The Surrealists continued a similar musical style, releasing “Hit Me With The Surreal Feel” (1988), “Just Because You Can’t See It... Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t There...” (1989) and “Essence” (1991). The Surrealists guitar-driven approach evolved further in later releases, the acclaimed “Sin Factory” (1993) and a self-titled album released in 1994. This period also allowed a productive phase for the on-again, off-again Beasts of Bourbon, which gained significant cult followings in Australia and parts of Europe. Salmon was one of three creative forces in the band, along with Tex Perkins and Spencer P.
Jones. The band flirted with various genres, but was generally known as a powerhouse blues-rock outfit that leaned towards seedy lyrical themes. The Beasts of Bourbon released a number of albums prior to Salmon's departure in 1994, such as “The Axeman's Jazz” (1984), “Sour Mash” (1988), “Black Milk” (1990) and “The Low Road” (1991). The original members included James Baker (drums) and Boris Sudjovic (bass), who had played in the Scientists. Both were replaced in 1990 by Salmon's Surrealists bandmates, Pola and Hooper. In 1994, Salmon released a ‘solo’ album, “Hey Believer”, which included collaboration from Warren Ellis and Jim White from the Dirty Three. The Surrealists changed personnel in '95, Salmon recruiting new drummer Greg Bainbridge and later bassist Stu Thomas, who provided a funkier slant to the music.
Salmon began to experiment with brass sections and elements of soul music on the last Surrealists' last release, “You Gotta Let Me Do My Thing” (1997), and the first release from his next band, Kim Salmon and the Business, titled “Record” (1999). Some of Salmon's recent work has reflected a quieter style. He released an acoustic solo album, “E(a)rnest”, in 2002, and has commenced a new venture, Darling Downs, with former Died Pretty singer, Ron Peno. Their album, "How Can I Forget This Heart of Mine?" was released in 2005. Salmon can count among his fans a number of noteworthy artists, including Mudhoney, Henry Rollins and members of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. In June 2004, Salmon was inducted into the West Australian Music Industry Association Hall of Fame. Read more on Last.fm.
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