Tribe of Dan – Git Down, Thrash It – Live

Tribe of Dan
Git Down, Thrash It – Live
1990 Mister M Records
Combs, England, United Kingdom

Dan Donovan – Lead vocals, guitars
Ali Byworth – Drums, background vocals
Del Currie – Bass & Backing vocals

Side 1:

  1. It Means Nothing
  2. I Just Want
  3. Only Love
  4. Touch

Side 2:

  1. Beast of Lust
  2. So Dirty
  3. Away From Here
  4. Cooking Pot

This is the infamous Tribe of Dan and it is a live album. They seem to be even more intense and urgent live than they are on tape. But they also prove they can bring it on the stage as well as they can on the albums. Tribe of Dan had their own twist on alternative rock that they referred to as “swamp rock.” “I Just Want” and “Beast of Lust” ended up on their full-length Shook Up Shook Up. Some songs like “So Dirty” and ”Touch” were also Back to Jordan songs (there are probably others, but I haven’t heard the Back to Jordan S/T first demo yet). The last two songs are also from their first demo The Beeb Tapes.

Tribe of Dan – The Beep Tapes

Tribe of Dan
The Beep Tapes
1989 Mister M Records (MRM 001)
Combs, England, United Kingdom

Dan Donovan – Lead vocals, guitars
Solze – Bass
Mark Stirk – Keyboards, vocals
Ali Byworth – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Learning From You
  2. Cooking Pot

Side 2:

  1. Just a Little Bit More
  2. Away From Here

This is the first Tribe of Dan tape that Dan Donovan recorded after Back to Jordan. I’m not really sure what a Beeb is, though :). The music here is a tiny bit more alternative and melancholy than their later full-length, but you definitely see where they are going. The driving rock part is still in full force. “Cooking Pot” and “Away from Here” would appear again on the next demo (Git Down, Thrash It: Live), but none of these songs made it onto either of their full-length releases. Donovan also went on to record many solo albums, as well as form bands like The Swamp Cranks and King Kool. But this early work is just as engaging as his later work, unlike many artists that started off rough and improved over time. Donovan does improve over time, but his early work is also incredibly strong in its’ own right.