Hunters and Collectors – Towtruck

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio 4:58 CD versions except in Horn of Plenty of the The Jaws Of Life album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio 4:58 Cargo Cult (3 X EP’s) album. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio 4:57 2 CD versions of the Natural Selection album. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio 4:58 Payload EP. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio 4:55 UK/US Collection album. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live 5:35 1983 01 26 Prince of Wales Hotel, St Kilda, Australia Cassette The Vault digital download at True Believers, 26 November 2012.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

The Payload EP in its entirety was reissued on CD with the “Jaws Of Life” album.

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

For some, life is mechanistic. All will be well as long as the planning is disciplined and decisions are made free of needless emotion.

An explanation of the DiMarzio Line from Rob Miles:

The ‘dimarzio’ line was Seemsie’s artistic licence, a pun on DMZ (demilitarized zone) and substituting it with the name of a guitar pickup (dimarzio), so it is just an interesting sounding rock’n’roll in-joke.

 

Lyrics

We bought a yellow towtruck
To drive it round and round our neighbourhood
We pass it round
Pass around this plumber’s friend
Pass it round
Pass around the plumber’s friend

And then we even built a yellow towtruck
And drove it out into the big country
We went way past the DiMarzio Line
The distortion was incredible
All of Groper’s Fat Gang dressed in sleeveless T-shirts
Whinging, whinging for perfection
Hear them whinging, whinging for perfection

We bought a yellow towtruck
And drove this organ round the big country
We went way past the DiMarzio Line
The distortion was incredible
All of Groper’s Fat Gang dressed in sleeveless T-shirts
Whinging, they’re whinging for perfection
Hear them whinging, hear them whinging for perfection

Generous towtruck
Here it comes
Generous towtruck

We were dancing in a pig marathon
So who’s taken my bloody wheelchair?
We got ourselves a stick-book situation here
So we had better phone for the yellow towtruck, hadn’t we?
And we had to swab the plumber’s fat
We had to hand-crank our way out, we had to hand-crank our way out
But we dragged it all the way out there, and all the way back
We dragged it all the way out there, and all the way…

Back back
Change down you fools!
Change down!
Stop, stop, stop!
That’s it, go home!
It’s the end of the song!
So go!

Generous towtruck
Here it comes
Generous towtruck