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Guadalcanal Diary

Take voodoo, missionaries, cowboys, the Congo, spontaneous human combustion, religious fanaticism, small town America, the Civil War, romantic relationships, and The Three Stooges. Mix it up with chiming jangly guitars, rockabilly, power pop, and a dash of country and punk and name it after a book about World War II’s battle for Guadalcanal and what do you have?  An unjustly forgotten band from Marietta, Georgia that had it’s heyday in the 1980’s.

Nobody has sounded quite like Guadalcanal Diary before or since then.


3 comments on “Guadalcanal Diary

  1. Arthur
    November 4, 2011

    One of my favorite bands! They opened my very first R.E.M. concert, in Santa Barbara in 1986, and several years later I saw them perform at the Fillmore in San Francisco. For all the eclectic subject matters in their lyrics, their music is oh-so-melodic.

  2. Stuart Troutman
    November 6, 2011

    GD made very good records (also thanks to Don Dixon, on many occasions), and Murray Attaway was responsible for some great songs and fine vocals. This seemed to continue, with a bit less bite, on his solo album, “In Thrall”….But whatever hapened to him? He seemed to vanish.

  3. Rob
    November 6, 2011

    No much info out there, except that Guadal did a reunion show recently and Attaway has formed a new band, Bomber City:

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