Hunters and Collectors – The Slab (Betty’s Worry)

The Slab (cover)

The Slab (cover)

 

The Single

Released In: [Australia / NZ]

Release Date: 1984.

Australian Chart Position: [Did Not Enter].

Single Availability: Extremely rare.

Value: A$6-A$26.

Comments: Double A-sided single The Slab / Carry Me.

 

Original Version(s)

Version Length Source Availability
Studio [1] 3:55 Non-CD versions of The Jaws Of Life album. Moderately common. Not available new.
Studio [1] 3:55 Australian sampler The Jaws Of Life EP. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Studio [1] 3:55 Australian The Slab/Carry Me single. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Studio [2] Remix  3:58 CD versions of the The Jaws Of Life album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [2] Remix 3:56 Natural Selection / Greatest Hits album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, CD/DVD, DVD and digital form.
Studio [2] Remix 3:57 Crucible album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [2] Remix 3:58 Australian Collected Works album. Extremely common. Not available new.
Studio [2] Remix 3:58 Anthology album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [3] Living Daylight Remix 3:56 US/Canadian Living Daylight EP. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [3] Living Daylight Remix 3:56 US/Canadian Living Daylight EP. The Vault digital download at True Believers for 8 November 2015.
Live Acoustic [1] 3:58 Living Single in Large Rooms and Lounges single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live Acoustic [1] 3:53 Living in Large Rooms and Lounges album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live Acoustic [2] 2:50 Mark Seymour Daytime and the Dark album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live Acoustic [3] 3:47 Best of Acoustic video. Moderately common. Available new in DVD form.
Live [1] 4:55 The Way To Go Out album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [2] 4:54 20th Anniversary edition version of Human Frailty album. Moderately common. Available new in CD/DVD form.
Live [3] 5:18 Under One Roof / Greatest Hits Live album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.
Live [4] 4:43 Sound Relief video. Extremely common. Available new in DVD form.
Live [5] 5:02 Live 2014 digital album (2014 version). Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live [5] 5:05 Live 2014 box set – Enmore 2 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [6] 7:46 Live 2014 digital album (2017 version). Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Live [6] 7:46 Live 2014 box set – Palais 2 album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live [7] 3:16 Mark Seymour From Bondi to Bedlam video. Moderately common. Available new in DVD and digital form.

Recommended Version(s).

 

Cover Version(s)

Artist Version Length Source
Oh Marcy Studio 3:46 Crucible album.

 

Commentary

An alternative name used for The Slab early on was “Betty’s Worry”.

Comments from the “Natural Selection” liner notes (by Mark Seymour):

Drinking, oral sex fantasy, Jon Archer’s strident bass run. 1983, in Germany and we were revelling in the idea that we didn’t have to be artistically pretentious anymore. Doing the autobahn in a hired Mercedes, 225 kmh. Totally legal. The first Hunters road stories were written then. There was a sense of relief. We were writing the album we would tour with. In Australia. The band was smaller. The energy was simple and direct.

 

Lyrics

(Jigga Jigga!)

I was looking to see some dreams drip from your fingers
I was working in that lonely place where memory lingers
If there were words, if there was hair that I could drag you back with
If there was one single little hook that I could break your back with

Here we go
Oh yeah
Better get my head down there
Oh where?
Down there in that cavern where heaven grows

It’s somewhere down there between daytime and the dark
And I’m gonna sweat beneath the light of a warm world
Oh yeah
Better get my head down there
Oh where?
Down there in that cavern where heaven grows

Out here in the street, naked in front of God and everyone
I’m beginning to see daylight yawning down there
And I’m just sitting here waiting for things to come
Cram that page baby, you know I’m marvellous
You think I’m sweating like this just for fun?

And hey I know it’s true but I just can’t say it
Say it, say it
Hey I know it’s true but I just can’t say it
Say it, say it
All right, all right!

Just one touch
And everything will be all right