The Triffids’ Real Legacy

Further to yesterday’s post looking closely at the legacy of the Tim Winton’s of music, The Triffids. Wikipedia lists their main legacy as the inspiration for the name of a Greek band, and of course Wide Open Road is set to push out Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight for a spot in the Skyshow stereocast (respect). But it was pointed out that they do have a more lasting legacy, the tree-house in Wisbech Street Bayswater. The locals all boast that the tree-house pictured, (mostly obscured by foliage) was built by the band. Ironically it is in the opposite of a wide open road – a narrow cul-de-sac. I hope this local legend is true. How embarrassing if it had actually been built by The Kryptonics or Love Pump. Property values plummet. No Cocos I notice.
Current owners kindly have taken a photo. Actually looks more like a drinking platform than a treehouse.



About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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29 Responses to The Triffids’ Real Legacy

  1. Ljuke says:

    A missed opportunity for a V Capri joke. This is the true worst.


  2. rottobloggo says:

    Mostly obscured??


  3. JaneZ says:

    I’m glad you’ve brought the emptiness of the Triffids to light. Way back when I met my husband – who’s american – he was dazzled by the fact that I came from the same town as the Scientists. I felt I should play him the triffids and of course they sucked.


  4. skink says:

    being unfamiliar with The Triffids Legacy, apart from the wistful Wintonesque air of sentimentality they generate in people of a certain age in Perth, I went and looked at their oevre on Youtube.
    ‘Wide Open Road’ features a specky bloke in a red shirt playing steel guitar.
    On the video for ‘Bury me Deep’ he appears to be playing an autoharp.

    they seem to take themselves very serously, with Tim-like faux-gravitas and a lot of gated snare. Did anyone else take them seriously? with an autoharp?


  5. Speaking of over-rated Perth bands, Tame Impala?


  6. M Mark says:

    Good article with full knowledge of all the lawyers in Perth.


  7. REDDOG says:

    i remember the Triffids fondly i still have the sandy devotional LP and get it out for a spin on occasions of great melancholy and longing for a long gone past. it stands the test of time, it reminds me of some years ago now while coming back to Perth from Karratha for a party weekend and i had driven all night a mate sleeping in the shotgun seat and my girlfriend asleep in the back of an old Gemini playing the only cassette i had at the time over and over yes you guessed it “Sandy Devotional” we swapped drivers at GIN GIN where they shot the video for “wide open road” and my girlfriend at the time was booked for speeding

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