initially a solo project for johnathon ogilvie (yfc) the material that appears on the south compilation was recorded by ogilvie on 4 track at rob mayes’ gilby street house. ex yfc drummer micheal daily also happened to be in christchurch at the time and so daily laid down drum tracks for these sessions as well. ogilvie, a bass player for yfc borrowed a cheap guitar from expressway label man bruce russell and laid that down over the rythm tracks. ogilvie returned to australia and continued to work under the moniker leadleg, a name he coined from his experience on a trip to china where, while sitting at an out door cafe a militant exploded a bomb at a near by table, injuring ogilvie and partner. ogilvie’s legs were penetrated by hot lead shrapnel from the bomb. leadleg became more of a band project in australia and recorded and self released and 12″ ep salt. the line-up for this band was ogilvie – bass/vocals, daily – drums/ programming, alfred solti – trumpet/samples/piano, micheal jefferis – guitar. jefferis was later replaced by peter johnson.
a seven inch single followed – ‘loaded in total darkness’, which was packaged in a used 16mm film canister and contained the tracks, world satellite and this town. the band then completed a second new zealand tour on which the band recorded 9 songs with failsafe. the band returned to australia and fell apart and the album was never released. ogilvie has continued to work with music as a music video director, making award wining clips for the likes of the headless chickens.
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- salt ep [1990 between two thieves BT001]