Torch the Moon

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Torch the Moon
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Studio album by
Released22 July 2002
Recorded2001 - 2002
Genre Pop
Label Black Yak / Warner
Producer Daniel Denholm
The Whitlams chronology
Love This City
Torch the Moon
Little Cloud
Alternative Covers
Torch the moon 2 disc.jpg
Limited edition 2 disc version
Singles from Torch the Moon
  1. "Fall For You"
    Released: 17 June 2002
  2. "Best Work"
    Released: 9 September 2002
  3. "Don't Believe Anymore"
    Released: 15 February 2003
  4. "Royal in the Afternoon"
    Released: 2 July 2003
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Torch the Moon is the fifth studio album by Australian band The Whitlams, released by Black Yak through Warner in 2002. [2] It peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart. [3] It received platinum album certification from ARIA. [4]

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format widely used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

The Whitlams Australian rock band

The Whitlams are an Australian indie rock band formed in late 1992. The original line-up was Tim Freedman on keyboards and lead vocals, Andy Lewis on double bass and Stevie Plunder on guitar. Other than mainstay, Freedman, the line-up has changed numerous times. Since 2001 he has been joined by Warwick Hornby on bass guitar, Jak Housden on guitar and Terepai Richmond on drums. Four of their studio albums have reached the ARIA Albums Chart top 20: Eternal Nightcap, Love This City, Torch the Moon and Little Cloud. Their highest charting singles are "Blow Up the Pokies" and "Fall for You" – both reached number 21. The group's single, "No Aphrodisiac" was listed at number one on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1997 by listeners of national radio station, Triple J. In January 1996 Stevie Plunder was found dead at the base of Wentworth Falls. Andy Lewis committed suicide in February 2000.

ARIA Charts main Australian music sales charts

The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling songs and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report which had been Australia's national charts since 1974.


Track listing

  1. "Cries Too Hard" – 4:11
  2. "Fall for You" – 3:47
  3. "The Lights Are Back On" – 3:44
  4. "I Will Not Go Quietly (Duffy's Song)" – 3:53
  5. "Kate Kelly" – 4:18
  6. "Royal in the Afternoon" – 2:58
  7. "Gone Surfing" – 2:12
  8. "Best Work" – 4:33
  9. "Start My Cellar Again" – 4:08
  10. "Coming Over" – 4:26
  11. "Out the Back" – 4:31
  12. "Breathing You In" – 2:56
  13. "Ease of the Midnight Visit" – 4:20


Initial prints of Torch the Moon contained a second CD, entitled Side 4. The track list contained:

  1. "Don't Believe Anymore" – 5:22
  2. "Last Life" – 4:45
  3. "Witness Protection Scheme" – 3:52
  4. "Back into the Wild" – 3:40
  5. "Still in Love with You" – 3:23

A second print of the CD was released with the initial track listing, as well as "Don't Believe Anymore" (a cover of a track from Icehouse's 1984 album Sidewalk ) and "Last Life".

The Australian rock band Icehouse formed as Flowers in Sydney in 1977. Initially known in Australia for their pub-rock style, the band later achieved mainstream success playing new-wave and synthpop music and attained Top 10 singles chart success locally and in both Europe and the U.S. The mainstay of both Flowers and Icehouse has been Iva Davies supplying additional musicians as required. The name "Icehouse", adopted in 1981, comes from an old, cold flat Davies lived in and the strange building across the road populated by itinerant people.

Sidewalk pedestrian path along the side of a road

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A third release of the CD saw the thirteen initial tracks included, but none of the tracks from Side 4.

Finally, a fourth print of the CD saw a combination of the fifteen-track release as well as an exclusive 'Rarities' CD, collecting B-sides and unreleased tracks from the last nine years. The track list ran as follows:

  1. "The Curse Stops Here" – 3:37
  2. "Where Is She? (Demo)" – 4:28
  3. "Tiny Girls" – 2:50
  4. "Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2) (Live)" – 4:53
  5. "Bring Me Back to Your Love (Full Band Version)" – 4:05
  6. "Coming up for Air" – 3:46
  7. "Fall for You (Perky Mix)" – 3:36
  8. "Never Fall in Love Again" – 3:36
  9. "No Aphrodisiac (MGF Remix)" – 4:22
  10. "400 Miles from Darwin (Demo)" – 3:20
  11. "Out the Back (Sculthorpe Variation)" – 9:43
  12. "I Make Hamburgers (Live Remix)" – 3:01

Chart positions

2002Australian ARIA Albums Chart1

The first verse of "Kate Kelly" [5] , a song about Kate Kelly, younger sister of Ned Kelly, may have inspired Australian author David Hunt in his 2016 book "True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, Volume 2" in which he also describes Joe Byrne as having been "strung up" like a "marionette". [6]

Kate Kelly (outlaw) Australian outlaw

Catherine Ada Kelly was the younger sister of famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. She died drowning in Lake Forbes, possibly trying to save an aboriginal child.

Ned Kelly Australian bushranger

Ned Kelly was an Australian bushranger, outlaw, gang leader and convicted police murderer. One of the last bushrangers, and by far the most famous, he is best known for wearing a suit of bulletproof armour during his final shootout with the police.

Joe Byrne Australian bank robber

Joseph Byrne was an Australian bushranger born in Victoria to an Irish immigrant. A friend of Ned Kelly, he was a member of the "Kelly Gang" who were declared outlaws after the murder of three policemen at Stringybark Creek. Despite wearing the improvised body armour for which Ned Kelly and his gang are now famous, Byrne received a fatal gunshot during the gang's final violent confrontation with police at Glenrowan, in June 1880.

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