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Guadalcanal Diary

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Guadalcanal Diary is an alternative jangle pop group from Marietta, Georgia. The band formed in 1981 and disbanded in 1989. The band’s origins are primarily in the Atlanta, Georgia suburb of Marietta (then a more separate town), though they were often billed as “from Athens, Georgia” in the early 1980s.

The group’s music was characterized by clear, bright guitar sounds, upbeat rhythms, and Murray Attaway’s clear, high tenor. Lyrically, the band mixed absurd, punk humor (“I Wish I Killed John Wayne,” “I See Moe,” “Watusi Rodeo,” “Cattle Prod”) with melancholy and spiritual themes (“Lewa Wechi,” “Always Saturday,” “3:00 AM,” “Litany”), and the band’s songs attracted both fans and critics with their derision and beauty.

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  • Nyasa_Lake

    Oh my, Watusi Rodeo makes me dance dance dance.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • JeremyAce4

    Solid.

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • THee-BeAtNiK

    :- )

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • suirrel

    I still have all their LPs...albeit slightly worn out. ;) (2)

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • wizzxx

    Makes me want to listen R.E.M.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • eduardo-SC

    yep if you're near Atlanta tomorrow - like, within a days drive - you should make an effort. OUTSTANDING show in Athens last Saturday.

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • 60109

    Saw them in Athens last Saturday. They are playing again on 7/2/11 at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA. I encourage everyone to go see them.

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ihelix

    Flip-Flop

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Johnny_D

    2x4 is like lost R.E.M. masterpiece

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    I love these guys!

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • genex

    Any of you all used to see them play around the Southeast? They played at Auburn a lot when I was there in the 80-90s

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • blank1reg

    Still have the autographed pic AND the key chain from the Fan Club! I wore out "2X4" on my cassette twice over...

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • deyaro

    I still have all their LPs...albeit slightly worn out. ;)

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Enrique67

    Just converted all of their stuff to mp3. Loved them back in the day...still love them now.

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ihelix

    At one point in my younger days,I had all the LPs...wish I had them now.

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ihelix

    ...Vista

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ingo2009

    Great band. Glad that I found them again…

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ihelix

    So underrated..

    1 Jun 2009 Reply
  • weaselmin

    Found Flip-Flop on cassette. It sounds superb. An excellent summer album.

    24 May 2009 Reply
  • strajnic

    Almost forgotten!

    17 May 2009 Reply
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