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Their early years found Not Drowning, Waving transitioning from humble ambient pop beginnings to one of the world’s finest exponents of boundary-breaking rock steeped in world music influences. The albums follow a logical progression and evolution that depicts a group of potent minds charging ahead with a vision very much their own—a rarity in the emerging corporate rock environment of the time. Listening to these releases in sequence is akin to unfolding a map with unlimited and rewarding destinations.

Later, Not Drowning, Waving pursued two paths. Tabaran, arguably the group’s masterwork, saw it combining its ever-evolving trademark sound with the beauty of Papua, New Guinea’s musical traditions. The other direction involved the band situating its leanings within more accessible pop structures—something evidenced on their final proper studio effort Circus. Together, the albums represented two sides of the same gleaming coin. Several compilations and soundtracks also accompany this era.

MOVING AROUND
Rampant Releases (Australia)
7 ": RROO7
Released February 1984

Moving Around
Untouched
Happy As Can Be

ANOTHER POND
Rampant Releases (Australia)
12": RR010

Released 1984

Making A Desert (And Calling It Peace)
Hunting For Nuggets
Dare Not Say A Word
Frogs
Walk Tired
John Wayne Visits Port Augusta
Hibakusha
Once Like This
Water Drops
Home On My Own
Mr. Suharto Man
Storm
Another Pond
Oliver Le Strange
The Cheshire Cat

HUNTING FOR NUGGETS
Rampant Releases (Australia)
7": RRO11
Released 1984

Hunting For Nuggets
Perfect Design
Away

MR. POOH (DO BE A DON'T BE)
Rampant Releases (Australia)
7": RRO13
Released 1985

Mr. Pooh (Do Be a Don't Be)
Wooden Box
Prison

THE LITTLE DESERT
Rampant Releases (Australia)
12": RR020
Released 1985

The Same Heat
Through The One Last Door
Blackfish Creek
Wilma's Dream
Storm
Tide
Old Wobbly Man
Empty Trees and Buildings
A Selling of a Rock
Big Sky

THE SING SING
Rampant Releases (Australia)
12": MLRR005

Released February 1986

Up In the Mountains
Brother Norbert
The Rocks
The Sing Sing
Pier No. 5
In the Early Morning

ANOTHER POND
Rampant Releases (Australia)
12": RR010

Rereleased: 1986

Hibakusha
Hunting for Nuggets
Dare not say a word
John Wayne visits Port Augusta
Perfect Design
The Wooden Box
Walk Tired
The Water Drops
Home on my own
Mr. Suharto Man
Mr. Pooh (Do be a Don't be)
Once like this
Another Pond
Cheshire Cat

COLD AND THE CRACKLE
Rampant Releases (Australia)
12": RR040
Released 1987

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
Cold and the Crackle
Plog
The Marriage is a Mess
It Slowly Goes
Little King
Sing Sing
Clay
Kerry's Green
Under Roof, Under Tree

I DID
Rampant Releases (Australia)
12": RR050
Released 1987

I Did
Little King
Going Up the Country
In The Undergrowth



CLAIM
Mighty Boy (Australia)
CD: MBCD7012
Released 1989

Reprise/WEA (USA)
CD: 9 26181-2

US Release 1990

Willow Tree
Fishing Trawler
Wobble
Thomastown
Maroon Rust
Palau
Yellow Earth
Sweat
Terra Nullius
Claim

This CD was later rereleased with an extra track: 'Palau [Micronesian Mix].'

WILLOW TREE
Mighty Boy (Australia)
7": MB 20207

Released 1990

Willow Tree Yard [remix]
Claim [remix]

FISHING TRAWLER
Mighty Boy (Australia)
7": MB 20277
Released 1990

Fishing Trawler
Overlay

NOT DROWNING, WAVING
Pacific Gold (PNG)
Cassette: PAC-381
Released 1990

Singsing
Lapunman
Abebe
Azehe
Pilapila
Avinirua
Feast
Mangi Long Nambis
Tabaran
The Kiap Song
Oro Funeral Chant
Blackwater
St. Mary's Church Choir, Ratung
Rain
Gawi Bagarap

This cassette-only version of the Tabaran album was released in PNG and features an entirely different sequencing, an exclusive track, and unique song titles.



TABARAN
WEA/Warner (Australia)
CD: 9031732999.2

Released 1990

Tabaran
The Kiap Song
Pila Pila
Sing Sing
Rain
Feast
Boys on the Beach
Blackwater
Abebe
Lapun Man
Up in the Mountains
Azehe
Call Across the Highlands
Funeral Chant
Gawi Bagarap*

*This is a traditional song of Papua New Guinea, unlisted on the CD and is preceded by nine minutes of silence.

KIAP SONG
East-West (Australia)
CD: 44272

Released 1991

Kiap Song
Amidel
Waligur Iau

PILA PILA
Warner Music Australia
7": Promotional Only
Released 1991

Pila Pila
A Selling Of The Rock



Lyrics & Credits
ANOTHER POND
East West/Warner (Australia)
CD: 903173848.2

Reissued 1991

Hibakusha
Hunting for Nuggets
Dare not say a word
John Wayne visits Port Augusta
Perfect Design
The Wooden Box
Walk Tired
The Water Drops
Home on my own
Mr. Suharto Man
Mr. Pooh (Do be a Don't be)
Once like this
Another Pond
Cheshire Cat
Another Pond (1990)
Perfect Design (1990)



THE LITTLE DESERT
East West/Warner (Australia)
CD: 903173857.2

Reissued 1991

The Same Heat
Through The One Last Door
Blackfish Creek
Wilma's Dream
Storm (1990)
Tide
Old Wobbly Man
Pier No. 5
Rocks
A Selling of a Rock (1990)
Overlay
In the Early Morning
Big Sky





COLD AND THE CRACKLE
East West/Warner (Australia)
CD: 903173858.2

Reissued 1991

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
Cold and the Crackle
Plog
The Marriage is a Mess
Brother Norbert
Little King
Sing Sing
Clay
Kerry's Green
Under Roof, Under Tree
Sitting
Going Up the Country

PROOF Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rogue's Gallery (Australia)
CD: RG 001

Released 1991

Walk
Sunday
Sad
Happy
Fun
Sad
The Garden
Panic
Sultry
Walk
Sad

FOLLOW THE GEOGRAPHY*
Reprise/WEA (USA)
CD: PRO-CD-6245
Released 1993

Dare Not Say a Word
A Selling of The Rock
The Same Heat
Overlay
Cold and the Crackle
Willow Tree
Thomastown
Palau [Micronesian Mix]
Wobble
The Kiap Song
Pila Pila
Sing Sing
Blackwater
Sunday
Walk

*US promotional only release

FOLLOW THE GEOGRAPHY: A Compilation
White (Australia)
CD: 30998
Released 1993

A Selling Of The Rock
The Kiap Song
Sunday
Walk
Pila Pila
Willow Tree
Whomastown
Sing Sing
Palau (Micronesian Mix)
Dare Not Say A Word
Wobble
The Same Heat
Overlay
Blackwater
The Cold and the Crackle



CIRCUS
Reprise/WEA (USA)
CD: 9 45169-2

Released 1993

Crazy Birds
Spark
The Magician
Teteko Aotearoa
Wonder
Slumber in Tumbleland
Albert Namatjira
Sky the Towel
Penmon
Norman Young
The Migrant
Parish Pump
Walk Me Home

SPARK
White (Australia)
CD: 1148
7
Released 1993

Spark
Crazy Birds
Ascending (Me And You)
Syria

PENMON
White (Australia)
CD: 11649

Released 1993

Penmon (remix)
The Magician (acoustic)
Spark (acoustic)

HAMMERS Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rogue's Gallery (Australia)
CD: RG 002
Released 1994

Hammer
Thoughts of Charolette
Mist
The Chase
Mrs. B's Gate
Remember
Waltz
Mist
Cup Of Tea
Hammers
Young'uns
Walk With Dad
Neli's Farewell
Stay
Preacher

One Last Door Cover

THROUGH THE ONE LAST DOOR
Liberation (Australia)
CD:
BLUE117.3 (Double CD Jewel Case)
CD:
BLUE117.5 (Double CD Digipak)
Released 2005

DISC I - INSTRUMENTALS
Overlay
Norman Young
A Selling Of The Rock (1990 Version)
Azahe
Big Sky
Plog
Sweat (1990 Version)
Walk
Brother Norbert
Sing Sing (Tabaran Version)
Call Across The Highlands
Yes Sir I Can Boogie
Maroon Rust
Ascending Me And You (Spark B-Side)

DISC II - SONGS
Up In The Mountains
Palau
Dare Not Say A Word
The Magician
Crazy Birds
The Same Heat
Blackwater
Willow Tree Yard
Teteko
The Kiap Song
Cold And The Crackle (Original 1987 Version)
Marriage Is A Mess
Sunday
Terra Nullius
Walk Me Home




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TABARAN
Liberation (Australia)
CD:
BLUE119.5 (CD+DVD Digipak)
Reissued 2005

Tabaran
The Kiap Song
Pila Pila
Sing Sing
Rain
Feast
Boys on the Beach
Blackwater
Abebe
Lapun Man
Up in the Mountains
Azehe
Call Across the Highlands
Funeral Chant
Gawi Bagarap*

*This is a traditional song of Papua New Guinea, unlisted on the CD and is preceded by nine minutes of silence.

*This 2005 reissue also includes a DVD (PAL only).



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COLD & THE CRACKLE
Liberation (Australia)
CD:
BLUE111.2
Reissued September 2006

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
Cold and the Crackle
Plog
The Marriage is a Mess
Brother Norbert
Little King
Sing Sing
Clay
Kerry's Green
Under Roof, Under Tree
Sitting
Going Up the Country



MAPS FOR SONIC ADVENTURERS
Liberation (Australia)
CD:
BLUE118.2
Released September 2006

The Kiap Song
(remapped by Mike B. Fisher)
Blackwater
(remapped by Secret Masters)
Home On My Own
(remapped by Fitzy)
Palau
(remapped by Josh Abrahams)
Thomastown
(remapped by Rik Nicholson & David Hostetler)
Willow Tree
(remapped by Sri Yukteswar)
Big Sky
(remapped by David Thrussell)
Mr Suharto Man
(remapped by John Phillips)
Hibakusha
(remapped by Nicole Skeltys)
The Same Heat
(remapped by Paul Smyth & Paul Cartwright)
Ascending
(remapped by Nick Littlemore)
Fishing Trawler
(remapped by Will Pyett)
Maroon Rust
(remapped by Ian Caple)
Cold and the Crackle
(remapped by Arcane Trickster)
Storm
(remapped by All India Radio)
Little Storm
(remapped by Simon Polinski)
Sing Sing
(remapped by Tim Cole)

*A compilation of reinterpretations and reworkings of NDW songs.

Another Pond CD Cover

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ANOTHER POND
Liberation (Australia)
CD: BLUE109.2

Reissued August 2007

Making a Desert and Calling it Peace*
Another Pond
Hibakusha
Moving Around*
Dare Not Say A Word
Frogs*
Walk Tired
John Wayne Visits Port Augusta
Perfect Design
Waterdrops
Home on my Own
Mr Suharto Man
Mr Pooh (Do Be a Don't Be)
Oliver le Strange*
Once Like This
The Cheshire Cat
Hunting For Nuggets
Untouched*
Perfect Design (1990)
Another Pond (1990)
The Wooden Box
Pilon and the Tum Tum Tree*
Happy As Can Be*

*Previously unreleased on CD


The Little Desert

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THE LITTLE DESERT
Liberation (Australia)
CD: BLUE110.2

Reissued August 2007

The Same Heat
Through The One Last Door
Blackfish Creek
Wilma's Dream
Storm
Tide
Old Wobbly Man
Empty Trees and Buildings
A Selling of the Rock
Big Sky
Overlay
In the Undergrowth
A Selling of the Rock (1990)
Rocks
Pier No. 5
In The Early Morning




USED AND RECOVERED BY...
Mushroom Records P/L (Australia)
CD: D30450

Released 1990

Kitchen Man

Written by The Reels
A compilation album by various bands for 3RRR.

TRIPLE J - LIVE AT THE WIRELESS
White (Australia)
CD:
Released 1991

Albert Namatjira [live studio]

Recorded in Sydney ABC Studio 221 on 2/26/91

MTV ALTERNATIVE NATION - LEFT OF THE DIAL
MTV (USA)
CD: Promotional Release
Released 1994

Walk Me Home [David Bridie solo version]

Program 13, Spring 1994