Stems – Tears Me In Two

After hearing the song and seeing the video you would think 1965 NOT 1985. I would have loved to hear this in the eighties. This I could have gotten into a lot.

They debuted in March 1984 and released a series of independent records on Sydney’s Citadel Records. Each release made it to number one on the Australian alternative charts.

The Stems were a garage punk band formed in Perth, Western Australia in late 1983. They were hugely popular in Australia. They released this song in 1985 with a song “Cant Resist” as the B side. They would release 7 singles, 2 albums, and 2 EP’s between 1985-1987.

They broke up in 1987. Guitarist Dom Mariani explained: “I was not very happy with the way things were going towards the end of The Stems. We got quite big, and there are the usual problems that happen with that. People tend to drift apart, there are internal conflicts, egos going wild, and bad management was probably the major factor that contributed to The Stems breakup.”

The Stems regrouped in 2003 and played to packed houses across Australia and Europe. They disbanded again in 2009 and regrouped in 2013 and still play from time to time.

Tears Me In Two

All those things that you never said
All those words going through my head
Time after time I let her cry
I laughed and I laughed
And she waved goodbye

She waved goodbye
She waved goodbye
She waved goodbye
She waved goodbye
I said my prayers and shed my tears
All my dreams have become my fears
I wrote her letters that I could not send
My memories are my only friend

She waved goodbye
She waved goodbye
She waved goodbye
She waved goodbye
Everyone thinks that I am crazy
I can’t stand the things that they say
Think that I’ve been oh-so-cruel
Commit me with lies I did not do
I didn’t do them
You know I didn’t do them
Don’t tell me that I did them
You know I didn’t do them
I didn’t do them

I couldn’t stand it for a second more
I turn it down for, I want love for
Why can’t my heart leave me be
Tears me in two, can’t you see
I can’t stand it for a second more
I turn it down for, I want love for
Why can’t my heart leave me be
Tears me in two ways, can’t you see
Tears me in two ways
Come on baby
Take an look down there
Tears me in two ways

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

26 thoughts on “Stems – Tears Me In Two”

  1. pretty cool , most definitely strawberry alarm electric prune tasting music! And look as well. Once more, a band I never heard of, perhaps surprising given that was around when all things Aussie were cool over here.

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    1. More bands than I thought were doing that 60s garage type bands at the time and they had record contracts…I just wish I would have known then.

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  2. I’ve never heard of this band, even though they’re Australian. They could almost fit into 1990s Brit-pop though – the vocalist sounds a bit like Liam Gallagher from Oasis. That bass is mixed really high, I like the way the guitar and organ tones fit together.

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    1. Yea I thought maybe you had heard of them. I do like the mix of that organ. You are right about the Brit-pop vibe. Many of these bands as I go through them are dressed in mod-clothes and mid-sixties haircuts…

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  3. I’ll just say ditto to all the comments above 😀. Another garage rock find I have never heard of – digging it though. Keep up the good work

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    1. Thanks Paul…all of these bands were connected to the Alt movement here…so many different places. Athens, Minnesota, the Paisley underground in California…cool time and some good music.

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  4. I’m another that’s never heard of them, but this is great… more than a wee bit of the Sonics and 13th Floor Elevators in their sound, eh? I’ll be checking out their albums.

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      1. Discovering music is great. Especially when it’s this good. I read on Wiki that John Curley (Afghan Whigs) produced their second album!

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      2. Oh cool! They were and still are huge in Australia. I delayed posting this because I posted a song by the Creeps last Saturday that resembles this style a lot. I did not know about this sixties scene in the 80s…I wish I would have back then as a teenager.

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