bunyan (Axemen Theme)
— version #1 is from Hell Farm, August 1983, with Steve & Bob on guitars. This version was released on the rare AXE OF THE APOSTLES cassette later that month.

Paul Bunyan (Axemen Theme)
— version #2 adds Stu K. on drums, from the Jetty St “Equinox” gig in Dunedin, 24 September 1983. This version was never released, can’t think why, there’s even Lisa Preston saying a few words at the start!

Paul Bunyan (Axemen Theme)
— version #3 adds M. S. Agro on bass, from the Gladstone, 28 November 1983. Live mix by Hamish Kilgour. Never released.

Paul Bunyan (Axemen Theme)
— version #4 adds Artie Sheep on sax, from the Gladstone again on 10 December 1983, at the Flying Nun recording party otherwise known as the Flying Fuck. This appears to be the last time the Axemen theme would be played, though in the 1990s there was an eerily similar tune played at gigs supposedly entitled “Son Of Paul Bunyan” as yet unrecovered from the Axemen/Sleek Bott vaults (it’s spooky in there). This version was either never released, or else maybe it’s the version on side 4 of A SCAR IS BORN, but as no copy of that album is at hand, that’s impossible to ascertain at present.

Read more about Paul Bunyan, the giant tree-biter, here:

strange birth, breaking windows, sawing legs off parents’ bed, etc.

Paul’s giant pipe

fakelore? for shame!

a catalog of Bunyans (Mecca for the big guy’s admirers)

almost World War III (the true story of Operation Paul Bunyan)

Some more Pauls

the literary classic
the literary classic
the education co-op
the education co-op
the fridge magnet
the fridge magnet
the conetop beer
the conetop beer
the lily
the lily
the religious shrine
the religious shrine (Brainerd, Minnesota)
the bench
the bench
the pinball machine
the pinball machine
the echeveria again
the echeveria

another beer!
another beer!

4 thoughts on “Some Pauls

  1. “This version was never released, can’t think why…”

    Maybe it’s cos Kawowski hasn’t got a clue what’s going on, until the song is about to end !!!

  2. Yes, that last version is definitely track 1 side 4 of A SCAR IS BORN as I do happen to have a copy of that cassette right here. Features the copybook confusion “is it recording or not” false start at the beginning and the Hamish K conversation about “the sax” at the end. Def not the version off the “Flying Fuck” 8-track though, do we have a copy of all of that?

  3. there’s a cassette here which is all the songs from that gig, including Paul Bunyan which is first, sounds more like it’s from someone’s walkman rather than a dub off the 8-track…

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