I've babbled on about how "you can trust a Flying Nun record". Well, there's also at least one Australian label that is pretty trustworthy - Half A Cow (HAC).
Owned and operated by the ex-Lemonhead Nic Dalton, there is some brilliant off-kilter pop here. Nic (and Tom Morgan - another Australian) were in my humble opinion behind some of the Lemonheads best pop.
Actually, you must have a listen to HAC's very first full album - Love Positions ("billiepeebup", 1990). It's a low tech album by Nic and Robyn St. Clare (ex Hummingbirds - another band that had worldwide domination stamped on their foreheads but sadly didn't make it). Besides a heap of brilliant original material, there are stunning covers of Satellite of Love (Velvet Underground or was it Lou Reed?), Shivers (Boys Next Door (Nick Cave)), Something Strange (Hummingbirds) and Into your Arms (Lemonheads but written by Robyn) - they even make The Artist Formerly Known As Prince's "Kiss" sound reasonable.
Well, the connections are numerous:
Nic is going to try to find some time to put down some Knox recollections and I'll include them here when he gets around to it.
Meanwhile, some of the HAC bands include: